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Food, glorious food! Those looking for a slap-up meal in Bristol certainly aren’t short of options. But if you want to dine out somewhere that’s truly gurt lush, look no further than our run-down of the best restaurants this side of the M4. Whether you’re after a pub lunch or something a little different, we’ve got exactly what you need.
Imagine a cafe in Marrakech, then transport it somewhere south of the Clifton suspension bridge and you’re halfway to Assilah Bristol. This family-run restaurant offers authentic North African cuisine (including tagines and mashwis) – plus customers can bring their own booze and enjoy some shisha outside.
Assilah Bistro, 194-196 Wells Road, Bristol BS4 2AX, England Price range: Between £10-19
Set on the outskirts of the city, this gastropub has cosy country decor and an atmosphere to match. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a sumptuous Sunday roast while curled up on a comfy armchair - plus there’s a B&B if you’re just visiting the city, or even if you can’t bear to leave. The menu is what you might call tiny but mighty, with some delights on offer. But be warned, if you’re a vegetarian there’s not very much here for you.
Dundry Inn Church Road, Dundry, Bristol BS41 8LH, England
If you’re looking for authentic south Asian cuisine then this is the place for you. Plus, it won’t break the bank. Rupsha’s cosy atmosphere and awesome selection of dishes (particularly desserts) explains why it’s such a firm favourite. For first time diners, we recommend the Murgh Raagà, a slow-cooked chicken dish marinated overnight and cooked in a delicious sauce.
Rupsha, 3a Regent St, Clifton, Bristol BS8 4HW
What’s the difference between your local deli, a bistro-style restaurant and a bar? Nothing if you’re talking about Chin! Chin!, a hotspot for British cuisine which is almost slap-bang in the middle of Bristol, between the town centre and Clifton. Aside from its central location and questionable punctuation Chin! Chin! also serves up fresh British produce from the south-west, making it perfect foodie fodder.
Chin! Chin! Bar & Kitchen 155 St Michael's Hill, High Kingsdown / Cotham, Bristol BS2 8DB, England
The colourful sprawl of graffiti (think Banksy rather than badass) that greets visitors to the Old Bookshop is a good indicator of what this quirky cafe and bar is all about. The menu is written on a blackboard and the meals are served on mismatched crockery – so don’t go if you’re expecting a full-on five-star experience. If that sounds like your type of thing, you won’t be let down by the atmosphere and the service.
The Old Bookshop 65 North Street, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 1ES, England
Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad... Bristol? It sounds like a bold claim, but it’s what Ganesha, a small Indian restaurant in Bedminster promises to deliver. Famed for its Gosht Dahiwala dish, made with lamb and marinated in yoghurt, Ganesha offers value for money in a relaxed, intimate atmosphere - with just a little bit of hubris on the side.
Ganesha Authentic Indian Cuisine 54-56 Bedminster Parade, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 4HS, England
No article about Bristolian food is complete without a mention of Pieminister. It’s an institution now but it all started here, just a decade ago. The Stokes Croft Pieminister is now a bistro and it still serves award-winning homemade pies (you might even describe them as pie-fect). There’s just one caveat; some customers believe the fame has gone to Pieminister’s head and have complained of poor service.
Pieminister 24 Stokes Croft, Bristol, England
Bravas is the perfect choice if you’re looking for something a little bit different - and a little bit special. With an authentic tapas menu, reasonable prices and top quality chefs there’s a reason why the owners recommend booking before you visit, particularly on the weekend. Our top menu picks include chorizo in cider and braised ox cheeks, although there’s plenty for veggies too.
Bravas 7 Cotham Hill, Bristol BS6 6LD, England
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