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Food & Drink

Bristol’s food scene is thriving with award-winning restaurants, Michelin-star chefs and plenty of food festivals to feast on. Whether you are looking for the best cheap eats, a fine dining experience or a venue to catch up with old friends, Bristol has its fair share of great spots. Here are our favourites that you must pay a visit!
 
If you are looking for good quality, locally sourced British food then head to The Cowshed. Although in the upmarket Clifton area, this restaurant offers a relaxed and informal environment with the emphasis on simplicity. We hear the Sunday Roasts are delightful! They also own Ruby & White, the butchers next door. Not only a butcher but a deli selling the best of British cheeses, charcuterie as well as locally grown vegetables. A great gastropub with a similar ethos to The Cowshed is Lazy Dog. Situated in the quirky and creative Gloucester Road area, this independent, community-focused pub is a great place to meet your neighbours whilst sampling an exquisite menu of local British food. Dogs are welcome too.
 
If Italian is more your cuisine of choice, try Aquila, where the restaurant puts a modern twist on traditional Italian food. This sleekly designed family-run restaurant oozes style and decadence. If you are on a bit of a tight budget or meeting friends after work, head to St Nick’s Night Market which takes place the first Friday of every month (except August). Sample freshly made Kurdish skewers at Matina, authentic Caribbean food at Caribbean Wrap and Morcoccan dishes packed with flavour at Al Bab Mansour.
 
If you’re still not quite satisfied make sure to visit one of Bristol’s many food festivals. Grill Stock Festival celebrates all that is good in the world with a sizzling All-American BBQ cookout and live music. If you like cuisine from around the world, the Multi & Thai Cultural Food Festival might be right up your street.
 
No trip to Bristol would be complete without a trip to The Coronation Tap, popular with local students, the pub is recognised as Bristol’s premier cider house serving the best cider the West Country has to offer. If real ale is more your tipple of choice, we suggest Beerd, while you’re there try some of the best pizza in Bristol.
 
A great quirky bar, serving fantastic craft beer and ale is The Christmas steps. The pub features a free jukebox and a selection of DJs playing the coolest tunes to take you through the night. Another great bar doubling up as a music venue is the Canteen with its free entry and eclectic programme of live music, there’s something for everyone!

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