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Bristol’s Hidden Gems: Cheap and Cheerful Grub

3 July 2017 | Charlie Kenber

Eating out in Bristol is incredibly tempting, with its eclectic mix of stalls, restaurants and cafés serving up dishes from delectable cuisines from all around the world. While good for the soul, however, such indulgences aren’t always so kind on the wallet. But we’re here to help! There are plenty of options for eating well without putting too much strain on your finances…

Caribbean Wrap

First off we’re heading over to a local favourite: Caribbean Wrap. Nestled amongst the many sweet-smelling food stalls at St Nicholas’ Market, this place serves some of the best jerk chicken this side of Kingston. They also do ackee and saltfish, jerk belly pork, and sides including callaloo and fried or boiled plantain. There’s always going to be a good bit of spice involved, but for those feeling particularly brave throw in some of their fiery scotch bonnet sauce. You’ll easily get a filling lunch for £6, but make sure you get there early or the regulars will have bought the place out! And if you decide you’d rather pasta or a pie, there are plenty of other tasty and cheap stalls in the market to explore.


Image Credit: Caribbean Wrap

Caribbean Wrap is at Unit 33 on All Saints Lane in St Nicholas Market.

Rocotillos

Taking us away from the Caribbean and up to the United States of America, head to the 1960s diner Rocotillos at the top of Park Street. This joint serves burgers, pancakes, and some of the best milkshakes in the city. Their fries are particularly tasty, and they also do a wide range of breakfast plates – whether you’re after a fry-up or just some toast and a coffee. It’s not the cheapest option on our list but the portions are vast, so you’re certain to leave with a full stomach and a smile on your face.

Rocotillos is at 1 Queens Row, Clifton, BS8 1EZ.

Edna’s Kitchen

Back in the centre of town in Castle Park you’ll find Edna’s Kitchen. Run by Edna Yeffet, this kiosk serves vegetarian food from the Middle East, including salads, sandwiches, quiche and, of course, Edna’s killer falafel. You’ll be hard pressed to find a lighter or more satisfying version in Bristol. If you don’t fancy that though, you can always pick up a toast halloumi wrap, or their delicious roasted aubergine salad (sabich). So head over with a fiver, and you’ll find the ideal dish to sate your appetite.


Image Credit: Edna's Kitchen

Edna’s Kitchen is in Castle Park, Bristol.

Pickle

Heading in or out of town via Bristol Temple Meads train station? Fancy grabbing a sandwich en route? Of course you do. Serving hot sandwiches and speciality coffee from a trailer at the top of Portwall Lane, Pickle is a favourite amongst office workers and commuters. For around £4 you can get hold of a sandwich with anything from chargrilled rump steak to honey-roast ham, gherkins and cheeses. They’ve also recently moved into their first ‘bricks and mortar’ location in Underfall Yard, at the Suspension Bridge end of the harbour. Such has been their success at this site that they’re now looking to expand even further into a third location! So give them a go before they’re on everyone’s lips.


Image Credit: Pickle

Pickle is at End of Portwall Lane, Temple Meads, BS1 6AG and Underfall Boatyard, Cumberland Road, BS1 6XG.

Fishminster

Providing a novel twist on one of the nation’s favourite dishes, this fish and chip shop hails from Bedminster (hence the name). As well as the classic beer batter cod, they serve haddock, hake, plaice and pollack, alongside the likes of breaded calamari strips, mushy peas, spinach and green chilli fritters, and fish pie. And why not swap out your chips for sweet potato wedges or a side salad? All the fish served is sustainably caught and fried to order, so check out their crispy delights. It’s particularly handy if you’re visiting the Tobacco Factory, or if you’re checking out the array of top-notch street art nearby.

Fishminster is at 267 North Street, Bedminster, BS3 1JN.

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