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Bristol’s Hidden Gems: Feasts of Meat

7 April 2018 | Charlie Kenber

We all love veggie feasts, but every now and then you need something a little heartier. For a meal featuring exceptional cuts of meat, check out these local favourites to get your fill. Plus, with a substantial amount of locally - and sustainably - sourced ingredients, many of these options allow you to indulge without killing the planet. Vegetarians look away now…

The Cauldron
With all their food cooked without the use of gas, this restaurant is the ideal spot to indulge you carnivorous desires. Opened with a passion for sourcing food locally and ethically, The Cauldron is the place to go for thoughtfully handmade dining, with an emphasis on the sustainability of their output. Their speciality is a Sunday Roast cooked in a wood fired oven and over their charcoal pits. It is a frankly incredible feast – and in fact it’s essential you book if you’re planning to head over. Typically there’ll be at least three different meats to choose from (or you can go for the Mixed Roast option), so head on down to St Werburghs and tuck in.


Image Credit: The Cauldron

The Cauldron is at 98 Mina Road, BS2 9XW.

Caribbean Wrap
For some of the best jerk chicken around, head to this little joint buried in the depths of St Nicholas’ Market. Right in the heart of town, it’s well worth making a little detour to pick up something delicious for lunch. They specialise in all food Caribbean: ackee, saltfish, jerk belly pork and plantain alongside their signature chicken. With a lunch to last coming in at a mere £6, it’s no surprise that many locals make this a regular stop. You’ll have to be prepared for a bit of a spicy kick – but if that’s not enough throw on some scotch bonnet sauce and boost the burn.


Image Credit: Caribbean Wrap via Facebook

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

The Ox
For something a bit more upmarket, check out The Ox, tucked away beneath Corn Street in the city centre. Certainly more of a fine dining choice, the restaurant specialise in 35-day dry-aged steaks cooked in a charcoal-fired oven: such a feast comes at a price but they do 2-for-1 on steaks 5-7pm Monday to Friday if you’re looking to save some coin. They also do burgers, pork cheek, their very own glazed ribs, and a Sunday roast to die for. Run by the same management as two of our favourite speakeasy cocktail bars: Hyde & Co and The Milk Thistle, The Ox features its own eclectic and top-notch range of cocktails and fine wines. So you’re sure to find the perfect sup to wash it all down!


Image Credit: The Ox via instagram

The Ox is at The Basement, 43 Corn Street, BS1 1HT.

Chomp Grill
We couldn’t complete this list without mentioning a proper burger joint: and one of our favourites is Chomp Grill. Although actually offering a wider range of steaks than burgers (and these are stunning, locally-sourced and remarkably affordable), look out for The House Classic burger, which uses the same high-grade beef as their steaks and is frequently rated the best in Bristol. Chomp first opened as a pop up restaurant in 2012 – such was the demand it migrated to a food truck before opening its first permanent location in 2014. There’s a precisely selected wine, cocktail and beer menu (to make the perfect match, they’ve even come up with a house beer brewed by local favourites Wiper and True), and Chomp also specialise in an array of Bourbon and Rye, the ideal supplement to chargrilled beef. Don’t miss it.


Image Credit: Chomp Grill via instagram

Chomp Grill is at 10 St. Nicholas Street, BS1 1UQ.

The Cowshed
The name is a bit of a giveaway here, and it doesn’t take much to spot that The Cowshed take their meat incredibly seriously – so much so, that the owner decided to even set up his own butcher shop next door. They’re sure to always have a great range of steaks on (with plenty of information available on exactly where it’s come from), as well as everything from pork belly to slow cooked beef shoulder and braised lamb shank. Meat this good is never going to be the cheapest option, but they do an excellent early bird offer from 6-7pm Monday to Thursday when you can get a rump steak or prime beef burger with a drink for just £10. Smashing!


Image Credit: The Cowshed via Facebook

The Cowshed is at 44-46 Whiteladies Road, Clifton, BS8 2NH.

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