George Maguire

With the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions around eating inside at restaurants, diners are happily re-entering Bristol’s venues once more. With many restaurants sadly becoming terminal victims to the closures, new openings feel more important than ever; rejuvenating the cities food scene and infusing it with much needed energy and vitality. Here are 5 restaurants that we’ve got our eyes on…

1 Pony Bistro – link here
The team at Pony Bistro - link here

Local Michelin star chef Josh Eggleton is ready for a change. Enter Pony Bistro which will be opening on Bristol’s buzzy North Street in a warehouse building next-door to brewery Bristol Beer Factory. Serving up British bistro classics with a modern edge, the quality of the cookery is expected to impress. Expect local ingredients from the nearby Chew Valley with a possible new contender for Bristol’s best Sunday roast... Stay tuned for a min-review on our social channels.
Open now.
291 North St, Bristol BS3 1JU.

2 Bank Bristol – link here
Formerly a bank, soon to be Bank Bristol. link here.
Bank Bristol will be a new eatery that spans the three categories of modern millennial dining; speciality coffee, seasonal cooking and special cocktails. Created by coffee professional 27-year-old Dan O’Regan (UK Barista Championship finalist) Dan has his eyes set on creating something new in Totterdown with ingredients sourced properly and cooked at their best.
Opening end of June.
107 Wells Rd, Totterdown, Bristol BS4 2BS.
3 Foodie Vietnam – link here
Foodie Vietnam service. Link here.
Opening on the former site of much loved food hall Source Food, Foodie Vietnam is a new Vietnamese restaurant that is now welcoming guests inside for the first time. Set in the wildly popular St Nicholas Market, the venue is run by catering old hand Dung Nguyen who previously managed a Chinese restaurant in Clifton. See you in there for some hot Pho next time it rains...
Open now.
1 Exchange Ave, Bristol BS1 1JW.

4 Pizza on the Park – link here
Pizza on the Park’s striking interiors. Image via Evoke Pictures.
Bristol has undeniably fantastic pizza in the capable flour dusted hands of Pizzarova, Franco Manca, Berthas, Flour & Ash to name a few. Newcomer Pizza on the Park (launching on the former premise of Pizza Express) will no doubt be judged with its competitors in mind but looks promising - in part due to the fact that the head chef Carlo Lo Verde has moved there from the excellent Flour & Ash. Specialising in thinner Roman style pizzas. we are excited to see what they have to offer in a very competitive part of Bristol.
Open now.
31 Berkeley Square, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1HP.

5 Haveli – link here
Image via Bristol Live.
Opening on the former site of The Bristol Yard, Havali is a fresh start for the premise which was previously plagued by issues around its links to Colston. Havali will be a modern Indian restaurant owned by Shahid Farooq of Oh Calcutta (Gloucester Road) with his son Amir as general manager. Food will involve English breakfast dishes, smaller tapas plates during the day and then Indian food in the eve.
Havali, Colston Street, Bristol BS1 5BD.
Opening mid-June.

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