Bristol has a vibrant dining scene that's steeped in history. While it dates back thousands of years with Iron Age hill forts and Roman villas existing in the area, the city itself didn't receive its official charter until 1155. 

    Bristol's economy relies largely on creative media, heritage and culture. While that can provide some interesting destinations for travellers to visit, it has also greatly impacted the local restaurant scene. Check out our list of the most popular places to enjoy real local food in Bristol.



    Enjoy locally sourced healthy cuisine

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    Poco is dedicated to sustainability, providing great taste and a quality experience to all patrons. Most of their ingredients are sourced not only in the UK but in the Bristol area specifically, as they've developed relationships with numerous community farms. When it comes to fish, they only use freshly caught fish from Lyme Bay and graded by the Marine Conservation Society. 

    You'll find plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options, so everyone can find something tasty here. Their commitment to sustainability even includes how they treat their rubbish, as they weigh it every day and recycle or up-cycle at least 90% of it to eventually produce no waste at all.

    Location: 45 Jamaica St, Bristol BS2 8JP, UK

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 12 pm to 10 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +44 (0)117 923 2233


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    The Pony & Trap

    Taste Michelin-starred quality dishes

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    The Pony & Trap is one of the most iconic restaurants in the Bristol area. Run by Michelin-starred chef Josh Eggleton, with Holly Eggleton in the front of the house, you can count on unrelenting dedication to quality food and service you wouldn't normally expect from a cosy country pub. 

    While they have much to offer in terms of food quality, their dream was to open a casual pub that serves patrons who come from all walks of life. That means you can find traditional pub food as well as more high-end options. Expect bold flavours and difficult cooking techniques to combine into an unforgettable dining experience no matter what you order.

    Location: Moorledge Road, Newtown, Chew Magna, Bristol BS40 8TQ, UK

    Open: Tuesday–Thursday from 12 pm to 2 pm and from 7 pm to 9 pm, Friday–Saturday from 12 pm to 2 pm and from 6 pm to 9 pm, Sunday from 12 pm to 8 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +44 (0)1275 332627


    The Ethicurean

    Eat fresh greens in a Victorian walled garden

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    The Ethicurean strives to bring a sense of peace and tranquillity to your dining experience in Bristol. Their Victorian walled garden offers vibrant surroundings that date back to 1901 when the gardens were first constructed. The main attraction here is the food, which takes full advantage of the surrounding fertile soil. 

    Vegetables and fungi are grown onsite, then slowly fermented and tenderly cooked to ensure you taste the best that natural foods have to offer. Even their meat is reared in local pastures. Their cooking style centres around charcoal fires, so you can enjoy the full flavour and aromatic profiles unique to a solely natural technique.

    Location: Barley Wood Walled Garden, Long Lane, Wrington, Bristol BS40 5SA, UK

    Open: Tuesday–Friday from 11 am to 11 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 11 pm, Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +44 (0)1934 863713



    Peruse an ever-changing one-page menu

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    Birch in South Bristol strives to provide small plates made from seasonal produce that can be enjoyed in a casual and relaxed environment. The restaurant's single-page menu changes every week. That means there's almost always something new for you to try even if you dine here often. Given that the menu is so curated, it's easy for Head Chef Lee to make the most of every dish and cook them each to order.

    Location: 47 Raleigh Rd, Southville, Bristol BS3 1QS, UK

    Open: Tuesday–Friday from 6 pm to 10 pm, Saturday from 12 pm to 3 pm and from 6 pm to 10 pm, Sunday from 12 pm to 4 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +44 (0)117 902 8326



    Go simple and classic with burgers

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    Chomp is one of the best destinations to find reliable comfort food with a more refined twist. The atmosphere is still casual and relaxing, but the taste of their burgers and sandwiches will make you feel as if you're in a fine-dining establishment without the small portions. 

    At Chomp, you can order a massive burger and well-seasoned fries, or you may be more inclined to try one of their hearty steaks. The drinks selection is notably vast, with local and international brews that include obscure craft varieties.

    Location: 10 St Nicholas St, Bristol BS1 1UQ, UK

    Open: Monday–Friday from 6 pm to 11.30 pm, Saturday from 5 pm to 11.30 pm, Sunday from 6 pm to 10 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)7872 354375


    The Lido

    Enjoy the view

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    • Adventure
    • Couples

    The Lido is partially an outdoor spa and swimming pool as the name suggests, but there's also an incredible restaurant within its premise. Noted for being as comfortable as the spa, this restaurant is fully open to patrons wearing robes or swimsuits during their meal. 

    Lido's restaurant describes itself as designed 'in the spirit of hedonism rather than health', so it's truly a place where you can chill out and enjoy yourself with amazing food. They cook each item using fresh ingredients in wood-fired ovens for a more authentic taste without unnecessary pretentiousness.

    Location: Oakfield Place, Clifton, Bristol BS8 2BJ, UK

    Open: Daily from 12 pm to 3 pm and from 6 pm to 10 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)117 933 9530


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    Enjoy refined dishes at this Michelin-starred restaurant

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    Wilks is one of Bristol's most popular restaurants after it was awarded a Michelin star just a year after opening its doors. Inside, you'll find refined cooking that showcases the creativity of its chefs enjoyed within an elegant dining room that's as high-end as it is relaxed. All the ingredients are locally sourced not just from the UK but from local Bristol area producers when possible. To support the local community even further, 

    Wilks also showcases work from local artists on their walls. For a Michelin-starred restaurant, it's relatively affordable, especially if you opt for their 2-course lunch menu. You can enjoy up to a 7-course tasting menu for dinner most days.

    Location: 1-3 Chandos Rd, Redland, Bristol BS6 6PG, UK

    Open: Wednesday–Thursday from 6 pm to 9 pm, Friday–Sunday from 12 pm to 1.30 pm and from 6 pm to 9 pm (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)

    Phone: +44 (0)117 973 7999


    The Pump House

    Visit an iconic Bristol landmark

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    • Food
    • History

    The Pump House was first built around the end of the 19th century. As the name suggests, its original purpose was to house a hydraulic pump that raised and lowered bridges and powered lock gates in the harbour area. The pump that takes care of those efforts today is in another location, and this landmark has been turned into a restaurant. 

    It was extensively refurbished with a mezzanine inside, a bar on the ground floor and a terrace patrons can enjoy outside. The restaurant serves traditional pub food, along with a wide selection of craft beers and wine.

    Location: Merchants Rd, Hotwells, Bristol BS8 4PZ, UK

    Open: Sunday–Thursday from 11 am to 11 pm (closed on Fridays and Saturdays)

    Phone: +44 (0)117 927 2229


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    Oowee Vegan

    Take part in the plant-based revolution

    • Food

    Oowee Vegan offers a variety of comfort food, including burgers, fries, sandwiches, wraps and so much more. The only caveat is that everything is certifiably vegan without a single bit of animal byproduct used at any point. 

    Their meat is vegan, their cheese is vegan and so is every other ingredient. If it weren't for the name, you may not even notice the difference as their offerings have been well-loved by vegans and vegetarians for years now.

    Location: 65 Baldwin St, Bristol BS1 1QZ, UK

    Open: Sunday–Thursday from 11.30 am to 10.30 pm, Friday–Saturday 11.30 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)117 280 0152



    Find sweet festival food

    • Food

    Pieminister is your top choice if you're craving pies in Bristol. There are various kinds available here, so everyone can find something to their liking. Some of the more popular items are their Moo pie, which consists of beefsteak and a gluten-free option, and the Saag Pie-neer which has paneer, potato, spinach, pea and chilli. 

    You'll also find delicious loaded fries available with a variety of toppings like cheese, ham, and jalapeños. Don't forget to check out their desserts. No pie restaurant would be complete without some sweet offerings, such as apple pie and pecan pie.

    Location: 24 Stokes Croft, St Paul's, Bristol BS1 3PR, UK

    Phone: +44 (0)117 942 3322


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