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6 Unmissable Independent Food Stops in Bristol

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Whether you are Bristol born and bred, here to study or just enjoying experiencing the city’s unique charm, it is no secret that Bristol is bursting with an array of independent eateries for you to try. There’s no denying that you’re spoilt for choice with plenty of options for everyone. So, whether you’re looking for the best breakfasts, a spot of lunch or perhaps a break from the usual run-of-the-mill chains, here are my 6 unmissable independent food stops in Bristol.

Ironworks Supply Co.

The popular Ironworks café is located a stone’s throw away from the city centre. For lovers of breakfast and brunch, Ironworks has everything you could ask for. To name a few of their options, they have scrumptious pancake stacks and breakfast burritos, as well as a selection of bagels and a classic breakfast. Fear not those of you who aren’t morning people, this menu is served from opening till 4pm, giving you enough time to indulge. Also, from midday on Mondays to Saturdays, their lunch menu includes flatbread pizzas, burgers, and luscious lamb kofta. With reasonable prices and an amazing menu, you’ll be sure to visit this one at least a couple of times! 51 Broad Street, Bristol, BS1 2EP

Mud Dock Café

For unbeatable views of Bristol’s harbourside and fantastic food, the Mud Dock Café is the place to go. Whether you’re after a morning pick-me-up, relaxed lunch or dinner-for-two, then the Mud Dock café is unmissable. Perhaps accompany your meal with a drink from their diverse menu, which will undoubtedly tickle your taste buds. With several options suitable for everyone, there’s no need to worry if you require gluten-free or dairy-free options. 40 The Grove, Bristol, BS1 4RB

The Bristolian

Hidden away from the business of Stokes Croft, The Bristolian Café and Bistro serves hearty breakfasts, including delicious vegetarian and vegan options which are all made from free-range produce only. This unique gem is filled with character and there’s no better place to enjoy one (or two!) of their delightful homemade cakes. If you’re looking for somewhere for a leisurely lunch or dinner, their bistro style menu includes tasty quesadillas, burgers and tapas. 2 Picton Street, Bristol, BS6 5QA

The Cowshed

The Cowshed’s passion for providing great meat, fish and seasonal produce for their vegetarian options shows how much they pride themselves on bringing a taste of the west country to Bristol. From steaks and burgers to fish and risotto, their selection of menus are truly spoiling us. Get yourself two courses of their lunch menu served Monday to Saturday from 12pm to 3pm for just £11.95. Or even add a third course for just an extra £2! It’s worth taking yourself away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre and into the beautiful Clifton for this one. 44-46 Whiteladies Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2NH

Bosco Pizzeria

Lovers of Italian food look no further. With two locations in Bristol, Bosco Pizzeria is one to check out. They have perfected their Neapolitan style pizza after taking inspiration from Naples, New York and San Francisco. Their open kitchen and wood-fired ovens offer a distinctive style of dining where you can watch your food being prepared and cooked. Not fancying pizza? Then give one of their pasta dishes a try, including a classic carbonara or puttanesca. Perhaps even cleanse your palate with a refreshing Aperol Spritz. Buon appetito! 96 Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2QX / 29 Regent Street, Bristol, BS8 4HR

The Kitchen

Finally, The Kitchen is a quirky community kitchen run by the YMCA, who offer employment, training and volunteering opportunities to gain experience in the hospitality industry. Servers of fabulous food, their dishes use as many local suppliers as possible, as well as going organic where they can. Pop in for their daily special, mezze or even a sweet treat. If you’re lucky, relax and unwind in the sun in their yard, where they also have a herb garden for their kitchen. The Station, Silver Street, Bristol, BS1 2AG

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GRB Blog Author and Student - Hannah Sampson

Hannah is an English Language and Linguistics student from the University of the West of England. She enjoys writing and reading in her spare time.

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