Here at Foozie, we are always excited about new openings, and when it comes to a place as buzzing for food and drink as Bristol, we are never short of a few options. 2017 saw a flock of new and marvellous restaurants and bars grace our city, and it doesn’t look like things are going to slow down come 2018. We’ve kept our ears to the ground to try and find out what’s in store, and we are all in for much more deliciousness!
Address: St. Stephens Street, Bristol BS2
We have been giddy with excitement over the imminent opening of Pasta Ripiena, the new ravioli bar on St. Stephens Street to come from the gang at Pasta Loco. Keeping things within the family, chef Joe Harvey (previously of Bellita and Bell’s Diner) will oversee the pasta parcels and we cannot wait for the doors to open within the next few months. If it’s anything like it’s Cotham Hill counterpart, it will be full every evening.
Address: 2 Portwall Lane, Bristol BS1
Inspired by ‘fire, meat and music’ Pasture will be opening early this year on Portwall Lane. The steak house and cocktail bar is the brainchild of Sam Elliott, who used to work as a chef director for Jamie’s Italian. Judging by the restaurants Instagram page, Sam is looking to use only the finest in local ingredients and top drops from our Bristol breweries. We are excited to see how it stands up to our other Bristol offerings.
Address: 213 Gloucester Road, Bristol
One member of the Foozie team is particularly excited about this new opening… the arrival of Burger Bear. After teasing us with burger porn shots on social and a pop-up last April in his hometown of St. Werburghs, it looks like burger fans will finally be able to rejoice come February. Burger bear has a huge fanbase up in London and will open in the old Bagel Boy site on Gloucester Road.
Address: Clifton Down, Bristol
We don’t know too much about Happy Bird just yet, other than the claim they will be serving the ‘best chicken in Bristol’ – we hope they are right! If there is one thing we are crying out for, it’s decent fried chicken, so whilst the management are currently remaining tight-lipped, we are keeping our eyes out for more developments for this new restaurant which will be opening in Clifton.
More burgers? Yes please. We do not have confirmation of where the new Honest Burgers site will be, but they staged a pop-up at Moor Beer last summer to test the waters and it proved popular. These guys have quite the following in London, who love their British cooking approach and we can’t wait to try them out once they open their doors to us.
For the brave souls amongst you, 2018 will see naked dining come to Bristol. Whilst much hasn’t been given away (apart from that you’ll have to take your clothes off) we’ll be intrigued to see how this goes down! Volunteers anyone?
Address: 6-8 St. Nicholas Street, Bristol BS1
Roots Lounge promises to bring vegetarian and vegan dishes to customers whilst they enjoy a friendly and relaxed atmosphere in Bristol’s Old City. The unit (next to Chomp) is set to open its doors in February 2018.
Address: Queen’s Road, Bristol
This two-floor restaurant and cocktail bar promises to be extravagant and elegant, with over £1m being spend on the refurbishment. They have other venues dotted across the U.K., but these cocktails are going to have to stand up to Bristol’s best – we look forward to seeing whether they are in for the challenge!
Dawkins & Arbor Ales Taprooms
Address: Easton, Bristol
Bristol didn’t do too badly for beer in 2017 with some great breweries opening up. This looks set to continue in the new year as we will see the Dawkins Ales taproom open in Easton at the beginning of February (there are whispers that Arbor may also be joining the Easton neighbourhood too).
Address: 69 Park Street, Bristol
Remember Goldbrick House? (RIP). Well, The Florist is the new resident in this impressive building and they promise a sensory and elegant space to enjoy good food, fragrant cocktails and live music. There will be lots going on in the Victorian inspired townhouse and we can’t wait to see the transformation.
Some of our favourite restaurants are said to be opening second sites in 2018 so we can enjoy more of the same delicious dishes! This is what we know so far…
They won our ‘Best Casual Dining’ award in 2016 for their impressive crate restaurant which provides some perfect pork treats and now Pigsty look set to open site number 2 (hopefully with more space – hurrah!) No details have been confirmed yet but Gloucester Road is looking likely.
With their immense popularity and fan base it only seemed like a matter of time before Pizzarova opened another site and we couldn’t be happier! We don’t know where it will be yet, so eyes peeled pizza fans.
Great things do come in small packages and Wokyko has proved that with the Asian inspired restaurant in Cargo becoming a popular spot for both delicious and reasonable lunches and dinners. The new Wokyko site will be in the old Cafe Nero venue at the top of Park Street.