While this list is in no particular order, we wanted to put Adelina Yard at the top because it is a firm favourite between us all at Foozie Bristol. Plus, having officially opened on the first weekend in January, it was probably the first new opening of the year.
Headed up by chef’s Jamie Randall and Olivia Barry, Adelina Yard is Bristol’s current fine-dining superstar. They provide both a la carte and tasting menus, with the latter being one of the best dining experiences in the city.
Queen Quay, Welsh Back, Bristol, BS1 4SL
Smoking Buns @ The Love Inn
Moving away from fine-dining, but in no way less impressive: Smoking Buns launched at The Love Inn a week or so days ago and is serving seriously impressive burgers.
From the same guys that brought us Chicken Shack, Smoking Buns has a small but mighty menu of American style burgers and hot dogs that they smoke themselves. If they’re anywhere near as good as their chicken burgers, they’ll be some of the best in Bristol.
84 Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3QY
From the gang that brought you Hyde & Co., The Milk Thistle and Pata Negra comes an exciting new addition to Bristol’s City Centre. Bambalan is a vibrant and spacious cafe-restaurant-bar all rolled into one! It also has an incredible roof terrace overlooking the centre for those sunny days. Serving up fresh and healthy Mediterranean and North African style food alongside breakfast, teas and coffees and a full bar selection, Bambalan is already proving very popular.
Colston Tower, Colston St, Bristol BS1 4RD
Pizza is big news in Bristol at the moment. With the pulled pork craze starting to dwindle, pizza has stepped into the limelight and is having its moment. Pizzarova opened on Gloucester Road at the beginning of the year and has been getting glowing reviews about their sourdough creations. They’re also the first to open at the exciting new Whapping Wharf development.
And as if providing amazing pizzas wasn’t enough; they’ve launched one of the most exciting foodie campaigns Bristol has ever seen. Win one of their Pink Cards and you’ll be entitled to free, unlimited pizza for you and your friends – FOREVER!
289 Gloucester Rd, Bristol, BS7 8NY
Bangkok Joe’s opened in Redcliffe only a few weeks ago, offering lunch and evening menus with classic Thai dishes with French influences. It’s the latest offering from the guys behind Baowow (now Khao & Bow), Sticks & Broth and Hanoi Coffee Co.
2 Portwall Ln, Bristol BS1 6NB
Brigstow Bar & Kitchens
The Brigstow Bar and Kitchen is the most scenic of Bristol’s new openings, with views across the harbour and the SS Great Britain. With Andy Clatworthy in the kitchen (former chef at The Rummer) their brunch, dinner and tasting menus are a must-try. They change monthly and the Sunday lunch has quickly become one of the hottest in Bristol. Brigstow Bar & Kitchen is definitely one of the most beautiful on the list.
Millennium Promenade, Bristol BS1 5SY
The Cauldron in St Werburghs has an emphasis on providing ethically and locally sourced produce, cooked using heirloom cookery methods from many different cultures around the world.
Chefs Henry and Lucia use solid fuels like charcoal to rediscover ways of creating classic dishes, and globally influenced cuisine. It’s a lot of fun and one of our favourite openings this year.
98 Mina Road, Bristol, BS2 9XW
G Brothers Pizza
Sourdough pizza, baked with handpicked, locally sourced ingredients in a sustainable wood-fire oven: that’s what G Brothers Pizza is all about! They’re based in Easton and serve their delicious pizzas from their rather large truck.
19 Lena Street, Bristol, BS5 6DB
Making big waves in the food community, Bulrush has already established itself as a must-visit in Bristol. With a big emphasis on foraging and producing menu’s that reflect the seasons, you can be certain that every ingredient in your dish will be fresh. Bulrush showcase what the South West has to offer in terms of local produce and it is evident that the menu has been created with passion and flair for food. They offer an A La Carte menu, a tasting menu and a set weekday/weekend lunch menu for an incredible value. This place needs to be on your food hit list!
21 Cotham Rd, Bristol, BS6 5TZ
For fresh, Asian inspired food then look no further than the team at Tuk Tuck. With delicious food at a great value, this city centre favourite is perfect for lunch or an evening meal. The Bimimbap (Korean rice, seven different types of seasoned vegetables, a fried egg and a choice of chicken, beef, mushroom and Tofu) is particularly good and great to order if you are new at this sort of cuisine. However, you can also enjoy Korean pancakes, Kimbap Sushi, Salad boxes and Thai Red Curry from their menu.
5 St Stephen’s St, Bristol BS1 1EE
Prince Street Social
From the guys who also brought us King Street Brew House comes the Prince Street Social. Completely different to the former, Prince Street Social is a restaurant with a more upmarket feel, however, you can enjoy drinks in the bar area where they have a great selection of cocktails. The restaurant has brunch, all day and Sunday Roast menus – with a great selection of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes. You can see the chef’s at work while you wait for your food, and with a light and modern interior, it feels a bit special.
34-37 Prince St, Bristol BS1 4PS
The Vietnamese entry on our list, Pho opened on Corn Street recently. If you are unsure what ‘Pho’ is, it is a unique Vietnamese style soup which contains vegetables, noodles and any meat of your choice. The restaurant itself is large and decorated with artwork from the Vietnamese street scene and the menu is varied so you can stay away from Pho and explore as much Vietnamese food as your heart desires.
28 Clare St, Bristol BS1 1YA
You may have walked by Yatta Sushi before and not realised, as it is tucked away on Nelson Street, close to Broadmead’s shopping centre. They have an ‘all you can eat’ menu for £16.80, so you can try all of their Sushi dishes if you can fit them in! They also have a main a la carte menu, which at lunchtime is half price, as well as doing takeaway food.
5 Nelson St, Bristol BS12JT
If you haven’t experienced the enticing smells whilst strolling past or tasted one of the many sandwiches coming from Pickle’s van on Redcliffe Way then now is the time to try this popular vendor, especially as they have also recently opened a second site at Underfall Yard (with deck chairs and everything). The menu changes weekly and you can expect to find an exciting range of sandwiches, wraps, jackets, stews and cakes. Why not go for a stroll alongside the beautiful harbourside and stop for a ‘Hot Chick’ baguette or a ’Goat Buster’ sandwich? Get yourself in a Pickle!
Underfall Yard, Cumberland Rd, Bristol, Avon BS1 6XG
This family-run, Korean restaurant, Kimchi Kim, has been getting glowing reviews from Bristol’s foodie community. With a modest menu consisting of signature Korean dishes, all at very reasonable prices. If you have not tried Bibimbap (highly recommended) or Kimchi before then you really should – or even treat yourself on a weekend to their Saturday Special Korean BBQ!
362, Gloucester Rd, Bristol, Avon BS7 8TP
The Lock Up
The Lock-Up is a new all-day affair situated in Redfield and is already creating a buzz on Church Road. The kitchen is headed up by the former head chef at Yurt Lush, serving brunch, dinner and Sunday lunch and other classic dishes. Most brunch dishes come in at roughly £5 and the most expensive dinner main being £15, so it’s very reasonable. They’ve also got a stunning outside terrace area, which is perfect for summer days.
182 Church Rd, Bristol, BS5 9HX
Serving vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free meals, there is something for everyone with healthy food across the menu. Real community spirit in this place which is one of the things we all love about Bristol.
2 Roman Road, Bristol, BS5 6DH
Places to Drink
We’re huge fans of Psychopomp here at Foozie, so the news that they were opening their own micro-distillery with a bar got us very excited – and it’s more than we could ever have wished for. The beautiful copper bar and gin stills make a lovely place to enjoy a G& T while learning a bit about the process.
They’ve recently hosted their first gin tasting event, so keep your eyes on Foozie for new dates coming soon.
145 Saint Michael’s Hill, Bristol BS2 8DB
To The Moon
To The Moon recently opened on Midland Road, just off Old Market and it’s a wonderfully quirky place to hang out with a beer. With good music and an ethos on locally sourced and sustainable drinks and clothing labels, this is sure to be a popular spot.
29 Midland Rd, Bristol, BS2 0JT
Chums is Bristol’s second micropub and has caused quite a stir since opening in April. Based on Chandos Rd, the owner, Mark, has put a ban on any electronics and mod-cons; so no mobile phones, iPads, music or game boys allowed. The emphasis here is on real ales, but you’ll find a small range of ciders and wines as well.
22 Chandos Rd, Bristol, BS6 6PF
White Rabbit brings beer and pizza together in what used to be the Richmond pub in Redland. Expect a good selection of pizzas and lots of craft beers – what more could you ask for?! If their launch event is anything to go by, this place is going to be very busy.
33 Gordon Rd, Bristol, BS8 1AW
Latin flavours, locally sourced and made with love is the moto at Este Café in Greenbank.
Run by Sooz, a Columbian, and her Brazilian partner, Este is the latest café/restaurant to open in Easton; one of Bristol’s foodie hot-spots. They have a menu of British and Latin American dishes, but it’s all about the empanadas and the fresh, homemade salsa. The small but gorgeous cafe is an instagramers paradise and has really quickly adopted the community spirit that Easton is famous for. Tip: try the smoothie. Ridiculous!
7 Greenbank Rd, Bristol, BS5 6EZ
Hanoi Coffee Company
Hanoi Coffee Company serves delicious banh mi: a Vietnamese baguette with a range of Asian fillings. Star of the show here though is definitely the coffee. They specialise in Vietnamese, slow drip coffee and unless you’ve tried it before, it’ll be like no coffee you’ve ever tasted. It’s served to your table in a cardboard cup with a metal dripper placed on top, which the coffee comes from. Served with optionally condensed milk it’s strong, thick and very moreish. Just don’t drink it before bed!
29 St Stephen’s St, Bristol, BS11JX
Cafe and florist rolled into one, Emmeline has opened on Cheltenham Road, next door to the Pipe & Slippers. Beautiful bouquets of flowers line up outside and you are able to get breakfast, lunch, cake and hot and cold drinks to take away here (the grilled sandwiches adoring their Instagram page emmeline_bristol look pretty damn good as well).
116 Cheltenham Road, Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS6 5RW
The Crafty Egg
The clue is in the name for this new cafe in Stokes Croft, as eggs are the main focus of their menu. Formally Hoopers House, this place is now light and airy, as well as cosy and comfortable. Brunch, bagels and baked eggs are on offer here (the Afghan Eggs with spicy tomato sauce look particularly epic) – alongside something ‘a bit’ more healthy. Brunch has never looked so good – especially when you can sit and admire the fantastic Stokes Croft graffiti from the window!
113 Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1 3RW
Chance & Counters
Chance & Counters is Bristol’s first dedicated board gaming cafe, tucked at the bottom of Christmas Steps. It’s a purpose-built space that board gamers of all ages and abilities can enjoy, from casual players to seasoned strategists. There is a cover charge to play games, which starts at £4 for non-members and less for those with annual memberships. It looks like a lot of fun and the game’s options look very extensive. It’s certainly been popular already.
20 Christmas Steps, Bristol, BS1 5BS
Kale & Kettle
A new vegan offering in Stokes Croft, Kale & Kettle is a modern but minimalist cafe/restaurant serving no more than three menu choices each day, alongside a selection of juices and cakes. The focus here is on simple yet tasty options, the menu includes noodle pots, salad boxes and Akkras in a bun (take one look at their Instagram page kaleandkettle and you will most certainly be salivating). A haven for Bristol’s vegans and something different if you want to try delicious food and take a break from meat.
27 Stokes Croft, Bristol, Avon BS1 3PY
Tucked away in St James Arcade Broadmead is Speck Brothers, a Bavarian Deli and Bistro ran by siblings Darius and Joachim who decided to set up shop selling cuisine from their hometown. The Alpen style hideaway serves treats such as cured meats, cheeses, Flammkuchen (Germany’s answer to pizza), pork dumplings and currywurst alongside other authentic dishes and cakes. You can also pop in and grab one of their sandwiches if you’re not able to stay and enjoy the surroundings. A taste of Bavaria in central Bristol, this is a great independent addition on the list.
The Arcade, Broadmead, Bristol BS1 3DX
Tincan Coffee Co.
Over on North Street is the new independent Tincan Coffee. What started out as coffee trucks trading at festivals, Tincan now has a permanent home in Bedminster. Serving specialist and seasonal coffees, Tincan want to showcase both old and new great coffees to customers, so the drinks menu is subject to change and there is always a guest espresso to try. All of their coffee is roasted by their friends over at Clifton Coffee and you can also enjoy salads and savouries or perhaps treat yourself to a cake or pastry.
234 North St, Bristol, BS3 1JD
New Bakers and Roasters, Bakesmiths has a prominent spot on the corner of Whiteladies Road and is the sister to Cakesmiths in St. Philips. They promise to deliver fresh, great food all baked or roasted on site – in full view of the public (great news in a city like Bristol where keeping it local is often a prominent theme on the food scene). Exciting developments here include a development bakery and test kitchen upstairs on site, where they will host pop-ups and evening events.
65 Whiteladies Rd, Bristol, BS8 2LY
Craftisan is a lovely concept cafe and craft shop rolled into one. Situated on the Wells Road in Totterdown, this kitsch addition to the list offers hot drinks and cakes as well as rolling out craft courses for the creative ones amongst us. Why not enjoy a coffee and feel inspired.
186 Wells Rd, Bristol, BS4 2AL
Door & Rivet
Door & Rivet opened in Stokes Croft recently. It feels like a secret, hidden away on Upper York Street in the old crypt and promises to ‘never be the same place twice’. They serve craft coffees and a selection of breakfast and lunch options but they also stock and sell one-off vintage items for the home. Small and unassuming, there is a real sense of community with Door & Rivet and an eclectic mix of design and food.
The Old Crypt City Road Baptist Church, Upper York Street, Stokes Croft, BS2 8TP
Bringing a brand new concept to Bristol is OOWEE Pudding, who deliver their amazing desserts to your door. That’s right, pudding delivery! And not just any old puddings, we’re talking next-level, super indulgent, off-the-richter puddings.
You’ve probably been to one of Bristol’s many gelato bars. They’ve become really popular over the last couple of years and have created some really interesting and much needed, boozeless hang-outs. But honestly, if you haven’t been to Swoon on Park Street then you haven’t tried the best.
31 College Green, Bristol BS1 5TB
If you have a sweet tooth then you might want to get yourself down to The Parlour on Cheltenham Road. An independent Ice Cream Parlour and coffee shop, this is a fun, family-friendly venue with a relaxed atmosphere and a bright retro feel. Alongside the vast amount of ice-cream flavours to try here, there is also an extensive list of sweet pancakes and waffles on the menu (Nutella anyone?!) and you can also make your own Sundaes (I can feel the calories already). They also serve breakfast and rustic slices for lunch, with vegan options available.
243 Cheltenham Rd, Bristol BS6 5QP