Wil’s Where to Eat in Bristol 2017 Update.

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This is my 2017 update on my 2015 Wil’s where to eat in Bristol list. Hopefully you’ll find it helpful and enjoy some great food. Suggestions / comments welcome.

Not really organised in too specific a way, however the rough split is:

  • Up near me* (20min walk max):
  • Modern:
  • Small Plates / Tapas:
  • Don’t forget:
  • Interesting Places, worth trying:
  • Pizza:
  • Around the Globe:
  • Brunch / Breakfast:
  • Places that do alcohol and some that also do food:

Usual caveats about as going to email this list was accurate, and just be aware chefs / places might change. I will keep a version of this on my blog at wilbevan.wordpress.com

Feedback really welcome

Happy Eating

Wil

* (Start of Filton Avenue)

Up near me (20min walk max):

 

Kimchi Kims (good Korean. Go Saturday night, and get the BBQ special (need to book, but worth it so much. Cheap. Excellent food. BYO. Can ring on Wednesday & order the BBQ for Friday). Romesco – (Neighborhood Italian. Had promising start)
Raj Pavilions  (Near Horfield Swimming Pool.) Zankys (Near Horfield Swimming Pool. Italian)
Tinto Lounge Royal Oak
The Wellington Inn on the Green

 

Modern:

Lido (could even swim and dine…) Adelina Yard ( Welshback)
Camisa ( Centre, 1*) Bulrush (Cotham, one to watch
Wilks (1*) The Caldron (St Werburgs)
Harvey Nicks Second Floor Pasta Loco (Cotham)
Box-E (Whapping Wharf) Wilsons (Redland way, short seasonal menu. Shoots own game / pigeons.)
Wall fish Bistro Flow (Bearpit, veggie)
Birch. ( great hyper local food, have allotment, and just great flavours) Sky Kong Kong (Pan Asian. Amazing flavours / food. £12.50 tea. Great lunch deals when open)
Shop 3 Bistro (Clifton) Greens
The Lock up (Redfield) Glass boat (sadly not a glass floor, but nice food. Bit £)
The Ethercurian (1*) Cau
The Pony and Trap (1*) Spiny Lobster
The Ox Bells Diner & Bar Rooms ( Montpelier, Institution)

 

Small Plates / Tapas:

Paco Tapas (Centre) Bravas (Cotham)
Belita (Cotham – Jambon crockets are brill. Apparently does 10yr old dairy steak for 2 !) Pata Negra (town. V v good)
Poco ( very environmentally friendly, sustainable food)

 

Don’t forget:

Riverstation – classic Bristol. Good set menu Cote – now in the centre and Clifton. Great set menu, v v v good value. & great good.
Biblos – can’t beat a wrap from them, or something a little more substantial. Chilli Daddy (St Nicks Market, Baldwin Street). Some good stuff.
Zazu’s Kitchen The Ivy (Clifton)
Chomp (St Nick’s Market) Burger Therory – at the Golden Lion Pub ( Gloucester Road)
No Mans Grace (chandos road) Matina – in St Nicks Market. Lunchtime only. Sooo good.
Eat a Pitta Giggling Squid (Clifton)
Swoon Gelato The Old Bookshop
The Burger Joint Yurt Lush ( Temple Meads. Good Sunday roast. Do midweek as well)
Fi Real ( Vegan / Veggie, Old Market) The Pump house ( lots of gin too)
Maiterya Social Souk Kitchen ( North Street)
Three Brother Burgers

 

Interesting Places, worth trying:

Owees Dinner ( Picton Street Great dirty fries and burgers. Take out really. Cash only. Worth a trip). Eatchu – (Amazing Gyoza in St Nick’s Market, worth looking for. Very good.)
Café Ronak (Gloucester Road) C & T Licata & Son Ltd – great deli. (Picton Street)
Pho Hannoi. ( Gloucester Road. Looks dingy. Good great. Fairly close to the real thing Spitfire Barbecue ( Hannover Quay)

 

 

Pizza:

Bertha’s Pizza Pi Shop
Flour and Ash Bosco Pizzeria
Pizzarova

Around the Globe:

Raj Pavilions ( by Horfield Swimming Pool) dev’s kerala ( On Gloucester road, heard mixed things
Mayflower – Bearpit Souk Kitchen
Thali Water Sky Restaurant ( Near IKEA, / on top of Chinese supermarket)

 

Brunch / Breakfast:

Bakers & Co (good luck trying to get a table. Little ££. V nice. Apparently also does evening food) Katie & Kims (great food, communal dining. Chorizo Sandwich is awesome)
Heart’s Bakery ( Under the approach to Temple Meads. If you walk towards the police section, there are steps down to save you going round. Pastries excellent, though pricy. Bread good. Also do a lunch deal)

 

 

 

Places that do alcohol and some that also do food:

The Library ( Gloucester Road) The Gloucester Road Ale House ( Gloucester Road)
The Wild Beer Co ( Whapping Wharf) Drapers Arms ( Gloucester Road)
Chums (Chandos Road) Left handed Giant tap room ( St Philips)
Psychopomp (also distil gin!) Bar Buvette ( Baldwin Street)
Turtle Bay (Gloucester Road) Urban Standard (Gloucester Road)
Milkthistle Prince Of wales ( great Pub Lunch last time as LC+ went)
Hobgoblin ( Gloucester Road) The Royal Navy Volunteer – ( behind cabot circus, not near the Old vic
No 63

 

 

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Malmo, Sweden. Plus Copenhagen, Denmark.

The national museum was good – tracing the history of Denmark from 60,000 years ago. Some of the artifacts were interesting – it’s amazing what can be preserved in a peat bog!

Most photos were on my DSLR, but have a selfie ( It was cold and raining):

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I headed out of Copenhagen, towards the Arken Museam of Modern art.

Here I encountered a cow:

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Spots, and a little canapé do for a group, inconveniently getting in the way of the Damien Hirst’s.

I encountered Grayson Perry for the first time, with an interesting tapestry

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. A picture with the title : the day the sky became my ground

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Made me think about death, especially given the shaven head, and thus perhaps cancer and perhaps the title implying heaven is the new place to exist potentially given the person’s position departing the living world. Or it could be day dream related…?

The gallery also had a really interesting exhibition by Gerda Wegener – made more famous though the film the Danish Girl, as the wife of Lili.

It was enjoyable to look at her paintings. A lot were never collected by the Danish state, so the exhibition came from private collections and the French state.

There was something though that I think wasn’t art, though it could have been…

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That evening I went to Banana Joe’s for tea, recommend in multiple places as a cheap good place for food. I’d disagree. Joe was lovely, but the food wasn’t great.

The next day I went to Malmo – it’s less than an hour by train. There is also a famous bridge, over 6km.   Don’t go by train if you want to see the bridge…

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We were below the main deck – drive or get the bus!

In Malmo I meandered about, looking at the famous squares, the art gallery, and ended up having some jolly good Pho – it truly is an obsession:

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I had asked the tourist information lady where she ate and had suggested a local place or a burger place. Having eaten too many of those, I discounted it and looked for the local eatery. However the prices seemed excessive.

Wandering towards the museam, I found the Pho place, and decided to eat there as it was reasonable.

I ended up skipping the museam and found myself walking along the beach towards Ribersborgs Kallbadhus, a famous municipal spa, out in the bay.

Not thinking, I ended up paying to get in and, beyond the point of no return, realised that it was a segregated spa, and everybody was naked.  I thought it was segregated until an older lady popped into the steam spa, which was an added surprise.

I learnt two things: I’m too much of a wimp to cool down in the 0 degree sea, just being outside is fine, and the view out of the spa window was exceptional.

Reinvigorated, and clothed, I left. I snuck a picture of the spar building.

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Apparently, the women had an identical set up on the right hand side. Walking back along the promenade deck, I noticed that the patrons of the Ribersborgs Kallbadhus were a variety of ages – younger, older  and roughly the same age as me.

There was also the tallest building in Scandinavia which looked fantastic:

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Though this picture isn’t as good as teal life or the others I took with my DSLR.

When I got into Sweden, through the border controls,  I visited an ATM  ans withdrew 200 Swedish kroner. I left with 10 remaining – a success I feel.

For dinner that night I ended up passing the world famous

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Before arriving at the Copenhagen Street food place. It was packed, and warm:

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I saw something with gin and elderflower in it, which sounded great. It didn’t mention the bubbles or strawberry through!

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I had a delicious open sandwich, a veal tacco, Duck fat fried chips and a light lemon cheesecake from various stalls:

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All incredibly good, but a tad expensive… But it was my last night.

I ended up in the airport lounge, due to my credit card, a nice bonus when I had a lovely sandwich

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The bread can be incredibly rich and tastey over here! There was a cool cheese cutter that you rotated

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And the chairs were comfy:

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The only problem was that it was Avery long way to the gate. But I made it, and am now writing this on the bus that’s stationary in Bristol’s crap traffic…

If you had read this far – well done and thank you for sticking with me. I’ve some photos and thoughts below that are random ish.

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The loo I used in Sweden was nicely designed – it was not flush against the wall, in fact there was a gap, which I quite enjoyed.

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Also to note in a design shop I saw this, how pretentious!

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Trains have huge spaces for bikes:

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There was a British shop in Malmo:

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And I liked this table, and thought the candlestick holder was clever

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Day 2 & 3

After my last post, I did a fair bit of walking – up to the little mermaid statute, and past an old citadel.

It was cold. The buildings along the waterfront had been blown away, and the sea wind blew relentlessly.

I sort refuge on the water bus, a large yellow boat crisscrossing Copenhagen’s main waterway, and ended up down by the royal Library, where I pondered and wondered some more.

I walked over to Christiansborg, and carried on to the round tower, and walked the 200m up.
It was a good view and the internal tower ramp was pretty interesting to look at. I’ll post some pictures later.

The tower was deemed ground zero in Danish geography, and everything was measured relative to this tower.

I wondered as i was walking down, what it would be like to cycle down it, and considered how disorientated you’d get.

I needed dinner, and went back to last night’s place. I had the buffet, it was OK, though nothing great:

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The spinach, salmon, pasta and copious amounts of cream was a highlight ( bottom left)..

I bumped into my American room mates, who were sat on the table next to me. – a small world!

Ended up going via netto, and then aldi, and found some odd things:

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Carrot rolls anyone?

An ash vacuum cleaner?:

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Diddy snacking carrots?

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And something unidentifiable:

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I ended up in the bar of the hostel last night. Carlsberg, specifically their IPA larger, ain’t great. And leaves a further sour note when you fork out 55kr, roughly £6. The only positive thing this experience gave was that it confirmed I never was and never will be a fan of larger.

Things I’ve been up to on Wednesday:
The day started promisingly –  pouring down with rain. I legged it over to the Amalienborg Museum, but couldn’t initially find it…

I then found it didn’t open until 11 while looking in the marble church, and found it to be dry and warm so I stayed for a bit.

Apparently, though I couldn’t tell, the roof is mostly made of Norwegian marble.

After establishing that I couldn’t find the museum because it hadn’t opened, I appeared outside the entrance as the gate swung open for business..

It was a mildly interesting look through the life of the royal family and their rooms / habits. Of note was a interesting fire place, and a dead polar bear being a rug.

  Luckily, I was able to leave by 11.30,  wondering if the double ticket for both the Rosenborg Castle and here was worth it.

The symmetry of the four palaces was interesting, by my photo only shows one..

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I hopped on a bus and tried to get a ticket, but the driver ignored my pointing and jabbing efforts. When my stop came up, that at least had been established, he helpfully guestulated to where I should find the national museum.

I’ll pick this up later. Night.

Day 2 & 3

After my last post, I did a fair bit of walking – up to the little mermaid statute, and past an old citadel.

It was cold. The buildings along the waterfront had been blown away, and the sea wind blew relentlessly.

I sort refuge on the water bus, a large yellow boat crisscrossing Copenhagen’s main waterway, and ended up down by the royal Library, where I pondered and wondered some more.

I walked over to Christiansborg, and carried on to the round tower, and walked the 200m up.
It was a good view and the internal tower ramp was pretty interesting to look at. I’ll post some pictures later.

The tower was deemed ground zero in Danish geography, and everything was measured relative to this tower.

I wondered as i was walking down, what it would be like to cycle down it, and considered how disorientated you’d get.

I needed dinner, and went back to last night’s place. I had the buffet, it was OK, though nothing great:

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The spinach, salmon, pasta and copious amounts of cream was a highlight ( bottom left)..

I bumped into my American room mates, who were sat on the table next to me. – a small world!

Ended up going via netto, and then aldi, and found some odd things:

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Carrot rolls anyone?

An ash vacuum cleaner?:

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Diddy snacking carrots?

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And something unidentifiable:

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I ended up in the bar of the hostel last night. Carlsberg, specifically their IPA larger, ain’t great. And leaves a further sour note when you fork out 55kr, roughly £6. The only positive thing this experience gave was that it confirmed I never was and never will be a fan of larger.

Things I’ve been up to on Wednesday:
The day started promisingly –  pouring down with rain. I legged it over to the Amalienborg Museum, but couldn’t initially find it…

I then found it didn’t open until 11 while looking in the marble church, and found it to be dry and warm so I stayed for a bit.

Apparently, though I couldn’t tell, the roof is mostly made of Norwegian marble.

After establishing that I couldn’t find the museum because it hadn’t opened, I appeared outside the entrance as the gate swung open for business..

It was a mildly interesting look through the life of the royal family and their rooms / habits. Of note was a interesting fire place, and a dead polar bear being a rug.

  Luckily, I was able to leave by 11.30,  wondering if the double ticket for both the Rosenborg Castle and here was worth it.

The symmetry of the four palaces was interesting, by my photo only shows one..

image

I hopped on a bus and tried to get a ticket, but the driver ignored my pointing and jabbing efforts. When my stop came up, that at least had been established, he helpfully guestulated to where I should find the national museum.

I’ll pick this up later. Night.

After my last post, I did a fair bit of walking – up to the little mermaid statute, and past an old citadel.

It was cold. The buildings along the waterfront had been blown away, and the sea wind blew relentlessly.

I sort refuge on the water bus, a large yellow boat crisscrossing Copenhagen’s main waterway, and ended up down by the royal Library, where I pondered and wondered some more.

I walked over to Christiansborg, and carried on to the round tower, and walked the 200m up.
It was a good view and the internal tower ramp was pretty interesting to look at. I’ll post some pictures later.

The tower was deemed ground zero in Danish geography, and everything was measured relative to this tower.

I wondered as i was walking down, what it would be like to cycle down it, and considered how disorientated you’d get.

I needed dinner, and went back to last night’s place. I had the buffet, it was OK, though nothing great:

image

The spinach, salmon, pasta and copious amounts of cream was a highlight ( bottom left)..

I bumped into my American room mates, who were sat on the table next to me. – a small world!

Ended up going via netto, and then aldi, and found some odd things:

image

Carrot rolls anyone?

An ash vacuum cleaner?:

image

Diddy snacking carrots?

image

And something unidentifiable:

image

I ended up in the bar of the hostel last night. Carlsberg, specifically their IPA larger, ain’t great. And leaves a further sour note when you fork out 55kr, roughly £6. The only positive thing this experience gave was that it confirmed I never was and never will be a fan of larger.

Things I’ve been up to on Wednesday:
The day started promisingly –  pouring down with rain. I legged it over to the Amalienborg Museum, but couldn’t initially find it…

I then found it didn’t open until 11 while looking in the marble church, and found it to be dry and warm so I stayed for a bit.

Apparently, though I couldn’t tell, the roof is mostly made of Norwegian marble.

After establishing that I couldn’t find the museum because it hadn’t opened, I appeared outside the entrance as the gate swung open for business..

It was a mildly interesting look through the life of the royal family and their rooms / habits. Of note was a interesting fire place, and a dead polar bear being a rug.

  Luckily, I was able to leave by 11.30,  wondering if the double ticket for both the Rosenborg Castle and here was worth it.

The symmetry of the four palaces was interesting, but my photo only shows one..

image

I hopped on a bus and tried to get a ticket, but the driver ignored my pointing and jabbing efforts. When my stop came up, that at least had been established, he helpfully guestulated to where I should find the national museum.

I’ll pick this up later. Night.

Money money money

Copenhagen is expensive.

Last night I had a pretty decent burger, although the wedges were a bit odd. Had loads of salad in the burger, and a leaf that looked like cabbage, but wasn’t.

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That was half price, luckily. My OJ drink was the same price, add the  alcoholic drink I had after (this was relatively cheap, I compared prices to elsewhere) and I was down £18!

The Danish minimum wage is higher but then things are also priced higher…

This morning I headed though Kings garden to Rosenborg Castle. This was a palace with some ornate things, including these stunning cabinets – one of which also had a mini organ in. Built in 1780s (I think) they are the highest level of craftsmanship.  Pic to follow.

The next thing was quite funny – this chair:

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Apparently made people wet. No, it wasn’t a torture chair, but a joke chair!

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Just slightly odd….

Also it was odd to see G4S maintaining the castle:

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I hope they are not overcharging the Danish government…

There was also a speaking tube to connect one end of the castle to the other

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I wouldn’t have guessed, before it was pointed out to me…

I also saw the crown jewels – they have nothing on ours… #justsayin

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I then meandered off to the national gallery of Denmark. Saw a lot of paintings, most not to my style or taste – pre 1900 paintings I find dark & gloomy – though the Titan was an exception.

Also saw Matisse’s painting of his wife, which was a joy to look at.

I’m now in the Den Frie Centre of contemporary art, having had excellent soup:

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Enjoying the music and surroundings of a chic museum cafe (hunger was too great, I had only had a banana for breakfast (4kkr) and so the soup  (45kkr) at 2.15 was needed..)

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The exhibition is weird. Honestly:

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I’m going to finish the exhibition, then walk to the little mermaid, get a water taxi down towards the black diamond.

Copenhagen, Denmark

I thought I should resurrect this blog. I’m back on holiday, so I have no excuse. I skipped writing something last summer while in Morocco so here it goes….

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Bye Bristol

I had booked this week off in the hope of going Skiing, but that didn’t happen. At £63 for return flights to Copenhagen, this – especially compared to skiing – was dirt cheap. I paid a price, getting up at 5.20 though…

The flight was fine, made so much better by noise cancelling headphones – last experienced when I flew business class to New York in 2013.

It was pretty chilly when we landed. The excessive clothing I had been wearing in Bristol seemed just right! 0 degrees is manageable though, mainly through strategic placing of my scarf!

Getting into the central station, I was struck how quite it seemed. The beams above looked like they were made of wood.. Who knows.

I grabbed some lunch

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From a cooperative. The guy serving at the deli was slightly surprised at my choice when he deduced I wasn’t Danish. Apparently I’d chosen a national dish. …. I also think he thought I wouldn’t like it, given his questioning look. He said it had pork meat balls and cabbage. I’d also deduced it contained those two items. It was made better by hidden horseradish, and gerhkins. The bread was dense, and squishy, absorbing some of the juices, and there was a creamy butter popping up  every so often.

I’m still full from it.

Meandering up to the hostel I saw

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A Lego shop, with a cool mural / mosaic made out of Lego on wall. Also there was a dragon

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Lego brands seem to have come along since the 1990s!

I’ve been slightly thwarted as most places I want to go have been shut today, but it’s given me a chance to napp, the 5.30 start was a killer, think about what I’m doing for the rest of the week (no idea) and meander about with my camera.

I’ve brought my DSLR camera this time. I’ve never traveled with it before, and it needs to get used / me get better with it. When I get back I’ll upload some photos. In the mean time anything for this blog will be on my phone, so apologies in advance about the quality.