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Hearty French food at our relaxed and friendly brasseries in Bristol and Bath
Join us for a light lunch with friends, dinner deux, a celebration or just a drink at the bar. Our menu is created by Raymond Blanc, inspired by his mothers seasonal country cooking. Open 7 days a week for la carte, our great value set menus and Sunday roasts.

Ground Floor, Francis Hotel, 6-11 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HH. Tel. 01225 303 860. bath@brasserieblanc.com The Friary Building, Cabot Circus, Bristol, BS1 3DF . Tel. 01179 102 410. bristol@brasserieblanc.com

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Welcome to the Bristol & Bath Food & Drink Guide 2013. On the following pages youll nd a wide range of options for eating out in the region. To help you make your selection, each review features a coloured tab to denote the restaurants location just reference the map and key below.
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Contents

Foreword................2 Fine Dining.............3 ...6 Modern European. .......9 Modern British. Farmers Market. ...19 British..................19 Bistro...................21 Seafood................22 Fish & Chips.........23

Vegetarian Deli.....24 Caf & Deli...........24 Persian.................25 .....................25 Caf. Restaurant & Caf...29 Tearoom................30 French..................30 .........32 Cocktail Bar. Bar & Restaurant...33

Mexican. ...............36 Magic Bar. ............37 Gastropub.............39 Grill. .....................44 Bar & Grill. ...........45 Italian American. ...46 Italian. ..................47 Pizzeria................51 Traditional............52 Moroccan. .............66

Nepalese...............67 International.........67 Thai......................68 Chinese.................69 Chinese Buffet.......70 Japanese...............70 Indian...................71 .........77 Chef proles. Index....................80

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The cost of producing this guide has been met by advertising revenues from the restaurants featured within. We only include restaurants that we know, from either experience or recommendation, provide a quality service, and our journalists review the majority of the establishments. However, some reviews are supplied by third parties, and no review in this guide should be taken as a direct recommendation by Food & Drink Guides Ltd. Restaurants featuring in their contact details have both disabled access and a toilet suitable for wheelchair users. This information has been provided by the restaurants in question and should be conrmed prior to visiting. Printed April 2013.

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Foreword

Raymond Blanc
Unlike this foreword where my words will still be the same 12 months from now my philosophy with ingredients is focused on change, keeping them fresh as we work with the gems that Mother Nature throws our way season by season. I know I am on familiar turf here with the food lovers of Bristol and Bath seasonality seems to be in your blood and there is a clear passion in this part of the world for using fresh, local, natural foods. If food is seasonal then it is fresh and more than likely from close to home. It generally has better avour, nutrients, colour and texture whats not to love? It is up to each and every one of us be it consumer or chef to make responsible food choices. We are starting to look at food from the inside now, and understand the impact we have when we impose aesthetic ideals on Mother Nature today, we can all appreciate the beauty of a knobbly imperfect carrot. We have a talented set of chefs here in the West that utilise what is available to them naturally in the locale. It gives me great pleasure to introduce some of that talent to you in the following pages of this Bristol & Bath Food & Drink Guide. These chefs are united by the common inspiration provided by the two historic cities they call home and the surrounding countryside. The cities diners therefore have every type of cuisine going available to them, from the best in traditional British dishes and European cuisine to excellent street food, superb world food and plenty of award-winners. When we opened Brasserie Blanc in Bath in 2012, I was privileged to meet many wonderful local people involved in the food industry, from suppliers to producers and retailers all of whom I am sure have the words quality, fresh food tattooed on them from head to toe. Diners of the West are a lucky bunch indeed. I have long championed a culture that takes a more considered, sustainable approach to food, something which seems to be at the heart of Bristol and Baths food scene. I truly believe, as I know many of you do, that good food ethics are essential to our planets healthy future and they provide us with exciting everchanging avours throughout the year. Enjoy exploring what these two cities have to offer.

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Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa


Location Colerne, Nr. Chippenham, SN14 8AZ t: 0844 683 2184 w: www.lucknampark.co.uk e: reservations@lucknampark.co.uk

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Wi An English manor with Greek ourishes, Lucknam Park has the power to strip you of all your cares. With utes of Champagne in hand we browsed the menu gourmand as the atmosphere and impeccable hospitality immersed us in another world. * 70 Amuse-bouches glided in; silver teaspoons offered delicate mouthfuls of poached quails eggs and chicken wings stuffed with celeriac pure. Our appetites suitably whetted, silver service awaited us in The Park restaurant. Poached Devonshire Rose veal proffered a pure avour and sublime texture, and the roasted Scottish diver scallops with carrot pure, a spiced pork croquette and a raisin and caper vinaigrette was presented with sophisticated air. Dessert passion fruit cream on a buttery biscuit base adorned with lime leaf, lemongrass and mango looked stunning and tasted simply divine. Richard Edwards was the chef responsible for our culinary journey, part of Michelin-starred executive chef Hywel Jones (chef prole Open: Tues-Sat 6.30pmpage 77) talented brigade. 10pm; Sun 12.30pm-2.30pm Luxurious rooms and beautiful grounds (last orders) make Lucknam the ultimate destination for a relaxing weekend away. Perhaps unwind in The Spa before partaking in a spot of lunch in adjoining restaurant, The Brasserie, which uses ingredients from Lucknams own kitchen garden. The garden is under the guidance of vegetable and micro-grower Lou OGrady and its produce is also utilised in Lucknam Parks new cookery school. With so much on offer, the full Lucknam experience is something that simply has to be enjoyed rsthand. *Price represents the cost of a three-course meal. Fine Dining RK 20 30
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Location 1-3 Chandos Road, Redland, Bristol, BS6 6PG t: 0844 683 9793 w: www.wilksrestaurant.co.uk e: info@wilksrestaurant.co.uk Wilks is a modern, vibrant restaurant on Chandos Road in Redland. It offers creative, accomplished cooking at affordable prices, a relaxed informal dining room and attentive, knowledgeable service from friendly staff. The team champions all that is local, including farmers, growers, suppliers, and even local artists who exhibit their work in the restaurant. The cooking at Wilks is light and modern with an emphasis on clean avours and seasonal ingredients of extraordinary freshness and quality. Inspired by his experiences and travels, the cooking style of head chef James Wilkins (chef prole page 78) and his team unites creative interpretations of classical avour combinations with both traditional and modern cooking techniques. In keeping with many peoples desire for a healthier lifestyle, butter and cream are used sparingly, ensuring that dishes are light and full of natural avour. Menus feature products that are traceable and homemade, and Open: Weds-Sat noon-2pm, wherever possible they use wild foods 6pm-10pm; Sun noon-4pm, from the UK, in particular the West 6pm-9pm Country. Local beers and ales are available, as well as an approachable wine list which reects Wilks close partnership with suppliers and features biodynamic wines and varieties produced by small wineries.

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The Dining Room at Whatley Manor


Location Easton Grey, Malmesbury, SN16 0RB t: 01666 822 888 w: www.whatleymanor.com e: reservations@whatleymanor.com If a dining experience is to be awarded a Michelin star, it has to be something pretty special. If the bestowal of two Michelin stars is appropriate, then diners can expect the stuff of gastronomic dreams. Whatley Manor offers such an experience; its the kind normally reserved for fantasy. The promise of total escapism is delivered upon, even before arrival at this Grade II listed manor house in the folds of stunning Cotswold countryside. Leaving the everyday behind, the journey along the lengthy drive, anked by 12 acres of superbly kept gardens, leads to a spectacular manor house hidden, at rst, behind huge oak gates. The courtyard beyond frames the hotel, which holds the luxury of the Aquarias Spa, a boardroom, a 40-seat cinema, 23 stunning individually designed bedrooms, the informal brasserie, Le Mazot, and award-winning restaurant, The Dining Room (chef prole page 78). The Dining Room is the stage for head chef Martin Burges culinary wizardry to be performed. Since the hotels 2003 opening, Martin has led Whatley Manor to the procurement not only of two Michelin stars, but numerous other prestigious accolades, including four AA rosettes and his own Grand Chef title from Relais & Chteaux. Menus reect the fastidious approach that Martin takes for sourcing only the nest ingredients. The la carte menu is balanced in all its delicious elements, while the seven-course tasting menu is a owing symphony of avour and texture. With opening and closing chapters of amuse-bouches and handmade petits fours, the current tasting menu holds such dishes as foie gras ballotine served with poached quince, sauterne jelly and reduced balsamic, preparing the palate for loin of venison, roasted dressed with its own sausage, 100-per-cent-cocoa bitter chocolate and reduced Shiraz. Poussin, slow poached and pan fried, dressed with foie gras cassonade, Morteau sausage and trufe exemplies Martins innovative contemporary French style and extensive knowledge. Following a selection of French and English cheese, an exquisite pre-dessert prepares you for a glorious nale of prune and orange souf and Armagnac ice cream. The wine list administers an oenophiles adventure, boasting a meticulously sourced collection including unusual and rare bottles. Providing unrivalled service, superlative food and a setting among the nest the English countryside has to offer, Whatley Manor is a place for the most special of occasions. *79 represents the cost of a three-course meal, choosing from the la carte menu. 99 represents the cost of the seven-course tasting menu.

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The Bath Priory Hotel & Restaurant


Location Weston Road, Bath, BA1 2XT t: 0844 683 2179 w: www.thebathpriory.co.uk e: mail@thebathpriory.co.uk The Bath Priory has a long-held reputation as the devoted foodies ne-dining destination of choice in Bath. Under the direction of executive head chef Michael Caines, MBE holder of two Michelin stars at sister hotel Gidleigh Park the young team here create a variety of sublime dishes with air and style. Having learnt his art at an impressive pedigree of Michelin properties, head chef Sam Moody is now cooking up a storm at The Bath Priory. Passionate about provenance and big on avour, Sam ensures a memorable culinary experience that diners return to sample time and again.

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The light and airy Priory Restaurant, which overlooks the hotels beautiful gardens, promotes a relaxed and easy ambience. Here, dining is an occasion to enjoy, so take your time to savour whats on offer. This might include langoustine cannelloni or Salisbury mallard with pat en crote to start, perhaps followed by turbot poached in trufe butter or venison with juniper. Join the team for an informal Food Served: Mon-Sun mid-week lunch or early dinner, and be 12.30pm-2.30pm, 3pm-5pm, sure to look out for renowned tasting 6.30pm-9.30pm menus and dining events with Michael Caines and head sommelier Guillaume Gorichon too. Morning coffee and afternoon tea are available daily, and a three-course Sunday lunch at 42 is sure to satisfy. Pre-booking is always recommended do visit the website for details of seasonal offers and forthcoming events. *Price represents the cost of a two-course meal.

Location 16a St Thomas Street, Bristol, BS1 6JJ t: 0844 683 2196 w: www.dynasty-bristol.co.uk e: info@dynasty-bristol.co.uk A rm xture on Bristols eating-out scene for over 13 years, Dynasty is widely regarded as a favourite for foodies. The proud owner of an array of awards, Dynasty has been declared one of the UKs top ve Chinese restaurants by The Observer and on perusing the extensive menu, all becomes clear. Dishes range from the classics, such as chicken in fresh lemon sauce, to more authentic regional dishes such as braised belly of pork with taro.Not to mention the famous dim sum selection, made daily and cooked fresh to order by a team of specialist chefs. The traditional decor and friendly atmosphere help make this the perfect place to enjoy the authentic Chinese cuisine on offer and the service is top-notch. Select one of the numerous set menus and be suitably wowed. The rst course might well comprise a mixed platter of sesame prawn toast, honey spare ribs, chicken satay, spring rolls and crispy seaweed. Following this, freshly shredded crispy Open: Mon-Sat aromatic duck with pancakes, plum noon-11.30pm; sauce and vegetable garnish is a Sun noon-10.30pm particularly worthy choice. Chicken in black bean sauce, Hong Kong-style sweet-and-sour pork, stir-fried vegetables and special fried rice make a ne nale. Handpicked from Hong Kong and China for their exceptional culinary skills, Dynastys chefs convey their experience with every mouthful. All in all, for a taste of the East in the West, Dynasty is the place to be.

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The Royal Crescent Hotel


Location 16 Royal Crescent, Bath, BA1 2LS t: 0844 683 9794 w: www.royalcrescent.co.uk e: info@royalcrescent.co.uk A truly rened dining experience awaits you at the Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa in Bath. A ve-star Relais & Chteaux property, the hotel houses an exceptional three-AA-rosette restaurant overlooking secluded gardens with a kitchen headed by the talented David Campbell. The Dower House Restaurant offers several different menus; from luxurious lunches and rst-class afternoon teas to the option of exquisite seasonal dinners youll nd each more tempting than the last. All ingredients are conscientiously sourced and expertly prepared for awless results. Imaginative dishes such as mushroom gnocchi with chargrilled gem lettuce and walnut vinaigrette, and roast squab pigeon accompanied by grilled leek and lettuce will have you talking about your visit to The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa for quite some time. Wonderful private dining options are also available in some very special places within the hotel. *Price represents the cost of the three-course seasonal menu.

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No.4 Clifton Village


Location Rodney Place, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 4HY t: 0844 683 9796 w: www.no4cliftonvillage.co.uk No.4s blend of Georgian charm and contemporary style makes it a rened yet relaxed venue, perfect for everything from weddings and parties to dining deux. From our rst glance at the menu, we could see why No.4 has been awarded an AA rosette each dish was as mouth-watering as the last, making our decision pleasingly difcult. To start, I plumped for smooth, rich beetroot and cider soup with parsnip crisps and homemade focaccia, while my companion enjoyed the melt-in-the-mouth homemade shcake. These delectable starters were followed by succulent lemon sole with caper butter and minted new potatoes for me and tender rump of lamb with Mediterranean veg, carrot pure, rosemary jus and a side of moreish hand-cut chips for my partner. My dessert of vanilla pannacotta was beautifully light and creamy and came with yummy homemade shortbread, and my companions chocolate torte with berry coulis was devilishly good. Well certainly be recommending No.4 to family and friends.

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Location The Royal Hotel, Manvers Street, Bath, BA1 1JP t: 0844 683 9801 w: www.royalhotelbath.co.uk e: info@royalhotelbath.co.uk Situated in the Grade II listed Royal Hotel is Brasserie Brunel, a restaurant named after the architect who designed the building. My partner and I shared artisan breads whilst mulling over the varied menu. As we dipped the fresh slices into accompanying olive oil, balsamic reduction and delightful aioli, we decided to start with box-baked Camembert with thyme and garlic, and duck and venison terrine with lightly spiced pears. The cheese was perfectly oozy, while the latter dish was clearly made by a skilled hand. To follow, I ordered the llet of salmon with herb-crushed new potatoes, wilted baby spinach and a citrus butter sauce. My partner opted for the mixed grill a plate of lamb, gammon and steak from Church Farms; local sausage; grilled mushroom and tomato; watercress; Dauphinoise potatoes and a Dijon mustard sauce. Little was wasted. To end our evening on a sweet note, I enjoyed the richness of a dark chocolate and amaretto brule with a homemade oatmeal biscuit. Lovely. Food Served: Mon-Sun noon-10pm
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The River Grille & Shore Caf Bar


Location Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QF t: 0844 683 2197 w: www.doylecollection.com/bristol e: bristol@doylecollection.com

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Set in the heart of the historic Bristol Harbourside, The River Grille offers a relaxing haven from the hustle and bustle of the day. What better setting for sharing ne food 25 or a refreshing drink than on the waters edge? Here are views that calm the soul and to offer tranquillity in the heart of a vibrant city. Be it a light lunch, afternoon tea or 30 lavish dinner, The River Grille and River Lounge will have something to suit all. Here you can experience choice ingredients from the nest local suppliers; beef is 28-day-dry-aged British White and, like the lamb and pork, is sourced via reputable butchers Ruby and White. There is also a ne selection of the best West Country cheeses including Wookey Hole aged Cheddar, Ticklemore, Cornish Blue and Keltic Gold to name but a few. All ingredients combine to create classic, handcrafted dishes with a Open: Mon-Thurs 6.30ammodern twist. The menus are written for the seasons and change subject to availability 10am, 6pm-10pm; of the best produce from the best suppliers. Round off your dining experience with a Fri 6.30am-10am, 6.30pmcoffee and liqueur in the elegant and 10.30pm; Sat 7am-11am, modern River Lounge, where you can 12.30pm-2.30pm, 6.30pmalso just enjoy a glass of wine with 10.30pm; Sun 7am-11am, friends or a sumptuous afternoon tea. 12.30pm-2.30pm, 6pm-10pm For a more informal affair, Shore Caf Bar is a trendy hideaway of industrial-inspired design, set on the waterfront with a large outdoor patio. Serving an assortment of snacks and light bites throughout the day and evening, it is the perfect place to sit and watch the world pass by, while enjoying a bottle of wine and a cocktail or two.

Location Boyces Avenue, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 4AA t: 0844 683 2187 w: www.thealbionclifton.co.uk e: info@thealbionclifton.co.uk

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Cf The Albion was designed and built by owner Owain George to showcase the best locally produced ne food, great wines and good hospitality, and has been setting the standard in the West Country since opening in 2004. With its great location, 22 friendly staff and sunny courtyard, The Albion is at the centre of Clifton Village life. to 30 Head chef Morgan Howells runs an award-winning seasonal menu which focuses on traditional British dishes with a nod towards the Continent (think Mrs Beeton does Europe). All dishes are made using West Country produce and organic ingredients where possible. The 35-day-aged rib of Aberdeen Angus for two is very popular, fresh sh and shellsh are always available and vegetables are strictly seasonal. Game is a speciality in season, as is a variety of foraged produce. Tapas from 3.50 a plate and comforting classics for the less adventurous are also on offer. The bar stocks local ales and ciders, premium spirits and outstanding single malts, and even has its own Albion lager. Guest ales are introduced monthly, and the wine Open: Mon 5pm-11pm; list has been professionally chosen on Tues-Sat noon-midnight; the basis that good, affordable wine Sun 11am-11pm should be a given. The Albion and its three private dining rooms with old-fashioned butlers bells are available for private functions and business lunches. The Albion has been recommended in The Good Food Guide and Michelin Guide for the eighth year running. Look out for upcoming events on The Albions website or Facebook page.

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Same-Same But Different


Location 7a Princes Buildings, Bartlett Street, Bath, BA1 2ED t: 0844 683 2234 w: www.same-same.co.uk e: info@same-same.co.uk

Same-Same But Different has now been open for over a decade and has acquired an almost cult following amongst Baths food fans. Same-Same boasts a lovely glass exterior and a few alfresco tables for summertime people-watching. 14 Inside, the theme is boho-chic, with dark grey and red walls, large oil paintings, to distressed wooden oors and a huge blackboard menu. 16 Open every day and ve nights a week, Same-Same is a place you can grab eggs Benedict in the morning, a slow-roast beef sandwich at lunchtime, a homemade cake in the afternoon and some tapas or a full meal in the evening. New awardwinning head chef George Kostka has given the menu a European twist and his dishes change regularly with the seasons. Examples of tapas include pork belly with caramel miso, crispy halloumi with romesco sauce and beetroot-marinated cod, and they cost as little as 5 to 6. Mains, all of which come in at around 9, include butternut squash risotto with sage and almonds, cont duck leg with lentils and balsamic-glazed calfs Open: Mon 8am-6pm; liver. You can wash your meal down Tues-Fri 8am-11pm; with a draught Estrella, a wine from Sat 9am-11pm; their perfectly formed selection or a Sun 10am-5pm delicious cocktail. As day turns to night, candles are lit, the lights are dimmed and atmospheric music lls the room. Same-Sames relaxed ambience and rst-class European cuisine truly offers something delightfully different.

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The Kings Arms


Location 168 Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2XZ t: 0117 973 5922 w: www.kingsarmsbristol.com e: info@kingsarmsbristol.com Behind its grand, imposing Victorian frontage at the top of Blackboy Hill, The Kings Arms offers a wonderfully diverse experience. With its caf-bar, dining rooms and lounges spread over several levels, there is room for everyone even a Party Hall available for special occasions. The menu features homemade dishes made using ingredients genuinely sourced from local producers, including the family farm. Choices range from great pub classics, tasty tapas and legendary burgers to their extremely popular Sunday roasts, for which booking is advisable. There is also a weekly specials selection which makes use of the best seasonal produce. Chutneys, pickles, smoked cheeses and cured meats are all prepared in The Kings Arms kitchen. The two-for-one weekday burger deal and a mouth-watering range of deli sandwiches makes this as much a lunchtime destination as an evening venue. You can also just pop in for coffee and cake.

The affordable wine list has something to suit every palate, including a soft and aromatic Marsanne Viognier and a spicy, fruit-laden malbec. Carefully made cocktails are available for the more adventurous try the Giddy Henry, the house cocktail served in a teacup. If you visit on a Saturday night, you may even be lucky enough to be entertained by the house magician.
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Riverside Caf & Restaurant


Location 17 Argyle Street, Bath, BA2 4BQ t: 01225 480 532 w: www.riversidecafebath.co.uk e: info@riversidecafebath.co.uk Talk about a restaurant with a view. Just a stones throw from Bath rugby ground and overlooking Pulteney Weir, one of Baths most iconic landmarks, Riverside is a quintessentially English eatery in the heart of this beautiful city.

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Whether you pop in for a quick coffee and slice of homemade cake or treat yourself to a leisurely lunch in the alfresco dining area, I guarantee you wont be disappointed. The decor is warm and welcoming, and the menus reect the best of seasonal and locally sourced ingredients all come with Riversides trademark top-notch service. Theres a mouth-watering variety of dishes to choose from, from hearty breakfasts such as smoked salmon Benedict and American pancakes topped with bacon and maple syrup, to tempting lunches including fresh sandwiches, posh burgers, steamed mussels and daily specials. The hand-cut potato wedges were our personal favourite from the additional sides.

Wash it all down with one of the hand-selected wines, or perhaps try one of the local ales or ciders on offer. Riverside is fully licensed but also serves a range of soft drinks, coffees, teas and hot chocolate thats to die for. Its worth ordering the latter for the quirky cup alone. All in all, Riverside is an absolute mustvisit for both Bathonians and visitors to the city. Modern British Location Best Western Plus Centurion Hotel, Charlton Lane, Midsomer Norton, BA3 4BD t: 0844 683 9802 NS w: www.centurionhotel.co.uk e: club@centurionhotel.co.uk The Somerset countryside hides many secrets worth discovering; the Centurion Hotel just outside the village of Midsomer Norton is no exception. On arrival at 20 Cubros restaurant within, initial impressions were good, with warm and genuine to service unstinting throughout our visit. 30 Ensconced on leather sofas in the reception area, we pondered the revamped weekly changing menu, created by the new chef. Choices ranged from fresh West Country sh and meat dishes, to an appealing selection of specials. Wooden-bound menus, candlelit tables, stained glass, Roman helmets on display, and wall art in the shape of golden Latin script and wall hangings combine to create a serene atmosphere. Once seated in the conservatory beneath twinkling blue lights, starters of smooth creamy wild garlic and potato soup with chive creme fraiche, and the refreshing Open: Mon-Sat noon-2pm, Cornish mackerel served two ways with blood orange on a robust slab of slate, 6pm-9.30pm; promptly arrived. Next, the surf and Sun noon-5.30pm turf revealed a feast of grilled prawns, Dauphinoise potatoes, crispy onion rings, green beans, a big juicy tomato and the all-important beautifully tender rump steak. My partner relished the succulence of butter-poached chicken breast marinated in lemon and thyme. As we awaited desserts of hazelnut mille-feuille with toffee ice cream and chocolate fondant with raspberry sorbet, we were informed that daytime dining affords wonderful views over the golf course, whether tucked up inside on a winters afternoon, or enjoying a summer alfresco experience.

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Le Mazot Brasserie at Whatley Manor


Location Easton Grey, Malmesbury, SN16 0RB t: 01666 822 888 w: www.whatleymanor.com e: reservations@whatleymanor.com Whatley Manors Swiss chalet-style brasserie, Le Mazot, is intimate and comforting. The menu expect French brasserie-style dishes with Swiss ourishes is overseen by Michelin-starred head chef Martin Burge (chef prole page 78), so out-andout quality is a given. From the la carte menu, you may start with chicken liver parfait served with pickled grapes and onion toast, or opt for the traditional Swiss cheese fondue. Your main might see soft slow-braised belly of pork served with black pudding fritter, pork and thyme jus. Chocolate tart with cherry sorbet to nish can be served with a dessert wine to complement. When the weather is ne guests can leave the warmed environs of the brasserie behind and dine on the Kitchen Garden Terrace. A two-course set lunch is 19, while three-courses are 24 (28 for Sunday lunch). Live jazz and cinema screenings feature on the occasional Sunday too.

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Location Regency Hotel, 40-44 St Pauls Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1LR t: 0844 683 9803 w: www.thediningroomsclifton.co.uk e: info@thediningroomsclifton.co.uk Situated within the Regency Hotel, this new addition to Cliftons dining scene is quickly becoming a destination in its own right. Step into the restaurant run, intriguingly, by a mystery chef and youll nd yourself in a small, intimate dining room. Soft candlelight and period features prepare you for an evening of elegance and indulgence, while the grafti-style art reminds you that youre dining in the heart of creative Bristol. Begin with pan-fried Ashton Court pigeon breast with salt-roasted golden beetroot, cherries and soft herbs, then move on to Andover lamb rump, pomme Anna, purple carrots, broad beans and lamb jus. Finish with dark chocolate pannacotta, white chocolate soup and pistachio biscuit, a blooming chrysanthemum tea or a drink in the heated outdoor bar. Whispers of the mystery chef may be drawing in curious diners, but its the exquisite food thats tempting them back.

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Location 6 The Island, Midsomer Norton, BA3 2HQ t: 0844 683 6826 w: www.no6restaurant.com e: bookings@no6restaurant.com Make a trip into the rural South West countryside and youll be pleased to happen upon N6 Restaurant. During daylight hours this is a popular caf offering breakfasts, lunchtime treats, teas, coffees, cakes and a wide range of gluten-free specialities then, when night falls, it transforms into a comfortable brasserie. The melodic sound of live jazz emanating from N6 drew us inside, where we settled down to enjoy starters of pork, prosciutto and chorizo terrine and a duo of salmon shcakes with freshly made tartare sauce. This was followed by chilli-crusted rump of lamb with harissa mash and spiced redcurrant jus, and sweet tomato-tossed tagliatelle with goats cheese crumbs. N6 prides itself on using locally sourced ingredients, including tasty Blue Vinney and Midway Farm produce. With three courses available from just 17.95 most lunchtimes and Wednesday and Thursday evenings, N6 is well worth a visit. Open: Mon & Tues 9am-5pm; Weds-Sat 9am-11pm; Sun 10am-4pm
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The Muset
Location 12-16 Clifton Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1AF t: 0844 683 9804 w: www.themuset.com e: eat@themuset.com Amongst Cliftons pretty residential streets sits a restaurant that bets such an exclusive location. The Muset has a reputation for accomplished cuisine and exemplary service and has been awarded two AA rosettes it is certainly easy to see why. Creative young chef Jethro Lawrence (chef prole page 78) is at the helm of the kitchen, while experienced manager Jonathan Bowker heads up the front-of-house along with the rest of the dedicated staff, they make for a dream restaurant team. On our Tuesday evening visit, the resident guitarist was skilfully strumming some mellow blues tunes. The atmosphere was rened yet relaxed and the decor stylish and pleasingly unfussy; this is an unpretentious venue equally suited to special occasions as to laid-back dining. The menus reect this Jethro and his culinary crew have not only put together an accomplished la carte selection, but also some amazingly well-priced set menus. The xed-price dinner menu offers two courses for 19 and three for 22, while at lunch you can get two courses and a glass of wine for an unbelievable 10, and three for 13 which, for such high-calibre food, is an absolute steal. We were served fresh bread followed by a bouillabaisse amuse-bouche, which suitably whetted our appetites for the treats to come. While I decided to sample some of the la carte creations, my companion plumped for dishes from the xed-price evening menu. I began with the trufed potato with girolles, quails eggs and butternut squash; cutting into the crisp potato revealed a yielding melt-in-the-mouth centre, which was divine when combined with the velvety quails eggs and tangy butternut squash pure. My companion, meanwhile, couldnt stop singing the praises of the decadently rich duck pat. My main of Loch Duart salmon aked at the touch of a fork and came with plump ravioli and shellsh consomm. I couldnt resist sampling some of my companions pork belly; crunchy on the outside and juicy and tender on the inside. Dessert more than matched the high standard set by the previous two courses. My partners pannacotta was a light and creamy delight, and my Granny Smith parfait showed off Jethros adventurous cooking style; the fruity tang of the parfait paired with earthy espresso granite and silky sweet honeycomb was innovative and memorable. The residents of Bristol are lucky to have such an exciting establishment on their doorstep Jethros sophisticated yet playful cuisine means a meal at The Muset is guaranteed to satisfy and surprise in equal measure.

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Goldbrick House
Location 69 Park Street, Bristol, BS1 5PB t: 0844 683 2247 w: www.goldbrickhouse.co.uk e: info@goldbrickhouse.co.uk If you have walked up and down Park Street, youll have noticed Goldbrick House and probably have thought that its a simple little caf. But let me tell you, there is a lot more to Goldbrick House than meets the eye.

...hearty, honest and unashamedly classic...


Bypassing the caf on the ground oor, we were shown to the restaurant upstairs. The room boasts opulent decor with luxurious owered wallpaper and distinctive porcelain chandeliers. Much like the surroundings, the restaurant menu is not ouncy, uffy or frilly its hearty, honest and unashamedly classic. A blackboard propped in the corner details a list of the days specials (and theres a healthy selection) offered alongside the main la carte menu. It was clear head chef Matthew Peryer had spent time crafting the stunning seasonal menu, which was full of winter warmers like Goldbrick lamb Wellington and classic dishes such as moules frites in white wine and shallots. We started our meal with sh dishes Mediterranean sh soup for her and smoked salmon accompanied by a freshly poached egg, Hollandaise sauce and rocket salad for me. Both were lovely ways to start; the hot sh soup was exceedingly well-balanced and the accompanying crostini achieved particular applause. With more than 15 main courses offered, ranging from braised pork belly with apple mash, braised red cabbage, roast shallots and cider sauce, to butternut squash and red onion tart ne with walnut, rainbow chard and Stilton salad, nobody could accuse Matthews menu of appealing to a niche market. Both dishes we chose were plentiful and, unlike many ne-dining affairs, left us wanting for nothing more. The conversion of two Georgian houses and a Victorian former bread factory, Goldbrick really is a house to explore. Looking at the wall, I noticed that Goldbrick House has been the proud holder of two AA rosettes from 2007 to 2013. Now coming into its eighth year, Goldbrick House is becoming the institution that Bristol deserves.

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The Square Kitchen


Location 15 Berkeley Square, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1HB t: 0844 683 6824 w: www.thesquareclub.com e: bookings@thesquareclub.com Tucked away on one of the citys most charming Georgian squares is The Square Kitchen. Bedecked with contemporary art, this warm and elegant eatery sits within a boutique hotel among Bristols best. Tiny teacups of chestnut, cep and black trufe soup made for divine amuse-bouches, alongside quails eggs and chicken liver parfait topped with Port jelly and crunchy gooseberries. This was an undeniable highlight of the winter tasting menu, as was blushing pigeon breast with snails, on a bed of soil which turned out to be a tasty mixture of herbs and dehydrated mushrooms. The roast duck was cooked with equal precision, while tender Falmouth sea bass fell apart at the touch of a fork. The kitchen excelled in making the cardamom doughnut with a double shot of real banana milkshake my favourite course by far. Chocolate souf with a salted chocolate centre was also partnered perfectly by irresistible peanut butter ice cream. Open: Mon-Thurs 7am-midnight; Fri-Sun 7am-1am

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Rummer Hotel
Location All Saints Lane, Bristol, BS1 1JH t: 0844 683 2248 w: www.therummer.co.uk e: info@therummer.co.uk The Rummer Hotel is arguably the nest bar-come-restaurant around. Occupying a listed building and tucked away in St Nicholas Market, its stylish interior glows with candlelit intimacy and a huge open replace softly crackles to a soundtrack of modern lounge music. Highly skilled head chef Greg McHugh delivers a menu of top-class British food. My Saturday night visit began with the seldom-used pig cheek, which was served with roast apple and cardamom caramel. It was sincerely heavenly, the meat melting in my mouth. Next I opted for the irresistible breast of Creedy Carver duck which was served pink and complemented by sweet potato mash, orange-glazed chicory and plum jus. To top this already unsurpassable meal, I devoured innovative parsnip roulade for dessert a must-try. Visit on a Wednesday for steak night meat from local sources is butchered in-house by Greg, so ne quality and freshness are a given. For its distinctive style and stimulating food the Rummer should be congratulated. Open: Mon-Sat 11am-10pm; Sun noon-5pm

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Location 2 Wellsway, Bath, BA2 3AQ t: 0844 683 6847 w: www.menugordonjones.co.uk e: info@menugordonjones.co.uk Having gained experience in top restaurants with Michelin-starred chefs, Gordon Jones (chef prole page 79) felt the time was right to open his own eatery. Gordons quirky, modern cooking style is based around creating dishes with an unexpected twist. Rather than a standard la carte, Gordon offers surprise tasting menus; you can try his ingenious gastronomic alchemy for just 35 for ve courses at lunchtime and 45 for six in the evening. Its the unique touches that make dining here special. Condiments arrive in miniature test tubes and conical asks, while innovative amuse-bouches such as trufe oil and mushroom espuma with onion Madeleines and exquisite smoked eel are served between courses like roast grey mullet with Champagne sauce. All produce used is local and eco-friendly and Gordon changes his menus weekly (sometimes even daily) to ensure he lives up to the restaurants catchphrase, let the chef surprise you. *Price represents the cost of the six-course tasting menu. Open: Tues-Sat 12.30pm-1.30pm, 7pm-9pm

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Kilted Chef
Location 7a Kingsmead Square, Bath, BA1 2AB t: 0844 683 9806 w: www.kiltedchef.co e: tasty@kiltedchef.co

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Ba Bath is known for its cobbled stone streets and quaint, romantic squares venture into one of these pockets, Kingsmead Square, descend a small ight of stairs and youll nd yourself in hidden haven of gastronomy, the Kilted Chef. Soft, muted tones 30 and gentle lighting welcomed us inside. As we made ourselves snug, we had a chance to to survey the room, taking in the soft chairs, quirky antler lamps, Scottish thistles 35 and candles on the tables, and the gentle chatter of happy diners. Dipping fresh bread rolls into caramelised orange vinegar and rosemary oil certainly helps when making your decision from the menu. Our appetites piqued, the amusebouche arrived: a tiny cup lled with delicious lobster soup, beside which sat a delectable mouthful of chicken parfait on pear chutney in a crunchy case. Wellbalanced avours, perfectly partnered this was an introduction to chef Dougies award-winning talents. Somerset goats cheese in a light cider batter with red pepper Open: Tues-Thurs coulis followed for me and I barely even saw my partners pan-fried lamb sweetbreads noon-2.30pm, 5pm-9.30pm; with scallops and black trufe just a Fri & Sat noon-2.30pm, clean plate and a satised grin. Ideally 5pm-10pm; Sun noon-4pm portioned main courses arrived in the form of grilled sea bass with poached mussels, samphire, asparagus and sweet potato pure, and perfectly pink pan-seared venison with haggis fritter, peppercorn and mustard velout and caramelised root vegetables. As the Kilted Chef never rush their guests (a table, once booked, is yours for the evening) I would recommend relishing dessert. The chefs special lemon tart with mango coulis certainly had me in raptures. Modern British Ba 35 40
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Location The Queensberry Hotel, 4-7 Russel Street, Bath, BA1 2QF t: 0844 683 2253 w: www.olivetreebath.co.uk e: reservations@olivetreebath.co.uk

The Olive Tree Restaurant & The Old Q Bar


Both The Olive Tree Restaurant and The Old Q Bar can be found within The Queensberry Hotel. Owned and managed by husband-and-wife team Laurence and Helen Beere, the hotel is characterised by sophisticated modern design, an insistence on quality and good customer service, and a friendly, relaxed environment. Head chef Chris Cleghorn has honed his exceptional cooking skills as the protg of a trio of world-renowned Michelin-starred chefs: Heston Blumenthal (The Fat Duck at Bray), Michael Caines (Gidleigh Park) and Adam Simmonds (Daneseld House). Chris has drawn inuence from these culinary masters to create his own exciting style. The Olive Tree Restaurant sits rmly amongst Baths most sought-after ne-dining restaurants.

Open: Tues-Sat noon-2pm, The Old Q Bar is like the rest of 7pm-9.45pm; Sun 12.30pmthe hotel relaxed, friendly and 2pm, 7pm-9.45pm simply beautiful. Its reputation is built on an old-fashioned devotion to excellent drinks, expertly served by knowledgeable staff. Serving everything from local ciders to Champagne cocktails and an impressive array of malts and liqueurs, the bar (which also serves light meals) is an impressive addition to this elegantly eccentric hotel, and a popular destination in its own right.
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Walters
Location Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TA t: 0844 683 9807 w: www.bristolmarriottroyal.co.uk

Walter William Hughes had a vision in the 1860s, to build a luxury hotel away from the congestion of Bristols central streets. It was a huge success and today the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel is a testimony to that dream, continued with the recent 21 opening of Walters restaurant. Blossoms specked with tiny lights bring an element of to romance to Walters surroundings. The ambience has an immediately soothing effect; 29 its peaceful atmosphere a million miles from the hustle of Park Street. The menu at Walters clearly demonstrates its claim to seasonal avours, including regional treats such as South Coast scallops and breaded Cornish goats cheese. The grill selection features 16oz rib-eye, rump and sirloin hailing from British herds and aged for at least 35 days. The menu is also peppered with tasty vegetarian options. We decided to try a few of the more unusual-sounding dishes. I plumped for the intriguing potted hazelnut and black pudding mousse with eggy bread. Not usually Open: Mon-Sun a fan of black pudding, this dish blew my socks off. Light, smooth mousse; subtle, slightly sweet and highly addictive, 5pm-10pm this is the kind of dish that makes you want to bribe the chef for the recipe. My main course comprised wild South Coast sea bass with bacon and puy lentils and a side of cauliower cheese. Of course, it was no ordinary cauliower cheese but breaded and lightly fried orets served with a seperate jug of cheese sauce. Finishing off with local ice cream, we were sure that Walter Hughes would smile to see his legacy still impressing, and his name on such a ne restaurant.

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Brunels Hat
Location Hilton Bristol Hotel, Woodlands Lane, Bradley Stoke, Bristol, BS32 4JF t: 0844 683 9812 w: www.hilton.com/bristol e: events.bristol@hilton.com The prominent Hilton brand is synonymous with sophistication and urbanity, so it was with heightened anticipation that we made the short journey out of the city centre to dine at Brunels Hat the restaurant at Bristols very own Hilton Hotel.

The stylish dining rooms contemporary colour palette and soft, subtle lighting create an atmosphere that the whispering couple, lone business woman and jovial group of friends could all feel comfortable in. To begin, the ham hock and leek terrine with cauliower piccalilli and smoked haddock shcake topped with a poached hens egg proved wonderful choices. When presented with my main course, I knew Id done the right thing by putting my trust in our friendly waiter; Open: Mon-Sat 6.30amthe pork belly he recommended looked almost too good to eat. I still couldnt 10.30am, 6.30pm-10pm; help but envy my partner though, as a succulent Scottish salmon llet was Sun 6.30am-10.30am placed before him. Both dishes were discussed and eaten with relish. A creamy vanilla cheesecake with tart fruit compote and a pleasingly light Eton Mess ended our meal on a real high. The professional, smartly dressed staff delivered service as polished as their appearance; their politeness and genuine enthusiasm truly made our evening. Whether youre staying at the hotel or not, you can enjoy a taste of Hilton luxury at Brunels Hat.
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The Beehive
Location 112 Wellington Hill West, Bristol, BS9 4QY t: 0844 683 9813 w: www.beehivebristol.co.uk e: eat@beehivebristol.co.uk

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Location 7-9 Portland Street, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 4JA t: 0844 683 2243 w: www.cliftonsausage.co.uk

The Clifton Sausage Bar & Restaurant


Described by The Independent as one of the top 50 places for two people to eat in the UK for under 50, this place isnt short of fans. My new favourite restaurant, says a national critic. Brilliant, really superb and exceptional say the Evening Post, Whats On Bristol and Venue respectively.

...celebrating classic British comfort food...


As the name of this restaurant-gastropub implies, there are usually eight different award-winning sausages on offer (including a homemade vegetarian option), served with mash or champ and onion gravy, or transformed into traditional toad in the hole. Celebrating classic British comfort food, the menu includes dishes such as roast rump of lamb, braised Old Spot belly pork, Cornish mussels in cider and, for pudding lovers, sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce and caramel ice cream. The ag-stoned restaurant is decorated Open: Mon-Sun with oak furniture and ickering church noon-midnight candles, with relaxation and comfort a feature throughout. Parties are well catered for and special menus are available. The small patio area is a lovely spot from which to watch the world go by and enjoy some ne British food on sunny days. Book a table for a great-value Sunday lunch where fabulous roast beef and Yorkshire puddings always feature.

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The Social
Location 130 Cheltenham Road, Bristol, BS6 5RW t: 0844 683 9814 w: www.thesocialbristol.co.uk

The Social certainly lives up to its name its comfy sofas and chilled-out vibe make it a fun place to socialise over a few pints or a pot of tea. You can even enjoy your drink in the heated patio garden should the weather allow. Daytime * sees an inux of families and friends looking to enjoy coffee, cake and light 10 to bites, while the mellow evening atmosphere attracts a buzzing after-work crowd 15 in need of a hearty meal. We fell into the latter category, and eagerly settled down to sample some of their great-quality home-cooked British fare. The kitchen team use only free-range eggs and chicken and champion independent producers as much as possible. This extends to the drinks selection, which includes Bath Ales and Ashton Press cider. I plumped for a main of homemade Glamorgan sausages on crushed potatoes with baby carrots, gravy and cranberry chutney; the light, tangy chutney and rich cheese and leek lling was Open: Sun-Weds 10am-11pm; a moreish pairing. My companion was equally enamoured with his tender 8oz Thurs-Sat 10am-1am minted lamb burger with a gooey Food Served: Mon-Sat 10am- goats cheese centre. I predict we 10pm; Sun 10am-6pm will be making lots of return visits to take advantage of their deals on Mondays a pie and pint costs 6; on Tuesdays they offer cocktails for 4 each; there is 25 per cent off wine on Wednesdays; and from Monday to Wednesday you can get dinner and a drink for just 10. They also serve a tasty roast every Sunday. *Price range represents the cost of a main course and a drink. Modern British Wo 10 25
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The Langford Inn


Location Lower Langford, BS40 5BL t: 0844 683 9816 w: www.langfordinn.com e: langfordinn@aol.com On the edge of the Mendip Hills lies the rural village of Lower Langford. Here youll nd the quaint Langford Inn, winner of Brains Brewerys Food Pub of the Year 2012. This award is just the latest in a long line of accolades that this lovely country pub has been collecting for years. The many original features that the building retains, along with the fascinating collection of local memorabilia, affords it a real sense of character. Take in the charming decor while you enjoy a drink at the bar; with an extensive range of real ales including local varieties and a comprehensive wine list, youll have plenty to choose from.

The food menu is packed full of wholesome, home-cooked fare made from the best ingredients the region has to offer. The beef and ale pie is homemade using the kitchens own recipe, while the Thai red curry sees crunchy, seasonal vegetables wok-fried and served with a avoursome coconut-milk-based sauce a great example of the appetising vegetarian options available. An additional specials board lists different dishes every day. Look out for the sh specials the lobster and mussels are particularly popular. The Langford Inn is also renowned for its delicious roast lunches; stop by for one on your Sunday afternoon stroll through the idyllic village. Open: Mon-Sat noon-11pm; Sun noon-10.30pm Food Served: Mon-Thurs noon-9pm; Fri & Sat noon-9.30pm; Sun noon-9pm
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Racks Bar & Kitchen


Location St Pauls Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1LX t: 0844 683 6834 w: www.racks-bristol.co.uk e: info@racks-bristol.co.uk Racks is a warm and inviting haven, with the added appeal of its famous heated patio. A blend of families and professionals frequent this subterranean eatery, enticed by its hearty food and great deals. With a scrumptious healthy options menu and an la carte selection, as well as breakfast, brunch and lunch menus, Racks has all bases deliciously covered. The 5 lunchtime pie deal offers an appetising selection of inspired recipes to warm the cockles, such as pork loin with bacon and cranberry accompanied by chipolatas en-croute. Their great selection of burgers includes the chicken breast burger on rustic ciabatta with a gooseberry, ginger and elderower relish available as part of the two-for-one bargain burger deal on Mondays (available 5pm to 10.30pm). Racks is also the perfect place for private parties, which can be catered for in full. Whatever youre visiting for, book a table to avoid disappointment.

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Bath Farmers Market


Location Green Park Station, Green Park Road, Bath, BA1 1JB t: 07779 697 278 w: www.bathfarmersmarket.co.uk Bath Farmers Market takes pride in having been the rst farmers market in the UK, and since opening in 1997 has gained a loyal customer base. The market takes place at Green Park Station, Bath, every Saturday morning, with numerous stalls selling quality seasonal and organic vegetables and meats including beef, veal, pork, lamb, salt marsh lamb, venison, goat, game, poultry and charcuterie. Wander from stall to stall marvelling at the different meat pies, speciality breads, cakes, pasties, quiches and soups on offer youre bound to nd something new. Anyone looking for some interesting cheese will be pleased to nd an array of award-winning local cheeses (including soft cheese, goats, ewes and Cheddar). Whether its fresh sh, free-range eggs, honey, seasonal strawberries or asparagus youre after, goods here are sold directly by the people who farm them and most produce comes from within a 40-mile radius of Bath. Make Bath Farmers Market part of your Saturday morning routine. Open: Sat 9am-1.30pm

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Location 7-8 Carlton Court, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, BS9 3DF t: 0844 683 9817 w: www.number7kitchen.co.uk e: number7kitchen@hotmail.co.uk This newly opened caf and bistro brings the nest, freshest locally sourced ingredients to the centre of Westbury-on-Trym village. Found adjacent to The Co-operative car park, this is a most accessible place to eat in more ways than one. Customers come from miles around for the excellent breakfasts, featuring glorious granary toast and butter, and homemade nutritious lunches, which include rm traditional favourites such as salmon or goats cheese quiche, ham, egg and chips and their own-recipe lasagne and burgers. Weekends bring the chance to sample the bistro menu and the superb Sunday roast. You can even bring your own wine or beer for a small corkage charge. This independent eatery will always endeavour to cater for any diners dietary needs. Number 7 can also accommodate private dining for up to 38 guests and deliver a buffet or meals to your home or ofce. You wont regret a visit to Number 7. Open: Mon-Weds 8.30am-4pm; Thurs-Sat 8.30am-8pm; Sun 11am-4pm

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Old Down Bistro


Location Foxholes Lane, Tockington, BS32 4PG t: 0844 683 9819 w: www.olddownbistro.co.uk e: info@olddownmanor.co.uk The team at the Old Down Bistro are nothing if not passionate about their ingredients. They rmly believe in the quality of local produce and whole-heartedly support the neighbouring farmers who supply their expertly reared meats. The kitchen larder is full of home-grown fruits and vegetables which have been cultivated on the grounds by a team of experienced gardeners. From these raw, hand-picked ingredients, the bistros talented chef creates rened, seasonal dishes that scream of freshness and quality. Starters such as home-cured salmon with avocado and chilli ice cream and pork pat accompanied by smoked gooseberry compote are hard acts to follow, but the likes of rare-breed pork belly in Calvados jus and sea bream with braised chorizo lentils are more than up to the challenge. This beautifully refurbished barn is a site of culinary brilliance, with idyllic surroundings, an inviting atmosphere and professional, friendly service to boot. Open: Thurs-Sat 7pm-late

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The Heritage
Location 3-6 Wadham Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1JY t: 0844 683 9821 w: www.theheritagewsm.co.uk This cosy, rustic establishment is a much-loved Weston staple; tucked well away from the busy tourist scene. A charming family-run bistro, The Heritage serves fresh, quality cuisine using produce from the best of Weston-super-Mares independent suppliers. Everything here is homemade from the delicious chutneys to the enticing cakes. Dishes such as plaice, bacon, leek and Cheddar risotto, and homemade falafel burger grace the sophisticated bistro menu, while lots of light bites and snacks make up the informal caf list. Friday evenings follow a rustic bistro theme and offer seafood, steak and more; menus are always deliciously fresh and authentic. On Sundays, exceptional roast lunches are prepared, and are even available for takeaway or delivery just the thing for a lazy Sunday. Follow The Heritage on Facebook (wsmheritage) to keep up to date with events. Open: Mon-Thurs 8am-6pm; Fri & Sat 7am-9pm; Sun noon-5pm

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Location 213 Gloucester Road, Bishopston, Bristol, BS7 8NN t: 0844 683 9823 w: www.relaxcoffeelounge.co.uk e: greatcoffee@relaxcoffeelounge.co.uk After perusing Gloucester Roads unique shops, you may be hankering after a revitalising hot drink and a spot of lunch luckily this independent bistro offers a wonderful array of brews for the coffee connoisseur, as well as plenty of snacks, breakfasts, light lunches and cakes. Ultra-fresh coffee is roasted in Somerset shortly before delivery to the bistro, where it is used to create velvety lattes, rich espressos and frothy cappuccinos. Loose leaf teas, fruit smoothies, frappes and 99-per-cent-fat-free milkshakes are also available. Relax is popular with families, friends and individuals alike many use the free Wi-Fi to browse the web, or relax while reading one of the current magazines available. Students get a 15-per-cent discount on Wednesdays. See their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/relaxcoffeelounge) for the latest news and offers. *Price range represents the cost of lunch, a slice of cake and a drink. Open: Mon-Fri 8.30am-6pm; Sat 9am-6pm; Sun 10am-4.30pm

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Cumberwell Park
Location Bradford-on-Avon, BA15 2PQ t: 01225 863 322 w: www.cumberwellpark.com e: enquiries@cumberwellpark.com April 2013 saw the emergence of a new and exciting dining experience at Cumberwell Park; you simply must go and see the beautiful Wraxall Room for yourself. A light-lled and spacious dining area, The Wraxall Room sees delicious breakfasts, lunches and evening meals served up in its relaxed surroundings. Overlooking the 36-hole golf course and affording panoramic views of the picturesque Wiltshire countryside, this is a rened setting in which to unwind and enjoy rst-class cuisine.

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On the menu you will nd a varied selection of light bites and meals. There is also a daily changing specials menu, ensuring there is something to suit every taste. The cuisine doesnt just look impressive; it more than lives up to expectations when it comes to the tasting. In terms of sourcing ingredients, the chefs like to keep things as close to home as possible they know that local Open: Mon-Sun 8am-late ingredients provide unparalleled freshness and avour. If youre just looking for a quick pick-me-up, a selection of freshly ground coffees and a variety of specialist teas are available at the hot beverage counter. The idyllic Cumberwell Park is located close to the pretty market town of Bradford-on-Avon and is only a ten-minute drive from Bath.

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Papas
Location 20 Waterloo Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1LN t: 0844 683 6751 w: www.papasukltd.com The task of reviewing this Weston-super-Mare restaurant was a mouth-watering prospect. There arent many sh-loving folk in the Bristol and North Somerset area who havent heard of Papas, so it was with high expectations that we visited one Saturday afternoon. Owner Adam Papa took the reins of this multi-award-winning restaurant some 18 years ago and hasnt looked back since. The rst thing we noticed on arrival was how immaculately clean the tastefully decorated dining room was. Specials boards adorned the walls detailing the latest catch and drawing attention to the wine selection, and the uniform-wearing waiting staff were plenty in number. The kitchen area is partially in view, so we were able to watch the efcient operation of the kitchen in action.

The menus ample choice caters for all tastes with fresh, sh-based dishes complemented by a selection of burgers and steaks. My partner and I went for two mainstays of the Open: Mon-Sun 11.30ammenu, the scampi and the plaice, both 10pm (last takeaway orders of which truly lived up to the hype. For dessert, we ordered ice cream from the 10.30pm) board, although a separate full dessert menu was also available. Papas is very family orientated, with special offers for children and senior citizens, as well as special deals at certain times of the day. Papas sh and chips are exceptional, so whether you take a seat or take away, youll enjoy freshly made, delicious, value-for-money food.
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Loch Fyne
Location 24 Milsom Street, Bath, BA1 1DG t: 0844 683 2274 Location The Old Granary, Queen Charlotte Street, Bristol, BS1 4HQ t: 0844 683 2472 w: www.lochfyne-restaurants.com

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Loch Fyne restaurants are all about great food and great avours. In each Loch Fyne, superb sustainable seafood, salad and grill dishes are simply prepared with a focus on CC high-quality, fresh ingredients and choices to suit all tastes and appetites. Fresh sh and shellsh are at the heart of the hot dishes and the varied selection of cold options and platters. This freshness is evident when you watch the chefs creating shellsh 20 platters at the marble counters in Bristol and Baths Loch Fyne restaurants. to 26 At the time of going to print, the la carte menu starters were priced from 5.35 and included moules marinires, potted peppered mackerel, and a craysh and mango cocktail. Mains, from 10.45, included lobster frites and sh your way choose your llet, how you like it cooked, your sauce and two side dish accompaniments. Bath Open: Mon-Thurs Alternatively, share a shellsh platter with crab or lobster, featuring the chefs 7am-10.30pm; Fri 7amselection of the best shellsh of the day. Meat lovers will enjoy the high-quality steaks and Aberdeen Angus burger, and there 11pm; Sat 8am-11pm; are some excellent vegetarian choices Sun 8am-10.30pm too. Room for dessert? Their deliciously Bristol Open: Mon-Thurs indulgent range includes homemade creme noon-10pm; Fri & Sat brule and a vanilla and passion fruit noon-10.30pm; cheesecake. Look out for great-value set Sun noon-9.30pm menu deals at Loch Fyne throughout the year. Predominantly a quality seafood restaurant with Scottish roots, Loch Fyne also offers choices for those who dont eat sh, so its great for parties as well.

Location 38 Kingsmead Square, Bath, BA1 2AA t: 0844 683 9824 w: www.seafoodsshandchips.co.uk

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Ba This much-loved licensed sh and chip shop is run by trained chef Ian Menzies and his hardworking team. Established in the late 19th Century and surviving two world wars, Seafoods is a veritable Bath bastion offering the nest sh and * chips to be found in the area. Its all about top-quality, sustainable sh cooked to 6 order in light, crispy batter and served with chunky chips, available to takeaway to 8 although many choose to dine in and soak up the friendly, informal atmosphere. Or theres the alfresco dining area, perfect for watching the world go by with a beer from a local brewery or a glass of wine. Having worked in Michelin-starred restaurants, Ian has a keen understanding of what it takes to create high-quality, avoursome food. He sources everything locally wherever possible, including Seafoods prime Somerset potatoes. Each morning these undergo the rumbling process to ensure they are perfect for cooking. Seafoods has also secured the Elite Seash Fryers Quality Award, meaning youll nd no unhealthy hydrogenated Open: Mon-Weds 11.30amfats here, just delicious, wholesome 9pm; Thurs-Sat 11.30amfare. Fish comes from well-managed 10pm; Sun noon-7pm Icelandic shing grounds too, so you can tuck in guilt-free. Perhaps go for the popular plaice, or traditional favourites like cod and haddock are always a good shout. Visit for a hearty lunch or dinner and youll soon see why locals and visitors alike return time after time. *Price range represents the cost of lunch and a drink.

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Harvest Natural Foods


Location 37 Walcot Street, Bath, BA1 5BN t: 0844 683 9829 w: www.harvest-bath.coop e: info@harvest-bath.coop Since 1971, Harvest Natural Foods has been supplying GM-free, vegan, gluten-free and many other specialist foods to the people of Bath and beyond. From food to skincare, herbs to natural supplements and everything in between, youll nd it at this long-established, independent delicatessen. Harvest champions healthy, ethically sourced, Fairtrade and organic produce, and aims to create a relaxed environment in which customers can browse these diverse offerings at leisure. Need some advice? The friendly team are there to help and they certainly know their stuff. Harvest strives to look after the interests of both Mother Earth and, of course, its treasured clientele, so youre sure to receive the highest quality of produce and service. As well as from a range of local suppliers, goods are sourced from co-operatives and farms around the world, supporting independent traders and widening the co-operative community.

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Harvest Natural Foods is committed to delivering all this at competitive prices; you can rest assured that the price tag you nd on each product is reasonable and honest. As most of the produce comes from small, private businesses and suppliers, a lot of what youll nd on the shelves here certainly wont be in your local supermarket, either. So, for a new kind of shopping experience, head to Harvest Natural Foods. Open: Mon-Sat 9am-6pm *Price range represents the cost of a sandwich, cake and coffee to take away.

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Location 4 The Shambles, Bradford-on-Avon, BA15 1JS t: 0844 683 9831 w: www.thegrumpybadger.co.uk e: grumpy@thegrumpybadger.co.uk The team at this licensed delicatessen and caf in The Shambles, open seven days a week from 8am Monday to Saturday and 10am on Sunday, is made up of a * hugely passionate bunch of foodies. They offer an array of deli comestibles, cheeses, 15 to charcuterie and stonkingly good bread from the award-winning Bertinet Bakery in 18 Bath, as well as soups, sandwiches and yummy treats to go. The caf offers a mouth-watering menu of seasonal breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes, all made with amazing locally sourced ingredients. And, if thats not enough, they also serve a range of hot drinks you wont be able to resist trying a cup of fresh coffee or a chai latte (arguably the best in town) accompanied by one of the to-die-for cakes. Or perhaps try a glass of something a bit stronger while sitting back and enjoying the warm, chilled-out atmosphere and great music you can Open: Mon-Weds 8am-4pm; even take advantage of the free Wi-Fi too. Younger diners are always welcome and Thurs-Sat 8am-5pm; there are comfy high chairs available. Sun 10am-4pm Its clear to see that the Grumpy Badger has certainly raised the bar when it comes to places to relax and enjoy tasty food in Bradford-on-Avon. Their philosophy is simple great food, great company and a great atmosphere. Check out The Grumpy Badger on Twitter @grumpybadgerBOA or Facebook for details on forthcoming live Sunday brunch music sessions and other offers and events. *Price range represents the cost of lunch and a glass of house wine.
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Source Caf and Food Hall


Location 1-3 Exchange Avenue, St Nicholas Market, Bristol, BS1 1JW t: 0844 683 9832 w: www.source-food.co.uk e: info@source-food.co.uk Situated in the heart of Bristols Old City, Source offers the opportunity to buy the best local produce and dine from a seasonally changing, ethical caf menu. The menu showcases a range of produce whether it be Old Spot pork or Cornish mackerel from a close network of local suppliers, as well as one of the best breakfasts in Bristol, featuring their own-recipe black pudding. Lunchtimes see great food for those on the move, including daily soups, sh stew and gnocchi with walnut pesto, purple sprouting broccoli and Parmesan. Evenings are a relaxed affair. Source has a great reputation for aged local steak, artisan cheeses, game, poultry and fresh sh and the drinks menu includes local artisan beers and ciders and European wines from small producers. Source also runs classes on how to prepare sh and basic butchery skills, as well as holding food festivals such as the Oyster Festival and Game Festival.

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Food Served: Mon 8am-4pm; Tues & Weds 8am-4.30pm; Thurs-Fri 8am-4.30pm, 6pm-late; Sat 8am-4pm, 6pm-late; Sun (rst of the month) 9am-3pm

Kookoo Caf
Location 429 Gloucester Road, Horeld, Bristol, BS7 8TZ t: 0844 683 9834 w: www.kookoocafebristol.co.uk Bristol-based foodies have a Persian paradise right on their doorstep thanks to Kookoo Caf. Co-owner Christien is a consummate host and knowledgeably guided us through the unique menu, offering plenty of anecdotes and good humour along the way. Kookoo is wonderfully unpretentious; you can linger for hours and take time to fully enjoy your Persian feast. The menu features traditional combinations of rice, meat, sh, vegetables, nuts, berries and fresh green herbs; the resulting dishes are exotic, fragrant and unlike anything Ive ever tried before. My favourite was the ghalieh mahi, an aromatic tilapia sh curry cooked with fresh herbs and tamarind; the clever, multi-layered blend of rich avours could only have been put together by an expert. Ive already planned my next visit to Kookoo I just cant get enough of the cafs down-to-earth feel, faultless hospitality and, of course, their simply stunning Persian food. Open: Tues-Sat 9am-late; Sun 10am-7pm (-5pm in winter)

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Location 1 Kingsmead Street, Bath, BA1 2AA t: 0844 683 6714 w: www.bathjazzcafe.co.uk e: info@bathjazzcafe.co.uk The Jazz Caf is a unique, friendly licensed caf overlooking Kingsmead Square in the beautiful city of Bath. The atmosphere is bustling yet laid-back, giving it a distinctly Continental feel. The Jazz Caf serves a wide variety of homemade dishes, fantastic all-day English breakfasts (including the famous Jazz Caf Big Breakfast), lunches from a specials board, lled ciabattas and toasted sandwiches. Traditional tea fans could opt for toasted teacakes or scones (served with jam and clotted cream of course). The menu is available all day, every day. If you just fancy a drink, The Jazz Caf can oblige the espresso-based coffees are excellent as they use the Bristol-based Extract Coffee Roasters for their beans. Its popularity means The Jazz Caf doesnt take bookings, so get there early to claim a table. Open: Mon-Sat 8.30am-5pm; Sun 10.30am-4pm

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Avenue Caf
Location 112 Emerson Way, Emersons Green, Bristol, BS16 7AS t: 0844 683 2294 w: www.avenue-cafe.com Bristols ever-popular, ever-growing caf culture has much to thank Avenue Caf for. This year sees Avenue Caf begin its 13th year of trading. Costa Kkolos and his team have led where others have followed, and have helped to dene what has become the norm in caf society, offering superb caf cuisine created with care and attention and served by the friendliest staff.

...a great selection of coffee, homemade cakes and an extensive all-day breakfast menu...
Now back in Emersons Green, Avenue Caf is still at the forefront of the regions caf scene, continuing to set standards high and priding itself on ensuring only the nest products are used and that guests receive only the very best service. The setting is contemporary, stylish and refreshingly free from clutter. Youll nd a great selection of coffee, homemade cakes and an extensive all-day breakfast menu, as well as an array of classic caf cuisine, ranging from sandwiches, panini and pasta dishes, to delicious risottos and a variety of daily specials. There is also a great-value set menu you can choose any dish from the specials menu together with a glass of wine or beer, and nish with a cake and coffee, all for the set price of 9.95. The difculty comes when choosing what to order. The menu has a distinctly Mediterranean feel, offering dishes such chicken, mushroom and wholegrain mustard risotto, Italian meatballs in tomato sauce with pasta, and delicious grilled halloumi and chorizo salad.

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After a successful spell of evening openings, Avenue Caf now regularly hosts a popular mez night, at which you can sample traditional souvlaki and Mediterranean food cooked on real charcoal. Further information can be found on the website and by signing up to the quarterly newsletter. Open: Mon-Sat 8.30am-5.30pm Grab the paper and order a coffee and a cake; take advantage of the Wi-Fi and tuck into a snack; get the family together for a full meal; or just share a bottle of wine from the extensive wine list with some nibbles and enjoy a natter with the girls. Whatever you want from your local caf, Avenue has got it all covered.

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Indulgence Caf
Location 31 Bathwick Street, Bath, BA2 6NZ t: 0844 683 9836 w: www.indulgence-cafe.co.uk e: kath@indulgence-cafe.co.uk

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Ba Indulgence Caf is certainly aptly named. A visit here is a treat for the senses rich aromas of freshly baked cakes and just-brewed coffee ll the air, while the buzz of jolly conversation from the cafs many happy customers creates a jovial * atmosphere. Indeed, with a cake selection as impressive as theirs, it comes as 8 to little surprise that patrons sound so cheerful. The caf was opened by qualied 14 patisserie chef Katherine Small, who endeavoured to create a feel-good venue where people could sit back, relax and enjoy her gorgeous baking. Katherine has achieved this with aplomb, resulting in a bustling caf that is popular with nearby ofce workers, local families and tourists alike. It is also fully licensed and available for private parties. Those having a leisurely morning can enjoy a brunch of cinnamon buttermilk pancakes or scrambled eggs and smoked salmon on sourdough toast, while the busy lunchtime crowd can pop in and grab a gourmet sandwich such as the smoked salmon, chive cream Open: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm cheese and lettuce. Afternoon tea at Indulgence Caf is a must and a great way to treat a loved one. Featuring three nger sandwiches, a freshly baked scone with butter, homemade jam and Somerset clotted cream and a piece of cake, this can be served with a pot of Wiltshire tea or glass of Prosecco. With such a delightful menu on offer, theres no excuse not to give into temptation at Indulgence Caf. *Price range represents the cost of lunch and a drink. Caf GR

Location 169 Gloucester Road, Bristol, BS7 8BE t: 0844 683 9837 w: www.caferonak.co.uk e: info@caferonak.co.uk Cafe Ronak is a small, family-run social hub, found on the vibrant Gloucester Road. The team here are passionate and adventurous when it comes to providing high-quality coffee, specialist teas and unforgettable food all sourced from ethical suppliers and served to the highest standards. Ronak aims to create a feel-good mood with its friendly atmosphere and delicious, quality produce. They dont take bookings so theres no need to call ahead.

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Ronaks ethos has always been to provide amazing coffee made using Somersets nest fresh organic milk. The house-blend is a Fairtrade, organic Ethiopian roast. Its dark, earthy avour ensures Ronaks customers adore it as much as the staff do. The guest blend changes regularly in order to explore a wide range of tastes from all over the world, guaranteeing you a coffee that will stimulate the senses. Open: Mon-Fri 7am-6pm; All dishes are prepared fresh and Sat 8am-6pm; Sun 9am-5pm designed to give your tastebuds an experience to remember. However, there is no compromise on price the menu remains pleasingly affordable. Ronak uses seasonal, free-range products in lovingly homemade dishes, and takes culinary inspiration from all corners of the globe. The cakes and sweet treats speak for themselves; fresh, attractive and simply scrumptious, theres a diverse range to satisfy every sweet tooth. *Price range represents the cost of one dish and a drink.

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Lockside
Location 1 Brunel Lock Road, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, BS1 6XS t: 0844 683 9841 w: www.lockside.net

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CC Lockside is one of those rare venues hidden away from usual trails; our rst visit revealed the reasons for its popularity. Those who frequent this smart 1950s-style eatery have adopted it as something of a home from home, such is its lively buzz and * laid-back vibe. 8 to Locksides waterside setting allowed our window table to benet from gorgeous views 12 over the river and up to Clifton. The choice on the menu is comprehensive, offering everything from a hearty cooked British breakfast and bubble and squeak with a selection of toppings to light bites and main meals. We were immediately tempted by the selection of wholesome mains and specials, and I eagerly ordered a dish of haddock with a free-range poached egg, spinach, new potatoes and a creamy chive sauce. My partner went for home-cooked chunky chicken and leek pie with chips Open: Mon-Fri 7am-4pm; that he couldnt resist dipping into the smooth sauce. As we waited for our desserts Sat 8am-4pm; Sun 9am-4pm we took full advantage of the panoramic windows and watched The Matthew sail by and rowers gliding through the water. Marmalade and brioche bread and butter pudding then arrived for me, with a good serving of cream, and a rich chocolate and pecan brownie went down equally well. I can see why many choose Lockside to celebrate special occasions: it has great food, a superb location and friendly staff and is available for private hire in the evening. Lockside is a great little hideaway for a cold winters day, but we also noticed the suntrap decked area for summer alfresco dining. Well be back again with the family to enjoy more fabulous waterside dining. *Price range represents the cost of a main course and a drink.

Restaurant & Caf Location Mud Dock Caf & Restaurant, 40 The Grove, Bristol, BS1 4RB t: 0844 683 2297 e: mail@mud-dock.co.uk CC Location Mud Dock Caf & Deli, Cumberland Road, Bristol, BS1 6DS t: 0844 683 9842 w: www.mud-dock.com e: deli@mud-dock.co.uk Perched above a bike shop, Mud Dock Caf & Restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine * amid quirky, minimalist surroundings. A Penny Farthing suspended above your head 8 to could be distracting during dinner, but not here food this good demands your full 12 attention. Visit for dinner and youll be treated to fresh local ingredients transformed into such delights as asparagus wrapped in prosciutto and served with a spicy red onion marmalade, whole sea bass stuffed with cranberries and oregano, and vanilla and cinnamon creme brule. Sister establishment Mud Dock Caf & Deli sits behind the M Shed and is a hit with Mud Dock Caf & both museum-goers and local residents. Boasting views across the river and seats Restaurant Open: Mon 9amoutside from which to enjoy the vista when the sun is shining, this rustic deli is a 5pm; Tues-Sat 9am-11pm relaxing spot to enjoy a yummy breakfast or hearty supper. Perhaps pick-and-mix your Sun 10am-10pm own tasty lunch from the salad bar, order a Mud Dock Caf & Deli generously lled sandwich, or simply relax Open: Mon-Fri while enjoying a coffee (from the Clifton 8am-6pm; Sat 9am-6pm; Coffee Company) and a slice of cake. Sun 9am-5pm Before you head home, be sure to peruse (times vary seasonally, please their chutneys, jams and other deli items check website for details) great for gracing your kitchen shelves or (Caf & Deli only) for giving to a foodie friend. *Price range represents the cost of a main course and a drink.

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Tifn
Location 11 The Beach, Clevedon, BS21 7QU t: 0844 683 6724 w: www.tifnteahouse.co.uk

Tifn is all about recreating the beautiful experience of the nest London eateries and tea houses. Innovative but understandable food is made using a variety of regional produce, served in an environment that makes you want you to stay all 15 day. Views over Clevedons historic pier can be enjoyed from the comfortable to indoor seating or the partially canopied, elevated outdoor terrace. 18 Independently owned, Tifns ambience is comforting and fun, buzzing with the passion of both customers and staff who thrive on delivering traditional values of service, quality and comfort. Regular visitors enjoy Tifn any time of day, choosing from the nest organic loose-leaf teas in the West and unique coffees from single estate growers not to mention the mouth-watering range of homemade cakes. For a real treat, try the afternoon High Tea a truly old-fashioned affair. Lunch at Tifn is an experience that draws people back time and time again. Regular comments, such as outrageously delicious and you make wonderful Summer Open: Mon-Sun dishes, are testimony to the terric 8.30am-6.30pm food. Serving modern British and European food with a local twist, Winter Open: Mon-Sun Tifn is fast becoming the place to 8.30am-5.30pm lunch. Lunch bookings are a must and breakfast reservations are recommended at weekends. Breakfast at Tifn is the worst-kept secret in Clevedon. Be sure to nd Tifn on Facebook, Twitter and Tripadvisor.

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Location The Friary Building, Quakers Friars, Cabot Circus, Bristol, BS1 3DF t: 0117 910 2410 Location Ground Floor, Francis Hotel, 6-11 Queen Square, Bath, BA1 2HH t: 01225 303 860 w: www.brasserieblanc.com Raymond Blancs aim has always been to offer great-value dining in a relaxed Ba atmosphere. At Brasserie Blanc everyone can enjoy hearty French food, whatever the occasion a quick lunch with friends, pre-theatre dinner, Sunday lunch or celebration meal. The decor at both West Country Brasserie Blancs is very French brasserie 25 without being kitsch cream walls, black-and-white photos and large candelabras. to 35 Though the la carte changes seasonally, it is always studded with beautifully cooked Raymond Blanc versions of classics. Start with butter-sizzling Burgundian snails or a cheesy souf, followed by moules marinires and chips or slow-cooked beef with pomme pure, or just choose from the selection of free-range Cornish beef steaks. Bristol Open: Mon-Thurs The aming baked Alaska to share tops things off in dramatic style. There is also the 10am-10pm; Fri & Sat 10amjaw-droppingly good-value Raymond Blanc Lunch, a two-course set menu available 10.30pm; Sun 10am-9pm from noon until 7pm for 11.50 (also Bath Open: Mon-Fri available after 7pm for 13.95). Kids are also very welcome and there noon-2.45pm, 5pm-10.30pm; are three different menus to cater for Sat noon-11pm; all ages, from babies upwards. Both Sun noon-9pm venues can cater for large parties Bristol can host conferences and even weddings in its stunning medieval banquet halls, Bakers and Cutlers, offering a full wedding service from theming to varied menu planning.
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Caf Rouge
w: www.caferouge.co.uk Chic, Parisian-style Caf Rouge offers diners a little slice of Gallic life. Among the boutiques, bars and restaurants of Park Street, Caf Rouge occupies a prime spot, welcoming those en route to the Bristol Old Vic or Hippodrome for a show, diners celebrating a special occasion and regulars who cant get enough of the ne French food. Discover Caf Rouges historic setting on the main shopping street of Georgian Bath. This one-time tearoom has plenty of regular customers and attracts visitors from out of town who enjoy a little French air. In the food court at Cribbs Causeway, Caf Rouge rescues those in need of a break from the shops, with its menu of classic French cuisine. Cabot Circus restaurant is in the thick of all the action, close to the cinema and shops, with its own outside seating area perfect for a coffee as you watch the world go by. Whichever restaurant you choose, you can relax with the papers over breakfast and tuck into Continental pastries or a French favourite of smoked ham and Gruyre cheese croque, topped with a fried egg. The breakfast menu is complemented by a selection of fresh juices and ne French coffees. If dining at lunchtime or in the evening, experience the delights of the core menu, which features everything from the lightest of snacks to hearty rustic French staples. If youre on the move, plats rapides are the ideal choice, with a range of dishes from just 7.95. The great-value prix-xe lunch menu is available from noon until 5pm every day, at 7.95 for one course or 9.95 for two. If opting for a three-course French feast, start with classic moules marinires, continue with boeuf Bourguignon and nish with a tangy tarte au citron. Of course there are also sandwiches, salads, nibbles and moules aplenty. To complement all of this ne food, the staggering range of quality wine listed at Caf Rouge is an oenophiles dream. Caf Rouge really is bringing a little of la belle vie Franaise to your corner of the UK.

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Location Cabot Circus, Bristol, BS1 3BD t: 0844 683 2401 Open: Mon-Sun 9am-10pm Location 85 Park Street, Bristol, BS1 5PJ t: 0844 683 2403 Open: Mon-Thurs 9am-10pm; Fri & Sat 9am-11pm; Sun 10am-10pm Location The Mall (Upper Level), Cribbs Causeway, The Avenue, Bristol, BS34 5UR t: 0844 683 2402 Open: Mon-Sat 9am-9pm; Sun 10am-5pm Location 15 Milsom Street, Bath, BA1 1DE t: 0844 683 2406 Open: Mon-Sat 9am-11pm; Sun 9am-10.30pm

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Location Upper Borough Walls, Bath, BA1 1RN t: 0844 683 6736 w: www.raphaelrestaurant.co.uk Any lover of ne European cuisine simply must visit this delightful restaurant. From its stylish interior to the comprehensive wine list, Raphaels will provide a dining experience you wont forget. With its unbeatable location opposite the Theatre Royal, it is perfect for lunch and pre or post-theatre enjoyment. Seasonality plays an imperative role in the creation of the dishes here. Whether its the tempting set lunch menu (12.95 for two delicious courses), the convenient pre-theatre menu (14.95 for two courses) or the extensive, accomplished la carte selection, fresh ingredients are given the thoughtful attention they deserve. Dishes such as creamy moules marinire with fresh bread, and Gressingham duck breast with spiced beetroot and red wine sauce, illustrate the balance of inuences between classical French and British cooking the unique reason Raphael has been, and will continue to be, so successful.

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Pizza Provencale
Location 29 Regent Street, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 4HR t: 0844 683 9843 w: www.pizzaprovencale.co.uk Pizza Provencale is a popular mainstay of the Clifton dining scene and is reminiscent of a charming Parisian bistro, with memorabilia adorning the walls and a cosy candlelit atmosphere in the evenings. The menu reects the rustic decor; you can take your pick from classic French dishes and rst-rate pizzas, all made on-site using the nest ingredients. Begin with New Zealand half-shell mussels stuffed with Camembert, breadcrumbs and garlic butter or Provencale sh soup, before moving onto mains. Their famous pizzas are a popular choice with regulars, so you might want to tuck into one of those next perhaps a Charcuterie, topped with mozzarella, tomato base, spicy beef, ham and pepperoni. Pizza Provencale specialises in gluten-free pizzas. Classic mains like coq au vin and seafood tagliatelle are available, and youll need no persuading to order dessert with treats like chocolate pie and treacle tart with ginger ice cream on offer, your only problem will be deciding which to choose.

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Location 11 Fountain Buildings, Bath, BA1 5DX t: 0844 683 9846 w: www.mandalyns.co.uk e: info@mandalyns.co.uk Having recently undergone an impressive overhaul, Mandalyns Bar has been described as a bit of a tardis by some of its customers. Beyond a very unassuming, traditional exterior lies a retro-style bar with a modern twist and a quirky snug in the back bar, ideal for those looking for a temporary retreat from the lively dance-oor area. This is a great venue for a night out with friends, a quiet weekday drink or for completing an evenings dining. At weekends its a very popular stop-off, so if youre looking for a party and a place where you can leave your inhibitions at the door, then Mandalyns is for you. Theres a great atmosphere and a good selection of wines, spirits and classic cocktails (buy one, get one free before 9pm every evening). Although very much a gay bar, Mandalyns has become a popular late-night drinking venue for a whole range of locals and visitors. *Price range represents the cost of a cocktail. Open: Tues & Weds 8pm-2am; Thurs-Sat 8pm-3am; Sun 8pm-late
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Location 34 Monmouth Street, Bath, BA1 2AN t: 0844 683 6721 w: www.door34.co.uk e: team@door34.co.uk What do you get when you blend a splash of style, a shot of innovation and a generous sprinkling of fun? The heady concoction that is Door 34, a fabulous bar that serves rst-class cocktails. From the classic to the adventurous, the imaginative mixologists here have it covered; they are always inventing new and exciting libations for patrons to try, while keeping traditionalists happy with awlessly crafted favourites and a range of premium beers. Their artistry and passion shines through in every beverage, including the unique All Day Breakfast with Plymouth Gin, triple sec, lemon juice and marmalade, and the Green Fairy featuring Millers Westbourne Gin, Poire Williams, Noilly Prat, Umeshu (plum sake), rhubarb and ginger jam, fresh lemon and a glug of egg white. Whichever Door 34 potion you choose, you can be sure itll be made with skill, precision and more than a dash of panache. *Price range represents the cost of a cocktail. Open: Tues & Weds 5pm-11pm; Thurs-Sat 4pm-1am; Sun 8pm-1am

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Fleur de Lis
Location 12 Shortwood Road, Pucklechurch, Nr. Bristol, BS16 9RA t: 0844 683 6869 w: www.eurdelisbristol.co.uk e: eurdelisbristol@gmail.com Fleur de Lis open res are perfect for relaxing beside with a drink and the papers, while its spacious interior makes it a top place to host a celebratory meal, buffet or special event. There is also a convenient car park and a large garden and courtyard to take advantage of during warmer months. You might start with cheese and sundriedtomato-topped garlic bread or a Mediterranean-style sharing platter, before moving onto slow-roasted lamb shank on a bed of herb mash and redcurrant jus with parsnip crisps, roasted carrots and rosemary, or something sizzling from the black rock grill menu. Vegetarians might plump for roasted leek, seasonal veg and Brie strudel, and nish with lemon meringue pie or creme caramel served with fruits of the forest. Alternatively, perhaps pop in for breakfast and have a smoked salmon bagel or a stack of pancakes, or get the family in for a delicious carvery meal. Open: Mon-Fri 10am-11pm; Sat & Sun 10am-11.30pm (last orders 9.30pm)

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Location 304 Wells Road, Knowle, Bristol, BS4 2QG t: 0844 683 9847 Charlies is a smart bar and restaurant on the well-known Wells Road. Recently refurbished, this stylish venue boasts a lovely little garden and super-comfy furnishings. Many patrons pop in for the all-day breakfast, a hearty dinner and often the traditional Sunday roast available for just 6.95 and offering pork, beef and lamb as well as four types of veg. Other delicious dishes include steak, lamb shank, beef in brandy and peppercorn sauce and chicken in mustard and cider sauce, as well as irresistible puddings such as fruit crumble, chocolate fudge cake and lemon meringue pie. Value for money is impressive here the rump steak is just 6.95, including a drink. Booking is not necessary, so its great for hungry diners just passing by, and theres live music from local bands every Saturday evening and on bank holidays. Ask the team for details on party catering theres a separate bar for hire, and bespoke menus tailored to suit you and your special occasion. Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; Sun noon-11pm

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Hall & Woodhouse


Location 1 Old King Street, Bath, BA1 2JW t: 0844 683 6692 w: www.hall-woodhousebath.co.uk e: bath@hall-woodhouse.co.uk

From the ground-oor bar, a spiral staircase complete with imbedded twinkling lights leads up to the dining room at Hall & Woodhouse. As we ascended, more of 18 the interesting, rustic decor came into view, and we were greeted and seated by our to lovely waitress. 30 I decided to begin proceedings with the Dorset Cheddar rarebit: a moreish hunk of toasted bread topped with sweet onion marmalade, grilled eld mushrooms, melted Cheddar and peppery rocket leaves. My partner, meanwhile, happily devoured fresh, shell-on king prawns. Next, I enjoyed roast Atlantic cod sat upon saffron risotto. The risotto was creamy, yet still had an al dente bite, and the cods soft esh fell apart at Bar Open: Mon-Thurs 8am-11pm; Fri 8am-midnight; the mere mention of a fork. My companion had the humongous venison shank pie, and, once its aky crust was broken, large, tender chunks of slow-cooked meat revealed Sat 9am-midnight; themselves from their avoursome sauce sauna. Sun 9am-10.30pm Upstairs Restaurant Open: Dessert signalled the unwanted end to the meal, so I went out on a high note with a Mon-Sat noon-3pm, warm treacle tart. The other half trusted 6pm-10pm; Sun noon-3pm the suggestion of the burnt Cambridge Downstairs Restaurant Cream: an infusion of Earl Grey tea in set Open: Mon-Sat noon-10pm; custard with a crunchy, caramelised sugar Sun noon-9pm top. It came served in a teacup and saucer, and had a wonderful theatrical surprise that cemented a recommendation for this entire eatery let alone one pudding as one worth listening to. Bar & Restaurant CC

The Living Room


Location Explore Lane, Harbourside, Canons Way, Bristol, BS1 5TY t: 0844 683 2276 w: www.thelivingroom.co.uk

Arguably the most stylish establishment on Bristols vibrant Harbourside, The Living Room is a piano bar and restaurant oozing contemporary cool. If youre looking to treat yourself to some expertly made cocktails, fantastic food and more 15 than a hint of city chic, this is the place to do it. The comfortable yet beautifully to 25 designed restaurant spaces, relaxed bar areas and chilled-out music from the baby grand piano are there to make you feel at home, whether enjoying a family meal, party with friends or even a rst date. The Living Room impresses from the word go. The main la carte menu is available daily from midday, and Sunday brunch and traditional roasts are served on Sundays until 6pm. There is something to suit every occasion from a tapas board to share with friends, to exquisite dishes such as a trio of pork comprising Open: Mon-Thurs pancetta-wrapped pork llet, crispy pork belly, and Bury black pudding with a 11am-midnight; sage and garlic mash potato and apple sauce. The pan-fried sea bass and orangescented broccoli with lentil casserole Fri & Sat 11am-1am; is an unmissable delight for sh Sun noon-midnight lovers. Hopefully you will still have space left for dessert, because the chocolate trufe cake and dairy vanilla ice cream with crushed honeycomb is a delicious end to the evening. Superbly made sandwiches and small side dishes are served if you simply fancy a nibble with your drink. Once youve satised your appetite, open The Living Rooms book-like cocktail menu and start sampling you might be here a while.
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The Roman Baths Kitchen


Location 11-12 Abbey Churchyard, Bath, BA1 1LY t: 0844 683 9849 w: www.romanbathkitchen.co.uk e: rbk@searcys.co.uk Step inside The Roman Baths Kitchen and you will be transported into a world of Georgian elegance. Bath boasts an abundance of historical sights, and youll be right in the heart of it all at this lovely bar and restaurant, situated opposite the famous Roman Baths and Bath Abbey. If the weather is on your side, perhaps take a seat outside with a freshly brewed coffee or tasty lunch and enjoy those gorgeous views I can think of no better way to spend a summer afternoon.

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We took a seat at a candlelit table in front of huge sash windows overlooking the abbeys sweeping courtyard. The restaurants talented culinary team offer locally sourced, homemade delights ranging from innovative jalapeno popcorn and artisan breads to rich and aromatic merguez lamb. Following an exceptional starter of spicy lentil and red pepper soup, my guest opted for the generously lled chicken, leek and tarragon pie with creamy mashed potato and red cabbage, while I plumped for the fresh, crisp Open: Sun-Tues 8.30am-6pm; Caesar salad. Pudding comprised Weds & Thurs 8.30am-8pm; honeycomb Dorset ice cream and Fri & Sat 8.30am-8.30pm honey and whisky bread and butter pudding a decadent end to a truly delightful dinner. Run in partnership with Searcys, a company known for its rst-class catering, The Roman Baths Kitchen offers quality dining in stunning surroundings a meal here is a lovely way to round off a day out in this picturesque city.

Location Chandlery Square, Newfoundland Way, Portishead, BS20 7DF t: 0844 683 9851 w: www.hall-woodhouseportishead.co.uk e: portishead@hall-woodhouse.co.uk

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This new addition to Portisheads eating out scene is rather unique not only because of its innovative architecture, but also thanks to its successful blend of 18 the traditional and the contemporary across its menu. From heritage cooking, to including the highest-quality steaks and miniature chicken and ham hock pies, 30 to world cuisine with inspiration from places as far ung as Morocco, India and Greece, theres something for everyone here. Theres also a great choice of vegetarian options. To start we enjoyed a mezze sharing platter with a selection of Greek nibbles, followed by chicken tikka masala (chosen from the great selection of daily specials) and aromatic Moroccan-spiced vegetable couscous with creme fraiche dressing. Our meal was nished by sharing one of the best chocolate brownies Ive ever eaten, which came smothered in warm chocolate sauce and served with Bar Open: Mon-Sat clotted cream ice cream. 9am-11pm; Sun 9am-10pm Hall & Woodhouse is a destination Downstairs Restaurant restaurant with stunning views across Open: Mon-Sun 9am-11am, the sparkling marina, a menu that noon-9pm features regionally sourced produce Upstairs Restaurant Open: and a wine list that offers great value. Mon-Sun noon-3pm, 5pm-9pm Whether youre looking for a casual bite to eat or a more formal dinner deux, you cant go wrong at this cosy and stylish establishment.

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Bocabar
Location Paintworks, Bath Road, Arnos Vale, Bristol, BS4 3EH t: 0844 683 2281 w: www.bocabar.co.uk e: bocabarbookings@btconnect.com

Bristols innovative living and working development, Paintworks, is home to this New-York-loft-style warehouse lled with Mediterranean food, local art and music. Pleasure-seekers from across Bristol ock to Bath Road to sample 10 Bocabars individual vibe and great food. The eatery was given a 2012 Taste to of the West Bronze Award and was named a Netmums Favourite 2011 by 18 www.netmums.com testament to its ever-growing reputation. Bocabars high ceilings, exposed red-brick walls, fairy lights, wooden furniture and comfy sofas create a hub for the 700 or so creative bodies on-site at Paintworks. The bar and tapas counter dominate the heart of the venue, displaying a selection of local draught beers and ciders, cocktails and wines. Artwork on the walls and eclectic artefacts for sale add to Bocabars bohemian look. Bocabar offers an extensive Bocapizza menu as well as no less than three specials Open: Mon-Thurs 10amboards. With everything from panini and frittatas to tapas, gourmet burgers and 11pm; Fri & Sat 10am-1am; dishes like Cornish crab, pesto and Sun 10am-10.30pm Parmesan pancake available, youll be spoilt for choice. Breakfast snacks are served every weekday, and a tasty Boca roast is on offer every Sunday. Free-entry live jazz and world music entertains diners on Saturdays and DJs spin some tunes on Fridays. Exhibitions run every six weeks in the art space, so look out for details of private viewings on the website. Bocabar guarantees stunning food, a fantastic atmosphere and a great time.

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Chiquito
Location Aspects Leisure Park, Longwell Green, Bristol, BS15 9LA t: 0844 683 9852 Location The Venue, Cribbs Causeway, Merlin Road, Bristol, BS10 7SR t: 0844 683 9853 w: www.chiquito.co.uk

The Chiquito philosophy centres around a passion for food made using only the tastiest of ingredients. The team offers a rst-rate experience for all diners, no matter what the occasion. Sizzling specials, delicious authentic fajitas and many other Mexican favourites really cut the mustard and staff are always on hand to aid your decision. 20 All thats left for you to do is soak up the vibrant, friendly atmosphere. to 25 Start with chorizo and gem lettuce wraps with sweetcorn, jalapenos and a pot of lime-and-tequila-avour sauce for that extra kick. The llet of cod roasted in a mango glaze and served over fajita vegetables and pink onions is a ne choice too. Chicken and chorizo skewers also feature, as do plenty of traditional Mexican choices such as Aspects Leisure Park Open: beefy burritos, pollo del fuego, enchiladas and quesadillas. Maybe youll crave one of Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; their lip-smacking burgers or you can always plump for a super-juicy steak with fries Sun 11am-10.30pm or spiced Mexican rice. The childrens The Venue Open: menu is a great feature too with plenty Mon-Sat 9am-11pm; for the kids to get stuck into. Sun 9am-10.30pm Finish with classic churros sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, a fudge popcorn sundae or banana taquito wrapped in a cinnamon tortilla. Youll want to wash it all down with something suitably exotic. Choose from the selection of expertly mixed alcoholic and nonalcoholic cocktails, or go all out with a cheeky shot of tequila, and kick off an evening of revelry the Mexican way.
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Illusions Magic Bar


Location 2 Byron Place, Triangle South, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1JT t: 0844 683 2286 w: www.illusionsmagicbar.co.uk e: info@illusionsmagicbar.co.uk The UKs rst dedicated magic bar, Illusions is the type of place Derren Brown would have learnt his trade as a magician. It attracts performers from across the UK, thanks to its reputation as a great venue to try out new material and dazzle patrons with up-close magic shows. Like its sister venue, Smoke and Mirrors, which seats up to 50 for its live cabaret-style shows, Illusions has a large bar area serving a variety of beers, wines and cocktails. There is also live music at the weekends, plus karaoke and open-mic nights during the week.

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Illusions is equally suited to a big night out as to a laid-back drink. I went along on a mid-week evening, taking advantage of the more chilled-out vibe and bagging a seat at the close-up magic bar, where I participated in the evenings amazing entertainment. I have also Open: Weds & Thurs previously visited at the weekend, 7pm-2am; Fri 7pm-3am; when an enthusiastic and buzzing Sat 7pm-4am crowd was listening to Elton Johns Saturday Nights Alright being hammered out on the grand piano by one of the live musicians. Whether your visit is relaxed or vibrant, prepare to be dazzled by card tricks, feats of disappearance and conjuring. Illusions packed programme of live events regularly includes fresh UK talent, so do check their website for details.

Location 8 Denmark Street, Bristol, BS1 5DQ t: 0844 683 9854 w: www.smokeandmirrorsbar.co.uk e: info@smokeandmirrorsbar.co.uk Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of St Augustines parade, halfway down Denmark Street, is Smoke & Mirrors, a pub with a magical difference. Along with its sister venue, Bristols famous Illusions, Smoke & Mirrors is the second of the UKs only two dedicated magic bars. Its intriguing exterior, with a beautiful white baby grand piano in the window, beckons patrons inside to enjoy a variety of ne wines, real ales and entertainment, such as live music events at the weekends (entry is free). Step through the curtain at the back of the bar to the magic theatre and marvel at one of the many talented acts and top names from the UK and international magic scene. The parlour seats up to 50 people and was packed with an eagerly awaiting audience. Time-travelling magicians, Morgan and West, transported us back to the Victorian era with their dandy costumes and comic routine. Purveyors of mystery and magic, these ne gentlemen astounded us with feats of conjuring, sleight of hand and audience participation.

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Smoke & Mirrors regularly hosts other equally thrilling shows, including burlesque performances, comedy, live music and music from the Bristol Blues Club on the rst Wednesday of every month. With such a packed programme of live acts, its certainly worth keeping an eye on their website for details of forthcoming tricksters.

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Established in 1793, Averys Wine Merchants have a long history of providing an excellent range of and visit our historic vaulted cellars, once home to our own bottling line and blending tanks, and choose from over 1,000 wines from around the world. A visit to Averys of Bristol is always a delight. They are one of our oldest wine merchants... This is a cellar that looks like a cellar, with stacks of wine in wooden cases, some of it covered in dust and a creaking door. (Simon Hoggart, The Spectator)

Open 10am until 7pm Monday to Saturday Knowledgable and friendly staff Wines available for tasting every day Buy by the bottle or by the case Fine and rare wines available Free customer parking Free delivery to the Bristol area (BS1 BS9) Hire the cellars for your event Weddings and gift service available

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The Hope and Anchor


Location Midford Road, Midford, Nr. Bath, BA2 7DD t: 0844 683 9857 w: www.hopeandanchormidford.co.uk e: info@hopeandanchormidford.co.uk

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The 17th-Century Hope and Anchor, in the picturesque Cam valley, has been owned and run by the same family for over 20 years, during which time it has truly 15 ourished. This beloved pub is a favourite among locals and a fantastic nd for to visitors to the area. It is a 10-minute drive from the centre of Bath, and is only a 20 10-minute bike ride away too thanks to the new Colliers Way cycle path, with the famous Two Tunnels leading into the car park. So why not work up an appetite on the way there while enjoying the beautiful scenery by bike? The Hope and Anchor source as many ingredients locally as possible, ensuring the best results for their wholesome cuisine. An all-encompassing menu is supplemented by daily changing specials, all prepared from scratch in the kitchen. The deep-fried Camembert with onion marmalade is one of the favourite starters among regulars. Mains include slow-cooked steak and ale pie, feta, goats cheese, spinach, tomato Open: Mon-Fri noon-3pm, and pine nut strudel both served with 6pm-11pm; hand-cut, triple-cooked chunky fries Sat & Sun 11am-11pm and local venison with rosemary, Food Served: Mon-Sat garlic, sloe gin and blueberry sauce. noon-2pm, 6pm-9.30pm; There is a great selection of local ales, Sun noon-3pm, 6pm-9pm ciders, wines and soft drinks to wash it all down with. Sunday lunch is popular and denitely worth booking for. During summer the pub offers snacks, cream teas and ice creams throughout the day and a lovely garden in which to enjoy them.

Location 1 Staple Hill, Fishponds, Bristol, BS16 5AA t: 0844 683 9859 w: www.thecrosshandsbristol.co.uk e: thecrosshands@gmail.com There are some pretty amazing things going on in the kitchen at The Cross Hands these days the emphasis is on creating dishes that are fresh and homemade.

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The kitchen team do all their own butchery, bake all their own bread and ensure that every dish that comes out of the kitchen has been lovingly prepared. A selection of excellent pub classics sits alongside some truly delicious and thoughtprovoking dishes for the more adventurous diner. With main courses ranging between 8.50 and 15, youre bound to nd something to suit not only your appetite, but your pocket as well. The interior has been designed with relaxation in mind, creating the perfect Open: Sun-Thurs atmosphere in which to enjoy dinner with friends. In the summer months, there is noon-midnight; plenty of room for alfresco dining both Fri & Sat noon-12.30am in the front and back gardens. Food Served: Mon-Fri A function room upstairs allows large noon-3pm, 6pm-10pm; parties to dine together, or you can hire Sat noon-10pm, the space for a range of occasions from Sun noon-4pm Christmas celebrations and birthdays to christenings and business meetings. This striking building at the head of Fishponds Road is certainly worth exploring.

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Lunchtime Favourites
Whether you like your food to be served fast in a fun setting, or want somewhere special for a romantic dinner deux, Cabot Circus can help. With a vast selection of cafs, restaurants and food shops, this is one place you will never go hungry. Cabot Circus houses some of the tastiest places to eat and drink in Bristol, providing plenty of inspiration for tired palates. Visit www.cabotcircus.com for opening times, parking details and further information. Whether youre taking an hour out of the office, or need a refuel while shopping, these are the places to chill out.

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These chic eateries serve up French fare, from moules to mille-feuille, filled baguettes to pastries theres plenty of choice for a casual snack or full French feast.
CAF ROUGE: 0117 954 4808 Open: Mon-Sun 9am-10pm PATISSErIE VALErIE: 0117 927 3101 Open: Mon-Fri 9am-8pm; Sat 9am-9pm; Sun 9am-7pm BOULANGErIE: 0117 329 0449 Open: Mon-Sat 8.30am-6pm; Sun 10am-5pm BrASSErIE BLANc: 0117 910 2410 Open: Mon-Thurs 10am-10pm; Fri & Sat 10am-10.30pm; Sun 10am-9pm STArbUcKS: 0117 930 4231 Open: Mon-Sat 8am-8pm; Sun 9am-6pm COSTA: 0117 929 2840 0117 316 9733 Open: Mon-Sat 8am-8pm; Sun 9am-6pm PrET A MANGEr: 0207 932 5396 Open: Mon-Sat 7.30am-8pm; Sun 9am-6.30pm CAFF NErO, HOUSE OF FrASEr: 0117 929 7900 Open: Mon-Fri 10am-7.30pm; Sat 8.30am-7.30pm; Sun 11am-5pm SpUDULIKE: 0117 927 3690 Open: Mon-Sat 11am-8pm; Sun 11am-6pm ChANDOS DELI: 0117 934 9611 Open: Mon-Sat 9.30am-8pm; Sun 11am-5pm SOhO COFFEE CO: 0117 376 3224 Open: Mon-Sat 7am-8pm; Sun 11am-5pm

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You can grab yourself a taste of Italy in any of these tempting trattorias, with pizza, pasta and creamy desserts to die for.

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Settle in with some amazing food, good company and a cocktail, beer or soft drink at one of these laid-back locations.
ZIzzI: 0117 929 1066 Open: Mon-Sat noon-11pm; Sun noon-10.30pm PICCOlINO: 0117 929 3255 Open: Mon-Sat 11.30am-11.30pm; Sun 11.30am-10.30pm BEllA ITAlIA: 0117 927 7230 Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; Sun 11am-10.30pm CARlUCCIOS: 0117 933 8538 Open: Mon-Sat 8am-11pm; Sun 10am-10.30pm FRANKIE & BENNYS: 0117 954 9800 Open: Mon-Sat 9am-11pm; Sun 9am-10.30pm GIRAffE: 0117 930 0603 Open: Mon-Thurs 10am-10pm; Fri & Sat 9am-10.30pm; Sun 9am-9pm GOURMET BURgER KITCHEN: 0117 927 9997 Open: Mon-Sat 11am-10pm; Sun 11am-9pm LA TASCA: 0845 129 7623 Open: Mon-Sat noon-11pm; Sun noon-10.30pm KFC: 0117 927 9627 Open: Mon-Sat 11am-10pm; Sun 11am-9pm NANDOS: 0117 376 3876 Open: Sun-Tues noon-10pm; Weds-Sat noon-11pm COAl GRIll + BAR: 0117 954 4624 Open: Mon-Sat 9am-11pm; Sun 9am-10.30pm STUDIO ONE: 0117 910 0091 Open: Mon-Sun 11.30am-10pm

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For a spot of sophisticated modern European cuisine, or a few choice delights for your larder, head to either of these shopping meccas.
HARVEY NICHOlS FOOD MARKET: 0117 916 8880 Open: Mon-Weds 10am-6pm; Thurs 10am-8pm; Fri & Sat 10am-7pm; Sun 11am-5pm HARVEY NICHOlS SECOND FlOOR BAR: 0117 916 8898 Open: Mon 11am-6pm; Tues-Sat 11am-midnight; Sun 11am-5pm HARVEY NICHOlS SECOND FlOOR RESTAURANT: 0117 916 8898 Open: Mon 10am-5.30pm; Tues-Sat 10am-10pm; Sun 11am-4pm ZEST BISTRO, HOUSE Of FRASER: 0844 800 3710 Open: Mon-Sat 10am-7pm; Sun 11am-5pm

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If its Eastern flavour you want, then Cabot Circus can deliver it.
TAMPOPO: 0117 927 7008 Open: Mon-Sat noon-11pm; Sun noon-10pm YO! SUSHI: 0117 321 3161 Open: Mon-Sat 11.30am-10pm; Sun 11.30am-8pm

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King William Inn


Location Tunley Road, Tunley, Nr. Bath, BA2 0EB t: 0844 683 9861 w: www.kingwilliaminn.co.uk e: kingwilliaminntunley@live.com

It may be that youve driven past the unassuming King William Inn before without stopping by after your rst visit, however, you certainly wont make that mistake again. After being greeted with familiarity and warmth, we took 20 up a seat in the smart, rustic-style restaurant. The specials board quickly caught to my eye, listing tempting dishes like seared scallops with Champagne and caviar 25 sauce and venison steak with berry, red wine and thyme jus. Drinks ordered and menus in hand, we quickly realised our decisions would be tough; all dishes on the menu are homemade from local ingredients and sound simply delicious. To begin, after much deliberation and some helpful recommendations, we opted for Cajun pork terrine and those scallops Id been eyeing up since we arrived. Both plates were spotless in no time. Next, I was presented with a plate-envyOpen: Mon 5pm-11pm; inducing steak, ale and blue cheese pie a rightfully popular dish. The perfectly Tues-Fri 11.30am-3pm, 5pmcooked venison from the specials board was served across the table, accompanied 11pm; Sat 11.30am-11pm; by hand-cut chips and perfectly Sun 11.30am-4pm al dente veg. After completely Food Served: Mon 6pm-9pm; clearing two more plates, we were Tues-Thurs noon-2pm, 6pmconvinced we couldnt eat another thing until we saw the dessert 9pm; Fri & Sat noon-2pm, menu. A beautifully soft and moist 6pm-9.30pm; Sun noon-4pm sticky toffee sponge and Cointreau and vanilla brule later, we were full to bursting, and left declaring the meal to be the best wed had in a very long time. Gastropub CC 15 25
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The Hole in the Wall


Location 2 The Grove, Queen Square, Bristol, BS1 4QZ t: 0844 683 2302 w: www.theholeinthewallbristol.co.uk Since the 18th Century, people have been nding sanctuary at Bristols Hole in the Wall not least the sailors who used to drink here, keeping a wary eye out for approaching press gangs. Earning the pub its name is the small peep-hole, still visible today, which gave the sailors their early warning. The Hole in the Wall now offers a different kind of haven in Bristols bustling city centre. It stands peacefully on a corner of Queen Square, with a tranquil outdoor seating area near the oating harbour.

Entering on a cold night, we were grateful to be greeted by the warmth of a real re. Delicious starters awoke our tastebuds; the chefs honey-roasted g and Prosciutto ham with wild rocket and homemade salsa verdi was deliciously warming, while pan-fried lamb kidneys in a mushroom and wholegrain mustard cream sauce on toasted ciabatta provided a wonderful contrast of avours. A Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; pulled British beef and bacon pie was Sun 11am-10.30pm served with orange and cardamominfused carrots, roasted shallots, peas Food Served: Mon-Sat noonand mashed potatoes. From the garden 10pm; Sun noon-9.30pm menu, grilled goats cheese, chilli and courgette risotto skewers served on Mediterranean vegetables with a broad bean dressing provided a tasty vegetarian option. For dessert, we shared a vanilla creme brule the perfect way to round off our excellent meal in this supreme setting.
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The Royal Oak


Location 385 Gloucester Road, Horeld, Bristol, BS7 8TN t: 0844 683 9862 w: www.theroyaloakbristol.co.uk e: theroyaloakbristol@gmail.com

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Found on Bristols buzzing and bustling Gloucester Road, The Royal Oak is now rmly established as a great family pub serving top-notch food seven days a week. 18 The emphasis is on fresh, seasonal produce used to make some great pub classics, to alongside some more adventurous creations. If the name rings a bell, its probably 22 because The Royal Oak is well-known throughout Bristol for serving one of the best Sunday roasts in town. The daily menu caters for vegetarians and meat eaters alike, with dishes ranging from squash, sage and pecan crumble with buttered greens, to seared venison steak with black pudding bubble and squeak and candied beetroot. The Saturday menu includes simple favourites like shcakes served with a mixed leaf salad, as well as a selection of Open: Sun-Thurs 11am-midnight; sandwiches and classic pub dishes (main courses range from 8.50 to 15). The huge sunny back garden provides a haven for city-dwellers seeking some alfresco Fri & Sat 11am-12.30am dining during the summer months be Food Served: Mon-Fri sure to check out their annual Pork noon-3pm, 6pm-10pm; & Cider Festival held in July, which Sat noon-10pm; offers a day of live music, numerous Sun noon-4pm ciders and a delicious barbecue. The outdoor pizza oven adds a new dimension to the food on offer and cooks the perfect mouth-watering pizza (see the website for full details of the pizza oven opening times). At The Royal Oak, youll nd ne food and friendly cheer in abundance.

Location Down Road, Winterbourne Down, Nr. Bristol, BS36 1AU t: 0844 683 6854 w: www.thegoldenheartwinterbourne.co.uk

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FB The Golden Heart is an up-to-date take on the traditional pub, offering everything the modern visitor could ask for whilst retaining more than a touch of olde-worlde charm. An eclectic selection of mismatched furnishings sit 15 beneath wooden beams and sloped ceilings, offering an interesting blend of the to contemporary and the traditional. In winter, guests can relax by the roaring re 25 with a pint of quality ale or a perfectly made coffee, while during the warmer months, patrons can head outside to the spacious beer garden to enjoy a spot of alfresco drinking and dining. Wherever you decide to take a seat, you can be sure of one thing The Golden Heart is a top-notch place to unwind and enjoy the company of friends and family. The seasonally changing menu (which includes a childrens selection) is as pleasingly free from pretension as the pub itself, brimming with wholesome dishes made using only the best produce. Begin by sampling the craysh and Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; crab cocktail, before devouring the Sun noon-10.30pm exquisite marinated sticky chicken Food Served: Mon-Sat noonin a lemon, honey and chilli sauce 10pm; Sun noon-9.30pm with rocket and fries. Desserts like the classic apple and rhubarb crumble with thick custard, or treacle tart with lemon curd are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. With a plethora of regular events on the cards, including a Friday sh supper, ladies night every Wednesday and an unmissable Sunday roast, theres plenty on offer here to keep you coming back for more.

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Old Station Inn & Carriage Restaurant


Location Wells Road, Hallatrow, Nr. Midsomer Norton, BS39 6EN t: 0844 683 2268 w: www.theoldstationandcarriage.co.uk e: info@theoldstationandcarriage.co.uk The Old Station Inn and Carriage Restaurant are located in beautiful countryside halfway between Bristol and Bath. Whilst the inn itself is a lovely old village pub serving a great selection of Cask Marque-accredited real ales the Carriage Restaurant is set inside an old railway carriage from the early 20th Century, with an art-deco interior, luxurious armchairs and tables set for ne dining. The menu features award-winning cuisine, made in-house using fresh, local ingredients. If visiting during the summer, the beautiful beer garden is perfect for dining and functions, and if you need to stay the night, there is plenty of room at the inn. Wi-Fi is available in the bedrooms and the bar. The Old Station Inn has been recognised as Brains Pub of the Year 2012-2013 and the Evening Posts Pub of the Year for Service and Staff dont miss out.

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The Swan Hotel


Location 14 Gloucester Road, Almondsbury, BS32 4AA t: 0844 683 9863 w: www.swanhotelbristol.com e: bookings@swanhotelbristol.com This smart gastropub and restaurant is a relaxed and understated establishment with truly fabulous food and friendly service. The menus are bursting with a mix of classic and creative dishes. On our recent visit I opted to start with the goats cheese salad with beetroot and balsamic gloriously fresh and tangy and my companion plumped for tangy chilli and garlic prawns. Both were tantalising tasters that left plenty of room to nish our feast. To follow, cont pork belly with mash, spinach and cider sauce was heart-warming on a cool winters day, while the potato gnocchi, pea and asparagus main was beautifully balanced and seasoned well with a refreshing medley of herbs and mint. Dont leave without tasting at least one of The Swans delectable puddings, especially the rhubarb and custard cheesecake; or for something really naughty dive into a plate of dinky doughnuts with Mars bar dipping sauce. Great food and service; hats off to The Swan.

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Location 6 Byron Place, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1JT t: 0844 683 2269 w: www.yoyoburger.com One of the best and most denitive local burger establishments in Bristol, YoYo offers both substance and style. This funky hamburger bar located in Clifton serves fantastic hearty burgers, chargrilled to order. With a variety of meats available Wagyu, lobster, kangaroo, springbok, ostrich, bison, crocodile and wild boar as well as standard British beef, lamb and chicken this is denitely not your typical American-style burger joint. At YoYo you get to enjoy your food in a bright and modern setting there are even TVs inside your table. The quality of the burgers is excellent, shakes are super thick and the onion rings are perfectly crispy. After six years, their dedication to highend, reasonably priced gourmet food and fast service still keeps diners coming back. Open late every night, YoYo is the ideal destination for tasty comfort food. *Price range represents the cost of a burger, a side dish and a drink. Open: Mon-Sun noon-late
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The Burger Joint


Location 83 Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2NT t: 0844 683 6742 w: www.theburgerjoint.co.uk e: info@theburgerjoint.co.uk For a rst-class burger in Bristol, pop down to The Burger Joint, a place for serious food lovers to congregate and enjoy some tasty meaty treats (and delicious veggie ones too).

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This place is always bustling with regulars and newcomers alike, with its popularity having resulted in a move to new premises that are twice the size of the old. Clearly, everyone is eager to order this eaterys famous burger combinations, which can be eaten in or taken away. Each burger is individually designed to suit you; choose from a variety of top-quality meats, including venison, wild boar, lamb and, of course, prime beef. Top this with as many additions like blue cheese, Brie, black pudding or crispy chorizo as you think you can handle, and then nally pick a tempting side. The rst of these is free, Open: Mon-Sun noon-late and there are favourites like hand-cut or sweet potato chips. If you have room for dessert, try the melt-in the-mouth warm chocolate brownie. Provenance of produce and home cooking is what really makes The Burger Joint stand out, with thoughtfully sourced ingredients going into every dish. Everything (except the ciabatta buns, which come from an artisan baker) is freshly prepared on-site, including the complimentary sauces. Whats more, The Burger Joint also caters for events, which can be hosted at the restaurant or a venue of your choice perfect for your next birthday bash or summer barbecue.

Location Shop 1, Bridge House, 48-52 Baldwin Street, Bristol, BS1 1QB t: 0844 683 9864

Guerrilla Burger

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CC This burger bar with a difference enjoyed great success as a pop-up restaurant and is set to do the same with its rst permanent residence in Bristols city centre. Burgers are, of course, the name of the game here however, if you turn up expecting your * average patties, think again. Instead the menu lists a choice of sliders, which are 10 to gourmet mini burgers you can mix and match as desired. 15 We began with crispy mushroom bombs button mushrooms stuffed with herby goats cheese, wrapped in lo pastry and lightly fried and cheesy potato croquettes. I also sipped an expertly made Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri, available as both a cocktail and a mocktail. Our sliders came charmingly served in cardboard trays. We enjoyed the panko chicken topped with melted blue cheese; the Spanish, featuring a beef and chorizo patty with Manchego cheese and quince jelly; and the blue cheese with bacon and avocado. I could taste the quality in every bite of these petite burgers only local free-range meat is used to hand-make the patties in-house and they are Open: Mon-Fri noon-3pm, served in rich brioche buns (or gluten- 6pm-11pm; Sat & Sun free buns if required). Starters and 5pm-late sides are also handmade daily on-site. We nished with scoops of divine gelato from London-based ice cream makers, Gelupo, and left feeling rather glad this former pop-up has found a home on Baldwin Street. Be sure to follow them on Facebook (www.facebook.co.uk/guerrillaburger) and Twitter (@GuerrillaBURG) for Guerrilla goings-on and special offers. *Price range represents the cost of a starter, two sliders, a side and a drink.

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Frankie & Bennys


w: www.frankieandbennys.com Open: Mon-Sat 9am-11pm; Sun 9am-10.30pm According to the story, Frankie Giuliani was ten years old when, with his Mamma and Poppa, he left Sicily and landed at Ellis Island, New York in 1924. It was no surprise when the family opened a restaurant, everybody helping with the building and the cooking in equal measure each of them had a favourite dish to contribute. In 1953 Poppa retired and Frankie and Benny took over the business, combining the best of popular American food with traditional Italian dishes. The rest, as they say, is history...

...magnificent mains range from pastas, speciality pizzas, burgers, grills and calzone...
Buzzing with the sound of lively chatter, this restaurant attracts everybody from couples and parties of friends out for good times and great food, to families treating themselves to a night out children are extremely well catered for, with their own menu, activities and games. The choice is so massive that making a decision is a difcult task. To start, try the large chicken wings, which feature ve large wings tossed in a choice of sweet chilli, American BBQ or Louisiana hot, all served with crunchy celery and a cooling dip. Magnicent mains range from pastas, speciality pizzas, burgers, grills and calzone, to 28-day-aged steaks, salads, sandwiches and specials, with sh and vegetarian dishes aplenty. To nish, perhaps share The Godfather, Frankie & Bennys iconic dessert. In typical Stateside fashion, service at Frankie & Bennys is second to none. Nothing is too much trouble for the obliging and friendly staff. So loosen your tie, relax, settle into your booth and relish the wonderful feeling of a very satised appetite. Location Cabot Circus, Glass House, Bristol, BS1 3BX t: 0844 683 2351 Location Hengrove Leisure Park, Hengrove Way, Bristol, BS14 OHR t: 0844 683 2352 Location The Venue, Cribbs Causeway, Merlin Road, Bristol, BS10 7SR t: 0844 683 2354 Location Aspects Leisure Park, Longwell Green, Bristol, BS15 9LA t: 0844 683 2356 Location First Floor, Kingsmead Leisure Complex, Bath, BA1 2BX t: 0844 683 9867

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Marcos Olive Branch


Location 76 Victoria Street, Bristol, BS1 6DR t: 0844 683 6752 w: www.marcosolivebranch.com e: olives@marcosolivebranch.com Our grumbling stomachs drew us in to browse the menu and specials board at Marcos Olive Branch, and before we knew it, we were inside enjoying a plate of carasau (traditional Sardinian bread) and a glass of Franco Superiore San Marco. Marco hails from Northern Sardinia and is proud to serve produce from his home country wild boar and suckling pig abound across the island and both can be found at Marcos. My companion raved about the quality of the meat while devouring a bowl of braised wild boar with olives, but not before we had sampled an enormous sharing platter for starters. To get a real taste of traditional Sardinian food I decided to try a dish that Marcos mother used to cook lamb marinated for a few hours then cooked with artichokes, olives and cherry tomatoes. The result was meat so tender it aked at the touch of a fork.

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Our meal here was so fantastic that were planning a return to take Open: Mon-Fri noon-3pm, advantage of the all-you-can-eat 5pm-11pm; Sat 5pm-11pm lunchtime buffet. Available from Monday to Friday, from noon until 3pm, it costs just 8.25 for access to a range of pastas, pizzas, traditional salads, meats, cheeses, fruits and more. The price also nets you a free soft drink. Truly, an authentic slice of Sardinia has arrived in Bristol.

Location 59 Baldwin Street, Bristol, BS1 1QZ t: 0844 683 2359 w: www.giuseppesitalianrestaurant.co.uk e: info@giuseppesitalianrestaurant.co.uk

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On Baldwin Street, a delightful corner of Italy is discretely tucked away from the bustle of the city centre. With Giuseppes having been recommended to me 15 several times, it was with high expectations that I nally paid my rst visit to and what a thoroughly enjoyable evening it turned out to be. 25 Greeted like old friends by the cheerful Giuseppe himself, we were soon sipping wine and browsing the tantalising menu. Following the welcome advice of our cordial and knowledgeable waiter, I opted for the baked aubergines in Parmesan and tomato sauce to start. Meanwhile, my companion required no assistance in selecting his delicious-sounding fresh mussels with spicy tomato sauce. Both dishes were wonderful ways to begin what was to be a superb meal. Our next courses arrived after a perfectly timed interval; fresh lobster-stuffed pasta in a light, creamy tomato sauce, and an impressive special of avoursome whole Open: Mon & Tues grilled sea bass accompanied by fresh noon-2.30pm, 5.30pm-11pm; vegetables. Dessert was thoughtfully Weds-Sat noon-11pm; presented tiramisu and zesty and Sun 3pm-late refreshing lemon sorbet. The atmosphere was one of ease and enjoyment and the hospitality was exceptional; staff ensured guests were relaxed and all glasses were kept topped up. After well over a decade, Giuseppes is still providing an authentic Italian dining experience for its ever-expanding clientele base. Long may it continue to do so.

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Prego
Location 7 North View, Westbury Park, Bristol, BS6 7PT t: 0117 973 0496 w: www.pregobar.co.uk e: pregobristol@gmail.com A warm, lively atmosphere greets you as you walk through the doors of this lovely little Italian restaurant. The chatter of guests and enticing smells emanating from the open kitchen set the scene for an exceptional meal at Prego. Our waitress showed us to our table and guided us through the evenings choices, demonstrating her excellent knowledge not just of the main menu but also the specials board and wine selection, which comprised a number of excellent Italian wines (most are available by the glass). Here, all the classic Italian dishes are accounted for and delivered with air and individuality.

Our starters were crispy, fried fresh Cornish squid with aioli and an antipasti plate piled with buffalo mozzarella, Parma ham, roasted marinated peppers, nocchiona salami and olives. Mains delighted, comprising spiced sausage Open: Mon 5.30pm-9pm calzone with fennel, mushrooms and onions and a slow-cooked local ox cheek (last orders); Tues-Sat ragu with pancetta, Parmesan and noon-2pm, 5.30pm-10pm pappardelle. The ox cheek melted in (last orders) the mouth and was melded with the pasta by a rich and homely tomato sauce. Both of the mains were complemented by a rocket, lemon and Parmesan side salad. We had just enough room for dessert chocolate and hazelnut brownie and, of course, homemade Italian tiramisu. The popularity of this restaurant speaks for itself it remains one of our favourite places to eat in Bristol. Italian BN 22 25
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Restaurant Valentino
Location 124 Stoke Lane, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, BS9 3RJ t: 0844 683 9869 w: www.valentinosrestaurantbristol.co.uk With its quiet, residential location, its not likely youll stumble upon Valentinos just by lucky coincidence. Although this is fortunate for its loyal regulars, who like to keep this fantastic eatery to themselves, its high time the word was spread so that others can grab a delicious slice of the action.

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Cheerfully received by the spirited staff upon arrival, we were chatting and laughing together within minutes. After much deliberation over the varied menu, I drafted in the help of our friendly waiter. Luckily, like me, he was a seafood fan and had some rm favourites to recommend. Thus, I began with the special of king prawns in a zesty ginger sauce, while my fellow diner chose the baked avocado with Open: Mon-Sat noon-2.30pm, Parma ham both were triumphant. Next, we were presented with an impressive display of succulent tuna steak, creamy Dauphinoise potato and fresh veg, as well 6pm-10.30pm; as Valentinos signature beef with rich Sun noon-3pm stufng and red wine sauce. Portions were hearty but we couldnt bear to leave any, so tasty was every mouthful. At Valentinos you are more than welcome just for coffee and cake, and believe me, that alone is reason enough to make the trip ours were the crowning glory of the meal. They also offer an excellent Sunday lunch, as well as a great-value two-for-one deal on pizzas every Monday evening. Visit soon, before the masses cotton on to this very good thing.
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Rosemarino
Location 1 York Place, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1AH t: 0844 683 6817 w: www.rosemarino.co.uk e: info@rosemarino.co.uk Winners of Best Breakfast and Best Italian at the Bristol Good Food Awards 2012, Rosemarino Italian restaurant is the result of a vision shared by business partners and friends Mirco Bertoldi, Sam Fryer and Tony de Brito. Tucked away in Clifton, Rosemarino is a little gem to enjoy at any time of the day, whether you visit for a full Italian feast or simply a coffee over the papers.

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...locally based suppliers and exclusively imported Italian produce...


Rosemarino is open seven days a week for breakfast, brunch and lunch, and aperitivo and dinner from Tuesday to Saturday. The emphasis is on freshly prepared food created using a combination of ingredients from locally based suppliers and exclusively imported Italian produce. You wont nd fancy or complicated masterpieces just great, honest food made using great ingredients. Both the lunch and dinner menus are based on satisfying regional Italian specialities and change weekly, allowing the chefs to make the most of seasonal ingredients when theyre at their best.

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Should you pop in for breakfast or brunch, expect classics like eggs Florentine or Benedict. Lunchtime visits will satisfy both the heartier of appetite, with twists on traditional favourites such as lamb ragu and scamorza cheese cannelloni, and those with a light-lunch hankering, thanks to creations such as pan-fried gurnard with roast mixed beets and celeriac pure. Evening dining is a real treat, allowing you to explore the various regions of Italy, starting with dishes like the mixed antipasti board comprising cured meats, smoked sh, marinated vegetables, cheeses and other such Italian delicacies followed by braised pigs cheeks with puy lentils and cavolo nero. For dessert, the indulgence continues with amaretto baba amaretto-soaked sweet brioche with caramelised blood orange. The team also hosts a number of seasonal food, wine and language events throughout the year, with celebrations, such as wine dinners, marked with specially constructed menus. So, for sunny service and even sunnier cuisine, head to Cliftons awardwinning Rosemarino. Be sure to follow @Rosemarino1 on Twitter.

Open: Sun & Mon 9am-3pm; Tues-Sat 9am-3pm, 6pm-10pm

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La Piazza
Location The Aztec Centre, Aztec West Business Park, Bristol, BS32 4TD t: 0844 683 2384 w: www.lapiazzaaztec.co.uk e: info@lapiazzaaztec.co.uk For the second time, La Piazza restaurant has been recognised by PAPA Pasta, Pizza and Italian Food Association, becoming a gold award winner as Italian Restaurant of the Year in 2011. As if that wasnt enough, they were also shortlisted for the 2012 Evening Post Restaurant of the Year award, nishing second out of ten well-known Bristol competitors. So congratulations are due as is a visit.

...risotto and gnocchi dishes as well as charcoal-grilled steaks and flavoursome pizzas...
From the starters you might choose a selection of the nest Italian cured meats, cheeses and grilled vegetables, before moving onto a traditional hearty pasta dish. There are also risotto and gnocchi dishes as well as charcoal-grilled steaks and avoursome pizzas. This restaurant can cater for any occasion, whether a birthday, anniversary, private function, business meeting, chilled-out family pizza night or a romantic dinner for two. Theres also a handy takeaway service.

Open: Mon & Tues 9am-5pm; Weds-Fri 9am-10pm; Sat 5pm-11pm

No doubt the La Piazza team will be making an equally impressive mark on 2013 with their delicious Italian cuisine. With consistently high standards and professional service, the La Piazza experience is, as the Italians say, indimenticabile unforgettable.

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Ponte Vecchio
Location Spring Gardens Road, Bath, BA2 6PW t: 0844 683 9871 Bath is known for its picturesque charm and youll nd one of the citys prettiest views from the windows of Ponte Vecchio (meaning the old bridge), a smart Italian bar and restaurant, adjoining the rugby ground and overlooking the historic Pulteney Bridge. Previously known as The River Canteen, the restaurant underwent many exciting changes in spring 2013; now, visitors can expect contemporary decor, a beer garden to take advantage of in the summer, and a revamped menu offering exciting Italian cuisine with a twist. If youve got an occasion coming up, give Ponte Vecchio a call they can expertly cater for parties and weddings.

This isnt just a place for sit-down dining the lively bar downstairs welcomes those popping in for a drink or a few cocktails with friends. Those who do decide to venture up to the restaurant will be rewarded with ne Italian and Mediterranean fare, and one of the best views in Bath. If youre nding it tricky to decide what to order Restaurant Open: Mon-Sun from the great selection of pasta, sh 10.30am-10.30pm and meat dishes, you might instead go Bar Open: Mon-Sun for the blind menu. Just let your helpful 10.30am-late waiter know your preferences, and the skilled kitchen team will whip up a selection of dishes for you and your dining companions to try. And, if you dont want to leave Ponte Vecchios comforts behind after nishing your Italian feast, youre in luck the bar is open late, so you can stay and enjoy the buzzing ambience long into the evening.

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Scoozi Ristorante
Location 18 Hill Road, Clevedon, BS21 7NZ t: 0844 683 9934 w: www.scooziclevedon.co.uk A short walk from Clevedons pebbled beach is an elegant and authentic Italian eatery that will have you hooked from your rst visit. Lively and hospitable host Petros and his professional team strike a comfortable balance between efcient service and space enough for diners to sit back, relax and savour each course. The menu lists Italian favourites alongside modern dishes, while the wine list features just about every variety you can think of from dry, delicate whites to rich, fruity reds. We sampled moreish bruschetta laden with grilled mixed peppers and goats cheese, and a succulent crab and avocado cocktail with zesty lime salsa and Melba toast. This was followed by fresh and punchy penne arrabbiata and beautifully creamy spaghetti carbonara. Scoozi offers stunning homemade cuisine and a buzzing yet laid-back atmosphere, making it an absolute must-visit for those in Clevedon and beyond. Open: Mon-Sat noon-2.30pm, 6pm-late

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Filini
Location Radisson Blu Hotel, Broad Quay, Bristol, BS1 4BY t: 0844 683 2387 w: www.linirestaurant.com/restaurantbristol e: lini.bristol@radissonblu.com Radisson has got the setting at Filini just right: stylish banquette seating and pillars allowing for semi-private dining, soft lighting and a soundtrack of quirky Continental tunes. The food is also exceptional. Executive chef Nadeem Akhter insists that every dish is created in-house from scratch, utilising local ingredients and speciality produce sourced direct from Italy and Sicily. Following a basket of sundried tomato focaccia and bread sticks served with marinated olives, we delved into mains of lemon-scented seafood risotto and freshly baked pizza topped with tomato, mozzarella, aubergine, peppers and courgette. If youre catching a show at one of the nearby theatres, make use of the pre-theatre menu between noon and 6pm, which will see you satised before a performance without breaking the bank. Food Served: Mon-Fri 6.30am-10.30am, noon-2pm, 5.30pm-10pm; Sat 6.30am-10.30am, noon-2pm, 5.30pm-10.30pm; Sun 7am-11am

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Location 184c Wells Road, Totterdown, Bristol, BS4 2AL t: 0844 683 2392 w: www.acappellas.co.uk e: info@acappellas.co.uk Named Bristols Best Budget Italian 2011 by The Guardian and Bristols Best Caf 2012 at the Bristol Good Food Awards, A cappella is unsurprisingly extremely popular. This independent establishment, situated between South Bristols creative communities of Totterdown and Knowle, is widely regarded as the citys best pizzeria. Owned and run by husband-and-wife team Paul and Jennifer and their friendly team of staff, this charming caf offers locally roasted coffee, delicious cakes and excellent home-cooked breakfasts and lunches. From 5pm onwards it transforms into an informal candlelit restaurant offering tempting tapas and handmade gourmet pizzas. Coffees and desserts are served until late and they operate a bring your own alcohol policy. Fancy a night in? Simply phone to collect, or take advantage of their local delivery service. A cappella lls up very quickly so booking is essential. Open: Tues-Thurs 8am-10pm; Fri & Sat 8am-10.30pm

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Location Stoke Lane, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, BS9 3SP t: 0844 683 2304 w: www.princeofwales.butcombe.com e: princeofwales@butcombe.com The Prince of Wales, crammed with traditional sporting memorabilia, is situated in Westbury-on-Trym in north Bristol. The pub is full of nooks and crannies, beams, corridors and the odd cricket bat, and attracts a loyal crowd of drinkers and sports followers who can watch their game of choice on one of the large screens. But if sport isnt your thing, dont let this put you off the post-match dissection on the next table and occasional cheer only add to the genuine village pub atmosphere. Traditional, home-cooked pub fare is the order of the day here, with beer-battered cod and chips, homemade lasagne and The Princes homemade burger on the menu, as well as a selection of salads, baguettes and jackets. The mains are impressive in quantity, reasonably priced and cooked to perfection. If youre just in need of a snack, nibble on a bowl of cheesy chips as you admire the antique posters and sports trophies that adorn the walls.

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During the summer months take advantage of the beautiful garden at The Prince of Wales and enjoy a pint in the sunshine. Proving you dont have to venture too far out of Bristols city centre to enjoy a cosy and convivial village pub, this place is waiting to welcome you with open arms. *Price range represents the cost of a light main course and a drink.

Open: Mon-Thurs 11am11pm; Fri 11am-midnight; Sat 11am-11pm; Sun noon-10.30pm Food Served: Mon-Sat noon-2pm

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Location 366 Church Road, Frampton Cotterell, BS36 2AB t: 0844 683 9872 w: www.theglobeframptoncotterell.co.uk e: info@theglobeframptoncotterell.co.uk The Globe is a welcome sight for those tramping along the Frome Valley Walkway. A bracing country walk is nothing without a great pub to head to and that is exactly 15 what The Globe is its become a meeting place for walkers, families and couples to 20 and, of course, the locals love it. A cosy interior with views of the church makes for great winter warming and the beautiful beer garden is just what youll have had in mind for warm summer days. The lunch menu is extensive, so if youre after a quick snack youll be pleased with the range of freshly baked potatoes with a range of toppings and warming ciabattas served with homemade chips and salad. If its more of a ravenous hunger, opt instead Open: Mon-Sat noon-11pm; for braised faggots in a rich gravy with mash and peas, honey-and-lemon-roasted Sun noon-10.30pm salmon or delicious roasted rack of lamb with red wine jus guaranteed to ll you Food Served: Mon-Fri up a treat. All dishes are homemade on the premises and created using local produce noon-2pm, 5pm-9pm; from local suppliers. And, while you enjoy the homemade fare, the little Sat noon-2.30pm, 5pm-9pm; ones are free to burn off excess Sun noon-3pm, 5pm-8pm energy in the play area. Its close proximity to Bristol and its countryside setting makes The Globe a great evening retreat. Get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and relax over their dinner menu. The Globe is enchanting day or night and should certainly be on your list of great pubs to visit.

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The Boathouse
Location Newbridge Road, Bath, BA1 3NB t: 0844 683 6708 w: www.boathousebath.co.uk e: boathouse@sabrain.com The striking frontage of this riverside restaurant is enough to entice anyone across the threshold and once inside, theyll be equally impressed by what they nd. This picturesque venue, split into several unique rooms, has been refurbished to the highest standard. The interior boasts an eclectic mix of traditional features and modern touches, and the terrace and landscaped garden is a stunning place to spend an afternoon taking in beautiful views across the River Avon. The daily changing menu mixes contemporary and classic pub cuisine, made using the nest ingredients sourced from British producers. Perhaps sample the likes of chicken breast wrapped in pancetta with leeks, thyme and garlic potatoes, accompanied by a crisp white wine or quality ale. Those looking to extend their stay can book one of nine fabulous guest rooms, many of which boast balconies overlooking the river and gardens.

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Open: Mon noon-8pm; Tues-Thurs noon-10.30pm; Fri & Sat noon-11pm; Sun noon-7pm Food Served: Mon noon-7pm; Tues-Thurs noon-9pm; Fri & Sat noon-10pm; Sun noon-6pm

The Rose of Denmark


Location 6 Dowry Place, Hotwells, Bristol, BS8 4QL t: 0844 683 9873 w: www.theroseofdenmark.com Dont expect overly fussy food and stuffy service at this down-to-earth establishment; the staff are smiley and approachable, and chef Euan Campbell (chef prole page 79) excels in cooking wholesome, unpretentious fare. Creativity, imagination and quality ingredients are at the heart of his daily changing menu. From the days tempting selection, I eagerly tucked into a pie liberally lled with tender chunks of venison, which came with uffy mash and rich Port gravy, while my partner relished the plump prime pork faggots with sweet onion gravy and mustard mash. As well as whipping up a varied range of tasty meals upstairs, Euan creates exciting menus for their new basement brasserie, The Den. They also run a Wednesday curry club, a fun Monday-night quiz and a rst-rate Sunday lunch, which, along with Euans imaginative daily menus, make The Rose of Denmark a constantly changing venue that always strives to offer something new.

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Location 19 Church Lane, Cliftonwood, Bristol, BS8 4TX t: 0844 683 9874 w: www.thelionclifton.com You may be forgiven for thinking that this cosy, family-run pub in Cliftonwood is as quiet as the charming residential area it serves. Step inside though and the place is alive with happy patrons of all ages. Visiting for Sunday lunch, I decided on the roast Welsh mountain lamb, while my partner chose the topside of Welsh Black beef. Both meats were tender and tasty, accompanied by an equally impressive spread of Dauphinoise potatoes, kale, peas, carrots, red cabbage and a plump roast potato. For pudding, the blueberry crumble served piping hot in a heart-shaped stoneware ramekin really stole the show. The regular menu changes frequently but always features several sh dishes, a homemade pie of the day and some interesting vegetarian options. Theres also an early birds childrens menu available on Fridays. For great food without a hint of pretension, served by friendly and fun staff, The Lion is just the place. Open: Mon-Thurs noon-11.30pm; Fri & Sat noon-12.30am; Sun noon-11pm

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The Catherine Wheel


Location 39 High Street, Marsheld, SN14 8LR t: 0844 683 2306 w: www.thecatherinewheel.co.uk e: roo@thecatherinewheel.co.uk

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Located in the picturesque village of Marsheld, just north of Bath, this pub is gorgeous both inside and out. Exposed stone walls and open replaces create a cosy ambience 15 during the cold winter months, while the sunny, sheltered courtyard, bedecked with to oral hanging baskets, is ideal for those balmy evenings. The Catherine Wheel has all 20 the buzz of a successful pub and restaurant and is remarkably popular with locals, as well as those from further aeld, due to its friendly atmosphere and ne food. Theres a great selection of real ales, including the local Cotswold Spring Brewing Companys straw-coloured ale, Stunner, and the wine list includes a British sparkling wine to rival any Champagne. The organic tempranillo malbec from Argentina a favourite amongst locals is the perfect tipple to match the excellent steak and kidney pie, comprising succulent meat in a rich gravy. Call in for lunch after a Open: Mon-Sun noon-11pm walk in the fabulous surrounding countryside and youll also nd specials such as Food Served: Mon-Fri delicately spiced Moroccan lamb with noon-2pm, 6.30pm-9pm; Mediterranean couscous, or savoury Sat noon-3pm, 6.30pmfeta cheesecake with Greek salad, as 9.30pm; Sun noon-3pm, well as traditional pub fare. Sunday 6pm-8.30pm roasts are very popular and include a venison option and superb Yorkshire puddings. The Catherine Wheel can be booked for parties and conferences; and comfortable en-suite bedrooms and hearty breakfasts will no doubt tempt you to stay. Discover a truly traditional Cotswold experience at The Catherine Wheel.

Location Kelston, Nr. Bath, BA1 9AQ t: 0844 683 2348 w: www.oldcrown.butcombe.com e: oldcrown@butcombe.com

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Colston Yard
Location Colston Street, Bristol, BS1 5BD t: 0844 683 2308 w: www.colstonyard.butcombe.com e: colstonyard@butcombe.com

Housed in the old Smiles Brewery Tap, and reinvented by the local prize-winning Butcombe Brewery, Colston Yard pub and restaurant successfully maintains 12 whispers of the buildings past, while embracing the present with its tastefully to redecorated interior. As a specialist beer pub, its no surprise to nd an awe18 inspiring drinks list. Pride of place naturally goes to Butcombes own range of beers and Ashton Press cider, but youll also nd an extensive selection of over 50 classic beers from across the UK and around the world. Their selection is regularly updated and there are always between three and six guest ale pumps and four guest kegs, as well as a large range of speciality spirits. Conveniently situated for the city centre, the BRI and Bristol University, Colston Open: Sun-Thurs Yard is perfect for a tasty lunch (discounts are offered to NHS staff and students). 11am-midnight; In the evening, nd a table in the dining room and enjoy a three-course meal with Fri & Sat 11am-1am great service perhaps enjoy a meal Food Served: Mon-Sat prepared with one of their ales, such noon-3pm, 5pm-9.30pm; as Butcombe beer-battered sh. On Sun 11am-4pm Sundays you can refuel and relax with a mouth-watering classic roast dinner. As many ingredients as possible are locally sourced and free range. Whether dropping in to make use of the free Wi-Fi over a coffee, to enjoy an after-work drink or to settle down to a meal with friends, you are guaranteed a warm welcome and a relaxing atmosphere at Colston Yard. Traditional Wi 15 25
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The Fox & Hounds


Location 9 High Street, Colerne, SN14 8DB t: 0844 683 9876 w: www.foxandhoundscolerne.co.uk e: info@foxandhoundscolerne.co.uk This 18th-Century former blacksmiths can be found in the heart of the picturesque village of Colerne. With its countless cosy areas and crackling log re, The Fox is a delight and boasts ample room for everyone, with dogs welcome in the bar area too. The menu is a colourful mix of traditional and seasonal dishes, including hearty steak and ale pie, delicate salmon llet and succulent rib-eye steak. From Monday to Saturday, their lunch menu offers classics like ham and eggs, sausage and mash, and sh and chips for just a ver, and, to accompany your meal, many real ales from local and national breweries are available. The chefs have a great relationship with local farmers, so all their meat comes from small, independent specialist producers. UK-caught sh is sourced only from suppliers approved by the Marine Stewardship Council, which encourages sustainable shing practices.

Open: Mon-Thurs noon-3pm, 6pm-11pm; Fri-Sun noon-11pm

Theres also a beautifully decorated function room separate from the main pub that can be hired for parties and weddings a marquee can also be hired for larger events. In the warm months the garden offers a peaceful haven for anyone to relax in while sipping one of the many wellkept ales. Be sure to stop by this welcoming pub.
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The Weston
Location 1-3 Newbridge Road, Bath, BA1 3HE t: 0844 683 9879 w: www.westonbath.com e: pub@westonbath.com With a delicious and constantly changing menu offering both pub classics and restaurant-standard dishes, at The Weston there is always something new to sample; all cooked from scratch, on-site, using fresh ingredients.

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...constantly changing menu offering both pub classics and restaurant-standard dishes...
Their reputation for quality combined with value for money is rmly established in their Sunday carvery. The Westons selection of three meats, crispy roast potatoes, lots of trimmings and proper gravy is without doubt one of the best Sunday lunches to be had in Bath. Yet its not just food that they do well at The Weston. Event nights are held once a month, including tribute acts that range from The Rat Pack to Robbie, often with a unique menu to accompany the evenings entertainment. Everyone has come to expect something special from these nights and they do not disappoint.

...without doubt one of the best Sunday lunches to be had in Bath...


As well as great food, great service and great entertainment, is there anything else the team at The Weston excel at? Well, of course because The Weston is still a traditional pub at heart, they also serve a wide selection of lagers, real ales wines and spirits. In fact, they have one of the most extensive boutique gin and vodka selections in the city, which is begging to be sampled.

...one of the most extensive boutique gin and vodka selections in the city...
The Weston is a new breed of pub offering a blend of friendly service, an easygoing atmosphere and good-quality food at a great price. Its a place the whole family can enjoy.

Open: Mon-Thurs noon-3pm, 5.30pm-11pm; Fri-Sun noon-late Food Served: Mon-Thurs noon-2pm, 6pm-9pm; Fri & Sat noon-2pm, 6pm9.30pm; Sun noon-8pm

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The Crown
Location Crown Hill, Regil, Nr. Winford, BS40 8AY t: 0844 683 9891 w: www.thecrownregil.co.uk e: thecrownregil@gmail.com Perched on a country lane amidst rolling countryside just outside Bristol, The Crown is a real treat for those who love home-cooked food in a traditional setting. Frank and Cath welcome all with a great selection of wines and beer and, of course, great dishes. Perhaps start a meal with a bowl of heart-warming homemade soup before tucking into beer-battered sh and chips or a hearty steak and ale pie. Desserts are not to be overlooked, with the likes of chocolate fudge cake, Baileys cheesecake and sticky toffee pudding. Perhaps go all out and treat yourself to one of their boozy coffees served with whiskey, rum, amaretto, Cointreau or Grand Marnier. Far from being a day of rest, Sunday sees diners ock from near and far to enjoy a delicious roast lunch at The Crown. Beef, pork, lamb and chicken are all present, as are sh and vegetarian options and plenty of choice for little diners.

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The Anchor Inn


Location Gloucester Road, Lower Morton, Nr. Thornbury, BS35 1JY t: 0844 683 6706 w: www.theanchorthornbury.co.uk Situated on the outskirts of the historic market town of Thornbury, The Anchor Inn has been serving the local community and visitors alike since it rst opened its doors in the 17th Century. If youre keen on enjoying exceptionally wellkept, award-winning, traditional cask ales accompanied by a hearty selection of home-cooked food, then this is the place for you. The homely main menu is accompanied by a selection of house specials, ensuring you have reason to return again and again to this warming and pleasant atmosphere. It is family friendly and even welcomes mans best friend be sure to enjoy the large garden, which has a childrens play area and a boules piste. The Anchor is also noted for its award-winning oral display during the summer months, which helps to create the perfect country-pub experience.

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Location Clyde Road, Frampton Cotterell, BS36 2EF t: 0844 683 9892 w: www.thelivebristol.co.uk e: hello@thelivebristol.co.uk This charming out-of-town pub is popular with Bristol residents looking to escape the rush of the city centre, as well as with families from the surrounding villages. Dog-walkers and cyclists looking to put their feet up and enjoy some hearty pub fare will do well here; the ploughmans featuring Keens Cheddar, hand-cut ham and a homemade Scotch egg is a particular favourite amongst regulars. They also offer a range of tasty pies and retro meals served in a basket, including homemade scampi and chunky chips. Wash it all down with a pint of well-kept ale or a glass of wine in summer you can enjoy your tipple in the lovely gardens, which boast a play area for the little ones to explore. In chillier months guests can keep warm by the log re, perhaps while using the free Wi-Fi to browse the web on their laptop. The Live also has a free-to-hire function room that can accommodate parties of all sizes. Open: Sun-Thurs noon-11pm; Fri & Sat noon-midnight
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The Crown Inn


Location 63 Bristol Road, Keynsham, BS31 2WA t: 0844 683 9893 w: www.thecrowninn-keynsham.com e: info@thecrowninn-keynsham.com If you want to dine like royalty then visit the aptly named Crown Inn in Keynsham. Just ten minutes drive from the centre of Bristol, and eight miles from historic Bath, this cosy pub and restaurant offers everything from Sunday roasts and rump steaks to crispy ciabattas and tapas. Everything on the menu is beautifully presented, expertly cooked and full of avour, and it goes without saying that its all homemade from fresh local produce. From our sweet chilli king prawn starter to our scrumptious Snickers tart, we were treated to a feast t for a king. The large beer garden is ideal for alfresco drinking and dining; and if you want to make a night of it, book one of the recently refurbished ensuite rooms. A full English breakfast is included in the price if youve still got space after your slap-up evening meal, that is. Open: Mon-Sun noon-11pm Food Served: Mon-Sun noon-2.30pm, 5pm-9pm

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The Bowl Inn


Location 16 Church Road, Almondsbury, BS32 4DT t: 0844 683 6713 w: www.thebowlinn.co.uk e: bowlinn@sabrain.com The Bowl Inn which derives its name from the shape of the land surrounding the Severn Estuary has been part of the landscape for hundreds of years, beginning life as three cottages in 1146 before becoming an inn in 1550. The inn has moved with the times whilst still retaining its olde-worlde charm. The menu is a reection of this; while classic favourites feature, youll also nd dishes with a modern twist, such as herb-crusted salmon with chargrilled Mediterranean veg and pesto dressing. These can be enjoyed alongside quality cask ales and wines in the cosy restaurant or alfresco dining areas. Theres also an oak-beamed conference room for celebrations and meetings. And, if you just cant bear to leave The Bowl behind, you can book into one of the en-suite guest rooms, which have been furnished to complement the original architectural features uncovered during the restoration of the upper oor.

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Location Timsbury Road, Farmborough, Nr. Bath, BA2 0AE t: 0844 683 9894 The Butchers Arms new proprietor, Trevor Clarke, has only been at the helm for two and a half months, but already he is making his mark. Aiming to celebrate the pubs traditional roots and retain the feel of a good-old country hostelry, Trevor has maintained the classic feel of the menu ensuring homemade pub staples like ham egg and chips, cottage pie and lasagne stay but focusing on the quality of the produce used in their creation. Lunches include light bites alongside the usual mains; and on Sundays theres roast beef and lamb with the nest trimmings. At the bar theres a good range of cask ales four on tap plus a selection of wines, lagers and ciders, with tea and coffee served during the day. Enjoy the cosy environs of this period building with plenty of original features, or head outside to the beer garden and patio for barbecues in the summer. The surrounding area holds lots of pretty walks, so The Butchers Arms is a great spot for resting tired feet and treating yourself. Open: Mon-Fri noon-3pm, 5pm-close; Sat noon-midnight; Sun noon-4pm, 7pm-close

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The Bell
Location Hillgrove Street, Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS2 8JT t: 0844 683 2328 w: www.bell.butcombe.com e: bell@butcombe.com Found just metres from Stokes Croft, probably Bristols most vibrant and cultural area, this pub is a great place to simply enjoy yourself. Head here with friends during a crawl around Bristols nest ale-providing pubs, or for a lunch by the re with your family. With local artwork adorning the walls only adding to its community appeal, this place is a must for all residents have made it a local favourite.

We arrived for Sunday lunch and found a seat in the covered rear garden under an electric heater. If you fancy eating inside, there are plenty of cosy corners to take advantage of. My companion chose the hearty chicken roast (a choice of meat was available), served with all the trimmings, while I opted for the salmon steak in a ginger and soy sauce. The portions were more than generous, but we Open: Mon-Thurs nooncouldnt resist sharing a chocolate brownie with a fruity sauce to nish. During midnight; Fri noon-1am; the week, other tempting treats Sat 4pm-1am; are also served. Try a chicken Sun 1pm-midnight and avocado wrap to accompany Food Served: Mon-Fri something from The Bells ne noon-2pm, 6pm-8pm; selection of Butcombe beers they Sat 5pm-8pm; stock Bitter, Gold, Rare Breed and Sun 1pm-4.30pm Blond Premium among others. We enjoyed some Ashton Press cider with our food a wonderful taste of the West Country to suit the occasion. Traditional BN 15 20
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The Inn on the Green


Location 2 Filton Road, Horeld, Bristol, BS7 0PA t: 0844 683 6691 The Inn on the Green has been a bastion for food lovers and ale drinkers alike for many years, offering a regularly changing menu and 13 real ales. The roaring re makes the inn the perfect place to relax and warm up with friends and family and the Sunday roasts are second to none.

... a home from home for both the friendly staff and fantastic customers...
The Inn on the Green prides itself on being a good, old-fashioned pub with a focus on providing for the local community, and the team are always on the lookout for new ways to get stuck in with local events and causes. Proceeds from the regular Sunday night quiz go to charities around the city (although theres Open: Sun-Thurs noon-11pm; still a lot of pride to play for). This has given the inn a beating heart for years and made it a home from home for Fri & Sat noon-midnight both the friendly staff and fantastic customers. This is never more apparent than at the annual beer festival held every May. Featuring live bands, over 80 real ales, 20 proper ciders and great food, this event is an absolute must. With ample space for large bookings and a private room suitable for meetings and other smaller events, an enviable location close to bustling Gloucester Road and Bristol Rugby Club and a large car park, The Inn on the Green is a must-visit.
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The Plough
Location Pilning Street, Pilning, Nr. Bristol, BS35 4JJ t: 0844 683 9896 w: www.theploughpilning.co.uk e: info@theploughpilning.co.uk You can tell the team at The Plough are music fans Elvis memorabilia and photos of their annual summer musical festival adorn the walls. In summer youll nd the large garden an ideal spot for a drink and a bite to eat. While inside, the menus and specials boards are brimming with choice pub grub such as battered cod and chips, pies, burgers, lled baguettes and basket meals. Clocking the giant portions emerging from the kitchen, we opted to share a starter of salt and pepper potato wedges. Mains comprised a sumptuous steak and Stilton pie, and poached salmon with a creamy dill sauce. Both were chosen from The Ploughs specials board and showcased the talents of their new chef, who adds new twists to old pub favourites. Sunday lunches are served between noon and 5pm, but Id urge you to try this gem out any day of the week. Open: Mon-Sun noon-midnight Food Served: Mon-Sun noon-3pm, 5pm-9pm

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Black Horse
Location Clevedon Lane, Clapton-in-Gordano, BS20 7RH t: 0844 683 9897 w: www.thekicker.co.uk e: theblackhorse@talktalkbusiness.net Whether youre a village resident or a visitor from further aeld, youll be equally welcome on arrival at The Black Horse and just as eager to return after your departure. With beamed ceilings, agstone oors, dark oak furnishings and an impressive open log re, this charming pub is positively brimming with traditional, rustic character. Its not just the re thatll keep you warm here during the colder months though; the hearty selection of hot and cold baguettes and fresh, wholesome home-cooked lunches will certainly help see off those winter chills. Something from the wide range of local real ales and traditional ciders will provide the perfect accompaniment to your food. Alternatively simply cosy up with your chosen tipple and while away the afternoon. Every summer the beer garden comes into its own, with its childrens play area and picturesque views of the pubs rural surroundings. Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; Sun noon-10pm

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Location 13 St Nicholas Street, Bristol, BS1 1UE t: 0844 683 2312 w: www.seamusodonnellsbristol.co.uk e: seamusodonnells@live.co.uk Seamus ODonnells is a traditional Irish pub next to St Nicholas Market in Bristol, offering a friendly greeting to all who visit. Its so good to see one of the last traditional pubs thriving in a world of bistros and wine bars. Serving one of the best pints of Guinness in the city, alongside real cask ales, ciders and a selection of wines, Seamus ODonnells has something to offer everyone. Although Seamus ODonnells doesnt serve food, you are welcome to bring food in from the stalls in the market, which offer a wide selection. On a cold day its lovely to sit by the re with a hot toddy and read the daily newspaper. Poteen is available for the brave of heart until recently it was illegal in Ireland, and at 70 per cent ABV youll understand why. Just one is enough to have you doing an Irish jig. Seamus ODonnells is a refreshing reminder of what a pub should be youll always receive a very warm welcome. Open: Mon-Thurs noon-11pm; Fri & Sat noon-1am; Sun 2pm-9pm

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Traditional Location High Street, Hinton Charterhouse, Nr. Bath, BA2 7SN t: 0844 683 2341 w: www.roseandcrown.butcombe.com NS e: roseandcrown@butcombe.com The team at this 18th-Century inn are passionate about great food, drink and hospitality, and their enthusiasm shines through in everything they do. The pub 15 exudes a warm, welcoming feel, and boasts a log burner to get cosy by during winter to and a lovely outside area for alfresco dining, making it the ideal all-year-round pit25 stop for those exploring the locale. Theres also a well-appointed function room for meetings and celebrations. The menu features traditional favourites alongside classics with modern twists, all made using local produce where possible. We began with broccoli and Stilton soup, which was hearty yet delicate, with the tangy Stilton complementing rather than overpowering the subtle avour of the broccoli, and succulent oak-smoked salmon Open: Mon-Thurs 11.30amdrizzled with honey mustard. To follow, I savoured an exquisitely tender roast belly 3pm, 5pm-midnight; of pork and crispy crackling on a bed of Savoy cabbage and parsnip pure, while my Fri-Sun 11am-midnight partner couldnt stop singing the praises Food Served: Mon-Thurs of the succulent stuffed haddock with noon-3pm, 6pm-9.30pm; a velvety white wine and cheese sauce. Fri-Sun noon-9.30pm To nish, we indulged in a decadent melt-in-the-mouth Baileys chocolate mousse. The bar stocks an excellent range of Butcombe ales, wines and spirits, ensuring guests are never short of refreshment. With personality, charm and a palpable passion for food, The Rose & Crown sets the standard for quality country-pub dining. Well certainly be returning to spend a weekend in one of the six lovely en-suite guest rooms.

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Location North Road, Timsbury, Nr. Bath, BA2 0JJ t: 0844 683 9902 w: www.sevenstars-timsbury.co.uk

The Seven Stars

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The Pig & Fiddle


Location 2 Saracen Street, Bath, BA1 5BR t: 0844 683 6693 w: www.pigandddle.butcombe.com e: pigandddle@butcombe.com

In 1989 this former sh restaurant and spectacles shop began a new chapter, attracting those in search of a relaxing pint and good company. A diverse crowd 12 that includes students, locals and sports fans ock to The Pig & Fiddle to enjoy to the lively atmosphere, real ales and quality food. On the menu youll nd freshly 15 made British pub fare featuring as much local produce as possible. The Pigs famous speciality burgers are made on-site and range from water buffalo and wild boar to spicy bean and classic beef. If after all that hearty goodness you still have room, the rotating selection of desserts is worth a look tuck into a naughty-but-nice chocolate brownie. Open: Mon-Thurs 11amThe Pigs quirky interior features sports memorabilia, work from local artists 11.30pm; Fri 11am-midnight; and HD screens for those all-important sporting events. Outside, a large owerlled patio proves that Bath in Blooms Best Pub and Garden title was justly Sat 11am-11.30pm; awarded. Summer days can be whiled Sun noon-10.30pm away in the sunshine with a pint of Food Served: Mon-Fri noonButcombe, one of the rotating ales, 7.30pm; Sat & Sun noon-6pm an Ashton Press cider, or a chilled glass of white wine. When the sun sets, head inside for open mic night (Tuesdays from 8pm), the quiz (Mondays) or to listen to Friday nights DJ. Once a month, you can catch a live band (generally on Thursday nights) and theres table football and darts in the bar. So, you see, there are numerous reasons to give The Pig & Fiddle a try. Traditional Wo

Rudgleigh Inn
Location Martcombe Road, Easton-in-Gordano, BS20 0QD t: 0844 683 9903 e: therudgleigh2008@btinternet.com

Boasting a smart whitewash exterior, this spacious pub and restaurant is a lovely place to stop for a quiet leisurely drink. Its an equally enjoyable spot for a bite to eat too, whether you fancy something from the light bite menu, a hearty evening 10 special or the Rudgleighs speciality: the popular Sunday carvery. to 15 Inside, the decor is homely and traditional just like the great-quality homecooked food. Once seated at one of the long wooden tables, bedecked with pretty little posies, youll peruse a menu offering everything from baguettes and omelettes to steak, pasta dishes, ribs and cold meat platters. You might pick something from the specials board here youll nd dishes along the lines of grilled haddock in lemon butter served with potatoes, peas and salad. If youre lucky enough to nd them chalked up on your visit, Id recommend the pan-fried tuna steak with salad and salsa dip, or the poached salmon in creamy white wine sauce served with salad and new potatoes. If there are any curry lovers Open: Mon-Sat 11.30amin your party, theyd do well to go 11.30pm; Sun 11.30am-11pm for something like the homemade Food Served: Mon-Thurs chicken madras. There are plenty 11.30am-9pm; of ales, wines and spirits to go with Fri & Sat 11.30am-9.30pm; your meal, or to take out back into the grassy beer garden, which looks Sun noon-8.30pm out onto the adjacent sports pitch. Perhaps youll have the chance to watch a cricket match from one of the picnic benches on a balmy summers evening.
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The Cottage Inn


Location Baltic Wharf, Cumberland Road, Bristol, BS1 6XG t: 0844 683 2326 w: www.cottage.butcombe.com e: cottage@butcombe.com Situated right on Bristols historic harbour at Baltic Wharf, The Cottage Inn can be reached by land or water. You can simply hop off the ferry and head inside for some delicious food, top-quality ale and a guaranteed good time. In the summer, people spill out onto the pretty patio and the steps leading down to the water, whilst winter sees diners hurrying inside for some cosy comfort food. This was our mission when we visited on a typically Bristolian rainy day, and we werent disappointed. Comfortably seated with a steaming coffee, we read the menu. I plumped for the beef and ale pie, whilst my companion couldnt resist the traditional Sunday roast beef with all the trimmings. When the food arrived, I was reminded of pub lunches of years gone by hearty and satisfying. The pie was lled with tender chunks of beef cooked in real Butcombe ale, with a crisp puff pastry lid and creamy mash. After a helping of warm chocolate fudge cake and a slab of blackcurrant swirl cheesecake, we stayed a while and took in the view of the water, with Cliftons spectacular suspension bridge in the background.

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With great food, superb Butcombe ales and a fantastic familyfriendly atmosphere, The Cottage is the place to come for an oldfashioned pub experience.

Location 90 Bryants Hill, Bristol, BS5 8QT t: 0844 683 9904 e: lynne@the-trooper.co.uk Run by Lynne and Steve and serving up quality home-cooked food and a range of refreshing drinks, The Trooper is a top choice for both an after-work pint with friends and a weekend pub lunch with the family. Its ever-growing popularity with local residents is testament to its well-rounded offering you can pop by in the daytime for a cup of tea or coffee, visit at lunchtime for a tasty snack, or stop by in the evening for a wholesome meal and a beverage or two. They even offer a carvery meal and dessert for a great price between Monday and Thursday ideal if you dont fancy cooking after a long day at work.

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The selection of home-cooked dishes listed on the blackboard menu changes regularly; expect classics like curries, steak and kidney pie and liver and onions, plus irresistible desserts such as cheesecakes and gateaux. Their Sunday carvery Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; is always a hit, as are the barbecues Sun noon-11pm they put on in the summer whenever Food Served: Mon-Sun possible. Yet regulars dont just visit noon-7pm for the fantastic food patrons can bring their laptop along to take advantage of the free Wi-Fi, spend an afternoon reading the paper, or sit back and watch Sky Sports. There is also a lively pub quiz every Wednesday, and music every Friday and Saturday evening ranging from solo artists to ska bands and DJs.

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Location 277-279 Whitehall Road, Bristol, BS5 7BH t: 0844 683 9906 w: www.thekingsheadbristol.co.uk Undertake the ten-minute drive from the city centre to The Kings Head and you will be well-rewarded. Although its a traditional inn through and through, you wont just nd classic pub fare on the menu; theres also a whole section devoted to high-quality Caribbean cuisine. The Kings family team is dedicated to serving the community and regularly caters for parties and events. I started with salt sh fritters, which were subtly spiced and came with a tasty rocket, onion and pepper slaw. My companion plumped for the prawns, and couldnt believe her luck when two huge shell-on prawns in a creamy garlic sauce were presented. I then had the piquant jerk chicken supreme main with sweet pepper and onion gravy. My companion had the tender drunken lamb and mash, to which she added some of their sweet yet ery homemade hot sauce. We couldnt manage dessert, so vowed to return to try the sticky toffee pudding we enviously spotted being served at the next table.

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Location Chapel Hill, Clevedon, BS21 7NL t: 0844 683 9907 e: bristolinn@btconnect.com Set a 15-minute drive from Clevedons sights yet away from the bustle of the seafront, this laid-back pub is a great place to unwind and spend quality time with friends and family (you can even bring your four-legged friend along too). Their two car parks make the inn a popular choice with tourists especially during summer, when guests can soak up the sun in the large beer garden. The kitchen team keep things traditional, offering home-cooked dishes at prices that wont break the bank. Two meals cost just 7.99, which is fantastic value for such quality food made using fresh produce from the region. Expect classics like steaks, plus a fantastic Sunday carvery. With barbecues in the summer, TVs showing Sky Sports, pool tables, dart boards and a childrens play area, theres plenty to do at The Bristol Inn although youre more than welcome to simply relax on a comfy sofa with a pint.

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Location 611 Fishponds Road, Fishponds, Bristol, BS16 3AA t: 0844 683 9908 w: www.marhababristol.co.uk Morocco is one of those places you dream of in the bitter chill of February, and Marhaba Bistro is well worth venturing out of Bristol city centre for if youre after a slice of authentic Moroccan cuisine. We had brought along our own wine and, as we perused the menu, two glasses were soon lled. We ordered a mokabalat to start us off. This sharing plate for either two or four people was a veritable playground of avours; jam-packed with chicken wings, salad, beetroot, hummus, aubergine, olives, sweet potato and atbread. If you go for this option, I say ditch the cutlery and get stuck in. Mains arrived and looked so delicious we couldnt help but share; I tried my companions tender chicken maghdour while he grabbed forkfuls of the delicately spiced belkofta meatballs from the steaming tagine along with light, uffy couscous. Marhabas host of loyal regulars now includes us. *Price range represents the cost of a starter and a main course. Open: Tues-Thurs 6pm-10.30pm; Fri & Sat 6pm-11pm
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Yak Yeti Yak


Location 12 Pierrepont Street, Bath, BA1 1LA t: 0844 683 9912 w: www.yakyetiyak.co.uk

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Location 6-8 Dorchester Street, Bath, BA1 1SS t: 0844 683 9913 w: www.jimmysworldgrill.co.uk e: feedback@jimmysworldgrill.co.uk Upon entering the hustle and bustle of Jimmys youll immediately notice the tempting aromas emanating from the live cooking stations, where talented chefs whip up plates of freshly prepared goodness. Youll also nd an enticing array of Italian, Chinese, Indian and Mexican buffets to choose from. I started my culinary journey around Jimmys with some Indian delicacies: aloo tikki with hot mint sauce, fragrant pilau rice and mildly spiced tarka dal curry. Naturally, I also paid a visit to the tandoori station, where a delicious garlic naan was freshly made for me. My next treat was courtesy of the Chinese noodle section, where a dazzling stir-fry show resulted in a delectable prawn and mushroom chow mein, whilst a detour to the Italian buffet en-route back to my table earnt me a slice of tasty chicken pizza too.

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Finally, I called at the ice cream teppanyaki bar, where theres a choice of various ice cream avours, topping treats and sauces. My picks were scooped up, bashed down and mixed together for a fun nish to the meal. There was just enough room left to try some of the mini pudding choices the gulab jamun were exceptional. *Price range represents the cost of the buffet.

Open: Mon-Weds noon-3pm, 5pm-10pm; Thurs & Fri noon-3pm, 5pm-11pm; Sat noon-11pm; Sun noon-10pm

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Thai Edge
Location 7 Broad Quay, Bristol, BS1 4DA t: 0844 683 2428 w: www.thaiedge.co.uk e: bristol@thaiedge.co.uk Thai Edge serves inspired, unique cuisine that even discerning Thai-food connoisseurs will nd new and exciting. Bristols Thai Edge is the South Wests member of this family-owned group of restaurants, which hails from Birmingham, and offers an extensive 145-dish menu (awarded an AA rosette in 2002).

... an authentic, refined taste of Thailand...


The restaurant voted among the top ten in the city by the Bristol Evening Post takes a modern, fresh approach to delivering a culinary showcase of the best in Thai cuisine. The clean, crisp lines of the restaurants interior complement the ethos of head chef Surichet Boi Patpun, who uses only the freshest ingredients to offer customers an authentic, rened taste of Thailand. Extraordinary creations Open: Mon-Thurs noon-2pm, range from dishes offering subtle and sophisticated avours through to hot and 5.30pm-11pm; Fri & Sat spicy delights, all crafted by chefs who have perfected their techniques through noon-2pm, 5.30pm-11.30pm; years of experience. Sun noon-2pm, 5.30pm-10.30pm Thai Edge sets a high standard and offers an exemplary ne-dining experience. Youll nd the team here have perfected the balance between contemporary Oriental design, traditional Thai service and great-tasting food. So, if youre looking for a restaurant with a warm, welcoming atmosphere that takes you on a journey through Thailands rich culinary heritage, then Thai Edge is a must. Keep up to date with Thai Edge on Twitter @thai_edge. Thai

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Location 129-131 Hotwell Road, Bristol, BS8 4RU t: 0844 683 2423 w: www.siam-harbourside.co.uk e: info@siam-harbourside.co.uk Greeted with a smile by owners Andrew Leedham and Atima Wintrip, my dining companion and I enjoyed a leisurely Singha beer and some prawn crackers next to the log re before being led to our table.

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To start we chose king prawns deep fried in coconut-milk batter, coated with honey and sesame seeds, and crispy fried duck in a slightly spicy honey sesame sauce, served on a bed of fresh watercress. Both were presented with a garnish of carrot delicately carved into the form of birds and petals. For the main course I opted for the grilled marinated chicken breast topped with garlic, black pepper, lemongrass and fresh coriander, accompanied by Thai fried rice in a sweet blue china pot. My Open: Tues-Sun noon-2.30pm, companions choice arrived sizzling straight from the wok strips of pork in a light oyster sauce, with rice noodles and fresh vegetables cooked in a tamarind sauce with 6pm-11.30pm ground peanuts. Substantial yet light and healthy, like every dish we tried, it tasted unmistakably authentic. Finishing with pancakes lled with banana and ice cream, we looked out onto Hotwell Road through the lush plants and fairy lights adorning the window. On summer afternoons the French windows to the rear are opened and customers can dine while gazing out over the River Avon, near where the SS Great Britain now rests. If youd prefer to have a night in, a tenper-cent discount is given on all takeaways over 20.
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Thai Basil Restaurant


Location 90a Walcot Street, Bath, BA1 5BG t: 0844 683 9914 w: www.thaibasilbath.com Thai Basils base of loyal devotees is the true mark of a dependable restaurant serving consistently fantastic cuisine. Its not only delicious, authentic Thai food that youre guaranteed here though; a relaxing atmosphere and genuine service can also be expected on every visit. Make yourself comfortable and browse through the different menus: the set menus offer great value; the tempting early evening options are very reasonably priced and include a glass of wine; and the la carte will leave your mouth watering. The experienced chefs work with fresh ingredients to create distinctive avours; and whats more, youll nd each of their creations a treat for the eyes as well as the appetite. They offer a ten-per-cent discount on takeaway orders over 15 and free home delivery within a three-mile radius for orders over 20. Thai Basil is sure to make a regular guest out of you. Open: Mon-Sat noon-2.30pm, 5.30pm-10.30pm; Sun 5.30pm-10pm

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Yum Yum Thai


Location 17 Kingsmead Square, Bath, BA1 2AE t: 01225 445 253 w: www.yumyumthai.com With the owner and chefs hailing from Bangkok, its no surprise the food at this popular eatery has an authentic, avoursome kick. Add efcient service and an upbeat atmosphere, and you can understand why Yum Yum Thai is so successful. Thai native Nan and her Italian husband Lee have been serving up fresh, MSG-free food made from free-range organic produce for over nine years now. We tried the spicy tom yum kung soup with prawns, lemongrass and coriander a penetrating mix of fragrant avours. A side of steamed pork and prawn dumplings was washed down with a glass of one of their organic wines (indeed all drinks are organic). It proved a worthy contender to my partners favourite dumplings from New York. Nan recommended piquant beef stir-fried with French beans, chilli and Thai basil, followed by Lees tiramisu and Nans green tapioca with coconut milk. Yum Yum Thai bustles with life and energy Nan and Lees enthusiasm is really paying off. Open: Mon-Sun noon-2.30pm, 5.30pm-10.30pm

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Location Baileys Court, Webbs Wood Road, Bradley Stoke, Bristol, BS32 8EJ t: 0844 683 2417 Beijing is a family-run restaurant that has been pleasing residents of Bradley Stoke for 16 years. Owner Quan does the cooking, while his mother and sister work front of house. This makes for a friendly, well-informed dining experience perfect for enjoying adventurous Oriental cuisine. Authentic decor runs throughout the busy takeaway counter, bar and dining area, reecting the Vietnamese and Chinese roots of the owners. We started with mammoth prawns in garlic salt and a generous portion of shredded lamb. For mains, I chose lemon chicken boasting a avoursome marinade and lemon sauce the best Ive ever experienced. My partner devoured her beef satay; tender and delicately spiced, the sauce was mild but warmed gently with every mouthful, and the uffy egg-fried rice made a wonderful accompaniment. We nished with sweet banana fritters and stayed a while to enjoy the homeliest Chinese restaurant Ive ever visited. Open: Mon-Sat noon-2.30pm, 6pm-11pm

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Water Sky
Location Eastgate Road, Eastville, Bristol, BS5 6XY t: 0844 683 9916 w: www.watersky-bristol.com The elegant decor and vast size of this Chinese restaurant are sure to impress, as will the fantastic cuisine. Theres room for 400 diners, which not only means Water Sky can cater for its large demand, but also that there is often a lively atmosphere and a great buzz. With large round tables seating up to 15, this is a popular venue for parties of friends, family and colleagues.

...authentic, high-quality food...


One of Bristols nest Chinese restaurants, Water Sky caters for all occasions and budgets while ensuring authentic, high-quality food is always served. There are three menus lled with Oriental delicacies. If you want to try a bit of everything, go for the tempting all-you-can-eat option for only 16.95 per adult and 9 for children under 140cm tall (available all day), you can choose from over 65 freshly prepared, dazzling dishes. Alternatively you can let Water Sky wow you with their authentic dim sum menu full of biteOpen: Mon-Sun 11.30amsize traditional treats; available from 11pm (last orders 10pm) 11.30am to 4.30pm, this makes for a fantastic lunchtime dining experience. Last but by no means least, theres a rened la carte menu offering an abundance of choice. If you love Oriental cuisine then look no further; Water Sky has it all. Even if Chinese food hasnt been your thing in the past, this restaurant is sure to win you over with its delicious fare and excellent hospitality.

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Yen Sushi
Location 11-12 Bartlett Street, Bath, BA1 2QZ t: 0844 683 2418 w: www.yensushi.co.uk Tucked away in the historic city of Bath, this authentic Japanese sushi restaurant provides the ideal opportunity to take a break from exploring the area. Yen Sushi brings Kaiten-style dining to Bath, and avid sushi-lovers and beginners alike will be won over by the experience. All you need to do is take a seat at the conveyor belt and keep an eye out for your favourites each and every dish is made with care and all are beautifully presented, so quality is guaranteed whatever you choose. Skilled chefs prepare food in the centre of the restaurant, keeping the belt that circles them well stocked with fresh, tasty treats for you to select and enjoy. The dishes are so enticing you wont be able to resist trying something new, and the chefs are always willing to offer their advice. Stand-out dishes include the avoursome spicy tuna rolls and the delicious salmon, red snapper and tuna sashimi. You can also order cooked dishes from the menu teriyaki prawns and tofu steak are just two of the mouthwatering options.

Open: Mon-Sun noon-3pm, 5.30pm-10.30pm

Yen Sushi offers one of the most exciting and entertaining ways to dine watching the expert chefs at work is awe-inspiring, and the food and service are superb. Make sure you add this restaurant to your must-visit list.
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Myristica Restaurant
Location 51 Welshback, Bristol, BS1 4AN t: 0844 683 9917 w: www.myristica.co.uk e: info@myristica.co.uk Exotic spices, authentic ingredients and traditional cooking techniques everything at Myristica comes with passion from India. With its pressed white tablecloths and stylish wooden ooring, this place is a far cry from your usual Indian restaurant, and is a real treat for Bristol. Head chef Bhaskar Pillai delights in introducing his customers to all manner of exciting new avours and, as he has cooked for the England and India cricket teams, you can rest assured youre in good hands.

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The menu has been designed to give diners an understanding of real Indian food. It spans the Subcontinents diverse regions, and pays attention to the differences in their cuisine. There is something to suit everyone, with delicate palates and spice-loving guests all taken care of. To start, I recommend the baby squid tossed with chilli, honey and bell peppers, or the classic chilli paneer traditional Indian cheese with soy, spring onion, peppers and white wine. Continue your exotic feast with halibut tail curry, guinea fowl stir fry or Barra lamb chop kebab. Old favourites such as chicken tikka massala and lamb vindaloo pepper the menu, as does an array of vegetarian dishes, including sweet potato and goats cheese kebab. Of course theres an assortment of excellent accompaniments, including the wonderful okra tossed with cumin, ginger and fresh coriander, nished with mango powder. Visit at lunchtime and opt for the incredible-value Jaldi Jaldi platter a main course of the day accompanied by vegetable side dishes, pulao rice, a naan bread and mixed salad for just 5.95. Exclusive private-dining facilities for up to 30 guests or whole-restaurant hire can be arranged and, as a civil wedding licence has been granted, a superb package for your special day is only a telephone call away. If you love Myristicas food as much as we do, you can now learn how to create it for yourself by attending the restaurants cookery classes, which you can take individually or as a group. And should you nd yourself in Keynsham, sister restaurant Mehak is well worth a visit. So go on add a sprinkling of Myristica to your life today.

Open: Mon-Fri noon-2pm, 6pm-11.30pm; Sat 6pm11.30pm (last orders 11pm); Sun 6pm-10.30pm (last orders 10pm)

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Bengal Brasserie
Location 32 Milsom Street, Bath, BA1 1DG t: 0844 683 2459 w: www.bengalbrasseriebath.com Bengal Brasserie promises the real taste of India in a prime location. Youll be enticed in by the intricate lanterns and curvaceously styled dining booths. A dedication to lovingly prepared fresh cuisine is demonstrated in Bengali staples using chicken, lamb and vegetables, and highlighted in a fascination for sh and creamy curries. There are tasty samosas along with tandoori machli a sizzling creation of perfectly moist, mildly spiced sh. Main courses introduce stronger avours in the shape of the imaginative Afghan prawn curry with sweet bursts of coconut, almond, banana and pineapple. Side dishes are moreish, and the pilau rice is fragrant and coloured like confetti. The Bengali murg masala showcases super-tender marinated chicken on the bone, delicately cooked with green peppers and whole eggs. Kuls and traditional sweets make for indulgent desserts. Dine here and savour all the exotic appeal that India has to offer.

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Rajpoot
Location 4 Argyle Street, Bath, BA2 4BA t: 0844 683 2458 w: www.rajpoot.com Recommendations dont come much better than Best in South West (British Curry Awards) and Best Indian (Bath Good Food Awards), but Rajpoot certainly lives up to its accolades. Deceptively small from the outside, this underground restaurant is an Aladdins cave of Eastern delights; from themed seating areas lantern-lit Old India is a hot favourite to authentic cuisine, this is Indian dining at its very best. Established in 1980, this restaurant has everything youd expect from an awardwinning curry house. The comprehensive menu includes a freshwater king prawn starter, chicken jhal noorpuri (Rajpoots most popular signature dish), tandoori specialities, a vegetarian selection and every side dish and sundry under the sun. I would highly recommend the chilli garlic curry and aloo and lal gobi bhajhee. The staff are welcoming, the food simply divine and the ambience is second to none no wonder Rajpoot is renowned as the jewel in Baths crown.

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Location 9-10 High Street, Bath, BA1 5AQ t: 0844 683 2437 w: www.jamuna-cuisine.com e: info@jamuna-cuisine.com Situated in the heart of Bath, boasting stunning views of the abbey, this familyrun restaurant is not only casually chic, but also affordably authentic. Sample just one mouthful of their lip-smacking cuisine and you would be forgiven for thinking youd switched continents. The extensive menu features everything from starters to set meals, veggie options to healthy alternatives. All the old favourites are available alongside chefs specials. Each dish is a taste sensation, lovingly prepared and cooked to perfection. Add an extensive wine list, not to mention rst-class service, and its easy to see why this Curry Clubrecommended restaurant boasts a regular clientele. The restaurant also offers a takeaway option, so you can sample their indulgent array of Asian delights from the comfort of your sofa. All in all, Jamuna is everything eating out should be and is an absolute must for lovers of Indian cuisine. Open: Sun-Thurs noon-2.30pm, 6pm-11.30pm; Fri & Sat noon-2.30pm, 6pm-12.30am
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Oh! Calcutta!
Location 216 Cheltenham Road, Bristol, BS6 5QU t: 0844 683 9918 w: www.ohcalcutta.co.uk e: ohcalcuttabristol@googlemail.com We experienced a refreshingly original Indian dining experience at this modern restaurant. The chic and contemporary decor was complemented by soft lighting and unique nishing touches, creating a laid-back and relaxing environment. The menu featured all the best-loved Indian classics as well as some novel and exciting dishes that Id never sampled before. After the obligatory poppadoms with tasty dips, we sampled starters of pani puri a popular street snack with a refreshing taste and the hot and crispy pakora, which saw soft and juicy aubergine encased in a light, mildy spiced batter.

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My partner usually judges an Indian restaurant by its madras, but simply could not resist the intriguing specials. As a result, we had Afghan lamb and bhindi gosht; the former comprised beautifully tender lamb, chickpeas and garlic, while the latter featured avoursome fried okra and meaty chunks of lamb cooked in Open: Mon-Sun a medley of delicious spices. The 6pm-11.30pm cheerful waitress also recommended her favourite sides of aloo matar and green peas cooked with garlic, onion and spices, which we devoured with relish. The view into the bustling kitchen generated a real buzz throughout the restaurant, with diners watching on in excited anticipation. Oh! Calcutta! really is an Indian restaurant with a difference. They cater brilliantly for parties, too, as a licensed venue with the option to BYO.

Location Riverside House, Welsh Back, Bristol, BS1 4RR t: 0844 683 9921 w: www.namaskarlounge.com e: info@namaskarlounge.com

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Joyraj
Location 31 Regent Street, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 4HR t: 0844 683 9923 w: www.joyrajbristol.com e: hello@joyrajbristol.com

Cliftons elegant Regent Street is where youll nd Joyraj a favourite haunt of visitors and city residents alike. Having heard very good things, our expectations were high as we made our way down the steps just inside the entrance and 20 emerged into a smart and serene restaurant area. With incense curling in the air to and pretty lamps lighting the tables, it looked the ideal spot for some delicious 25 Indian cuisine and a quiet natter. Once seated, the obligatory poppadoms and tasty fresh chutneys owed, and we relished starters of sheek kebab minced lamb, spices and herbs, barbecued on a skewer and Bengal sh, spiced and barbecued in the clay tandoor. These were promptly followed by equally well-executed mains. My tandoori king prawn masala offered huge juicy prawns marinated, grilled and cooked in a creamy almond and cashew sauce, while my companion, still undecided, was helpfully recommended the chunky chicken karahi in a tomato, pepper and onion sauce. Open: Sun-Thurs 5.30pmA side of super creamy sag panir 11.30pm; Fri & Sat complemented both beautifully, 5.30pm-midnight alongside a sweet peshwari naan. A good selection of desserts was the icing on the cake we just about managed to squeeze in the hazelnut crunch ice cream with caramel sauce. The team here have clearly perfected the art of good service our evening was seamless and we were treated with the utmost courtesy. Chatting with new owners Salim and Sohail, we learned of future big plans for Joyraj watch this space. Indian CC 18 25
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Raj
Location 35 King Street, Bristol, BS1 4DZ t: 0844 683 9924 w: www.raj-bristol.co.uk e: info@raj-bristol.co.uk The Raj, situated on historic King Street in the heart of Bristol, has been serving the highest quality, authentic Indian food for over 30 years owned and run by the same family throughout all three decades.

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The unpretentious Raj has some of the friendliest staff in the business, who ensure that their customers keep returning year after year, not just for the tasty fare, but for the whole dining experience. Whereas some restaurants have a high staff turnover making it difcult to establish character Raj very rarely changes the faces that meet and greet; all of whom are true professionals, rather than part-timers, and passionate about food. They make sure you enjoy your visit whether you are a holiday-maker or regular local. While skilled use of spices is key to a good curry, the chef also insists on the best quality ingredients and you can certainly taste the difference. The Raj is a fairly small, intimate restaurant and while parties are welcomed, larger groups would be well advised to book in advance. There are two special menus outside peak times, offering outstanding value for money: the Early Bird and the Night Owl. Book a table, see the menus or nd out more by visiting their website. Open: Mon-Sun 5.30pm-late

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Raj Pavillions
Location 14 Filton Road, Horeld, Bristol, BS7 0PA t: 0844 683 9926 w: www.rajpavillions.co.uk Having been open for 30 successful years, Raj Pavillions is something of a Bristol dining institution, yet the enthusiastic team certainly dont rest on their laurels instead they constantly strive to enhance and enrich the already admirable offering to ensure they stand out from the competition. The newly revamped, sumptuous interior is smart, glamorous and modern, yet retains the rich colour palette of traditional India. The service equals these rened surroundings; the professional team have a fantastic rapport with customers and treat every diner like a VIP .

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Having worked in top Indian restaurants across the UK, staff are experts in what makes diners tick they can even go off-menu and have the chef put together a feast tailored to your tastes, if you so desire. On our visit, the manager worked his magic and conjured up two specials one featuring soft, tender, melt-in-themouth lamb, the other packed with juicy, succulent chicken along with uffy rice Open: Sun-Thurs noon-2pm, and ultra-light chapati bread. We 5.30pm-11.30pm; agreed both dishes offered exactly Fri & Sat noon-2pm, what one looks for in an Indian meal; 5.30pm-midnight they were punchy and aromatic, yet the spices were expertly blended and never overpowering, allowing the meats natural richness to shine through. While already an established name, Raj Pavillions always looks to the future no wonder this unique and ever-evolving local favourite has so many regulars.

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Shahnaz Contemporary Indian Cuisine


Location The Cliffs, Cheddar, BS27 3QA t: 0844 683 9927 w: www.shahnazindiancuisine.co.uk e: enquiries@shahnazindiancuisine.co.uk Shahnaz is no ordinary Indian restaurant this place has style, substance and the wow factor. Youll nd Shahnaz at the bottom of picturesque Cheddar Gorge, occupying a commanding corner position; but after one visit youll wish it was at the end of your street. The beautifully lit-up exterior tempts diners inside to a warm bar and lounge, with an illuminated staircase leading up to the dining area, which boasts modern decor and room for 160 covers. Theres a function area available for private hire too this is the perfect setting for your next big celebration.

...the tropical fish and vegetarian options are particularly superb...


Salim and his brother Hashim expertly run Shahnaz. The family have been in the restaurant business since 1985 and the service they provide is rst class. The menu features many specialities from their hometown in Bangladesh, and the tropical sh and vegetarian options are particularly superb. All the dishes are cooked with natural ingredients and no additives are used. The team have gone out of their way to clearly signpost which dishes are hotter than others with a helpful chilli ranking system found on the menu. Spice seekers and those with more sensitive palates will all nd dishes cooked to their liking. All you need to do is ask, and the Shahnaz staff will be more than happy to oblige.

...Malaya chicken tikka, bursting with pineapple and almond flavours...


Open: Mon-Sat noon-2.30pm, 5.30pm-11.30pm; Sun noon-4.30pm, 5.30pm-11.30pm We let Salim guide us in our choices, as his knowledge of and passion for the cuisine was clearly vast and very impressive. First, the poppadoms arrived with freshly made dips, followed by starters of sesame chicken and crabcake. Mains comprised murgh nawabi chicken breast stuffed with minced lamb, cooked in a creamy sauce and Malaya chicken tikka, bursting with pineapple and almond avours. For an out-of-this-world dining experience, visit Shahnaz tonight.

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Cheddar Cottage
Location Union Street, Cheddar, BS27 3NB t: 01934 742 331 w: www.cheddarcottage.com From outside, the aptly named Cheddar Cottage ts in seamlessly with the villages rustic aesthetic. Inside, however, this distinctive venue is sleek and contemporary, with wood oors, modern artwork and a minimalist colour palette. Its appeal doesnt end with the decor though; having served up the nest Indian cuisine for almost 20 years, the family that runs this popular restaurant offers its guests a polished dining experience with professional service and exceptional fare. The experienced kitchen team create everything fresh to order, including the tempting Cottage special of lamb ki hadde (spicy tender lamb shank) and the exotic Sunset Simla, featuring mango, almond, fresh garlic and capsicum surely enough to tempt you from your usual selection. Theres a new daily special Monday to Thursday and dont forget to put Cheddar Cottages banquet night in your diary; guests can enjoy a starter, main course and accompaniment from 9.95 every Wednesday. Open: Mon-Sun noon-2pm, 5.30pm-11pm

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Spice Inn
Location 18 Providence Lane, Long Ashton, BS41 9DJ t: 0844 683 9928 w: www.spiceinnlongashton.co.uk Lovely Somerset views are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the appeal of this Indian restaurant. Spice Inn sits snugly in the pretty village of Long Ashton and offers locals a convenient and delicious taste of India. On sunny days, diners can take advantage of the terrace, while the interior provides a simple and comfortable setting. Experts in quality Indian cuisine, Spice Inns owners have 50 years experience, so you know your chosen dish will demonstrate authentic recipes and cooking techniques, whether it be a traditional favourite like prawn dhansak or a chefs speciality such as chicken dhania. Prices are reasonable and every Wednesday evening is Banquet Night, when a starter, main, side and rice or naan bread will set you back just 11.95 per person. Private parties are welcomed and theres a ten-per-cent discount offered on takeaway orders. Open: Mon-Sun 5.30pm-11.30pm

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Hywel Jones Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa Pg 3


Hywel Jones has always harboured a passion for traditional cooking and fresh ingredients. His love of cooking was ignited at a young age, when he would enjoy his mothers Sunday roasts and collect vegetables from the garden. Today, Hywel is the executive chef of the acclaimed Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa; and, with a Michelin star under his belt, he continues to develop exciting menus. Jones menus are inuenced by high-quality seasonal ingredients and local suppliers, rather than a particular style or region. Indeed, he isnt restricted by trend, but prefers to experiment without limitation.

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...influenced by high-quality seasonal ingredients...


Hywel has gone on to support and guide chef Hrishikesh Desai in heading up the new cookery school, which opened in November 2012 and offers 24 exciting courses to try another string to Lucknams bow. Those who work with Hywel and enjoy his food cannot help but be inspired by this gifted chef and his imaginative, tantalising dishes.

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James Wilkins Wilks Restaurant Pg 3


Chef James Wilkins started out as a kitchen porter at the gorgeous Midsummer House in Cambridge, where he was inspired by chef Hans Schweitzer and trained by him in all areas of the kitchen. From there, it was onwards and upwards for James, who spent ve years in London working for Gordon Ramsay, the Galvin brothers and Stefano Cavallini, and then another ve in France for Richard Neat and Michel Bras.

...working in Japan was a real career highlight...


With a continually evolving menu at Wilks, its hard for James to pick a favourite dish but its usually his latest creation, always made using local seasonal produce. Having worked in Japan, running a restaurant for Michel Bras there, and Turkey too, James menu is informed by a melting pot of experiences. Working in Japan was a real career highlight for this hands-on, creative chef as is witnessing the ever-growing success of his own restaurant.

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Martin Burge Whatley Manor Pg 4


Martin began his career at the Royal Crescent in Bath with Michael Croft, having graduated with distinction from Brunel Technology College, Bristol. Martins rst taste of a Michelin-starred establishment was at Pied Terre under Richard Neat. The opportunity to work with Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir aux QuatSaisons beckoned, and Martin gradually worked his way up. It was here that Martin met John Burton-Race. With Burton-Race, Martin moved to LOrtolan, where he was soon promoted to head chef at the age of 27. Eventually they moved to The Landmark Hotel in London and achieved two Michelin stars in one year. In 2003 Martin returned to the West Country where he became head chef for the opening of Whatley Manor. He is recognised for his acclaimed cuisine served in The Dining Room, attaining his rst Michelin star in 2005. In 2008 the AA awarded The Dining Room four AA rosettes and then in 2009 Michelin awarded Burge a second star. After appearing in the semi-nals of Masterchef: The Professionals, Martin is now a familiar face to many and rightly so.

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Jethro Lawrence The Muset Pg 11


Chef Jethro Lawrence is coming to the end of his second year at The Muset and what a time its been. Hes taken the restaurant to the nals of the Bristol Food Awards and the Trenchermans Awards in both 2012 and 2013, as well as maintaining its position as one of the top 300 restaurants in The Good Food Guide and helping it scoop two AA rosettes. Jethro has always seen fresh produce prioritised his mum grew lots of veg in the garden, which provided a great introduction to fresh produce for a budding chef fascinated with tastes and textures. He trained at the Plas Hyfryd Country Hotel in Pembrokeshire, starting at the bottom of the ladder as an apprentice commis chef but quickly moving up. He says his competitive streak, his desire to combat every section of the kitchen and his time spent travelling the world have all fuelled his passion for cooking. Jethro prefers to mix up his cooking style rather than stick with a trademark dish at the moment his favourite is the beef llet with smoked leek, crisp tongue and cheek, celeriac and horseradish. Getting great feedback on such dishes is what makes all the hard work worthwhile for Jethro, who strives for constant creativity, discipline and fearlessness.

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Gordon Jones Menu Gordon Jones Pg 13


If you havent experienced Gordons food then you havent experienced sheer culinary poetry. A forager by nature and one of the best chefs to have recently come into the limelight, Gordon Jones cooked up a storm at The Royal Crescent in Bath before opening his rst restaurant, Menu Gordon Jones, in January 2012. Gordon spent his childhood in Scotland digging up his own vegetables for his mother to cook, and his rst brush with catering was washing dishes at the age of 14. After training under Martin Wishart and Martin Blunos, the extent to which Gordons upbringing has inuenced him only became apparent when he began writing his own menus. His unique style, incorporating Scottish and Scandinavian inuences combined with an ethically sound approach to ingredients, has brought prestige to the restaurants he has run. In his own restaurant, Menu Gordon Jones, his signature dish changes from week to week (like his menus) depending entirely on what is in season and inspires him. The winner of Best Chef at the Bath Good Food Awards in December 2012, Gordons popularity continues to grow; his restaurant is fully booked for weeks ahead with eager diners hoping to get a glimpse of the genius at work.

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Dan Snelling Rosemarino Pg 49

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Having started his career sharing kitchens with some of Bristols restaurant royalty, Dan Snelling has now settled at his own award-winning foodie home. A culmination of his experience, his travels around Italy, his love for provincial French cuisine and inuence from some of our nations best-loved chefs has led to the creation of Dans own particular brand of Italian cooking, gaining Rosemarino the Best Italian and Best Breakfast titles at the Bristol Good Food Awards 2012. He is passionate about British ingredients, sourcing locally whenever he can, creating dishes of exciting textures and avours and often experimenting with cooking unusual cuts of meat in a number of interesting ways. As with many chefs, Dans rst taste of the culinary world came about through his parents his father was a chef who encouraged a young Dan to taste everything and really get excited about food. Years later, its still the creative aspect of the job that fuels his enthusiasm and gains endless appreciation from his Clifton customers and beyond.

Euan Campbell The Rose of Denmark Pg 53


The term no nonsense best describes Euan Campbells cooking style; you wont nd any fancy foams or nicky details, just good, honest, home-cooked food. This is a chef with an impressive repertoire; his career has taken him around the world, including to Australia and New Zealand, so he is well-versed in global gastronomy. In fact, he once cooked 23 different types of cuisine in one week, which is no mean feat for a chef who learned on the job.

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...he is well-versed in global gastronomy...


Euan doesnt have a signature dish; instead he specialises in being able to cook anything. It is unsurprising, then, that the creativity involved in being a chef is what keeps him interested; at The Rose of Denmark, he changes the menus daily in line with both the seasonal ingredients available and his latest culinary ideas (of which he has a never-ending supply). His versatility makes him an expert at catering for functions and keeps The Rose of Denmarks regulars coming back for more.

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Index
A cappella Bristol. ................................. 51 Grumpy Badger Bradford-on-Avon............ 24 Pizza Provencale Bristol........................ 32 Albion Public House and Dining Rooms, The Bristol...7 Guerrilla Burger Bristol. ........................ 45 Plough, The Pilning............................... 61 ........................ 34 Ponte Vecchio Bath............................... 50 Anchor Inn, The Lower Morton.............. 58 Hall & Woodhouse Bath. Avenue Caf Bristol............................... 26 Hall & Woodhouse Portishead Portishead. ... 35 Prego Bristol......................................... 48 .................. 24 Prince of Wales, The Bristol. .................. 52 Bath Farmers Market Bath................... 19 Harvest Natural Foods Bath. Bath Priory Hotel & Restaurant, The Bath....5 Heritage, The Weston-super-Mare.......... 21 Racks Bar & Kitchen Bristol.................. 19 .............................. 17 Hole in the Wall, The Bristol. ................. 42 Raj Bristol. ............................................ 74 Beehive, The Bristol. .............. 39 Raj Pavillions Bristol............................. 75 Beijing Bristol....................................... 69 Hope and Anchor, The Midford. Bell, The Bristol.................................... 60 Illusions Magic Bar Bristol.................... 37 Rajpoot Bath......................................... 72 ............................ 27 Raphael Bar & Restaurant Bath............. 32 Bengal Brasserie Bath........................... 72 Indulgence Caf Bath. Black Horse Clapton-in-Gordano............ 61 Inn on the Green, The Bristol................. 60 Relax Coffee Lounge Bristol................... 21 ............................. 53 Jamuna Bath. ........................................ 72 Restaurant Valentino Bristol.................. 48 Boathouse, The Bath. .............................. 25 River Grille & Shore Caf Bar, The Bristol. ... 7 Bocabar Bristol..................................... 36 Jazz Caf, The Bath. Bowl Inn, The Almondsbury................... 59 Jimmys World Grill & Bar Bath............ 67 Riverside Caf & Restaurant Bath............ 9 Brasserie Blanc Bristol, Bath................. 30 Joyraj Bristol........................................ 74 Roman Baths Kitchen, The Bath............. 35 ................................... 15 Rose & Crown, The Hinton Charterhouse..... 63 Brasserie Brunel Bath............................. 6 Kilted Chef Bath. Bristol Inn, The Clevedon....................... 66 King William Inn Tunley........................ 42 Rose of Denmark, The Bristol................. 53 .......................... 8 Rosemarino Bristol................................ 49 Brunels Hat Bristol.............................. 16 Kings Arms, The Bristol. Burger Joint, The Bristol....................... 45 Kings Head, The Bristol......................... 66 Royal Crescent Hotel, The Bath................ 6 Butchers Arms, The Farmborough. ........... 59 Kookoo Caf Bristol. .............................. 25 Royal Oak, The Bristol........................... 43 .................................. 50 Rudgleigh Inn Easton-in-Gordano. .......... 64 Cabot Circus Bristol.............................. 40 La Piazza Bristol. Cafe Ronak Bristol................................ 27 Langford Inn, The Lower Langford......... 18 Rummer Hotel Bristol............................ 13 Caf Rouge Bristol, Bath....................... 31 Le Mazot Brasserie at Whatley Manor Malmesbury... 10 Same-Same But Different Bath................ 8 ................................... 53 Scoozi Ristorante Clevedon.................... 51 Catherine Wheel, The Marsheld........... 55 Lion, The Bristol. Charlies Bristol.................................... 33 Live and Let Live, The Frampton Cotterell.... 58 Seafoods Bath....................................... 23 Cheddar Cottage Cheddar...................... 77 Living Room, The Bristol....................... 34 Seamus ODonnells Bristol..................... 61 .................... 63 Chiquito Bristol..................................... 36 Loch Fyne Bath, Bristol......................... 23 Seven Stars, The Timsbury. Clifton Sausage Bar & Restaurant, The Bristol. ... 17 Lockside Bristol.................................... 29 Shahnaz Contemporary Indian Cuisine Cheddar... 76 Colston Yard Bristol.............................. 56 Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa Colerne......... 3 Siam Harbourside Bristol...................... 68 ........................ 65 Maaza Namaskar Lounge Bristol........... 73 Smoke & Mirrors Bristol....................... 37 Cottage Inn, The Bristol. ....................... 39 Mandalyns Bar Bath. ............................ 32 Social, The Bristol................................. 18 Cross Hands, The Bristol. ..................... 59 Marcos Olive Branch Bristol................. 47 Source Food Hall Bristol. ....................... 25 Crown Inn, The Keynsham. ......................... 66 Spice Inn Long Ashton. .......................... 77 Crown, The Regil................................... 58 Marhaba Bistro Bristol. Cubros Midsomer Norton......................... 9 Menu Gordon Jones Bath....................... 13 Square Kitchen, The Bristol................... 13 Cumberwell Park Bradford-on-Avon....... 22 Mud Dock Bristol.................................. 29 Swan Hotel, The Almondsbury............... 44 Dining Room at Whatley Manor, The Malmesbury. ... 4 Muset, The Bristol................................. 11 Thai Basil Restaurant Bath.................... 69 Dining Rooms, The Bristol. ..................... 10 Myristica Restaurant Bristol.................. 71 Thai Edge Bristol.................................. 68 Door 34 Bath........................................ 33 N6 Restaurant Midsomer Norton.......... 10 Tifn Clevedon...................................... 30 Dynasty Bristol........................................ 5 No.4 Clifton Village Bristol..................... 6 Trooper, The Bristol............................... 65 Filini Bristol. ......................................... 51 Number 7 Bristol. .................................. 19 Walters Bristol. .................................... 16 ................................. 70 Fleur de Lis Pucklechurch...................... 33 Oh! Calcutta! Bristol............................. 73 Water Sky Bristol. ................... 56 Old Crown, The Kelston. ......................... 55 Weston, The Bath.................................. 57 Fox & Hounds, The Colerne. Frankie & Bennys Bristol, Bath. ............ 46 Old Down Bistro Tockington................... 21 Wilks Restaurant Bristol. ......................... 3 ................................. 47 Old Station Inn & Carriage Restaurant Hallatrow. ... 44 Yak Yeti Yak Bath. ................................. 67 Giuseppes Bristol. ... 15 Yen Sushi Bath...................................... 70 Globe, The Frampton Cotterell............... 52 Olive Tree Restaurant & The Old Q Bar, The Bath. .................... 22 YoYo Gourmet Hamburger Bristol.......... 44 Goldbrick House Bristol......................... 12 Papas Weston-super-Mare. .. 43 Pig & Fiddle, The Bath.......................... 64 Yum Yum Thai Bath.............................. 69 Golden Heart, The Winterbourne Down.

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