black&white #44: Canton’s quick pick of 5 Bristol restaurants
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Bristol’s restaurant scene is booming – and has been for a while. With incredible access to produce from both Wales and the West Country, and an indomitable spirit – their Gloucester Road is the longest road of independent shops in the UK – it’s no wonder that Bristol harbours some of the most exciting and creative restaurants in the UK right now (and some actually are on Bristol’s harbour). We’re pretty happy that many of them choose to serve Canton. Here is a quick pick of five restaurants in Bristol where you can eat well and accompany it with exceptional wine or some of the best high grade tea in the world.
7 Lucky Gods, Wapping Wharf
Inventive, Tokyo-inspired food from 7 Lucky Gods. Photo by 7 Lucky Gods.
Inspired by the Izakaya bars of Tokyo, 7 Lucky Gods is a Japanese bar and restaurant serving up sushi, asian small plates and some killer cocktails. With dishes ranging from salmon sashimi with grapefruit and yuzu ponzu to their koji marinated beef fillet with a coffee and mustard dressing, you can count on interesting flavour combinations and a relaxed, easy vibe. Check out their menus and book a table here.
Gorgeous small plates and killer wine at BANK. Photo by BANK.
An all day eatery with a menu led by seasonal and quality ingredients. By day, they focus on speciality teas, coffees and a superb brunch – think Hake Brandade and a Smoked Ox Cheek Croque Monsieur. By night, they transform into a buzzing restaurant, serving up small plates, craft beer, wine and cocktails. Indulgent, fun and typical of the Bristol food scene right now. Book a table here.
Root, Wapping Wharf
Beautiful, sustainable and plant-based dishes at Root. Photo by Root.
Another (undeniably trendy) gem in Bristol’s fashionable Wapping Wharf boxpark. Root champions a more veg, less meat and fish ethos – sourcing from local producers and suppliers around the South West region. The food is simply fantastic – highly creative and forward thinking, and exactly what a sustainably-minded restaurant should look like. Expect dishes like Jerk Delicata Squash and Ewe's Curd & Ricotta Dumplings. Book here.
The Ethicurean, Barley Wood
Modern British fare with home-grown produce at The Ethicurean. Photo by Matt Austin, @matt_austin_images.
Okay so it’s not technically in Bristol, but it’s near enough and totally sensational. The Ethicurean is a modern British restaurant with its own bountiful walled garden to provide it with some top-notch produce. You’ll begin your culinary journey as you wander through the gardens on your way to the restaurant, and experience a truly delicious and forward-thinking menu. Not one to be missed. Book.
The Holcombe, Radstock
Delicious food in a five-star country hotel setting at The Holcombe.
Again, not technically in Bristol but we couldn’t not include the stunning Holcombe inn. A five-star inn with a restaurant that focuses on ‘affordable luxury’ and superb produce. They grow their own seasonal produce in kitchen gardens and poly tunnels, and use the best local suppliers and artisan producers in the region. Probably best to make a weekend of it. Book here.