Woah what’s this? A blog post that doesn’t come under my usual content theme! As some of you know, I run a food tour company in Bristol which basically means I get to take people around the city I love and introduce them to the very best of the independent food scene and they get to eat..a lot! It’s pretty much the best job ever. I’ve been asked a few times lately about my fave foodie hotspots by people coming to visit Bristol you lucky things so I thought I’d put together some quick fire guides to the places my stomach usually leads me. Starting with my favourite meal of the day, breakfast!
Psst.. All photos are by me and my iPhone 6 unless stated. I have no dreams of becoming a photographer so apologies in advance for the much less than blogger-quality images..
Ceres – An effortlessly cool Melbourne inspired brunch spot in one of the coolest areas of Bristol. They serve beautiful food and both their bread and butter is made in house. From smashed avocado with whipped feta and perfectly poached eggs to eggs benedict baos, this menu has something for everyone. They also are guaranteed to have some good tunes playing and their baristas are super talented!
Dish recommendation: Fat pancakes! They change the toppings each week but think rhubarb and custard crumble or eton mess.. whatever they choose you can bet ya bottom dollar it’ll be tasty. The photo above is a mini version of the dish for a tour, a standard dish is a stack of bigggg pancakes drowned in delicious toppings.
Opening times: 8am-5pm
Souk Kitchen – Bold plates of Middle Eastern & North African food meet locally sourced ingredients to provide an imaginative brunch at Soukitchen that includes not only includes their signature dish of shakshouka, but also your more traditional breakfast favourites. All can be enjoyed with their Soukitchen harissa Bloody Mary on those long and lazy weekend brunches (which I highly recommend, also their Souk rose gin & tonic!). You can find Souk Kitchen in Bedminster or in Clifton.
Dish recommendation: Shakshouka. Eggs poached in a sauce of tomato, peppers, onions + spices, flatbread Extras: Feta, Spinach or Merguez sausage. Photograph above by Soukkitchen.
Opening times: Saturday & Sunday 10am-2.30pm
@ The Well – This is a family run café and laundrette serving up a delicious breakfast only menu plus a lush array of inhouse cakes. They also serve the “you-know-what” which is a twist on the famous drink enjoyed by students at Hogwarts and waaay better than the recipe served at Harry Potter world. The Grist sisters have managed to create a welcoming community hub plus you can use doing your smalls as an excuse to tuck into an epic plate of food.
Dish recommendation: The transatlantic pancakes! Pancakes with scrambled eggs, mushrooms, bacon, and maple syrup. For the veggies: French toast with an epic choice of toppings. Photograph above by What Naomi wrote.
Opening times: Monday – Sunday 9am-5pm.
Harts bakery – Harts holds a special place in many a Bristolian’s heart and I can completely see why. Hidden away underneath Temple meads train station, Harts serve the biggest and best pastries ever which take them 3 days to make so you just know they are going to be perfect. Everything is prepared, baked and sold in house meaning that you can enjoy your goodies whilst watching the bakers hard at work or grabbed to go if you’re in a rush to catch your train!
Opening times: 7am-3pm, Closed Sunday & Monday
Poco – A well known tapas spot on Stokes Croft but many don’t realise that they are also serving a breakfast offering to be reckoned with. Poco are extremely waste conscious and try to be as sustainable as possible which give them a huge gold star in my books. All of their ingredients are sourced locally and diners can find out where every part of their meal came from as they always have it chalked up next to their dinner menu on the wall. Their tiny kitchen is based within the restaurant so you can watch your breakfast being created and the staff are also super lovely!
Dish recommendation: Field mushroom, labneh, za’atar, poached eggs, grilled sourdough, greens. Photographed above.
Opening times: Weekdays 9am-12am, Friday & Saturday 10am-1am, Sunday 10am-13am
The Kitchen – This is a brilliant café to check out (at any time of the day) and is conveniently located right in the city centre of Bristol. Better still, it is run by the YMCA who work with young people, particularly those that have had to deal with difficult things in life to volunteer, get work experience, train and eventually gain employment as chefs, baristas and front of house staff. Their dishes are created using local, seasonal project and they even have an urban garden in the courtyard which they source fruit and vegetables from to use in the kitchen. Top notch!
Dish recommendation: Two free range eggs, cooked to how you like them on toasted sourdough bread or toast and spreads, simple yet delicious. Photograph above by the Kitchen.
Opening times: Weekdays 9am-5pm
The Bristolian – Hidden away on Picton street, The Bristolian is a lovely spot to enjoy breakfast. They have a cosy interior or an outdoor seating area which is super popular in the Summer. This place gets busy so it’s definitely key to arrive early to ensure a table! Their imaginative menu is made using free range produce and they also have over 20 different teas for you to try. After your breakfast here, I’d highly recommend a wander down the rest of the street and a visit to the Licata deli. There are also a collection of cute shops and excellent eateries which will be featuring in later guides..
Dish recommendation: The Bristolian -Free range eggs, toast, free range smoked bacon, free range sausage, beans, sesame infused spinach, free range black pudding, tomatoes & crispy fried potatoes (they also do a monster version of this if you’re suuuuper hungry or lush vegetarian and vegan versions too). Photograph above by the Bristolian.
Opening times: Tuesday-Saturday 8am-10:30pm, Sunday-Monday 8am-5pm
The Social – An old favourite of mine, serving the best veggie sausages I’ve had in the city. They also have a lush outdoor area which can be enjoyed come rain or shine and help you forget the hubbub of busy Bristol life. The dishes and interior of The Social are vibrant and fun and has held it’s own during the influx of new eateries opening on the street.
Opening times: Monday 10am-11pm, Tuesday & Wednesday 10am-12am, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 10am-1am, Sunday 10am-11pm
Boston tea party – Boston tea party is a constitution in Bristol and my parents make a beeline for it every time they come to visit and no matter where you are staying in the city you are bound to be a stones throw away from your nearest BTP. You immediately feel at home when you walk in, thanks to their shabby chic design and walled adorned with artwork by various local artists. Their hot drinks range is excellent – Samir & I once spent 4 hours in there working our way through the tea menu and they have a varied menu suitable for all ages plus a cabinet full of homemade cakes and pastries!
Dish recommendation: A simple smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel or the sweet corn fritters served with grilled halloumi, avocado and poached eggs. Photographed above.
Opening times: 7am-7pm, Sunday 8am-7pm
I hope that you enjoyed my handy guide to Bristol’s best breakfasts. I’ll be updating this as I sniff out more and more breakfast favourites so if you have any recommendations, please let me know. Watch this space because a post dedicated to local lunch could be coming very soon..