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Food and drink in Bristol: things to know before you go

The options for places to go for food and drink in Bristol are as diverse as the city’s population. Here we’ve answered all your food and drink questions.

What are the best restaurants in Bristol?

We’re not going to do anything so foolish and try to definitively claim which restaurants in Bristol are the very best. However, these three choices won’t let you down:

  • Coronation Curry House is just one of the great Indian restaurants in Bristol, but some Bristolians swear it’s the best – especially if you’re ordering in.
  • Pipal Tree also has a foot in Indian cuisine, but unlike a lot of its Punjabi peers it has the other foot in the British tradition, serving up an innovative fusion of the two.
  • Everyday Thai is the perfect easy-going Thai experience. As great for a quick lunch as it is for a slap-up evening meal, it’s sure to get your mouth watering.

Which are the best pubs and bars in Bristol?

The pubs and bars in Bristol are second to none. If you want to drink somewhere that hasn’t changed too much since ships first set sail from the Port of Bristol, there are traditional boozers aplenty. If you fancy somewhere a bit more hip and trendy – after all, you do live in a city which defines those two words – here are three of the finest:

  • The Cornubia. This jaunt might have fallen to the wayside if its CAMRA award-winning landlords hadn’t swooped in, but they’ve given this rustic real ale house a shot in the arm and now it’s among Bristol’s best pubs.
  • The Bell. Sitting just off the main Stokes Croft drag of bars, this trendy spot was a meeting place for local artists and musicians well before the surrounding area caught up and became gentrification central.
  • The Cadbury. For Montpelier locals, a Sunday trip to the Cadbury is a must. Its laid back Reggae ‘n’ Roasts session is the only way to see the week off. Serving a mixed crowd of students, young professionals and bohemians, it’s grown to become a stalwart of the Bristol food and drink scene.

What’s the best review site for food and drink?

The web is littered with restaurant blogs – but there are two surefire ways to find the reviews that’ll guide your around the places serving the best food and drink:

  1. Groupon. Not only will you get the opinions of our great community of users – you’ll also know that you’re getting the best food and drink deals in Bristol. It’s a win-win situation.
  2. Critics’ Guides. Checking out reviews of the top food critics is always a great shout, especially if you’re heading somewhere fancy. Take a look at guides written by Jay Rayner at the Guardian and Giles Coren at the Times for some brutally honest critiques of food and drink in Bristol.

Are there any local breweries or distilleries in Bristol?

There are plenty of breweries, wineries and distilleries in Bristol offering tours and tastings. Local breweries like Bespoke Brewery, Moor Beer Co and Wickwar Wessex Brewing Co. will happily show you around, while the 6 O’clock Gin Distillery does a great tour and tasting.