It’s the birthplace of the elusive Banksy and the world’s biggest manufacturer of hot air balloons, but did you know Bristol is also brimming with some of the country’s finest dining spots? If you’re struggling to decide on where to dine in the city, keep on reading for our picks of the best fine dining in Bristol.
Located in the Cotham/Kingsdown area, Bulrush started life as a supper club in London but has grown into a fine dining marvel loved by many. Chef/Proprietor George Livesy has trained with top chefs including the Roux brothers, so it’s clear he knows his stuff, serving up modern British cuisine at it’s very best. Diners can expect dishes such as Aylesbury duck breast, baby beetroot with smoked beetroot puree.
If you’re looking for relaxed fine dining in Bristol, look no further than Adelina Yard. Tucked away near the waterfront, this place specialises in modern European food where almost everything is created under the Adelina Yard roof. From the freshly baked breads to the cured meats you know that you’ll be getting something that has been prepared to perfection.
Chefs Jamie Randall and Olivia Barry have worked in their fair share of fine dining establishments and together they create beautiful dishes with a real focus on carefully-sourced local ingredients.
Aqua Welsh Back
The next stop on our tour of fine dining in Bristol is the impeccable Aqua. Founded in the city in 1998, Aqua is an independent local Italian restaurant which claims a focus on ‘healthy, tasty and beautifully presented Italian cuisine’, with produce sourced locally. The menus are diverse and diners can choose anything from oysters to burgers and we can’t forget to mention the amazing offers they have going. Pop by on a Sunday where you can enjoy a traditional Sunday roast for just £11.95 or try the fixed price menus where you can treat yourself to three courses for £12.95.
The Somerset House
Created by the Iconic Bar Company, their warm hospitality & delicious food won Star Pubs & Bars ‘Best Food Pub of the Year 2014’. With seasonally changing menus based on locally sourced produce, as well as the very best in service & eclectic surroundings, this place has everything from delicious swordfish steak with nicoise salad (£14.95) to a mega 42oz Tomahawk steak (to share) triple cooked chips, pepper sauce & salad (£55). Also if you are looking for some gin-spiration, grab a friend or three and head along to their next gin tasting.
We are family! Pasta Loco set up by cousins Ben Harvey and Dom Borel is a pasta restaurant that has a real homely vibe which can be seen with the several family photos adorning the walls.
Find some of the best pasta in the city and try everything from the linguini salsiccia carbonara, pork belly and a pancetta wrapped poached egg (£15) to our personal favourite gnocchi with cavolo nero and courgette in a rosemary and tomato sauce (£8.50). Tasty pasta with friendly people in a buzzing environment, it’s one of the best places for fine dining in Bristol.
Set in a darkly lit basement, in one of the oldest parts of Bristol, The Ox is a local favourite that serves a foodie favourite: steak. A proper vintage-style venue, it’s dim and cosy and the perfect place to indulge in some really tasty food. As the name suggests, meat takes precedence here, with the obligatory steaks sitting alongside ox aged beef cottage pie, and starts of bacon and pig’s trotters on sourdough toast. And what fantastic meat it is. Cooked on a Josper grill to seal in the flavour, each steak has been dry-aged for 35 days to provide you with the highest-quality of eats. If you’re looking for some fancy dining in Bristol, we definitely recommend The Ox.