If you’re eager to sample some of the finest food Britain has to offer, making your way to Bristol is a good call. There’s score on score of world-class eateries, and many of them are Michelin-starred. There isn’t time to cover them all, but here are three favourites no visiting foodie should miss.
A family-run restaurant located at The General, Lower Guinea Street, Casamia is a unique establishment that sets new standards of excellence when it comes to culinary flair. The set menu changes seasonally, and you’re always welcome to expand your taste buds with a succession of delicious and adventurous small dishes – past examples include a Spanish style carbonara made from squid. Casamia is not to be missed but be warned that you can’t just drop in and ask for a table by the window. Competition is fierce, so tickets are released for each new month on the first Tuesday at noon, and bookings run up to four months in advance.
- The Ethicurean
The Ethicurean used to be one of the area’s best-kept secrets, but that all changed when it appeared on the Channel 4 show Hidden Restaurants. The show featured Michel Roux Jr travelling the United Kingdom to uncover the best restaurants that didn’t yet have a famous reputation, and The Ethicurean was one of them. The menu often changes on a day-by-day basis and is driven entirely by the seasons and what the gardener brings to the kitchen. While you wait, enjoy an ice-cold glass of birch sap tapped from a tree in the Mendip Hills, or sample apple juice taken from apples in the orchard.
Wilks is a modern restaurant that serves some of the finest dishes in the city. Located on trendy Chandos road in Redland, it provides creative fare prepared from local produce. Their menus feature meals that are both traceable and homemade, and they use wild foods whenever possible, especially if they can source them from the West Country. If you’re looking for a menu that puts emphasis on seasonal ingredients and innovative preparations, Wilks is going to tick all the right boxes.