In this part of my Blog I'm going to explore areas of Bristol outside of the City Centre, identifying foodie highlights, hot spots and low points! I would encourage others to add to these writings, sharing their own experiences and recommendations with an aim to build comprehensive snapshots of the less widely travelled segments of Bristol for residents and visitors alike.
So, once again, let’s go out...
The Fishponds Experience:
Located in the North-East of Bristol and approximately three miles from the City Centre, Fishponds is home to some lovely eateries as well as some great places to buy fresh, local produce. Top of the bill is Castellanos*, which never fails to deliver high quality produce. Offering fresh cuts of local meat and specialising in such charcuterie as, cooked ham, cooking chorizo, pâté, black pudding and faggots, this really is the highlight of Fishponds High Street. The deli also serves fresh daily sandwiches (see review of ‘The Boy’s Breakfast’ for details), hot and cold drinks and even restaurant-quality food to take away, (the beef lasagne is seriously good!) I recently learned that Moroccan/Mediterranean restaurant, Maharaba* sources some of its ingredients from Castellanos which bodes well for the content of it's menu. It's owner and chef is apparently a 'genius with spices' so I do hope to visit (and review) this venue in the near future.
Porto Lounge* also offers tasty food in a comfortable setting and when it comes to a night-out, is the only place to get a well-made cocktail. Although the service can be a little slow on an evening, the drinks are really worth the wait and reasonably priced too. Other nearby watering holes are the Van Dyke Forum*, the token High Street Wetherspoons, The Old Post Office*, the cheap and cheerful student choice and the Cross Hands* which has recently been revamped and although primarily focuses on its (rather pricey) food menu, serves a good-quality range of beverages - Thatchers Heritage, Sharps Doom Bar, Butcombe Gold and Bath Gem, just to name a few!
The newest additions to the High Street are Treble 7,a café and bar which serves uncomplicated breakfasts at reasonable prices and Turmeric, an Indian restaurant and takeaway recently visited and recommended by my mum!