Housed in one of Bristol’s historic Harbourside Buildings on Princes Street, you will find this super independently owned Spanish Tapas Restaurant which first opened back in 2002.
As you walk into the restaurant the rustic tiled floor, beamed ceilings, whitewashed walls, Spanish music and lively atmosphere, gives a very authentic Spanish feel. There is a nice choice of tables from cosy intimate corners for a romantic meal for two through to large tables for bigger parties or groups. Join them on Sunday evenings for live flamenco dancing, live Spanish music and traditional paella from 7.30 pm.
We visited in July with a couple of friends from out of town who were in Bristol for a Salsa dancing event. I suggested El Puerto as I have visited there many times over the years, always enjoyed the food and I hadn’t been there for at least a year or so.
The reservation was made for 8pm, when we arrived our friends were already enjoying a drink at the bar. We were shown to our table by a jolly fellow and our orders taken shortly afterwards. One of our friends had indicated he was looking to eat something fairly substantial so I suggest one of the main meals (fish, steak or mixed grill etc) but upon viewing the menu he also decided there was such a good choice of Tapas we should share a variety of these (a very good decision in my eyes).
Tapas dishes range from £4 – £7 each and in my opinion are good value for money, they are large enough that 3 per person is more than enough for even the hungriest of us, 10 or 12 between a group of four give a really varied selection. A separate gluten free menu and vegetarian options are also available. There is also a fairly large wine list, a very good selection of Spanish beers and of course Sangria. See their full Menu.
We ordered an array of dishes, including – Chorizo a la plancha (grilled chorizo sausage), Pollo Ajillo (chicken in garlic & white wine sauce), Costillas Crujientes (crispy pork ribs), Chuletitas de cordero (Lamb Chops marinated in garlic), Espeto de Sardinas (Sardines cooked over charcoal), Pescaditos (Whirebait), Patatas Bravas & Patatas Ali Oli (deep fried potatoes with spicy tomato sauce and with garlic mayonnaise), Abondigas (meatballs in tomato sauce), to name but a few (my mouth is seriously watering just writing these !) We were also served bread with aioli and olives while our tapas was being prepared.
The dishes were brought to the table freshly as they were prepared, a few at a time, which in my opinion is ideal as none get the chance to go cold whilst eating and makes for an extended period of chatting whilst eating and drinking. I opted for a bottle of wine recommended by the waiter and the boys had Estrella, both were going down very well.
After we finished the tapas only two of us decided that we had just enough space to fit one of the mouth-watering homemade desserts on offer. I went for the El Puerto Strawberry Mess (their take on an Eton Mess with Fresh Strawberries, Organic Cream, Ice Cream & Meringue) which was absolutely delightful.
To summarise our night out El Peurto was fantastic – good company in pleasant surroundings, lovely atmosphere, scrumptious food, nice cold beers and friendly attentive service.
El Puerto has changed management a few times over the years, the new owner “Kani” took over just a few months ago and is keeping up the reputation of being Bristol’s #1 Spanish Tapas Restaurant.
La Grotta is situated in the very heart of Bristol’s City Center and Shopping area and is definitely a Family Affair – originally opened in 1981 by Alfonso Merlino and his wife Anita and passed on to their son Andrea in 2015, who has worked in the restaurant since a child, there are waiters and chefs that have also been working there for going on 30 years.
It is not just one of the oldest restaurants in Bristol but also the only independent Italian Restaurant in the City Centre serving both the residents of Bristol and visitors from far and wide authentic Italian cuisine for over 38 years !
Being on Union Street right in the Centre of Bristol La Grotta is perfectly situated for either lunchtime visits whilst shopping, early dinner after wandering Broadmead & Cabot Circus, Dinner before venturing out to one of a host of Bristol’s many night spots, pubs, clubs & Theatres etc or for a Special night out meal.
Once inside the arched ceilings, décor and ambience give the feeling that you could actually be Italy, with customers chatting & laughing making for a lively but comfortable atmosphere.
Winners of numerous awards including “Best Pizza in the Bristol Good Food Awards” and is a Trip Advisor Recommended Restaurant with over 500 reviews.
They have a very extensive menu, including the obvious Pasta & Pizzas but also a good range of Fish, Chicken, Meats & Steaks and Daily Specials with an array of homemade desserts to finish your meal. There is also a Lunchtime & Early Evening Special menu and a Children’s menu. La Grotta is very proud that all meals are prepared with the freshest locally sourced ingredients and all meals are prepared & cooked freshly to order.
We have visited La Grotta numerous times (we have been fairly regular customers since the late 1980’s) so upon our most recent visit, I knew what to expect, from the friendly welcome by waiters Romeo & Simone to the quality of the food prepared by the resident Chef Richard.
I opted for a bowl of olives and Garlic & Cheese Pizza and my wife her favourite Funghi Dolcelatte (Sautéed mushrooms in a creamy Dolcelatte sauce with a splash of white wine served on toasted Ciabatta bread) for starters, followed by Fillet Steak with Pepe Nero (pepper) sauce, with generous fresh side salad and Chips (this is one of very few places I will eat steak as we produce our own beef on the farm and find it very difficult to find anywhere that supplies steak anywhere near as good as our own).
As usual the steak was cooked to perfection, tender & juicy, the salad fresh & crispy, the pepper sauce tasty & peppery enough to make my lips tingle and the chips fresh & crunchy.
Fortunately there is such a comfortable relaxed atmosphere we were in no rush to leave, we sat happily chatting after our meal that there was enough time for the steak to go down making space for a dessert, this time one of Andrea’s fantastic Cheesecakes, which are homemade and different every week – this weeks was a tangy Apple Crumble Cheesecake, which although sounds a strange combination was absolutely delightful and we finished off the evening with a zesty Limoncello. If you are too full after your meal the Cheesecake is available as a takeaway, which I have done on several occasions and is recommended, you really don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to try the Cheesecake.
La Grotta is able to cater for larger groups as well as couples so are an ideal venue not only for a romantic dinner with a loved one, Hen Party, Birthday Party or Family Gathering and I would not hesitate to recommend them very highly.
A visit to La Grotta is more than a meal but more of an experience, Andrea and his staff are so friendly and welcoming they really do want you to have a great time and leave feeling like part of the family. Visit their website for more information.
Address – 9 Union Street, Broadmead, Bristol BS1 2DD Tel – 0117 9290466
Opening Hours – Monday to Friday – Lunch 11.45am – 2pm, Monday to Thursday – Evenings 5.15 pm – 10.30pm, Friday 5pm – Late, Saturday open all day until late. View Menu
Independent Review –2 months ago
Fantastic food at an attractive price at Bristols pizza gem. Went for a quick dinner before the cinema and wasn’t disappointed. The pizza was absolutely perfect as was the service. They have some great deals going on there all the time. There’s a reason this place has won an award for pizza place of the year! Recommend big time.
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Fancy a Boat Trip with Bristol Ferry Boats? – Bristol Ferry Boats offer a number of different trips, a great way to see the City from a different viewpoint. Bristol Ferry Boats has been running since 1977. The iconic blue and yellow Ferry Boats can be seen travelling around the harbour almost every day of the year. They provide a community focused, friendly ferry service and pride themselves on their unrivalled reliability. Visitors are safe in the knowledge that they run their service every day except Christmas day, come rain or shine. You will always receive a warm Bristol welcome their staff.
Wednesday Sundown Sailings – A lovely cruise around the Harbour, listening to music, watching the sun go down. The trip includes tapas and cheese to complement two drinks of either Gin, Sherry or Rum (drinks depend on dates booked). There are two departure times from the City Centre at 7pm and 9pm the trip lasts for 2 hours. Tickets are £20 per person.
Brunel’s Bristol Boat Tour – A comprehensive tour of Brunel’s famous Bristol Landmarks. Departing from Bristol Temple Meads, sailing past the SS Great Britain and on toward the historic lock gates, where Brunel’s other Bridge is laid. Traveling away from the harbour along the Avon Gorge underneath the famous Clifton Suspension Bristol and then returning back to the Bristol Floating Harbour. A great way to see some of Bristol’s Landmarks. This trip lasts for 2 hours and 40 minutes. Tickets – Adults £15, Children £12, Concessions £12 or Family of 5 £45.
Avon Gorge Trip – An exciting cruise along the Avon Gorge, with commentary throughout. Departing from SS Great Britain leaving the floating harbour, along the Avon Gorge, underneath the amazing Clifton Suspension Bridge, Passing the ancient port of Sea Mills and the Village of Pill and onto Avonmouth (if the tide allows) and then returning back to the floating harbour. This trip lasts for 3.5 hours. Tickets – Adults £18.50, Children £16.50, Concessions £16.50 or Family of 5 £55.
Booze Cruises and Boat Parties – Private Hire – There is a variety of packages on offer – Vintage Tea Party, Bubbly Breakfast, Booze Cruises and Party Packages offering trips to dockside pubs and bars. Catering for parties ranging from 25 to 45 people, with fully licensed CASH ONLY bars and music. You have the opportunity to hop on and off of the boat and visit a wide range of Bars and Pubs. These are fantastic trips, perfect for any celebration and for Hen Parties, a great way to start your weekend visit to Bristol. There are many options available to create a bespoke party. Find out more HERE.
Sunday Riverside Roast – A lazy cruise along the River Avon, departing from Welsh Back. This is a very relaxed river cruise, after sailing through the City, see Bristol’s countryside from the water as it travels along the feeder canal and through Netham Lock along the riverbanks of St Anne’s and Conham River Park. Enjoy the wildlife, you may see Otters, Swans, Deer, Foxes, Squirrels, Kingsfishers, Ducks etc. Gently cruising onto the very popular Beese’s Riverside Tea Rooms to enjoy a delicious roast dinner and then have time to enjoy the beautiful grounds of the Tea Rooms until it’s time to make the journey back to Bristol. This trip lasts (including your meal) for 3 hours. Ticketprices include your food – Adults £25.00, Concessions £19.00. Advance Bookings are essential as these trips are very popular.
Friday trip to Beese’s with live music – A Great way to start the weekend, departing from Welshback, a super river cruise sailing from Bristol, through the countryside to the very popular Beese’s Riverside Tea Rooms, where you can enjoy a meal and watch a live band most Fridays. Some Fridays the tide doesn’t allow for these trips, but that’s only a few. Drinks are available to buy (cash only) onboard during your trip. This is a one-way trip, so that you can enjoy the whole evening dancing, you will need to book a taxi for the return journey. Ticket prices include entry and food at Beese’s – Adults £21.00. Advance bookings are essential.
Band line ups for these trips for 2019 :-
26th April Belle Rose
3rd May Fiesta Latina
10th May Dysfunktional
24th May The Mayfair Players
31st May Funk Husky
7th June Soul Reason
14th June The Bad Losers
21st June The Jumps
28th June Dukes of Mumbai
12th July Finger Buffet
19th July Dappa Don & The Playaz
26th July Fromage en Feu
9th August Stiff Upper Lips
16th August JJ Gatsby
23rd August The Jumps
6th September Natty Daps
More about Beese’s Riverside Tea Rooms
Beese’s Riverside Tea Rooms is a hidden treasure, set beside a pleasantly wooded stretch of the river Avon. For some, a haven of tranquillity, where generations of city dwellers would put their cares of the city behind them for a time. Visitors range from families, ramblers, cyclists, dog walkers and, of course, river-users swimming or rowing leisurely by.
In more recent years, Beese’s can be a lively place, whether it’s a friends’ get-together, a birthday or wedding celebration, or one of Beese’s music nights.
Beese’s is open each year for the spring and summer. They have live music most Friday evenings, including a mix of known Bristol bands and visitors from afar. There has been an annual beer festival since 2009. Visit their Website for more information.
Back to Bristol Ferry Boats – There are 5 Ferry Boats all painted in iconic yellow and blue colours.
Margaret was built in 1952 and acquired in 1977 she has capacity for 28 passengers. She has a wooden hulled open launch and was Built in Appledore for service in Lynmouth to replace a vessel wrecked in the flood of 1952 and later used as a ferry across the Avon between Shirehampton and Pill.
Independence was built in 1927 and acquired in 1980 she has capacity for 46 passengers. With a wooden hulled open launch and was previously used on the Severn and Wye, and on the Erewash Canal.
Emily was built in 1927 and acquired in 1992 she has capacity for 48 passengers. With a wooden hulled enclosed launch. Built in Bideford and was previously used at Scarborough and in Gloucester Docks.
Matilda was built and acquired in 1997 and has a capacity for 50 passengers. With a Steel hulled enclosed launch, with a length of 14.02 m (46.0 ft) and a beam of 4.61 m (15.1 ft). Purpose built for Bristol Ferry Boats.
Brigantia was built and acquired in 2006 and has a capacity for 50 passengers. With a Steel hulled enclosed launch. Purpose built for Bristol Ferry and based on the design for Matilda but equipped with a retractable wheelhouse and a wheelchair lift.
Both Matilda and Brigantia are licensed to operate on the tidal Avon downstream from Bristol through the Avon Gorge to Avonmouth, as well as throughout Bristol Harbour and on the Avon upstream to the city of Bath. The other vessels are restricted to Bristol Harbour and the upstream Avon. Margret is the original yellow and blue ferry boat and is a true west country survivor.
Visit their Website for more information or check out their Timetable for Ferry’s.
Bristol Ferry Boats – A great way to tour the historic harbour. Friendly staff, great value.
Having had a less than successful trip to We the Curious, we saw the yellow boat arrive and jumped on board. The full tour takes you from the City Centre to Hotwells and back, and then goes off in the other direction to Temple Meads and back. You can choose the full 80 minute tour, a 40 minute (half tour) or simply use the craft as a taxi or bus in the harbour area.
We chose the 40 minute trip to Hotwells and back and saw Bristol from a viewpoint I had never experienced before. You travel past The Matthew and The Great Britain, have a good view of the cathedral, the harbour-side industries and the old pubs, with a great view of the multi-coloured buildings of Hotwells.
A very friendly crewman was there to help people on and off and call out the stops and sell the tickets.
We will definitely go back and do the full tour (ticket lasts a day and lets you hop on and off) when the weather is a bit warmer. Great fun and great value.
Beese’s Riverside Bar and Tea Rooms
This is a great little quirky place next to the river. If you are used to eating in chain establishments it may not be for you as it is quite ‘characterful’. We only had a cream tea but the Sunday lunches that people were tucking in to looked good too. The walk along the river and ferry across added to the charm.
More things to do in Bristol, near the harbourside.
A very popular inventive cocktail Bar, with a concept unlike any other creating a truly unique experience as soon as you walk through the doors. Aluna which used to be Thai Edge is divided into two distinct sections. Turn right and it’s the restaurant with some really funky food and also the usual salads, burgers, pastas, steaks and even a stir-fried lobster with celery, ginger, spring onion and a touch of Thai whisky. Turn left and it’s the bar area with their legendary cocktails and a feeling of Victorian boudoir meets Arabian Nights, you will fall in love the décor, the tables are beautifully decorated as well as the walls and ceilings. The whole place has a warm cosy, but classy feel.
The main attraction, the cocktails are painstakingly tested and developed, to illustrate and highlight the delicate, subtle and fragrant ingredients collected from all over the world. The elite bartenders hold a wealth of knowledge which allows them to push the boundaries of molecular mixology and produce truly exciting cocktails.
Know about Mixology
Mixology…. Trendy? Yes! cocktail bars are being replaced with ‘Mixology Studios’ (yes, really!), bartenders are calling themselves ‘Mixologists’, and even the new Girl Guiding programme allows a 7-year old Brownie to earn her Mixology badge – whipping up non-alcoholic cocktails, of course.
‘Mixologist’ is the new way to describe someone who invents new drinks, researches new ingredients, and comes up with innovative ways to serve up classic flavours; essentially, a bartender who cares about his craft. Ultimately, mixology is more about the art of cocktail making.
Why not book a Masterclass
Cocktail Masterclasses will be a personal guided session with your own bartender, who will show you the basic Aluna techniques to making show-stopping cocktails. Packages start from £22.95 per head up to £39.95 per head, although groups must be a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 12. Any groups larger than this must be completed in two sessions to ensure the guests receive the best experience with each session lasting roughly 1-3 hours depending on package and group size. Booking in advance is essential due to demand.
Masterclass Packages range from £22.95 to £39.95 per person. All includes a minimum of 2 cocktails.
A Cocktail Masterclass is a great experience for groups wanting to start their weekend with a bang.
The Pan-Asian inspired menu is a culmination of the chef’s experience and dedication to food, you are guaranteed to find something to tantalise your taste buds. The Menu is mainly small dishes or dishes to share and has an amazing selection of beautifully presented and tasty delights.
Aluna is the perfect place to start you evening, situated close to Bristol Harbour. As you would expect advanced booking for food is essential.
Nice upmarket cocktail. The cocktails are top notch, its worth a visit. Bar staff are friendly and knowledgeable on cocktails. Interior decor is well maintained and comfortable to sit in. Right in the city centre by bus routes and was to access. The bar gets very busy so book ahead if you want a table on Fridays or Saturdays.
Local Guide – a year ago
My favourite cocktail bar in the city – they have an amazing variety of cocktails served by really friendly and helpful staff members. The atmosphere of the place’s also really cosy and quite high-end, so if you feel like treating yourself, this is the place to go.
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The Folly on Westerleigh Road Bristol has had a major refurbishment and reopened on 5th November in style. The Management have been working really hard during the build up to opening night, running competitions and publicising their new menu. They’ve been out locally, with a mobile unit serving their coffee and cakes and hitting the streets with goodie bags, flyers and drinks vouchers.
The Folly is a modern family Pub and Restaurant with a very large garden and outside drinking area. The new décor is rustic, but charming and they provide a wide variety of Wines, Gins, Mocktails, Cocktails and of course, lager and cider.
They had sneaky preview sessions during the weekend before the big night, serving drinks, cocktails and samples from their menu. We sampled everything, and I have to say the Beer Battered Fish samples and Korean-Style BBQ Chicken Wings were a big hit with all of us. The whole menu looks great I can’t wait to make my way through it!
Monday Evening was the official opening night, the pub was packed, there was live music and a raffle in support of a very worthy charity SRUK. A Cheque for £3,000 was presented on the night.
Carvery’s on Sunday’s are extremely popular, booking well in advance is essential. We went last Sunday. There is an amazing selection of fresh veg, with Beef, Turkey and Gammon to choose from or a bit of each if you fill that you are up to it. Mushroom, Parsnip and Hazelnut Tart is on offer for Vegetarians. I have to say this is one of the best Carvery’s I’ve had in a long time, I always new The Folly was busy on a Sunday and now I know why.
The Folly also has a very large beer garden, with plenty of seating, you may even see the odd duck wanding around. Free Wi-Fi, Disabled Access and dogs are welcome and there’s a free carpark.
A bit of History
The Folly started its life as a Farmhouse and was originally converted into a roadside Cider house, where Nelly Hussey was the landlady. At the time it was called “The Beaufort Arms”, named after “The Duke of Beaufort” who hunted the land in the surrounding areas, there are tails of many jolly and late nights drinking and singing around the resident piano. In 1975 the pub was taken over by Dave and Molly Nunn.
Although the Pub was called “The Beaufort Arms” locals nickname it The Folly, it means to trick or swindle and it is said that when the local mines flooded, the miners would say they had been swindled. Water from the mines went in to The Folly Brook which still runs behind the pub today. Years later Dave Nunn changed the name of the Pub to The Folly.
The pub became a much-loved family country pub, with regular skittles, darts and quizzes nights. The bar was always full of with locals enjoying a game of cards, playing pool or just chatting and putting the world to rights.
The Nunn’s sold the Pub in 1999. They retired to Spain, to the Costa de Sol, where they loved to take their holidays. Some members of their family still live in the surrounding area. The Folly has changed hands a few times over the years since, it’s be modernised, but apart from some small additions, essentially the exterior of the building remains the same.
All in all this is a very good pub that has stood the test of time, its always remained very popular, the current management are doing a really good job to make sure it continues that way. Well done Chris and Team.
Address – Folly, Westerleigh Road, Emersons Green, BS16 7AJ – Tel: 01179 573691 – 4 mins by car from Bury Hill Farm. Opening times: Monday to Saturday every day 11.30am – 11pm, Sunday 11.30am – 10pm. MenusemailWebsite
Independent Review – 10 November 2018 –Great food・Friendly bartenders
Had a lovely family birthday lunch at The Folly. Both the waitresses that served us were friendly and helpful. The food was lovely too, but the friendly service really made it a lovely afternoon for us!
Local Guide – 16 September 2018
We went there in early August on a Sunday lunchtime, didn’t have a booking we just winged it. OMG the place was packed, it was heaving. We were approached by a member of staff, who amazingly found my wife and I a table in ten minutes. We had the carvery, which was hot, fresh and plentiful, bar service was good, with a good range of beers, lager and cider. Toilets where clean. There’s plenty of free car parking here, also has a nice garden for the kids play in.
Last weekend we were very lucky to get tickets to the launch night of the new Bar and Restaurant in Bristol – Revolucion de Cuba. A Rum Bar and Restaurant specialising in Latin, Cuban and Mexican inspired food and rum-led cocktail ranges. The Bar is situated right on the harbour side and it will be one of the biggest Bars in Bristol in a really great location, spread over two floors. It has tasteful funky décor in a Cuban inspired style, with dark woods, traditional bar counters, antique tiles, vintage furniture, Havana-style ceiling fans and original Cuban artwork and photographs.
Upon arrival we were greeted with free cocktails and garlands to wear, helping us to relax into the amazing party atmosphere inside. We had arranged to meet friends and had arrived early, so we took a seat, drank our cocktails, soaked up the atmosphere and enjoyed the live band, while we waited for our friends to arrive.
Downstairs is massive, it’s separated into different areas, for food, lounging and the Bar area, it has a stage and dance floor at the front which can be seen from all areas of the bar. The actual bar is massive, nearly the whole length of one side to the building. There are so many drinks and cocktails to choice from and plenty of bar staff servicing too.
When our friends arrived we continued upstairs to the Launch party, where there was another live band playing. This band is a very well-known Latin Band from Bristol – Indira Roman & Aji Pa Ti the whole room was buzzing, there was salsa dancing, food and a make your own cocktails booth. Another massive bar with plenty of staff. Really long tables for large groups. People where dancing everywhere, I would imagine it was just like being in Cuba. We really enjoyed all of the food, they provided tasters from the menu. It really was very good and we have already arranged to go back and have a proper meal there.
What you can expect – An electric atmosphere, live music during the weekends, loads of incredible, colourful, mouth watering dishes, served all day everyday, dancing girls, unique taste of the tropics, exotic cocktails, happy and friendly staff, terrace with an open fire pit and waterside views. This Bar caters for everyone from Large group to couples. Book a table
Happy Hour is Monday to Friday 3 – 7pm – 2 cocktails for £10. The Menu is massive and caters for everyone.
Here’s a video to give you an idea of the atmosphere, it’s very similar, this is the launch party at the Manchester Branch
They also have Classic Cocktail making masterclasses, you can just book for cocktail making classes or you can combine the cocktail class with food, such as tapas or deliciously indulgent 2 course meals. There are a few different options. How fab is that, a great girl’s night out. Book a Cocktail Masterclass
Address: Canon’s Road, Bristol BS1 5UH – Tel 0117 4564981 or 0800 6300860
The New Inn, Mayshill, Frampton Cotterell, Bristol
A traditional pub well know for it’s delicious food. It’s an authentic, family friendly pub with lovely helpful staff and lots of choices of wines, beers and ciders. The food is fresh, seasonal and the portions are very big.
The Pub was originally built as a rest-stop for travellers, travelling north from Bristol to Chipping Sodbury. It is a unique, 17th Century Inn with rustic charm. I superb example of an historic Coaching Inn. A plaque bearing the date 1655 was discovered above the fireplace in an upstairs room and is now displayed on the wall of the bar. Although renovated and sympathetically modernised, many fittings and the unevenness of the floors and ceilings ensure that much of the New Inn’s over 400 year old character remains.
The New Inn has relaxed seating as you walk through the main door, with comfy chairs and a log burning fire the entrance is at the side of the building, straight from the car park. There is also seating by the bar and more formal seating in the rooms past the bar. All sizes of groups are catered for.
We went for a family get together on a Sunday, most of us opted for the Sunday Roast and we had read some really good reviews, but as the full menu was also available my both of my sons chose something else. For starter both me and my husband had the delicious soup of the day, which was Carrot and Coriander. Really, really tasty. The Roast Dinners were massive, they came out all plated up with plenty of gravy, homemade Yorkshire Puddings and lovely tender, juicy meat.
Both my sons had different meals, Josh opted for Cajun spiced Chicken Breast, a butterflied Chicken Breast marinated in spices, served with curly fries, sour cream dip and salad. He was very pleased, it was a big plate of food and he finished everything. He’s quite a fussy eater so if he likes it must be good. Reece went for Ham, Eggs, Pineapple and Chips. His meal was also completely finished off. He said the ham was very tasty.
The cheesecake of the day was lemon and again I had to try it especially as it said homemade, I am a massive cheesecake fan, it definitely was homemade. I make a cheesecake myself that is very similar, it was divine and came with a little pot of cream, just perfect.
Meals are cooked to order with most of the dishes being prepared “in house”, they advise that there could be delays at busy times. The menu has a great selection for everyone, I can vouch for the fact that the wait is worth it, but to be honest we weren’t waiting for a long time, the food came out in a timely manner and there were 8 of us. A set large party menu is available for groups of 11 or more, a deposit is required and Pre order food forms must be completed and returned 7 days prior to the booking.
The Garden is behind the Pub. It has plenty of seating, a climbing frame and a summer house and plenty of room to relax and enjoy the weather.
Monday to Thursday – 11.45am – 2.45pm, 5.30pm – 10.30pm.
Food served – 11.45am – 2pm, 5.30 – 9pm (8.30pm on Mondays)
Local Guide – Truly delicious food. I had the Rump steak, which was beautifully tender and cooked to perfection. I choose to have sweet potato fries that were lovely and crispy but soft on the inside. Really didn’t need pudding but the choice was to good to miss out on altogether. So I had 2 scoops of ice cream – white chocolate and honeycomb and caramel fudge. Would happily eat it all again if there wasn’t a risk of exploding. We were a group of 11 for midweek lunch, and we pre-ordered our main courses which all arrived piping hot. No complaints from anyone. High recommended.
We went to the Willy Wicket Inn Downend Bristol for a mid-week treat on our Anniversary. I reserved a table online, which was super easy and received a confirmation email within minutes. I had a sneaky peak at the online menu, knowing that I was going to be very hungry after a hard day at work.
The Willy Wicket is a former dairy farmhouse, now converted into a very popular pub/restaurant and is a Vintage Inn, serving quintessentially British food from an extensive menu. The dining areas are on either side of the bar and have roaring open fires, black oak beam ceilings, romantic candle lite tables and cosy lighting. The bar has many seating options including squashy leather sofas. Outside is a heated fenced beer garden with plenty of seating.
We had a lovely meal. For starters I had Oven Baked Portobello Mushrooms in a garlic and Cheddar sauce, served with very tasty rustic bread. My partner choose the Duo of pate and duck liver parfait, with Bramley apple butter, baby gherkins and the same very tasty rustic bread. For our mains, I choose the Tagliatelle primavera a paste dish with asparagus, soya bean, broccoli and baby spinach, served with a white wine sauce to which I added a chicken breast. My better half had the 8oz Rump steak with triple cooked chips, onion rings, thyme-roasted tomato and added garlic mushrooms. Of course, we couldn’t finish it there, we had a dessert each. A very creamy Eton mess and Coconut sorbet with fresh strawberries. As you can imagine we were suitable stuffed.
The pub oozes rural charm and rustic character and the picturesque surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for savouring the hearty, seasonal pub-food on offer, and the carefully nurtured cask ales and fine wines. With a weekly changing menu and lots to choose from, we will have to go back to try the many other dishes on offer and I especially want to try their Sunday Roast. There is also a range just for kids offering mini versions of pub favourites too.
If you’re staying in the area in December 2018 they have live music from “Freeze” playing on 21st from 9pm. “Freeze” is a covers band, playing all the classic’s and favourites throughout the years.
Whether you are planning dinner with friends or Sunday lunch with family, it’s a great pub to enjoy some quality time with those who matter the most. Booking for large groups is essential. We have a sample menu for guests at Bury Hill Farm and it’s just a 10 minute walk away. Parking is free and directly outside the pub.
The Willy Wicket Inn – Badminton Road, Downend, Bristol, Gloucestershire, BS36 1DP – Tel: 01179 567308 Opening hours – Monday to Saturday: 11:30 – 23:00, Sunday: 11:30 – 22:30
My wife and myself visited the pub on the hop at lunchtime on Thursday. It was extremely busy. The waitress found us a table by the window, I was impressed by the cleanliness of the place very warm with two real log fires blazing away. The service was first class and very friendly staff. We both had the lunch time Menu of two courses we both had starters My wife had the lamb koffters and I had the garlic mushrooms Both beautifully presented and plenty of it with various bread great. We had the salmon and spring onion fish cake for main with a medley of assorted veg again beautifully presented and plenty of it. It was reasonably priced, and the staff continually saw that we had all we wanted As Regular visitors to this area from Wales I will definitely be using the pub again Very impressed Thank You
The Golden Heart is located on Down Road in Winterbourne Down, Bristol. A stylish premium pub bar and restaurant for relaxed drinking and eating, serving delicious food for all dining requirements, whatever the occasion it’s a nice place to have a drink and relax in its chic bar area with its open log burning fire or retreat to the cosy, warm and welcoming dining area and enjoy the delights on offer.
It has a modern interior with a stylish rustic twist, serving food from 12pm until late, it also has a lovely outside area for a spot of alfresco dining on those sunny days and also has a great garden for children to play in.
The pub has an extensive range of top notch food, every day of the week, a whole host of tasty starters, light bites, appetising mains, pub food classics, sharing platers and delightful desserts, guaranteed to get your taste buds tingling.
We went as a large group in May this year, the food and service were very good. My husband and I shared a Carne Platter which was very tasty, I especially loved the Southern-fried buttermilk chicken thighs, really flavoursome. For my main I had the Wholefood Salad and added a chargrilled chicken breast. This really was delicious and even though I was pretty much full, I couldn’t resist the desserts which I had seen leaving the kitchen and opted for Baked Sicilian Lemon Cheesecake. I’m a big cheesecake fan and this did not disappoint. Everyone enjoyed their meals and we spent the rest of the evening sat out on the pretty garden patio area, finishing our drinks in the warm evening sun. It really was a perfect night and a perfect end to our day.
All in all, The Golden Heart is a great family pub, bar, and restaurant and should be your first port of call for brunch, lunch, or dinner, no matter what the occasion. There is also plenty of space parking in the car park – free.
Booking well in advance is recommend for large groups, this can be done on the website, just choose your day and time. There is a discretionary 10% service charge for group of 6 or more.
Opening Hours – Monday to Saturday 11am – 11pm. Food is served 12pm – 10pm. Sunday 12pm – 10.30pm, Food is served 12pm – 9.30pm
Review – Local Guide – July 2018 Love this place. New fave “go to” pub for grub. If you’ve not eaten here, you need to!! Food is awesome, tried lots on the menu never had a duff dish! Place is clean. Staff are great! Service is prompt! Alex really looked after us on Sunday for amazing roast lunch and we’re back again! 5th visit in as many weeks. 🙂