In between the hustle and bustle of two of Bristol’s most popular areas lies the leafy suburbs of Cotham and Redland. Whilst Clifton and Gloucester Road are beacons of Bristol’s diversity and vibrancy, these little ‘in-betweeners’ are quietly becoming the foodie capital of the city with exceptional food and drink around every corner.
With a villagey feel to it, it’s predominantly made up of grand Victorian-era buildings that wouldn’t feel out of place in West London. Dotted around these residential streets though is a microcosm of exceptional food made by some of the best restaurateurs in the country.
Residents are lucky enough to have some fantastic restaurants on their doorstep with both Michelin-recommended Wilks taking up residency here. Both offer exceptional food and service.
We recommend booking ahead as walk-ins are a rarity here. For hearty, home cooking you have to visit Chris and Joe’s. Serving big portions of wholesome food, there is no way you are leaving hungry! Further down is the infamous Cotham Hill that is jam packed with some of the best eateries Bristol has to offer.
As with the the rest of Bristol, the cafe scene here is strong and one of our favourites is Sandwich Sandwich. A small shop serving huge sarnies, cakes, scotch eggs and tarts as well as coffee and tea. As well as its city centre location, this is one of those office favourites that has queues out the door on most days. Definitely the place to get yourself a good quality sandwich.
A modern cafe to try is Mocha Mocha, voted one of the best coffee shops in the city, it’s set in a beautiful old Georgian house and serves up great coffee and gourmet sandwiches. Back up to Cotham Hill is Young & Foodish who serve up a mean egg brunch. No time to stop? Head to Two Day Roasters for beans to take away and enjoy at home.
There’s also an excellent array of pubs and bars, with the most notable being the Kennington Arms. Owned by Josh Eggleton of Michelin-starred Pony & Trap fame, it’s traditional-style pub with a restaurant area in the back serving up seasonal cuisine.
If gin’s your thing then Psychopomp Gin bar is a must-visit; serving craft gins and regular gin-making masterclasses. Also considered quite new would be Beerd, owned by Bath Ales and serving great beer and pizzas in an relaxed environment.
Most of the older pubs around here have achieved cult status such as the Cotham Porter Stores and The White bear, a pub with a theatre upstairs where you can catch plays, one man shows, and stand-up comedy regularly.