Fishponds is one of the areas in the Bristol that feels like it’s detached from the city centre. A little town within its own rights, it caters for the young families that are increasingly flocking towards its beautiful Victorian-era houses. It also has its two large parks - Eastville (the home of Love Saves The Day and Tokyo World) and Oldbury Court, a stone's throw from Snuff Mills.
Many independent businesses line the high street and a its residents are very protective of its independent vibe, actively protesting against fast food chains trying to open up in the area. Historically the area has been industrious with ties to the mining, chocolate making and pottery, with the area names after the quarry pit it used to sit on (filled since the 1800’s).
Unsurprisingly, there’s a definite Fishponds vibe when it comes to food and drink in the area. Expect microbreweries, great burgers, tapas and vegan fast food as well as an expansive choice of traditional food from the Mediterranean, African and Balkan regions.
As one of the ‘outer city’ areas in Bristol, Fishponds’ restaurants represent a self-reliance from other parts of the city. Expect a diverse range of offerings with notable standouts Burger Joint and Matter fastfoods, the UK’s first vegan fish and chip shop.
With the mix of cultures living in the area, it’s easy to find cuisine you might not have tried before served in friendly restaurants. You can enjoy African food from Agape, Balkan food from Balcanic Restaurant and top notch Italian from La Piazza.
Fishponds has plenty of good greasy spoons if that’s your thing, and it is absolutely ours! If you are looking for something a bit more fancy you can’t go wrong with Porto Lounge, part of the Lounge chain that started in Bristol.
Speaking of successful Bristolian chains, Coffee#1 is also here as well as Grounded. Of course being as pro independent as we are we would urge you to head to The Kingfisher Cafe. Run by friends Jane and Sarah, they are a cafe the whole community can use either as a place to get a bite to eat or an events and arts space.
Fishponds has a whole heap of pubs in the area, some better than others but the most loved by the Wriggle team are Snuffy Jacks, an independent micropub right on the high street serving some amazing cask beers. There’s also pubs that could be be better described as ‘traditional British’ pubs with The Cross Hands and The Railway Tavern both cracking boozers full of homely charm.