Gloucester Road is a great source of pride for Bristolians. It’s one of - if not the longest - independent high street in Europe, with miles of locally-owned businesses lining it. This street comes alive at 8am every morning with commuters, shoppers and small business owners going about their day. Residents and shoppers alike enjoy a vast array of cafes, bars, restaurants and plenty of niche shops. You’re pretty much guaranteed to find a place to suit your tastes along here.
There a tons of restaurants on Gloucester Road. Its particular focus is on the casual dining scene so you’re likely to find a gastro-pub vibe instead of a more ‘fine dining’ feel.
If you’re looking for a higher end restaurant, we recommend you take a look at our award-winning and michelin star restaurant guide. Particular highlights along this is the Ramen at Ramen Ya, The Gallimaufry’s ever-chanding tapas menu, Urban Standard’s Mac & Cheese and Pizzarova’s hand stretched, fully customisable sourdough pizzas.
For a plate of good quality Italian food, you should head to Bombolini. Andrew and his family offer a warm welcome and a big portion of pizzas, pastas and garlic bread as well as a his legendary bomboloni doughnuts.
Gloucester Road offer all sorts of cafes to suit your tastes and is well known for its strong cafe culture.Whether you are indulging on a day off, needing a quiet place to work, grabbing a bite to eat, or struggling to get the kids outside for a bit, there is a cafe for you.
Boston Tea Party are a large cafe that can accommodate buggies and baby chinos. Serving proper hot meals as well as sandwiches and light snacks you can (and are encouraged) to wile away an hour or two here people-watching by the window.
Bakers & Co offer a cool and relaxed place to order some fantastic dishes for brunch, and some damn fine coffee. With a San Francisco vibe, home of brunch, avocados and sourdough, you can really treat yourself. Cafe Ronak who are fiercely independent and focus on truly locally sourced ingredients with a heavy lean on vegetarian and vegan food. Their eggs florentine are to die for.
Unsurprisingly with such a mix of residents, there are many pubs and bars lining Gloucester Road. Most of them also have a dedicated food menu so if you get peckish after a couple, you’ll be well catered for.
If we were pushed to offer some recommendations we’d probably say you should start with The Gallimaufry. Not too far out of the centre and with some excellent outdoor seating, it’s a great spot with equally excellent drink choices. A local favourite is The Hobgoblin who also create the best dirty fries in Bristol.
If you prefer your pubs to be lo-fi, The Drapers Arms is for you. Run by Vince and Garvin this pub serves proper cask ale in what feels like their living room. There’s no TV, no wifi, no phone signal, no music and an expectation you will actually talk to each other. How pubs used to be.
That’s just a small selection though. If you want some more inspiration, we suggest you check out our Gloucester Road pub guide.