Hotwells is one of Bristol’s most picturesque and historically significant areas with it’s close location to the floating harbour and River Avon. Apart from enjoying views of the water, the architecture and working those glutes climbing the hills in and around the area, you can enjoy some fantastic beers and food as well as open spaces and a lot of nature.

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Hotwells Restaurants

Hotwells has a good mix of restaurants that should satisfy most people. If you are looking for cosy, home-cooked food in a family run establishment you have to try Chai Shai Chai Shai. Owners Shilpi and Farouk have created a changing-menu that explores the cuisine of regions across India and Bangladesh. Aside from the main-courses, Shilpi creates delicious Indian bites including Pakoras and Samosas.

If you are looking for something a bit more fine dining then head to The Pump House The Pump House Everything is prepared on site, from bread to ice-cream. Fish and shellfish are delivered daily from the coast and meat sourced locally where possible, whilst many of the dishes feature ingredients foraged by the chefs themselves. Both menus evolve with the seasons and utilise the very best of the diverse ingredients the West Country has to offer.

Cafes in Hotwells

The waterfront is the perfect place to enjoy a coffee and a bite to eat, The Lockside Cafe located at the Cumberland Basin is well known for serving great breakfasts as well as sweet treats a cracking cup of coffee. Certainly the place to watch the river comings and goings.

Pickle at Underfall Yard Pickle at Underfall Yard is a small kiosk with deckchairs in the summer that really encourage you to relax. Whether for breakfast or lunch, your money goes a long way here: hefty hunks of local loaf stuffed with mighty meats, substantial salads, choice cheese and - of course - the pickliest of pickles.

Hotwells Pubs & Bars

You have the lions share of good, quirky pubs in Hotwells from the now world famous Cat Pub aka The Bag of Nails, The Grain Barge The Grain Barge , a floating bar owned by Bristol Beer Factory Bristol Beer Factory that serve great ales, great views on the top deck and some delicious food.

Head up the historic (and beautiful) Jacob Wells Road and have a pint at The Eldon House The Eldon House, an old theatre that has been converted into a gorgeous pub and try one of their fabulous pizzas.

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