Est. 1976, Bell's Diner is the Bristol food scene's bohemian, perennially-youthful Great Uncle, nestled in a picturesque corner of Picton Street. It's firmly at the heart of Montpelier - Bristol's contemporary cultural quarter - and the latest incarnation has been turning heads and satisfying stomachs since 2013, serving up stunning small plates of delectably Modern Mediterranean cuisine.
The menu is awash with highlights. Stunningly tender rabbit, slow-cooked octopus and Cornish Clams all shouldn't be missed, although if you don't want to leave with food-envy then we'd thoroughly recommend tapas-style sharing (or subtly "borrowing" a forkful or two when your table-mate isn't looking). Vibe-wise, it's effortless: think down-to-earth chic and quirky decoration (accessories include a typewriter, a record player and other vintage curiosities) set amidst a relaxed, disarming atmosphere. Chef Sam Sohn-Rethel and his team bring to Bell's a relaxed enthusiasm for getting knees under tables, enjoying extremely good food and enjoying great wine, an ethos for which they've rightly received critical acclaim. If you have only one more evening in Bristol, spend it at Bell's Diner.