Forget plastic trays and doleful dollops of semolina; this is not your average refectory. The Canteen opened its doors in 2009 with a "people over profit" mentality, leveraging the facilities of Hamilton House to lend a helping hand to those most in need. It's all about inclusivity and community, and their determination to do good through good food has helped spearhead the resurgence of Stokes Croft.
The Canteen is now one of Bristol's most vibrant meeting places - and rightly so. It's an egalitarian melting-pot of culture, offering something special to all-comers at all hours. Despite its burgeoning popularity, you'll still get excellent seasonal grub for comfortably under a tenner. As an evening meal, food is even served with free bread and soup to start. Free live music and enthusiastic crowds typify most evenings, and you'll always leave well-lubricated (thanks to the not-too-pricey pints, wine and spirits). Its a venue of real calibre, so – in true canteen style – there's often a queue to be found. Trust us, though, it's absolutely worth the wait.
Great vibe. Great food. Great people
Very happy with the Sunday lunch. Probably the best Vegan Roast I've had. It came with a small starter of soup, which was really tasty.
Super tasty food and lovely welcoming environment
Excellent Sunday lunch!
Really delicious roasts with a great vegan option - plus I love the fact that the vegan choice is actually cheaper than the meat... as it always should be, but rarely is! Very filling, plus you get a lovely bowl of soup to start.
Lovely, relaxed venue. Really fit the vibe for a Sunday roast, as it felt more like a home than a restaurant. Food was delicious, with extremely generous portion sizes. We tried the vegan, pork, and beef roasts, which came with all the trimmings and your choice of sauces; each was delicious, but the pork was the highlight. Wine was also of a good standard. We will definitely be returning in the future!