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.
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!
Lovely staff and yummy food.
The establishment had a lovely, warm and welcoming atmosphere.
Excellent food and drinks
Roast was amazing