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.
Delicious roast at one of Bristol's best spots. Perfect for a lazy Sunday.
Sustainably sourced food, cooked deliciously. Beautiful venue, with fantastic music and staff
Great vibe in the Canteen, lovely spot to sit outside for a drink or lunch
Big sandwich. Tasty. Good service
The roast was absolutely amazing. The free soup was a nice touch and they brought over another bowl of soup when my friend split hers all down her front.
Very good laid back vibe with good food.