North Street in Bedminster is widely regarded as one of Bristol’s finest foodie hubs, with long-established institutions and newcomers alike showcasing the very best our city has to offer, all on one gloriously colourful road (this might be a food and drink round up but I’d be remiss not to mention the phenomenal Upfest street art adorning the buildings of Bedminster!). We spent the day living life as a local to bring you the definitive guide to North Street...
8AM – There’s no better way to start the day than with the smell of freshly baked bread, and Mark’s Bread have been providing that to the good people of North Street for over a decade. The original owners might have moved on to pastures new, but the ethos and quality of Mark’s Bread has remained unwavering. Get there early for still-warm loaves of sourdough, rye and more.
8.30AM – As the saying goes, “the early bird catches the worm”, and no one knows this better than Hugo of Hugo’s Greengrocer. Putting in the morning shifts so we don’t have to is exactly how Hugo sources all the freshest and highest quality produce from local growers and suppliers, filling the shelves with only the tastiest fruit, veg and other accoutrements. I always grab a few pieces of fruit from here when passing; a delicious and nutritious way to kickstart your morning!
9AM – Caffeine is needed. Luckily, if there’s one thing North Street is never in short supply of that’s high grade coffee. For the mornings when only the best beans will do, it has to be Sweven. These new kids on the block source their coffee directly and ensure all of their espresso and filter options are roasted in a sustainable and environmentally focussed way. The award for the most beautiful café on North Street, however, has to go to Albatross Cafe. The interior is covered with lush plants and mismatched furniture, and all of the gorgeous cups and plates are handmade by Jericho Studios exclusively for them! Their cakes and brunch menu almost look too good to eat as well; the crumpets in particular are not to be missed.
11AM – Wandering back up North Street, admiring the almost finished Six Sisters graffiti on the way, it’s time to browse the shelves of Southville Deli - a veritable Aladdin's cave of local, artisanal produce. Whether you’re popping in for a grab and go lunch from their deli counter, stocking the cupboards with packaging-free staples or hunting down some unique craft beers for the weekend, Southville Deli has got you covered. An honourable mention should also be made here for FLIP, who transformed their cafe into a vegan provisions store during lockdown and have everything you could need to cook up a storm at home.
12.30PM – Lunch at Pizza Workshop. These guys have been sitting pretty on North Street since 2015, and their staying power is owed to a simple motto: one thing done well. They’re of course referring to their signature sourdough, which at lunchtime they use to bake delicious bocca’s, rightly billed as so much more than a sandwich. For those with bigger appetites their pizzas are also available all day.
2PM – It’s become widely accepted (at least amongst my group of mates) that two o’clock is the earliest acceptable time to shout “it’s five o’clock somewhere!” and head to the nearest pub for a post-lunch pint. On rainy days - and match days if you’re a Bristol Bears fan - that means Bristol Beer Factory Tap Room. With the brewery just a few steps away you can’t get fresher beer than this on North Street, and eight keg lines and five hand-pulls rotating all of BBF’s latest brews means there’s always something new to try! If the sun is shining however, it’s gotta be The Spotted Cow's beer garden. Whilst table mingling might be off the cards at the moment, the bustling atmosphere in this popular pub garden is always second to none.
4PM – A quick stop off at Rare Butchers on the way home to pick up some prime cuts for the weekend (hello Sunday morning bacon sandwich/top quality BBQ meats!) You just had to see the constant queues for this place during lockdown to know that Rare knows their stuff when it comes to butchery, and they’re always happy to chat if you’re not sure what you’re looking for.
5.30PM – After a pit stop to freshen up, it’s back out to North St Standard for pre-dinner cocktails. Whilst it remains to be seen whether they’ll be bringing back their 2-4-1 happy hour, with a menu spanning all the classics and some intriguing house concoctions, the cocktails at North St Standard are worth every penny regardless. And of course the bar is stocked with great beers, ciders and wines if cocktails aren’t your thing!
7PM – Souk Kitchen is on the cards for dinner. Boasting arguably the most colourful array of dishes on North Street, this Middle Eastern mezze restaurant always knocks it out of the park when it comes to punchy flavours and fresh ingredients. Souk’s dishes are designed for sharing so grab your mates, order one of everything on the menu and thank us later. NB more cocktails are mandatory when you visit Souk!
9.30PM – If, like me, you never need asking twice when it comes to a good glass of wine, you’ll probably find any excuse to visit KASK, but I particularly enjoy ending a night here. Minimal intervention, biodynamic and vegan wines are the name of the game in this stunning neighbourhood bar, and their delicious cheese board hits the spot perfectly for a post-dinner bite (or if sweet stuff is more your speed, you might be lucky enough to grab a slice of the burnt basque cheesecake).
BONUS: SUNDAYS ON NORTH ST.
Sunday’s are special South of the river, especially if you’re a foodie. Whilst you can visit the fantastic Five Acre Farm shop at Tobacco Factory during the week, too, on Sunday’s they are joined in the courtyard by the Tobacco Factory market - a weekly street food market serving up delicious eats from an ever-changing lineup of local, indie traders. And, of course, no Sunday is complete without a slap up roast dinner, and no one does it better than The Malago. These guys have nailed the concept of Sunday funday, with huge roast portions, unmissable desserts, fresh cocktails and a solid wine list, there really is nowhere else to end the week in style!
Author: Stephenie Broadbent, content writer @ Wriggle Bristol