This week, you can earn double rewards points on all Wriggles in Stokes Croft, Cheltenham Road & Gloucester Road

This expansive area of town is one of the very best for hungry and thirsty foodies; a thriving locale that's packed full of incredible independent cafes, restaurants, bars, pubs and shops. There's a plethora of tasty treats for you to eat, drink and discover, and with this campaign, we're not being fussy about boundaries and strict geographical boundaries – hell no. We're shining our bright food-venturing lights right from the Bear Pit through Stokes Croft and up to Cheltenham Road, then all the way up Glozzy Road to the tip of Horfield.

To  encourage you to get you out there and start exploring, we're offering you lucky lot double rewards points on all Wriggles in the area. Check out our top picks and suggestions for the very best of Stokes Croft, Cheltenham Road and Gloucester Road. Happy Wriggling! 

For glorious pizza that satisfies those cheesy cravings when you need them the most, look no further than Pizzarova. Check out the carefully created daily special, or if you're feeling extravagant, then the option of unlimited toppings on your own creation (in order to satisfy your bizarre anchovy/blue cheese cravings) – is not something to moan about. What's more, their pizza is made from slowly fermenting sourdough which has been rising for 69 years, giving a light and airy dough with a distinctive taste. Find ‘em atop Gloucester Road, and get stuck in to a pizza party.

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A trusted and highly praised cafe taking Bristol by storm, Spicer + Cole are serving consistently great coffee, freshly prepared seasonal food and delicious cake creations. Some may say their third addition over on Gloucester Road is the perfect home for these guys, evident by the swarms of hungry visitors and locals eyeing up the delicious treats on the blackboard. It’s hard to walk past without following the alluring scent of artisan coffee into their welcoming walls and once you've spotted THAT cake counter, there’s little chance you’ll be leaving empty handed.

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Step inside Café Jackalope and you'll be greeted by wall-mounted pot plants, art from the café's talented customers and upcycled furniture - shades of fresh green and bright flashes of colour over clean, white walls and a textured chipboard or two. Expect home-made cake, hearty doorstop sandwiches and light weekend brunching; for coffee and tea, carefully curated offerings abound (Bristol's own Extract Coffee Roasters need no introduction, and the orange-trimmed bags of Waterloo Tea have been making fragrant, artisan leaves dance for many highly regarded years over the Severn in Cardiff). Take some time and gaze out onto the roadside hustle and bustle from a window stool in the front room... or venture further into the Jackalope's lair where myriad nooks, crannies, board-game hidey-holes or even a secret city garden await you.

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Ramen Ya is as close to authentic Tokyo as you're going to find in Bristol. Stepping inside the restaurant the first thing you see is a big broth-filled soup kettle, with wispy tendrils of steam slowly curling through the air. Paper lanterns adorn the ceilings, gifting the shop a delightful glow which certainly hands itself to the wholesome food they serve. The Ramen comes in 3 different forms, Tonkotsu, Shoyu and Spicy Seafood, all of which come with an assortment of classic ramen toppings such as Black Fungus, Crispy Shallots, Bean Sprouts and a perfectly Soft Boiled 'Shoyu' egg. From the range of non-noodle soup based options, Gyoza are crispy on the outside and tasty inside, while the steamed are a truly glimmering star of the show.

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Pigsty's recent Gloucester Road opening comes after the success of their first site at Cargo on Wapping Wharf. At Gloucester Road, you can look forward to a cracking all-day menu serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, in addition to draft craft beers and ciders. Pigsty is renowned in Bristol for offering the best British pork, but don't worry: there's also plenty of exciting treats for non pork-eaters and veggies. The interior of their new pad is sleek and stylish – it also opens up into an amazing outdoor seating area where you can chill in the last of that bright, autumnal sun. These guys bring their A-game – trust us, we don't tell porkies!

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The Arts House Cafe is smack bang in the heart of Stokes Croft, and is instantly recognisable with its glorious bright red exterior and its floor to ceiling windows. Sitting inside at one of the cosy tables, your eyes will be drawn to the open kitchen. Here, you can watch head chef Craig at work, admiring his majesty as he concoct a range of delicious bistro-style dishes. Ooft, and about those dishes. Simple but exceptionally well executed, the food at the Arts House Café is packed with seasonal ingredients of the finest quality, treated gently and skilfully to create a British and European-inspired bistro-style menu. Dinner at the Arts House Café is a relaxed and extremely good value affair – come with your closest friends and stay for an evening of first-rate food in the creative, cosy heart of Stokes Croft.

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There's nothing that The Social has a go at, and doesn't get right. This cafe-cum-bar is slap-bang in Stokes Croft, serves hearty food made to order, and has a wide and well-stocked bar filled to bursting with local ales and organic wines. The interior ticks all the boxes - homely furnishings, Chesterfield sofas and an abundance of candles - while the courtyard garden is a sheltering smoker's paradise. Social by name and social by nature, it feels pretty much full anytime of the day, yet you can always manage to grab a table (or two!). Each weekday evening presents an offering of sorts, such as Cocktail Tuesdays and Wine Wednesdays, meaning you'll always grab a good deal - particularly when there's a Wriggle on!

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Bristol is where Burger Bear's heart belongs, so they've been drawn back- to brand spanking new digs on buzzing Gloucester Road. So, what sets them apart? Well, Burger Bear was propelled into notoriety by their maverick minds concocting Bacon Jam - the glorious condiment that's made from 12 crazy ingredients. This features on their signature Burger, the Grizzly Bear - a must, must try! Otherwise, we're talking totally T H I C C juicy patties, with meat supplied from Bristol favourite's Popti & Beast, showered in outlandish toppings, and towered up high. Intimate and buzzing, Burger Bear is a bar, burger joint, and boogie beated hang-out spot all wrapped-up neatly up for your pleasure.

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Wholesome, welcoming and a long time coming are a few words and phrases that can describe Bomboloni. Lead by the wonderful Andrew, the Bomboloni crew are serving homely Italian food to the Bishopston masses – but it's safe to say that word is spreading far and wide, with many making pilgrimages from across the city for a portion of home-cooked Italian deliciousness. You'll find crusty pizzas, delicate homemade pastas, great wine and of course the namesake "Bomboloni", a small, light doughnut complete with various creamy fillings. Oh – and there's an incredible new Sunday brunch menu – get stuck in!

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Maize Blaze brings exciting Colombian cuisine to Bristol - setting up shop in Stokes Croft's Corner 77. The brains behind the operation is Ruth, whose food is inspired by her early childhood growing up in Bogota, Colombia. She developed her cooking and experiences in the heart of London’s dynamic street food scene, and today is setting the standard for dynamic Colombian street food. Her vibrant dishes are 100% gluten free, and there are many delicious vegan and vegetarian options.

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Fancy taking your tastebuds south of the border? This beloved Zetland Road institution has been whipping locals into a flavour fiesta since back in 1986. Staff excitedly explain the menu and the decor (pink walls, rustic Mexican furniture and cacti) is just the right side of cheesy. Speaking of cheesy, grub is rich and satisfying as Mexican is meant to be – not for them the mean, modish trend for teeny tiny tacos. Portions are substantial, notably the signature sharing Fajitas – it's notionally for 2 people, but could certainly serve 3 hungry heads.

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The Canteen is 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. Free live music and enthusiastic crowds typify most evenings, and you'll always leave feeling happily boozy and full of the joys of Bristol, 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. Oh, and there's table tennis outside, too!

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You probably fall into one camp with this one. Either you’ve experienced blurry nights out here, or you’ve sampled their excellent wood fired pizzas. Have it your way – but don’t rule out the other 50 facets to this well-loved Stokes Croft joint: live DJs 5 nights of the week, an excellent beer-garden-sun-trap, a well stocked bar, super friendly service, an eccentric cocktail selection, killer burgers, pizzas and salads, a bizarre pub quiz, regular craft sessions, charity fundraisers, movie nights – to name but a few. What’s more, this is a local family affair. Mr Wolff (of Mr Wolff’s fame) is the top dog, and his family members are all at the helm.

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Smoke & Glaze are set up in permanent (we hope) residence inside a properly old school boozer, The Pipe & Slippers. A real hidden gem to those who haven't yet discovered it's magical powers, the Smoke & Glaze team are cooking burgers that are so delicious, they've been known to reduce certain hungover members of Team Wriggle to tears. Expect gutsy, exciting burgers that pack a mean flavour punch, served alongside deliciously crispy soul fries and epic sauces. If you know, then you know. If you don't know, get to know.

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The brainchild of the Gallimaufry – those brilliant purveyors of fine food and delicious drinks, Suncraft has risen from the ground of Gloucester Road and is here for all of your vegan, pan Asian needs. With a unique take on vegan and plant-based cooking, Suncraft is a warm and welcoming place on Gloucester Road. The chefs have made vegan food a star in its own right, not an afterthought, with light, fresh and flavoursome dishes that will have you ordering more and more. While you're basking in the bright yellow glow of Suncraft, be sure to check out their hydroponics – a snazzy bit of kit growing micro-herbs for their dishes. Pretty cool stuff. (Photo Credit: Hattie Ellis)

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Inspired by the rich, varied culture and creativity of the incredible Stokes Croft neighbourhood, Pedro and his wonderful team established the Croft Ales brewery and tap room as a way to bring genuinely handcrafted, small batch beer to the fine people of Bristol. Every beer available is vegan, and they are working hard to be able to bring you lucky Wrigglers some gluten free options soon, so watch this space. The atmosphere is friendly, the vibes are chilled, the music is great, and the beer, needless to say, is bloody brilliant.

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Door & Rivet is a charming cafe serving top-notch coffee and deliciously seasonal brunch-inspired food, and safely tucked within a nineteenth century crypt off Stokes Croft. Run by the lovely Kiall and Jo, the founders of Blind Owl Coffee Roasters, these guys naturally make a mean cup of coffee – the perfect accompaniment to their small, but perfectly-formed brunch menu. The space itself is an absolute beaut as well – head there with your gang for a leisurely breakfast, or take your book and indulge in a bit of weekend you-time.

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Slick and stylish, The Urban Standard plays a smooth game. Taking inspiration from the industrial-chic feel of New York's Lower East Side, this drinking den is a haven of hedonism. The dim lighting and subdued decor allows the striking artwork - much of it by Bristol-based artists - to shine. Despite its small size and galley layout, it has a couple of corner tables for cuddling up in over a couple of cocktails. Social folks can hop upon a high-top stool and appreciate a bar jam-packed with quality spirits, plus a fine selection of craft beer on tap. The cocktails are pretty potent, made with fresh and funky ingredients, and a great way to kick-start a night out.

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Flour & Ash make everything using their massive wood-fired Gloucestershire oven. Expect a simple, seasonal selection of pizzas using killer sourdough, from locally milled flour, salt and water – left to prove for up to 72 hours with naturally occurring yeasts. The crust is as much the star of the show as the toppings. They also boast an impressive booze list too – packed with wine chosen by Darren from Grape & Grind on Gloucester Road alongside a selection of local beers, all carefully picked for their taste - and to complement the grub. This lot do things the way they want, and they do it all spectacularly well.

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Pioneers of Bristol's vegan food scene, the lovely folk at Cafe Kino have been serving up delicious healthy food in Stokes Croft since 2004. After starting out as a pop-up way back in 1996, their popularity has brought them to their current base in trendy Stokes Croft. It is through these art filled streets that vegan food lovers roam to get their mitts on Kino's fresh local grub. From falafel platters to their 'Kino' muesli made with toasted coconut, fig, and sultanas - there is something for everyone, whatever your appetite.

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Published -22nd October 2018