We all know Bristol is in its element once the sun finally comes out to play. Wriggle encourages you to embrace those summer vibes we’ve all been hiding with some sensational summer dishes emerging onto Bristol’s food scene. Here’s a few places, ranging from cargo containers, vegetarian hotspots, and taco bars, which will pair fun in the sun with oh-so-delicious spring/summer food. Trust us, now is the time to munch on some tasty frrresh grub, wrap your hand around an ice cool beer and enjoy the Bristol sun. You’ve earned it.

Salt & Malt 

Fish & chip fans rejoice, Salt & Malt are setting up a brand new spot at the Cargo 2 development at Wapping Wharf opening this May. Serving their signature gluten free dishes, Salt & Malt will seat 35 diners on their modern outdoor terrace claiming stunning views of Bristol’s Harbourside. Cargo 2 is conveniently located down by the water and with these guys arriving on the scene, you have the perfect excuse to grab your mates and munch on some seriously tasty summer grub.


Within the stylish Scandi interior of 1847, feast your eyes (and your belly) on a vegetarian seasonal menu. By keeping it fresh by shifting with the seasons, this place packs a punch with vibrant summer flavours, satisfying even the most committed of Carnivores. If you’re looking for a tasty and unashamedly healthy lunchtime treat, head down to St Stephens Street and tuck into a large plate of vegetarian goodness and a drink of your choice for a tenner. Or even better, get a Wriggle on and enjoy for £6.50.

No. 1 Harbourside 

No. 1 Harbourside pairs fantastic food with fantastic scenes on Bristol’s Harbourside. Carefully crafting their work with their Slow Food philosophy of 'good, clean and fair', this lot constantly evolve their seasonal dishes to fit sunny summer lunches and early evening dinner dates. Their menu offers an impressive range of vegan, vegetarian and gluten free, such as their beautiful Buddha Bowl, set to fill you with all the goodness you possibly need. Pair this with a light glass of wine and unwind as you idly watch the Harbourside crowd go about their day.


Flow is a seasonal vegetarian restaurant tucked away in Bristol’s Bearpit roundabout. A stylish and chic menu reflecting the best produce coming out of the soil, their dishes are guaranteed to be funky fresh on the sunny scene. This sweet veggie hideout aspires to delight the tastebuds with their diverse small dishes - watch out for their new heritage carrot tarte tatin, with fresh ewes curd and watercress. Pair this with one of their seasonal cocktails and you’re all set to experiment with some truly sun-sensational flavours.

BOX-E @ Wapping Wharf

Pop down to Wapping Wharf whilst the sun is still shining and delight in some seriously tasty grub, courtesy of BOX-E. Showcasing seasonal produce with their simple bespoke dishes, BOX-E keep it cool and contemporary with a menu that changes daily. Industrial yet intimate, these guys down at Cargo blend refined, modern taste with wholesome, healthy goodness. The menu limits one choice of meat, fish and veg but don't be fooled - by mixing it up daily with fresh ideas and big experiments in a tiny kitchen, this place proves to to be taken seriously.

Cargo Cantina @ Wapping Wharf 

Cargo Cantina, Bristol’s very own authentic taco bar, is guaranteed to be the hottest new spot down at Cargo. Bravas and Bakers & Co’s new venture into authentic Mexican food will serve the freshest and zingiest food to behold. Carefully crafted using organic meats, homemade salsas and gluten-free corn, these tasty tacos are perfectly paired with ice cold beers, funky fresh cocktails and agave tequilas. Serving baffled Bristolians with mouth-watering flavours of real Mexican grub, this place is set to beat the heat. If you’re down for some fiesta fun in the sun without breaking the bank, Cantina is the place to be.


The team behind Hyde & Co, Milk Thistle, Pata Negra and The Ox bring you Bambalan, a brand new restaurant serving you summer party vibes in the centre of Bristol. Ram Jam your way down to their brand new sun trap on Colston Street for sizzling views and funky Turkish flatbread packed with flavour. Order sangria by the jug from the outside bar, listen to some classic jams, (not just Black Betty), and let the good times roll.

What could possibly be more summer than summer rolls on a summers day in a sunny spot? Rollin Vietnamese have got you covered here with an excellent selection of vegan, veggie and meaty rolls to satisfy your hunger but not weigh you down with stodge. Coupled with a bubble tea and you have yourself a lunch fit for a summer queen! 

White’s Botanicals is all sunshine food all the time. Think fresh fruit smoothies, cold tarts, bright salads stretching as far as the eye can see is all for the taking here. Choose to nab a table by the tall windows, basking in the sun and enjoying the oh so charming interior packed with plants and good vibes. Or take your lunch away to Castle Park and enjoy the fresh air.

The Grace has one of the best gardens on Gloucester Road, it’s possibly the worst kept secret on the planet however so we suggest getting there early if the sun is shining! To accompany the gorgeous surroundings, The Grace has some of the best small plates in the business. From comforting rogan josh meatballs and pork belly with miso to light Vietnamese summer rolls, wild garlic veloutes and of course their incredibly moorish fried potatoes.  

Finzels Reach Market might be small in area but it is PACKED with some of Bristol’s best loved food vendors. Anything you might be craving on a Friday afternoon can be found here, pizza, BBQ, dumplings, sushi, crispy squid and all can be enjoyed with your feet dangling over the harbour watching the boats go by.

Name us a better combo than  sunshine and bubble tea, we’ll wait...Cupp Bubble Tea make possibly the best bubble tea in Bristol and we can’t get enough when the rays are beating down. It’s made fresh, full of flavour and with a ton of options so you are guaranteed to find one that you like, choose between milk, fruit or fruity milk, toppings and maybe grab a bao or noodles for a more substantial lunch.

East Village is a veggie haven nestled away in the pretty Clifton Village serving gorgeous brunches, smoothies, cakes, lunchtime salads and extremely good coffee. Duck under the spider plants and nab the window seat for excellent summertime people watching or take your food to go and head to Victoria Square for a sun dappled sit down under the trees.

Published -2nd June 2017