The weather has definitely taken a turn for the worst – the rain has come and the sun has gone – but don't despair! We've scoured the South West's finest city to bring you the very best in food, drink and fun – and all with a cheeky Wriggle discount, too – so turn that frown upside down, get out there, and start discovering the best that Bristol has to offer. 

Quay Street Diner is the Californian-inspired bar and restaurant that's taken Bristol by storm since its recent launch. Serving beautiful brunches and delightful diners in the shadow of some of Bristols most incredible artwork, at the centre of QSD's beautiful open kitchen is their custom, handmade charcoal grill – a beauty that adds a distinctive charred smokiness to much of their delicious cooking. Whether you're after a leisurely brunch, a speedy lunch or romantic dinner for two – you can't get much finer than Quay Street Diner.

Read more about Sumptuous Steak Date Nights, Tacos, Brunch & More @ Quay Street Diner (City Centre)

Maize Blaze brings exciting, gosh-darn delicious Colombian cuisine to Bristol, having set up shop in Stokes Croft's new bastion of good times, Corner 77. Founder and chef Ruth's food is inspired by her early childhood growing up in Bogota, Colombia, and developed her cooking in the heart of London’s dynamic street food scene. Thankfully, she's sticking around at Corner 77 for the time being, dishing up glorious, flavour-packed brunch options that are beat the bog-standard avocado and eggs on toast options that have become a little bit passé of late.

Read more about Banging Colombian Brunches @ Maize Blaze (Stokes Croft)

Falafel King has reigned supreme ruler of the falafel scene in Bristol from the very beginning of this most delicious of trends. The small, unassuming takeaway cart has stood for several years beside the harbour, and introduced many Bristolians to deep-fried chickpeas. The Falafel King restaurant is a supreme institution that can be found along Cotham Hill in all its Bedouin-style glory, and serves a wider range of Middle Eastern cuisine. A cave-like casbah of authentic Israeli and Mediterranean delights, it promises an entertaining evening of mezze madness. A real original of Bristol's explosive food scene.

Read more about Falafel Heaven & Mezze Magic @ Falafel King (Cotham Hill)

“I’ll have Yours please”. “Do you mean Ours?”. “OK Ours, I think.” “What will you have on yours then?”. Pizzarova break down their menu into… you guessed it… Yours and Ours. Confusion aside, a carefully created daily special – or 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, on Park St or down in the new foodopolis of Wapping Wharf. Very stylish indeed.

Read more about Pizza Perfection @ Pizzarova (Gloucester Road)

Pickle makes some of the most satisfying sarnies, dill-icious door-stoppers and tip-top toasties your well-tailored taste-buds will ever tickle. Now enjoying their more permanent location at Underfalls Yard, it’s no surprise to learn that owner Fiz and his team have taken the humble sarnie and whacked it up-side the crust with a thoroughly tasty stick. Whether for breakfast or lunch, your money goes a long way here: hefty hunks of local loaf stuffed with mighty meats, substantial salads, choice cheese and - of course - the pickliest of pickles.

Read more about Brilliant Brunches @ Pickle (Underfall Yard)

Spike Island is first and foremost an international centre for the development of contemporary art and design. But you can also get some righteous local, organic and sustainable grub in the heart of the Spike Island arts space, brought to you by the makers of Bristol’s award-winning Folk House Café. In the fabulous setting of the harbourside, this bright and spacious café is the perfect spot to meet with friends, and to enjoy a stroll around a contemporary art gallery whilst you’re at it.

Read more about Warming Bowls of Goodness @ Spike Island Cafe (Spike Island)

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. It's a proper Bristol institution – check it out!

Read more about Wonderful Wood-Fired Pizza @ No 51 (Stokes Croft)

Muiño was born from an outpour of creative juices and a desire to bring the best of everything together under one establishment. Bringing a touch more class to the well-established Cotham Hill, the small plates are in-vogue and fresh - think couscous and pomegranate, or breaded aubergine with maple syrup. Come carnivorous or herbaceous, for this place caters to modern tastes - many of the small plates are vegan, or can be adapted to be so.

Read more about Tempting Tapas @ Muiño (Cotham)

By far one of the best-kept secrets of Clifton's savviest foodies, Bauhinia effortlessly fuses the finest aspects of Chinese, Malaysian, Thai and Singaporean cuisines, combining elements from both the traditional & street food cultures. Mixed with a healthy serving of some of Bristol's best backstreet buzz and ​eclectic evening chatter, the resultant concoction is a heady, hearty feast for all the senses. If you're after a recommendation, the signature Pad Thai is pretty special, and we also love the Rendang Chicken (Greg Wallace can keep his opinions to himself on that one). Blissful.

Read more about Perfect Pan-Asian Feasting @ Bauhinia (Clifton)

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.

Read more about Even More Pizza Perfection @ Flour & Ash (Cheltenham Road)

Published -15th October 2018