Cor, us city slickers never have enough time on our hands - but sometimes a lukewarm sandwich wrapped in tin foil just isn’t going to cut it. 

Here's Wriggle's top tips for places to grab a quick, filling, and reviving lunch at the best places in the city centre. 

This trendy lunch-spot looks good enough to eat, and luckily, there's lots to eat here. The onsite bakers can be seen working away as you decide what to have for lunch. The choice is extensive, with soups, chunky sausage-rolls, gluten-free salads with root vegetables, and freshly-baked loaves bursting with wholegrains. Follow on with one of the many savoury delights - your sweet tooth will be salivating at the sight of the cake and pastry selection. We particularly recommend getting stuck into one of the ever-changing flavours of doughnut. They’re a sight for sore eyes, super satisfying, and unbeatable in Bristol.

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Bargains are to be had in every corner of Bristol, and the £5 lunch deal at Three Brothers has to be one of the best. It's so good, in fact, that they've been recognised by the Observer Food Monthly Awards 2016 as offering a great 'cheap eat' option. Sure, you wouldn't want to eat burger and chips every day, but there are some days where nothing will get you going like chowing down on a soft, salt-seasoned burger. The fries are thin, crispy and golden, and the cherry on top of a great meal deal. If you need an additional pick-me-up, we recommend one of the ridiculously monstrous milkshakes. If you finish it, Tweet us the evidence.

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It’s hard to see past the immense stack of salads and dips piled up on the Eat a Pitta counter. That’s no bad thing, however, and it's exactly what the queue comes for. A filling takeaway box of grub is priced at around a fiver, making Eat a Pitta a great place to visit for those on a budget. The falafels are hot and crispy, and the cold salads are wholesome and fresh. Delve into a deep-filled pitta topped with a range of homemade sauces, or a salad box piled high with grated carrot, garlicky hummus and tangy jalapeño peppers. The falafels are made fresh in front of your eyes, so you can be rest assured of the quality.

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Obviously, lunchtime usually means grabbing a bite on the go and slurping it down with little regard for indigestion. On the odd occasion though, it's important to escape the hell of conference calls and Excel sheets, and pamper yourself with some seriously stylish foodstuff. Bar Buvette makes a great mid-week lunch, not only because of its beautiful décor and relaxed setting, but for their cheese toasties that are (seriously) something else. Thick slices of sourdough topped with chunky, melting artisan cheddar, paired best with a glass of crisp pinot gris. On top of this there is a tempting selection of charcuterie on offer, making this an essential destination for impressing a colleague.

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We could probably debate long into 2020 before we came to any agreement on the best lunch in St Nick's Market. The truth is, every stall is darn good, and deserves a visit at some point on your lunch quest. But for unbeatable grub that's satisfying and outright delicious, grab a bun filled with steaming pulled pork joy from Grill Stock. This list wouldn't feel right without the cheese-smothered, relish-slathered appearance of one of these cult patties. The queue is often long at lunch but moves quickly, and the waft of sizzling meat will keep you standing in line.

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Unlike dinner, lunch should never be a pretentious affair. Station Kitchen serves food for your body and your soul - and as a social enterprise run by the YMCA, you'll feel good spending every penny. Plus lunch here is as cheap as chips, without a deep-fried soggy potato fry in sight. This chillaxed, no-fuss eatery can be found inside the former fire station, centrally situated near Broadmead. The food is low on price, and high in locally sourced, quality produce - think pitta bulging with nourishing fillings, warm quiche with flaky pastry, and hearty chorizo butterbean stew.

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It's in the name. Enjoy a working lunch here, and spend the afternoon punching out work of steel back in the office. These guys know what's needed to fuel us through the working day, and serve up incredible open sandwiches piled with hunky meatballs, avocado hummus with crispy kale and feta, and spiced breaded goujons (plus more). The lunch menu just keeps on giving, listing bangin' fresh bagels, exciting salads, and a varied list of sourdough pizzas. Plus the classic avocado on toast might be one of the best we've ever had.

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Chilli Daddy is the Hipster's lunch of choice in the city centre. Here you'll find stunning Szechuan noodles and dumplings - served to sit-in or takeaway. With it's eccentrically-decorated Baldwin Street shop, you'll be forgiven for walking straight past - but once you've tried it you'll definitely be back. Pick your dish (we recommend the Chicken Noodle Hotpot or Pork Saozi), select your spicyness from 1 to 5 (5 will blow your head-off) - and you're onto a winner. The portions are large - finish the lot and expect a blissfully dozy afternoon at your desk. With enough self-restraint, you'll be able to save some for your dinner - but it's normally hard to resist polishing the lot.

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Pizza plus beer is a dream combination. Envisioning the two laid together is something that fuels our midweek mornings. And as soon as the clock strikes 1pm, the Wriggle team are known to make a beeline for Beer Emporium. Here, we relish a 12" Pepenero pizza each, before savouring a chilled half pint of quality cask ale. This is a lunch spot where dietary preferences and differences in taste can be catered for. There's over ten vegan options, a hell'a lot of veggie choices, and enough pepperoni, salami and charcuterie toppings to give you gout.

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Published -29th December 2016