Ever since Cargo originally opened down in Wapping Wharf last year, it has become a fantastic community hub within Bristol. With so much variety all in one place, it is easy to forget you are in a bustling city when surrounded by the crates and overlooking the harbouside. Fancy a cider? You got it. Fine dining? Check. Casual eats? Done. Blimey, you can even get your hair cut too if you wanted. So it was no surprise that when Cargo 2 was announced, it was met with much joy.

 Even more containers filled with food and booze of all kinds means we’re spoilt for choice. We thought it was only right to give you lot the run down on who has moved in… 

Pickled Brisket @ Wapping Wharf

The purveyors of the finest salt beef in Bristol, Flora and Rob have quite the loyal following from their appearances at various markets in the city, and it’s not difficult to see why upon trying one of their deli sandwiches. These doorstop sarnies and rolls are packed with salt beef, fresh salads and cheese - which they use a blowtorch to melt. After deciding to bring salt beef back to the forefront of street food, these guys haven't done too bad a job and are incredibly popular, and now they have a permanent home in which they can be found. Our tip? Try the ‘Reuben’. Deelish.

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Squeezed @ Cargo 2

Although occupying a slot on the roster of Cargo 2, head-honcho Alex previously earned widespread acclaim for delicious creations such as The St Werburger during his time at Rebel Roll (a sadly departed Redcliffe classic which will be sorely missed by Team Wriggle). A handmade burger slathered in cheese, doused in a sauce that was as creamy as it was sharp and encased in warm brioche guaranteed to set knees-a-trembling, The St Werburger was a legend in its own right. So much so, in fact, that it became Alex's inspiration behind the burger offering at Squeezed - nw taking centre stage on a minimalist menu and flanked on all sides by equally tempting patty-based-creations.

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Harbour & Browns

The little sister to Brace & Browns, this is the smaller-sized, kitsch and cuter, Harbour & Browns. A restaurant with outside terrace space, the pink neon sign tells diners “all you need is love and prosecco” (well, they aren't far wrong). The menu is a mixture of small plates - think mozzarella sticks, parmesan and truffle fries and fish bites to name a few, and bigger dishes again, but you can also enjoy brunch items here too. A bright and airy restaurant with some unique little touches, this is a lovely date spot or perfect for coming along with your friends and sharing a variety of the small plates

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Gopals Curry Shack

The lovely ladies at Gopal’s have found a permanent home at Cargo 2 after popping up at various venues and markets in and around Bristol. Serving vegetarian and vegan curriesand sides; taking inspiration from India to create dishes using the finest in Westcountry produce. So if you fancy a curry club with a difference - then this is certainly one to try with your mates. They will also be serving local craft beers from their container on the ground floor.

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Sholay Kitchen

From the owners of The Mint Room, comes the Sholay Indian kitchen. This promises to be a casual dining concept of pan-fried Indian cuisine on the upper level of Cargo 2. This container is not yet open whilst we write this, however it is expected to open its doors soon and if it is anywhere near as popular or delicious as The Mint Room, we can expect it to be a hit with Bristol food lovers.

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Cupp (Cargo 2)

This is the third venue for the CUPP bubble tea family, with them already occupying outlets in both St.Stephen’s Street and Quakers Friars. Specialising in authentic Taiwanese bubble tea and noodles, the drinks have already made quite a name for the self in Bristol; consisting of tea, milk and chewy tapioca pearls which are shaken together to form a bubbly foam on top of the drink. There are a variety of fruity flavours to choose from, as well as coffees and loose leaf teas.

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MeatBox

MeatBox, a small but perfectly formed butchery dedicated to responsibly raised, often organic, and ALWAYS free-range meat, is the latest addition to the already-wonderful selection. The brains behind the operation is Luke Hasell, an award-winning organic farmer devoted to offering high-welfare meat to Bristolians. The variety is incredible, including all the classic Sunday roast joints, handmade organic burgers, thick-cut, dry-aged, pasture-fed steaks, as well as some more exciting and unusual cuts, and a choice range of local charcuterie from the Mendips.

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PIzzarova Crate @ Wapping Wharf

You may remember once upon a time that the Pizzarova crate was a resident of Cargo, perched next to the original crew of the development. Well, after a little time away - they are back and better than ever. The crate now sits just before you arrive at Cargo 2 and has a generous outside seating area (which is covered for when the great british summer doesn't behave). The same format applies, choose your toppings and make your own or enjoy their classic ‘Lady’ margerita. Eat in or takeaway to enjoy with some beers on the harbourside, it's a win-win. Oh Pizzarova, we had missed you!

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The Bristol Cheesemonger

Originally situated by St. Nick’s, Rosie decided to up sticks and move her glorious cheese shop down to Cargo 2. If cheese is your thing, then this is the place to visit. With over 100 cheeses on offer from the Westcountry and further afield, Rosie's passionate is evident. What originally started as a pop-up has turned into a full blown business and is the perfect fit for the community spirit down at Cargo 2. Also available to buy here will be wine from More Wine, beers from Moor Beer and baked goods from Farro Bakery.

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Beer Necessities

An independent craft beer bottle shop in the beating heart of Wapping Wharf's Cargo 2 development with speciality, quality and affordability at their core. Providing a careful balance of accessible Bristolian favourites (think Wiper & True, Moor, Lost & Grounded etc) in the fridges and a whole wall of rarer, eclectic treats to take away, for take-home Growlers (and a choice of fantastic keg beers to fill them with) and an altogether more rewarding visit to Spike Island you should most definitely look for the Beer Necessities, the simple Beer Necessities.

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Salt & Malt

Bringing a little seaside action to proceedings is Salt & Malt. The second venue for this establishment (the original based out at Chew Valley), sees Josh Eggleton bringing his award winning gluten free fish and chips alongside seafood specials to the harbourside. You can sit outside and soak up the sun or take away with you to enjoy by the water's edge. In keeping with Josh’s ethos for sustainability, all of the catches here are locally sourced, meaning you know exactly where your fish has come from. This is also more of a family-friendly restaurant than perhaps a few others at Cargo 2 - so perfect for weekends with the little ones.

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Oliver's Ice Cream

Shall we just utter the words Thatchers sorbet and leave it at that? Yes, you can actually order that at Oliver’s. Freshly made ice-cream and sorbets are made on site here using quality ingredients sourced from the Westcountry. Not afraid to push the boat out or experiment, the flavours at Oliver’s change regularly and not sure what you want? Try as many as you like before deciding. The menu includes some beauties such as cookies & cream, Madagascan vanilla, salted caramel and pistachio; but you just want to get down there for the Thatchers now, don't you?

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The Athenian

Thought you couldn't get authentic Greek souvlaki and gyros in Bristol? Well not anymore because the Athenian is bringing it’s ‘A’ game, literally. Formed by 2 Londoners who originate from the island, this street food business took off and allowed them to spread their wings to Bristol. Choose from 3 different meats (or have them all if you wish) and you'll get them packed into a wrap with fresh salad, homemade sauces and fries. Don't be fooled into thinking the wraps won't fill you up either - the portions are generous with the meat being of high quality. Not feeling a wrap? Then you can also order salad boxes to eat in or takeaway in their modest container. Greek gods and goddesses assemble.

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Tare

This is the fancy pants of Cargo 2. Tare is an 18 seater fine-dining restaurant, in which the aim of the game is to serve up quality food using the best ingredients possible. The dinner menu (of which there is also a vegetarian version) is a 5 course tasting option for a staggering £35 - not bad at all considering the current seasonal menu includes courses such as Iberico pork cheek croqueta, melon pickle, mustard mayonnaise and Mojama, passionfruit, sesame, nori, ‘Grow Bristol’ daikon shoots, crisp noodles. Sounds awesome right? With a hand selected and carefully curated drinks menu as an accompaniment, this one is perfect for special occasions or when you fancy a real treat.

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Cargo Cantina

Opening to a fanfare by offering £1 tacos, Cargo Cantina has been the word on many Bristolian’s lips since opening its doors. From the guys that brought us Bravas - Cargo Cantina has been a labour of love and hard work - which included the team taking a trip over to Mexico in order to pick up tips and make the restaurant as authentic as possible. It's safe to say, they haven't failed. This fun and relaxed establishment serves up ice cold beers, frozen margaritas and cocktails made from 100% agave tequila and mezcal. Tacos are priced at roughly £2.75 each (so not breaking the bank) and filling options include Ox Cheek - well, you can't really argue with that can you?

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Published -11th June 2018