Welcome to Bristol's creative corner. A free-spirited paradise with undefined boundaries, this Bohemian area has a small but valuable number of restaurants, pubs and bars. Emma Feloy uncovers the crème de la crème of Montpelier. 


Small and perfectly formed, Emmeline is one of the newer additions to Montpelier. The small space doubles up as a plant shop and florist, packed full of fresh greenery. The smell of exceptionally good coffee (and the range of delicious pastries, yummy salads and tempting sandwiches) add to its beauty. Perch on the side and people-watch for a while, or grab food to takeaway. When you’re somewhere as fun to wander round as Montpelier, that’s always a good option.

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Katie and Kim's Kitchen

Expect pure goodness from Katie and Kim’s. Behold the huge communal table, the responsibly sourced ingredients, and the open kitchen producing incredible smells - you know you’re in safe hands here. The food is fantastic, simply cooked and served with confidence. The menu is updated throughout the day as fresh ingredients are brought in. You could easily go for brunch, and stay to feast for hours. The small garden out back is adorable, and the cheese scones... We strongly suggest you have anything on the menu that involves a cheese scone.

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Flour & Ash

Sourdough pizza crisped to perfection in a wood-fired oven. At Flour & Ash, the ingredient combinations are unusual yet fantastic. We’re talking creamy bechamel topped with rich lamb ragu, or a vegan option of broccoli, chilli and almond ricotta. The ever-changing ice cream menu (all homemade) is far from ordinary and we recommend the nutmeg and bayleaf. Add in a great selection of local beers, an affordable wine list, and a swift service - this place is made for dates with fellow foodies. If you want a piz'za the action on a Friday or Saturday we suggest you book - these guys have been rammed non-stop since opening.

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Bell's Diner & Bar Rooms

Bell’s has a cult following in Bristol and beyond, and rightly so. It has long been a bastion of great food in an easy-going, quietly cool, setting. The menu features mouth-watering small plates to share - ideal if you suffer from food envy. The food is described as modern Mediterranean and changes with the seasons. Expect slow-cooked tender meat, charcoal grilled veggies, and oodles of flavour. The music has been given a similar level of thought, and diners enjoy food to a backdrop of carefully selected vinyl.

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Thali Café

A runaway success of the Bristol food scene, Thali Café now have restaurants across the city and a thriving festival presence. The Montpelier venue was the first, and has recently undergone a colourful revamp. Offering delicious, varied curries with an array of accompaniments, Thali Café nail super-fresh Indian cuisine. Even the salad is crunchy, sweet and delicious, and you'll also find dairy-free options and gluten-free dishes. You'll love the award-winning sustainable takeaway system that makes use of traditional, reusable metal tiffins.

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Cox & Baloney

Cox and Baloney do tea, cake and vintage style with flair. Swing into this noshery and tuck into a resplendent afternoon tea piled-high with scones, sandwiches and cake. The tearooms are a little different to your usual fine-and-country tea shops - having secured a licence, they serve dangerously delicious teapot cocktails and host events like gin and cheese tastings. It's a great place for an impromptu lunch with friends, or an affordable treat for your Mum.

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The Social

Breakfast is good here. Really good. The veggie breakfast includes the best Glamorgan sausages, and yes, we've been to Wales and these are really good. The menu changes each month, but the awesome Sunday roast remains. The Social has the feel of a casual pub, but the fine food gets as much attention as the great selection of gin, local ale and wine. Constantly bustling and busy in the evenings, there's hot competition for the cosy sofas and wingback leather armchairs. Grab 'em if they’re free, and get comfy for a few hours.

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Oowee Diner

A distinctive addition to Montpelier, Oowee Diner stands in stark contrast to neighbouring diner, Bell's. This addictive takeaway joint specialises in 'dirty food', aka the cheesy, deep-fried, relish-laden foodstuff we all crave. Set up by a passionate team-of-two, it serves delicious (well made) fast food to queues every night. See the side dishes for a great picture of what you can expect - deep-fried pickled turnips, shrimp and grilled cheese, lobster dirty fries, or honey maple barbecue wings, anyone? The burgers out-cheese any other in Bristol and the Freakshakes are a gastronomic experience like no other.

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The Bristolian

Every Saturday morning, this cafe is full of bleary-eyed Bristolians drinking chai lattes and tucking into brunch with gusto. We love brunch (it’s a perfectly late start to the day) and the Bristolian’s menu is made for brunch. The Fusion Breakfast is a fantastic hangover cure to be enjoyed anytime - watch it laid out on the table in front of you and notice eyes of food envy from customers queuing for a table. It’s not just brunch The Bristolian does well. The constantly changing variety of fresh salads, fantastic tapas and daily specials make this the cosiest dinner spot in Bristol. Did I mention the peanut butter brownie? Gurt lush.

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The Cadbury

The Cadbury. Ahh The Cadbury. If you're a Bristolian, you'll known it and are likely to hold it close to your heart. This pub has been a local favourite for successive generations. You'll find it tucked away up a steep side street, not far from the hub of Picton Street. We love that you can walk in and however you come, however you are dressed, you'll feel welcome. If you want to get a real feel for Montpelier, spend a Sunday afternoon here and watch the varied demographic of people flock in. Oh, and tuck into a traditional roast while you're at it.

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Published -12th January 2018