The Bristol Lunch Diaries

Bagel Boy

Bagel Boy – source of so many happy lunchtime memories

Earlier this year, I started working in central Bristol after 6 years of commuting to Bath.

I’m already aware that the money I thought I’d save now that I’m no longer commuting is simply being redirected to my stomach rather than going in to savings.

In any case, here are the places I have to give a double thumbs up to, should you find yourself uninspired by your packed lunch or office canteen. I’ve tried to keep the suggestions to the centre, otherwise this post would be even longer!

Let me know where else you rate for lunchtime munching in the comments below!

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Bristol Food & Drink – June

Welcome to sunny and merry June! Bristol has finally shrugged off it’s winter clothes and is slowly warming up to the party spirit.

Did you all enjoy Eat Drink Bristol Fashion and Food Connections? How about the Gin Festival? Luckily the pace shows no sign of slowing in terms of exciting food and drink events, so tuck your napkin into your collar, ready your knives and forks, heeere’s June!

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Bristol’s Best Burgers

burger chomp

The past 12 months have seen an influx of burger joints set up shop in Bristol, to the point where it seemed like you couldn’t walk 5 paces in the centre of town without walking into an A Board shouting about the superior meat patties (Aberdeen Angus! 30 day aged! Fillet! – wait, why would you use fillet for a burger, you crazyperson?), toppings (All the cheese! Pulled Pork! 3 more burgers!  Monster Munch!) and the continuation of that ever-contentious issue: sesame vs. brioche buns.

Now that the MeatWave™ has calmed somewhat, I feel like I can round up some of the better burger offerings out there. I hasten to add that most of these places also offer some excellent veggie options, and I’ll point out the best options as I go, but do check their menus for specific vegetarian/dairy free/GF options.

Grab a pen, it’s about to get tasty…

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Pubcrawl #6 – Whiteladies Road

The Blackboy Inn

The start of our ascent up the hill – The Blackboy Inn
Credit: http://www.bristolpubs.co.uk

Despite its handy location situated between the affluent residences of Clifton and party-going student houses of Redland, Whiteladies Road has always proved to be a bit of a hit and miss in terms of bars and restaurants.

Despite the success of The Cowshed, and the popular run of businesses opposite it such as The Burger Joint, Bar Humbug and The Townhouse, many parts of this road just feel a bit odd and surprisingly quiet. The section towards the Triangle in particular has seen quite a lot of businesses come and go in the past few years, with Gas & Co and Be.in Bristol the latest ventures to close just a few weeks ago.

With this in mind, I decided to organise a pub crawl with the aim of discovering the delights of the upper end of Whiteladies Rd (more commonly known as Blackboy Hill), focusing on the stretch between Clifton Down station and the downs. Surely there’s more to it than furniture shops? Our intrepid group set out on our beery quest to answer the question once and for all…

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Bristol Food & Drink: April

Easter is here! Credit: Alex Poulter (flickr.com/photos/livingfortuesday/)

Easter is here! Credit: Alex Poulter (flickr.com/photos/livingfortuesday/)

Welcome to April! I’m feeling in the festival spirit already, but with good reason as you’ll see once you read through what’s coming up in the next few weeks.

We all know that Bristol comes alive when the sun gets its hat on, so it’s time to start clearing your weekends for all of the music, food and arts festivals which will be arriving in the city in the next few months. But before that, here’s what you can look forward to in April (*Spoiler* – it’s a good’un).

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