Some of our favourite independent restaurants in Bristol

Bristol is a city of food. It seems there’s a restaurant on every street corner – so we’re sure you won’t struggle when finding places to get your foodie fix. However, Bristolians love to support independent businesses, and Bristol has plenty of indie, quirky restaurants for you to enjoy. Here are a few of them!

Bristol is a city of food. It seems there’s a restaurant on every street corner – so we’re sure you won’t struggle when finding places to get your foodie fix. However, Bristolians love to support independent businesses, and Bristol has plenty of indie, quirky restaurants for you to enjoy. Here are some of them: 

Koocha 

Vegan food that everyone will love. Inspired by Persian and Middle Eastern cuisines, Koocha does delivery, has a roomy outdoor space and an indoor seating area. Try their vegan kebabs: you’ll never look back.

Oh! Calcutta! 

Oh! Calcutta! serves up authentic Indian food in the heart of Bristol. Situated on the popular Cheltenham Road, cooking up a storm with regional and classic Indian cuisine, this place is always booked up – so book in advance, and get ready to eat one of your best meals in Bristol.

The Burger Joint 

Based in popular Bristolian suburbs such as on Whiteladies Road in Clifton and on North Street in Bedminster, The Burger Joint does build-your-own burgers with a variety of different, fresh ingredients. Catering extensively for vegans and vegetarians, there are plenty of combinations of burger to try here - you’ll have to pop back a few times throughout your degree.

Bambalan 

With a terrace overlooking the entrance of the harbour and the bustling centre of Bristol, Bambalan is perfect for lunch, dinner or evening drinks. With a range of food on offer, and unparalleled views, lunch at the greatest roof terrace in town sounds like a great idea.

Xing Long 

On the world’s longest street full of tasty restaurants, Xing Long can be found on Gloucester Road and stands out as one of the best eateries on Europe’s longest street of independent traders. Suitable for your meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans, Xing Long does incredible mock duck pancakes, classic Chinese meals and tasty new takes on your favourite dishes.

The Grain Barge 

As independent as it gets in Bristol, The Grain Barge is literally that: a barge you can eat great food at. Whether it’s sitting on the roof of the boat, overlooking the harbour, or cosying up inside over a Sunday roast, this eatery is Bristol in a nutshell: quirky and fun.

Three Brothers Burgers 

With burgers to rival The Burger Joint, Three Brothers Burgers is claimed by many to be the best burger place in Bristol. Situated in popular Welsh Back, along the river’s edge, Bristol likes to serve up food with views.

Simply Thai 

This cosy restaurant on Gloucester Road has an ambient atmosphere. Seated at wooden tables, it’s a BYOB (bring your own bottle) restaurant with takeaway service, too. Treat yourself to dishes such as sweet and sour pork, tofu with ginger and Chinese leaves and prawn pad Thai.

Pizza Workshop 

With various locations across Bristol, Pizza Workshop do gourmet pizzas at their best. Artisan tastes, floury dough and plenty of mozzarella make this one of Bristol’s best pizza places. The Whiteladies Road branch is currently open and taking bookings.

The Hobgoblin 

Gloucester Road boozer-turned-burger-place offers cracking pints and cracking food. Watch out for their dirty, dirty fries: a favourite of every Bristolian, they’re notoriously hard to get a table for. But, it’s worth the wait.

Caribbean Croft 

In ever creative, ever quirky and ever edgy Stokes Croft, Caribbean Croft shares family recipes with hungry eaters in Bristol. Combining Caribbean dishes with an extensive selection of rum, you’ll definitely be satisfied if you book a table here.

Beerd 

Another independently-owned Bristolian pizza place, loved by the locals. Specialising also in craft beer, this is a laidback place to get your pizza fix. Situated on St. Michael’s Hill, you can have a good, steep walk afterwards to get your steps in.

St. Mary's Kitchen

Serving up cracking Jamaican food, there are plenty of vegetarian and vegan dishes to go around here, as well. On Cheltenham Road, you can find this restaurant, which has been famed as having the best jerk chicken in Bristol. Get your table booked, pronto.

The Cottage Inn 

When we’re talking views, The Cottage Inn wins on these stakes. Overlooking Baltic Wharf, with views across to Cliftonwood and the quintessentially Bristolian pastel houses, this is a hidden gem to stumble upon on a quiet weekend afternoon.

The Bristologist 

Set in a grand, regal building near St. Nicholas Market, The Bristologist does comfort food well. Cooking up firm favourites for that gastropub grub, this place is award-winning. Have a mooch around the market, then end up here for lunch.

Images taken from the restaurants' Instagram accounts.

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