Tastes Of Bristol
Like every other American, I had the preconceived notion that the Brits are as bad at food as the French are at making niceties. Thus, you can imagine my delight in discovering that not only was the food edible, it was actually a delicious highlight of the trip. These are a few of the local flavors I loved:
The English Breakfast
The full English breakfast is nothing to joke about. Consisting of eggs, meat, mushrooms, hash browns, tomatoes, baked beans, toast, juice, and of course, loads of tea, it is quite the filling way to start the day. I must say, it was a heck of a lot tastier than my usual fare of Greek yogurt with a drizzle of honey. And my mom always taught me that there’s no calories in vacation food.
Bites And Beverages On A Boat
I appreciate a meal with a view as much as the next girl. In Bristol, there is no shortage of boats converted into restaurants…ranging from fine dining establishments, to laid back places to have a cider and watch the sun set over the river. We were particularly enamored with The Glass Boat. The Sauvignon Blanc was cracking cold, and my artichoke and pecorino tart was as gorgeous as it was scrumptious.
As a vegetarian, it’s sometimes difficult for me to experience local flavors while traveling. However, Bristol proved to be veggie friendly and flavorful, by offering foods that were locally grown and in season. The Bordeaux Quay is unique in that it is the UK’s first eco restaurant to achieve a gold rating under the Soil Association’s sustainable catering scheme…basically meaning that they monitor food additives and animal welfare. I’ll raise a glass of Prosecco to that!
Sometimes you need a quick bite on the go, and Bristol had plenty of places to grab one. A serious crepe connoisseur, I was thrilled to discover the street vendor Quick Crepes right in the middle of town. I went with my all time fave: The Nutella Crepe. As you can imagine, I was not disappointed.
The (Secret) Pub
Like most cities in the UK, Bristol has a proper pub on just about every corner. However, to my knowledge, it only has one secret pub…and when in Bristol, this is the one you definitely don’t want to miss. The bar has no visible name or markings, only an address and a doorbell to ring to gain entry. But once inside, you’ll realize quite quickly that it was well worth the hassle trying to find. With drink menus housed in hardbound editions of your all time favorite novels, candle light flickering in vintage tea cups, and house rules such as: “Gentlemen will refrain from approaching ladies they are not previously acquainted with, unless of course they are invited to do so,” I was quite enchanted at first sight. Value add, Milk Thistle! NYC could learn a thing or two from you.
By: Jessica Tiare Bowen
A very special thank you to the wonderful folks at Destination Bristol!