It’s no secret Bristol’s food scene is buzzing.
From delicious eateries in Wapping Wharf to popular restaurants like Pasta Loco in Cotham or Prego in Westbury Park, there are no shortage of good places to eat in Bristol.
Gloucester Road is known for being one of the biggest independent shopping streets in the UK – but it’s got a lot of good food on offer too.
For anyone fancying a walk past Stokes Croft, up Cheltenham Road and onwards – here are our picks of the best places to eat along Gloucester Road.
The Galli is technically a pub, but if you’ve never tried its food you’re seriously missing out.
After being open for more than seven years, our food critic said The Gallimaufry – often called the Galli – more than deserves its impressive reputation.
It serves good-quality food and part of the restaurant’s popularity is its good value set menu, which costs £18 for three courses or £14 for two.
The Galli has sound cooking, unflappable service and prices that won’t frighten the horses, The Gallimaufry is a quality restaurant concealed within one of the city’s best bars and local live music venues.
Vegetarian restaurant Suncraft impressed Bristol Live food critic Mark Taylor on its opening night, and it’s since become a firm favourite for foodies in Bristol.
Suncraft is run by the same team behind The Gallimaufry across the road and most of the food is vegan and gluten-free.
It offers healthy Asian vegan food washed down with freshly-made juices, organic wines and local beers in a buzzy restaurant with great music and a sunny disposition.
Persian vegan restaurant Koocha was described as the “new vegan restaurant that everyone should try” when it opened in June 2018.
The restaurant offers mezze meals bursting with colour, flavours and a real taste of Persia.
It also sells vegan kebabs and delicious cocktails – what’s not to like?
The Coconut Tree
The Coconut Tree opened near the Arches towards the end of 2018, and has been buzzing with lovers of Sri Lankan cuisine ever since.
This fast-expanding Gloucestershire-based business, formed by a group of Sri Lankan friends with restaurants already in Cheltenham and Oxford, has opened on the site previously occupied by the short-lived Edit Bar and Kitchen.
The serves up inexpensive Sri Lankan cuisine, which is designed to be shared, via small tapas-size plates. You can read our review of The Coconut Tree here.
Described as “a temple of all things pork” Pigsty wows with its huge meat boards. Its roast dinners have proved popular, and it’s even introduced vegetarian and vegan meals.
Whether it’s the veggie choices or porkier options, it’s hard not to go the whole hog at the first bricks and mortar Pigsty.
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This Gloucester Road restaurant has gained a reputation as one of Bristol’s most affordable, family-friendly restaurants – without losing an ounce of style.
Mains are around the £10 mark but include delicious choices such as pesto gnocchi, linguini carbonara and pizzas.
Eat A Pitta
Arguably one of the most popular and best value lunch spots in Bristol, Eat A Pitta has a branch on Gloucester Road.
The shop serves up the Bristol chain’s signature falfel and salad-stuffed pittas or boxes, with delicious sauces to match.
You could either eat in upstairs, or take it a short walk away to St Andrew’s Park.
Bakers and Co
We think Bakers and Co offers one of the best brunches in Bristol. The sizeable cafe stretches way back with plenty of seats, its sky window, white paint and hanging plants giving it a light, airy and clean feel.
It serves up a range of delicious baked goods, sweet treats and full-on brunches – the smashed avocado is a particular highlight.
Think loaded fries and dirty burgers, this pub has got the ultimate offering when it comes to filthy food.
The pub has a chilled, friendly atmosphere – and a nice garden for when the sun is shining. The service is quick and the burgers inexpensive for what you get. Just make sure you’re hungry.
For anyone who fancies pizza, it’s worth walking a little further up Gloucester Road to Pizzarova.
It serves some of the best pizza money can buy in the city and you can choose from a seemingly-endless list of toppings.
Diners have the option of going for a monthly special, a classic Margherita or creating their own from a selection of fresh toppings – a choice very popular with Pizzarova fans.
To accompany the pizzas there is the option of a number of sides including mixed olives, mixed nuts, salad, tomato and pesto bread and more, with a number of locally-brewed beers and non-alcoholic drinks to wash it all down.
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