Best pub food in Bristol: six picks

Zopaash Iqbal | Date posted - 29 Nov 2018
Cool, classy, and creative, Bristol has it all and we aren’t the only ones singing its praises. Voted overall winner by the Sunday Times Best Places to Live Guide, Bristol is a city with so much going on, it’s hard to keep up. Vibrant nightlife, great restaurants and it’s the ideal place for some quality pub grub. Yes we’ve been there, done that, and come back with a gravy spotted t-shirt as proof. Watch out restaurants of Bristol, the gastropubs are hot on your heels serving some of the best pub food in Bristol. Here are some of our favourites.

Kensington Arms

Forget fancy and flashy at the Kensington Arms – or more popularly known as “The Kenny” they cut out the fat. At The Kenny you know you’re getting; a proper British local with delicious pub food in Bristol. While you’re there, why not wet your whistle with single malts to rums and more gins than you can shake a stick at, it’s safe to say the bar is well stocked whatever your mood. For those rare sunny days, The Kenny also has a terrace area where you can enjoy your meal, trust us a visit here is a must.

The Albion

“A Clifton icon with a Cornish soul” that’s The Albion. Dating back to the 17th century, this establishment has long been recognised as one of the area’s most popular spots and looking at the menu it’s not hard to see why. We recommend popping in on a Sunday to grab yourself Roast topside of beef, roast potatoes, vegetables, Yorkshire pudding & gravy all for a cool £14.95.

The Pump House

Situated in a prime waterside location close to where the city docks meet the River Avon, this acclaimed gastropub is housed in a former Victorian pumping station. Food here is mainly British with tasting menus on offer most evenings. The pub classics are done exceptionally well here with Westcombe cheddar or honey and mustard roast ham ploughman’s with house pickles and home-baked bread (£9). Or try the smoked haddock and salmon fish cake with poached egg, greens and hollandaise (£11), delicious.


British, Vegetarian Friendly
No prizes for guessing what this place specialises in...Pieminister has taken the British favourite and upped the ante in a huge way. Having started life on the festival circuit, Pieminister has grown exponentially with restaurants, cafes, and pubs all over the country but you’ll be happy to know the award-winning pies are still made in Bristol using responsibly sourced ingredients. If you’re stopping by, might we suggest The “Moo” pie, a classic British beef steak and craft ale pie which is also available as part of a pie meal (£7.50 ) served with mash, gravy and more. Try it for yourself, and make a booking below… Come on it’s as easy as pie…

The Wellington

A large pub with bedrooms above, The Wellington is a much loved pub which is warm and welcoming. At the back of the pub is the patio beer garden, which really comes into its own in warmer weather with plenty of space for al fresco drinking and dining. If the best pub food is what you’re after, The Wellington certainly holds its ground with pub classics such as creamy leek and mushroom suet pie, roasted chicken breast, seasonal veg, greens, mash or chips (£12.95).

The Ox

British, Steak, BBQ & Grill
Not only do they lay claim to serving the best steak and cocktails in Bristol they are also a strong contender for the some of the best pub food in Bristol too. Try The Ox prime-cuts burger, Ogle Shield, fries (£15) or our personal favourite Cornish Cod, celeriac, braised fennel, samphire, chicken reduction (£18). We’ll see you there.

The Eastfield Inn

Does anything say "great Bristol pub" any more than a brilliant beer garden? Granted, we only get to use it a couple of months a year but it's a great feature when the sun shines. Which is why The Eastfield Inn with its great outdoor space has gotta be on the list for best pub food in Bristol. Because not only is it a beautiful spot, it does a  great menu too. Serving up classics like a fish finger sandwich and tasty burgers, they also do a brilliant Sunday roast: and it's not pub food without a roast. Best of all, you can wash it all down with their cask or craft beers, a must for a good boozer!

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