As a city surrounded by water, Bristol has its share of seafood restaurants, serving everything from a fried fish supper to an extravagant shellfish platter. Don your diving gear and find out the best places to satisfy your fish cravings.
Fishers confidently strides the line between quaint traditional seafood shack and modern dining experience with its simple menu, fantastic drinks list and fresh decor. Look closely and you will see the odd boat themed decoration or wall tile but they don’t overdo it, and that’s what makes the difference. On the menu you will find mussels, squid, whole sea bream, crabs and lobster as well as the odd steak for those that prefer their dinner with fewer scales. Bag a window seat, glass of whatever the cocktail special of the day is and look forward to a fish supper that feels traditional but has enough twists to keep it interesting.
Spiny Lobster Grill
Recently voted Bristol’s favourite seafood restaurant, Spiny Lobster is not only a glorious eatery but doubles up as fishmonger too! If you’re tempted to try something at home, you can pop in during the day and receive expert advice and the freshest of fish from the in house fishmonger. Of course if you’d rather be cooked for, and lets be honest you wouldn’t be here if you didn’t, you are in for a treat. A symphony of shellfish can be found between the menu pages, cooked beautifully and served in understated surroundings by knowledgeable and friendly staff. Feast on whole fish dishes, garnished with shrimp, cream, herbs de provence or, of course, with chips. Don’t miss their Jazz and Shellfish evenings held once a month.
Salt & Malt
You can’t have a seafood list without mentioning one the of the finest fish and chip shops in the city. Salt and Malt have taken the humble fish supper and has recaptured the proper sit down feel you used to have before the chippy went takeaway. The menu is simple, battered or breaded fish, fish cake or halloumi served with chips and a few extras for those with big appetites. We especially love to nibble on a battered banger whilst we wait or go large with a hunk of sourdough bread and butter with a steaming mug of builders tea.
Another chippy that has reclaimed the sit down fish & chip dinner, Catch 22 believe there is more to fried fish than haddock or cod and offer a huge choice to diners. Choose your fish, including lemon sole and plaice, your coating and your sides and tuck into something a little more exciting than the run of the mill. If you’re not in the fishy mood, there are hotdogs, burgers, pies and salads to satisfy you. If you would still rather your meal on your lap in front of the telly, you can take away to enjoy.