If there’s one thing we’re not short of in Bristol, it’s tapas joints. I can only imagine it has something to do with how much we love to eat with friends and what could be better than sharing? If you like your food menu with plenty of choice and with a Spanish flare, you should try one of these restaurants for size.
Under The Stars
A Bristol stalwart, Under The Stars does the tapas thing but on a moored boat right on the harbourside. Be enchanted by the twinkly lights outside and seduced with the dark and cosy decor, fantastic cocktail menu and of course their incredible tapas offerings. Whilst tapas is great for groups, Under The Stars is perfect for two we suggest choosing 5 dishes between you and a glass of very good red.
The greatest export from Cardiff since Brains beer and welsh cakes, Bar 44 is a beautiful space to enjoy the finest Spanish fare on offer as well as specially selected cava, beers and sherries. The menu is vast and broad with plenty of dishes to suit all tastes and pockets. We highly recommend trying the platter of jambon and the boquerones, delicious! Take a piece of Bar 44 home with you too, with plenty of their ingredients available for you to buy and recreate your own dishes at home.
It’s hard to ignore the energy coursing through Pata Negra, whether it’s the playlist, peels of laughter coming from the tables or flurry of dishes hitting the pass in the open kitchen. You get excited to be here. The menu is traditional but not boring, served on beautiful crockery and ideally paired with a bottle of chilled cava, the patatas bravas here are especially noteworthy! If you’ve room for dancing and cocktails, upstairs Noche Negra opens on weekends for grooving and boozing to the early hours.
Award winning Poco is an island of calm in the stormy sea that can be Stokes Croft. Peer through the huge front windows and find a cosy, bistro style restaurant where seating is at a premium but the menu isn’t. Split into hot, cold and sweet, you have your pick of the South West’s larder with oysters, lamb, potatoes and apples sourced locally. So proud are Poco of their suppliers, you will find them listed in full. A must try if you’re wanting to dine in a true Bristol gem.
Hidden on the foodie mecca that is Cotham Hill, Bravas is cosy, intimate and almost always full. And for good reason. The food is simple and delicious with old favourites such as their molasses coated aubergine fries and spiced chicken livers nestled between exciting new seasonal dishes that come around often. Everything tastes even better when paired with one of their Spanish size G&Ts, a glass goblet full of ice, a double shot of your choice of premium gin and topped off with tangy tonic. You can almost close your eyes and pretend you’re in Barcelona!