Shaun in the city, the foodie guide to grazing
Posted 4th July 2015
The Shauns! They’re here! And what better way to celebrate the start of #shauninthecity than with a guide recommending our favourite places to eat and drink along the way.
Our guide is broken down into the different Shaun trails you can follow according to the map, and we’ve tried to provide a selection of places which can be found en route. We tried really hard to stick to independents only, but for some of the trails this was really hard so there are one or two bigger chains making an appearance.
As much as possible we’ve picked family friendly places, but I know that many readers will be jumping at the opportunity for a Shaun pub crawl so there are a few grown up watering holes thrown in as well.
Heritage trail: Shauns 24-31
Discover some of Bristol’s most beautiful and historic buildings and museums on this trail which takes you around the Triangle, through Brandon Hill Park and down Park Street.
- Bristol Museum, Park Row. Two Shauns for the price of one here as the museum is home to Shauns 27 & 28. The cafe here is good with tons of highchairs for you ng families, a good selection of teas and some tasty homemade cakes.
- Rocotillos, Queens Row. Stop off for a milkshake, my personal favourite being Phish Food flavour. Loved by children and adults alike.
- Friska, Queens Road. Not only does the food taste awesome (pulled pork yes please) but the coffee is good and friska is an award winning sustainable cafe too – better for our environment and for Shaun’s.
- The Folk House Cafe, Park Street. Whether you’re heading down or trekking back up Park Street from the Hippodrome and College Green, the Folk House will be a very welcome stop off. A nice courtyard, tasty lunches, amazing chocolate brownies and a selection of wines and ales on offer. (some steps – not pushchair friendly)
- Sandwich Sandwich, Queens Road. If it’s food on the go you are after, you can’t go wrong with these sarnies. My personal fave is the coronation chicken but all the fillings are good. Grab some food then head up to Brandon Hill Park to find Shaun number 20 and have a picnic.
- Browns, Queens Road. When you’ve found all those Shauns, why not sit on the steps of Browns in the sunshine with a nice cold drink. You’ll have earned it.
Farmyard flock: Shauns 32-34
Just three Shauns in this trail which stretches from Horfield common, down Gloucester Road to St Werb’s City Farm. We’ve got some lovely recommendations for you all the same though.
- The Wellington pub, Horfield. Owned by Bath Ales, this pub is very spacious and has a lovely children’s play area out the back for families
- Boston Tea Party, Bishopston. Where you can also find Shaun number 33! Boston are some of my favourite cafes. Great coffee, super brunch. Nice kids menu. Try the avocado, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on sourdough… Yum
- St Werburghs City Farm & Cafe, Watercress Road. Homemade cordials, yummy cakes, freshly cooked farm food. (They are on hols til 10th July but Amer welcoming cafe garden picnics until then)
- The Farm Pub, St Werburghs. Next door to the farm and cafe is the pub. Child and dog friendly, it’s got a very laid back vibe and a cracking beer garden.
Harbourside trail: Shauns 35-46
Probably my favourite route of them all. I love the harbourside. From dangling my feet over the edge outside the Arnolfini, to watching The Matthew journey up and down the river from MShed, or enjoying a nice stroll past the boats to Hotwells. This route really shows Bristol at it’s best.
- Arnolfini, Narrow Quay. We recommend grabbing a cold cider or apple juice and sitting on the edge of the quay and admiring the harbour (and Shaun Bean, number 46 of course)
- La Cremeria, Harbourside. Fabulous ice cream. Enough said. Grab an ice cream, spot a Shaun then carry on sheep-searching!
- No1. Harbourside, Canon’s Road. Moules frites are still an absolute fave. Whether it’s for lunch, coffee, cake or beer – it’s always worth a stop off.
- @bristol cafe, Anchor Road. Brilliant museum cafe. Lots of tasty freshly cooked food to choose from and very child friendly.
- The Pump House, Merchants Road. Refined, yet relaxed. The perfect spot to finish up the Harbourside trail. Beautiful food be that for lunch, dinner or just coffee and cake. I love it here.
Southbank trail: Shauns 47-51
Let’s head south of the river. Lots of foodie delights in and around Bedmo’ to keep grown ups and children well fed and watered.
- Thali Southville, North Street. The big Thali! Loads of space, a great place for lunch or dinner.
- Southville Deli, North Street. Pick up some of their tasty salads and deli items, then head over to Victoria Park for a picnic and to find Shaun number 51.
- North Street Standard, North Sreet. Brilliant bar at the bottom of North Street from the same family as the urban standard on Gloucester Road. Very trendy and well worth stopping in for a drink.
- Cafe Grounded, East Street. Very child friendly. I like the pancakes with berries and yoghurt. Brunch heaven.
Old City trail: Shauns 52-61
This one takes you from the BRI, through Broadmead and Cabot, into Castle Park and St Nick’s. So many wonderful foodie stops on this one it’s very hard to pick!
- Rosemarino, Colston Street. Start your trail with one of Bristol’s best breakfasts from Rosemarino on Colston street.
- Bearpit Social, Haymarket. Enjoy a coffee and some local entertainment in the bear pit as you head towards Broadmead. Take this opportunity to grab some fruit from bear fruit too (a bag of your 5 a day for £1)
- Eatapitta, Broadmead Kiosk or St Nick’s Market stall. Visit eat a pitta either in Broadmead or in St Nicks for some awesome falafel
- Edna’s kitchen, Castle Park Kiosk. Stop off at Edna’s in Castle park for more falafel and let us know which you think is best (we still can’t decide). Keep your eyes peeled in Castle Park for Shaun number 59.
- Stock Exchange Bakery, St Nicholas Street. As you continue you search for Shauns, be sure to pick up cakes from Stock Exchange or stop in for some brunch. The garlic mushrooms on toast are heavenly – as are the cinnamon buns.
Temple trail: shauns 62-70
Shaun stations at various locations between Temple Meads, Temple Quay, St Mary Redcliffe Church and Queens Square.
- Hart’s bakery, Temple Meads. Top sarnies and cakes, well worth checking out
- Friska, Victoria Street. Okay I know they got a mention earlier too, but they really are worth a visit.
- Sticks & Broth, Baldwin Street. As you head down towards queen square and St Mary Redcliffe then these are a worth stop off. Hot and tasty Ramen food and a bargain lunchtime express deal.
- The Apple, Welshback. Cider. Ploughmans. How very Bristol, how very, very good.
- Spicer and Cole, Welchback. I love these guys, the coffee, the cake, the salads, the lot. Eat in or take away and enjoy in Queen Square whilst looking for Shaun.
Sheep Drive: Shaun’s 1-8
This was one of the hardest routes to find recommendations for. For this route you need to drive around the city. From Cribbs to Parkway, through Snuff Mills, Staple Hill and Warmley, and finally Knowle. The two recommendations are for Cribbs to fill you up either before or after you embark on your sheep drive.
- Carluccios. I like the coffee in Carluccios, as the chains go I actually think this one is Okay. Plus their morning coffee and pastry offer is a bargain.
- John Lewis cafe. Huge and lots of variety. My personal choice is the creperie here where you have a choice of sweet or savoury fillings.The foodie babe is into crepes too which makes it a bonus in my book
Downs Trail: Shauns 9-15
This one takes you up Whiteladies, across the Downs, down Coldharbour Road, through Henleaze and Westbury Park and into Westbury on Trym. Loads of cute cafes, restaurants and pubs along the way, here are some of our top pics.
- Bosco pizzeria, Whiteladies Road, Bosco’s wood fired oven produces some mighty fine pizzas. Nice big restaurant, very friendly staff and extremely family friendly.
- Better Food Company, Whiteladies Road. No cafe but lots of tasty items to pick up for a picnic on the Downs.
- Cafe Retreat, The Downs. Perfect for grabbing food on the go or for a pitstop as you trek across to the botanical gardens in pursuit of Shaun 11 – Shaun of the Jungle
- Eastfield Inn, Henleaze. Another family friendly stop. Brilliant beer garden and large children’s play area. Reliable, well priced, pub-grub menu.
- Cambridge Arms, Coldharbour Rd. Need to quench your thirst after trekking round the downs? A perfect pitstop at the top of Coldharbour road.
Brunel Trail: Shauns 16-23
A very pretty trail, starting in Ashton Court then making its way over the bridge and through Clifton Village.
- Ashton Court courtyard cafe – very tasty cakes here, just what you need to find Shauns 16&17, Buttercup & Flora.
- The Mall Deli. A lovely cafe, but even better for stocking up on picnic items. Great sausage rolls, probably the best scotch eggs I’ve ever tasted, and some mighty fine cupcakes to boot. Grab some treats then head over to Ashton Court or one of Clifton’s many parks for a picnic.
- Avon Gorge, Sion Hill. Home to Shaun number 21 and the best beer garden view in Bristol.
- The Portcullis, Wellington Terrace. Down the road from the Avon Gorge and no beer garden but far superior watering hole (in our opinion). No food, just bar snacks, but a mighty fine pub all the same.
- Wallfish bistro, Princess Victoria Street. A bit fancier, but after hunting down sheep a civilised lunch or dinner may be exactly what you need. If you’re early in the day, the other half of Bristol Foodie has them down as one of the best breakfasts in Bristol.
So there you have it my dears, a selection of top picks which should keep you well nourished and well hydrated in your Shaun quest this summer.
More information including a downloadable map and sheep-spotter app on the website, shauninthecity.org.uk