Source Cafe & Food Hall, St Nicks Market review

Updated Oct 2014: Since writing this review I’ve eaten at and shopped with Source many times and have never been disappointed. It’s perfect for a lunchtime stop off which is just that bit more upmarket and special than a cafe or pub without the pretension of a restaurant. I love it there. I’ve also taken one of their courses on fish filleting, you can read my write up here.

Previously known as taste, Source Food Hall & Cafe is a delicatessens slash cafe on the edge of St Nick’s Market. It boasts hefty wooden tables for a spot of outside inner city dining and promotes its specials on a blackboard to entice you inside.

I’ve bought meat, fish and cheese from source a number of times before but had never eaten there – until the perfect opportunity arose last week when me and a work colleague organised a lush girls lunch!

The menu as I recall was fairly modest which I like – a selection of starters and light bites, main courses specials and sides – just enough choice.

We went for a tapas style lunch consisting of two portions of mackerel pate, herring roes, bread and olives. I’ll admit that when I ordered I was fearful that this would not be enough.

Thankfully however I was son proved wrong as the portions for each were very generous in size. The herring roes wrapped around pickle were simply divine, mackerel pate – though not as spiced with horseradish as I would have liked was still incredibly enjoyable and came served on wonderfully crispy crostini and with some salad.

The bread and olives consisted of 4-5 humongous lumps of homemade foccacia, some tasty olives and really high quality olive oil and balsamic – the balsamic in particular was wonderfully sweet – really something special.

I’m sorry to say that I was so full we left one of our pieces of bread – and about a mouthful of pate though this was not for want of trying to eat it –I was simply too full.

I loved my source lunch and would definitely go there again. It’s not the cheapest of places for lunch but for the quality of food you are served and the lovely atmosphere to eat it in – it’s certainly value for money, I think ours came to about £14 including two soft drinks. Good find for anyone looking for a higher end St Nick’s market experience.


Source Cafe
1-3 Exchange Avenue, St Nicholas Market, Bristol
0117 927 2998
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    Great post!

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