Students! Welcome to Bristol; here’s where to eat

Freshers and non-freshers, welcome to Bristol, the best city in the world*. As tempting as it may be to eat Dominos, sausage sandwiches or Stagg chilli con carne in a tin every day (a stereotype, but one that I witnessed), you are living in a city that has independent restaurants to be proud of.

Finding them can take a bit of effort sometimes, which is why we thought we’d do you a favour and suggest a few for you to start with. This is by no means all of them, just a few of our favourites, but it will give you an idea of what’s out there. They don’t cost a fortune either – most of these you can easily eat at for less than £10-£15.

First things first…

Kebabs and other alcohol soaking foodstuffs 

Grecian kebab house
2 Cromwell Rd, St Andrews.

No website, unsurprisingly, but they do a mean kebab. Try lamb with mint sauce and extra chillies or, if pizzas your thing you’re in luck too, oh and you can even get a great salad to take away too to rest your conscience.


1 York Place, Clifton

These guys have won best breakfast two years in a row in the Bristol Good Food Awards and when you visit you will see why. I am a big fan of the scrambled eggs with perfectly cooked streaky bacon, while the eggs royale go down a treat too. The coffee is great, the only slight downer is the lack of fresh orange juice, but it’s worth it anyway!

Read our review of their evening meals here.

Find other great breakfasts here.


22 Bond Street (near the Bear Pit)

It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but Pepenero’s pizza is excellent, our Italian friend really rates it too. Everything is freshly made and organic and they have great vegan and veggie options. They also deliver, so next time you’re thinking pizza, chuck the Dominos flyers in the bin and order Pepenero online instead.

Read our full review of Pepenero here.

Find other great pizza places here.


Grillstock Smokehouse
41 Triangle West, Clifton

There are some hangovers that only meat can cure. When you are experiencing this you need to head to Grillstock on the triangle. Pulled pork, ribs, burgers, you name it, it’s here in abundance.

Read our full review of Grillstock here.


7 Cotham Hill

For a relaxed glass of wine and a few nibbles, you don’t get much better than this. The patatas bravas will take your breath away and I also recommend the aubergine – perfect with a glass of white wine!

Sunday roast

The Gallimaufry
26-28 The Promenade, Gloucester Rd 

Not just great for Sunday roast, the Galli is one of our favourite haunts for drinks, dinner, nibbles and breakfast too, but their roast is banging and you can’t really go wrong. Slow roast belly pork, topside of beef , salmon or nut roast, pick up the paper, get yourself a pint and settle in for a lazy Sunday.

Read our review of dinner at the Gallimaufry here.

Find other places for a roast here.


Maitreya Social
89 St Marks Rd, Easton

Bored of risotto? Get to Easton, now! Really creative, really ruddy good vegetarian and vegan food is served here and it doesn’t cost a fortune either. If you go in the day time make sure you check out the Sweet Mart too for all your spice needs.

Find more vegetarian restaurants here.


The Mayflower
3A- 5 Haymarket Walk, The Haymarket

Open until 3am and serving great classic and more unusual Chinese meals, The Mayflower is one of our favourites. The three roasties and salt and pepper soft shell crab is highly recommended, but they do a mean beef in black bean sauce too

Read our full review of Mayflower here.

Find other Chinese restaurants here.


Thali café
All over the shop

A small Bristol chain serving brilliant Indian grub. Not your usual Indian restaurant affair, choose your Thali and enjoy rice, Keralan salad and side dishes to go with it. Investing in a tiffin is highly recommended – after that you can get dinner for two for as little as £8.95!

Read our full review of Thali Café here.

Find other Indian restaurants here.


12-13 Waterloo St, Clifton

Slightly more formal than others in Bristol, but in my opinion remains the best. Great sushi but also really interesting and delicious main courses and accompaniments. Perfect for a special occasion or when you are feeling a bit flush.

Read our full review of NOA here.

Find more Japanese restaurants here.


My Burrito
 7 Broad Quay

Another excellent hangover cure. Slow cooked meat, salad, rice, beans, salsas, soft tortillas, stuffed full to bursting before being rolled, toasted and devoured. Eat in or takeaway, when you are looking for a spicy hit this is where you should go!

Read our full review of My Burrito here.


Eat a Pitta
1-3 Glass Arcade, St Nicholas Market

If you haven’t been to St Nicholas market for lunch, you haven’t lived. Look for one of the longest queues and at the end of it you will find the best falafel ever. Served up in a pitta or as a salad box piled high with crunchy cabbage, carrot, pickles and homemade hummus – yum!

Read our full review of Eat a Pitta here.


24 Stokes Croft

You must have heard of Pieminister and now you need to try it in its hometown. Beef, chicken, fish, veggie whatever you fancy you can have it in a pie here. Try The Mothership – pie with mash, gravy and minted peas – all you need really and they really are worthy of all the talk!

Read our full review of Pieminister here.

As we said at the start, this is just a selection and we welcome comments here with other recommendations etc! If you have some feedback or would like a recommendation of somewhere specific drop us an email on

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