Posted 19th April 2015
The Runcible Spoon has long been on my list of places to try. More so since it was taken over in 2014 by the team behind the former Sourdough Cafe in St Nicks, and even more so since moving literally a stones throw away.
Like so many places now, Runcible Spoon has a tick in every box and caters for all diners, at all times of day. This means breakfast, coffee, lunch, drinks, dinner and roasts. It’s a big ask for such a small kitchen but from what I’ve tried, boy, do they deliver.
You walk into a small bar area, just two high tables and bar stools along the window. A great place to just sit and chill, to watch the world go by out of the window or nose in on the bustling kitchen and see where the magic happens.
The restaurant is downstairs, dark furniture, an open fireplace and kitchen nik naks from years gone by. I love the old fashioned feel of this dining area. It may be more traditional, but in the midst of uber-cool Stokes Croft it’s refreshing to go somewhere with a more grown up vibe.
For brunch I recommend the veggie breakfast. Tasty poached eggs, beautifully garlicky wilted spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes and a gert lush vegetable potato cake – packed with seasoning and flavour. It’s simple but tastes great and is well priced. I’m yet to try the avocado flatbreads off the brunch menu however these sounds, look and smell amazing – next time.
The coffee (Extract) is reliably good and certainly hits the spot after the Bristol Foodie baby has woken umpteen times in the night. Equally good is the fresh OJ and the bloody marys (as friends told me at our last visit).
The meal which steals the show for me is undeniable the roast dinner. At £12.50 it breaks the tenner barrier which for me takes it from “cheap and cheerful” to “this had better be good”. And it is good, in fact, its excellent.
The yorkshire pudding is without doubt the best I’ve had with a roast in Bristol. Home cooked and ballooning out over the plate it’s impressive and puts my own rather flat yorkie attempts to shame. The roasties are crunchy, the gravy rich and generously served. (frugal gravy portions are, as we all know, a cardinal sin).
I’ve been consistently impressed with the seasonal veg on offer, be that roasted root veg or spring greens. It’s well cooked, served with texture and bite and well seasoned. On my last visit I had the pork belly, beautifully succulent and served with brilliant crackling. The time before was lamb, equally delicious.
I’ve only once had dessert, a chocolate and passionfruit torte with a chocolate crumb. Devilishly rich and indulgent it was the perfect end to our meal.
The service is great, laid back and friendly however very attentive. Sadly, the restaurant is too small to accommodate highchairs however we’ve been able to bring our baby booster seat along and RS has happily welcomed the Bristol Foodie baby.
Of course, such brilliantly cooked food is cooked with brilliant quality ingredient. Ethically produced and locally sourced. Whilst the management of The Runcible Spoon may have changed in the last few years, the values for which it is famous are as strong as ever.
My verdict? This review speaks for itself really. A small place with big flavours. Believe every word of the hype you have heard and book yourself a table.
The Runcible Spoon
3 Nine Tree Hill, Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3SB
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