Stuck for a place for a date night in Bristol?
Stella of the fantastic Bristol food blog, Avon Gorged has been writing about Bristol places to eat and drink ever since she moved to Bristol and in this time has come up with an array of places that are perfect for a date night in Bristol.
I like to think I’m a bit of a romantic. Plus I love food. And Bristol.
Taking all that into consideration, I think I have a few good ideas for where to take that special someone for a really good dinner. And so, I have put together my top Bristol date night suggestions. Make sure you use them wisely.
A relatively new hitter to the Bristol scene, Birch is a tiny restaurant occupying an old shop-front in Bedminster. If you’re looking for intimacy then Birch has it; they don’t take bookings for groups larger than six. The food is seasonal and local, with a huge amount coming from the owner’s allotment. If you’re into sharing, they often serve main courses for two, such as a whole crab or rib of beef. Make sure you try some of the nibbles to whet your appetite.
When it comes to setting, the Lido has a pretty winning Ace up its sleeve. Ask for a table by the water so you and your loved one can sit and watch the lights from the pool flicker in the darkness. A good selection of aperitifs mean you can celebrate in whatever way you fancy (I recommend a white port and tonic) and if you’ve got room after the main course, try the sharing ice-cream board for two.
3. The Ox
In direct contrast to the Lido, the Ox is all about dark corners and mood lighting. Situated in a basement full of taxidermy, red lights and lampshades, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a 1930s movie set. The Ox is all about meat and so I wouldn’t recommend taking your vegetarian partner, although there are other options other than steak. They offer an early-bird menu which is perfect for pre-theatre dining or for moving on for drinks. Or you can always move to the bar and sample cocktails such as their ‘Paddington Sour’.
4. Bell’s Diner
Situated in Montpelier, Bell’s Diner is a huge favourite with Bristol locals. It serves a small plates menu which is perfect for couples who like to share, or those who can’t make up their mind what to order. Whilst not the sexiest vegetable, the slow-cooked cauliflower is definitely worth ordering when it’s on the menu. There’s also a huge variety of after-dinner drinks to prolong the evening (if it’s going well of course).
5. Casa Mia
Now I’m not suggesting that Michelin-starred Casa Mia should be your choice for a casual weekday date night. It’s definitely a step above in terms of price. However if you’re celebrating something, or if you’re a foodie couple who want to see what all the fuss is about, I guarantee it will really impress. The tasting menu is perfect for those who like a bit of excitement in their food, and are happy to eat whatever the chefs have prepared that day.
A restaurant on a boat is automatically pretty romantic. Unless you get seasick. Thankfully the Glassboat is well anchored so you don’t need to worry about losing your dinner. The Glassboat offers fine, French dining with an extensive wine list and excellent views of the river. It’s perfect for those of you looking for candles, romance and l’escargot.
If you’re looking for authentic tapas Bristol bar and a restaurant with a real buzz, then Bravas is the perfect choice. If you’re into cooking, take a seat at the bar and watch the chefs prepare the food in front of you. The specials change regularly, but look out for regular Spanish classics such as the grilled Iberico pork, padron peppers and their twist on Patatas Bravas. Finish with the dessert sharing board (which comes with Pedro Ximenez) to really end the meal in style.
You might not automatically think about rolling up your sleeves and sitting down to a Grillstock plate on a date. However, the BBQ restaurant on the Triangle is perfect for those couples who are looking to seriously get their meat on. The sharing plate for two includes most of the good bits and if you’re really feeling like you want to impress, there’s always the Grillstock champion to try. It’s not the most private of restaurants as you’ll be sharing a table with other diners, but that’s all part of the fun.
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