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Adventures with black garlic…

Those of you who watch Masterchef may have seen contestant Tim cooking a dish involving black garlic at New York restaurant wd-50 in the second stage of the competition’s finals. After posting a link to an article about the arrival of black garlic in the UK a few months back, the PR agency for Black […]


Byzantium, Bristol: Review

Another of my Living Social vouchers used up last weekend, this time at Byzantium, opposite St Mary Redcliffe Church. I’d heard mixed reviews of the place, from “it used to be great 10 years ago” to “we had a great Christmas party there”, so I was keen to try it out for myself… Subscribe to […]

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Chin! Chin! Bar & Kitchen: Review

Wednesday nights, for me and an ever-increasing group of friends, are pub quiz nights at The Scotchman And His Pack on St Michaels Hill. The starting time of 8.45pm means plenty of time to grab a quick bite to eat pre-quiz, and this week we opted to head up the hill to the Chin! Chin! […]


Hooters, Bristol: Review

Opinions of Hooters tend to fall pretty much into four categories. “It’s degrading to women”. “It’s tacky”. “The food’s awful”. “It’s over-priced”. To be honest, I’d be inclined to agree with most of those – but can still see the appeal of the place for certain situations… Subscribe to Bristol Bites by Email  

Jamie’s Italian, Bristol: Review

Multiple birthdays within the space of two weeks for our team at work meant a celebratory lunch last Friday, and a chance, finally, to sample the much-talked about Jamie’s Italian for the first time. After reading both positive and negative reviews from other diners, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect – but our meal […]


The Botanist, Clifton: Review

When The Botanist’s website appeared a few months back, offering free menu tastings pre-launch, I (plus a lot of friends and people I’m following on Twitter!) jumped at the chance! With a very comprehensive menu and a lot of self-promotion on Twitter, we were keen to see what the place was like… Subscribe to Bristol […]

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Bar Humbug, Whiteladies Road: Review

After an early evening visit to Whitelock and Grace for cocktails last weekend, a friend and I were on the lookout for a quick, cheap and tasty meal before meeting friends in town. A wander down Whiteladies Road led us to Bar Humbug, where the offer of a main course for £6 (plus outdoor seating […]

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The Runcible Spoon, Stokes Croft, Bristol: Review

Friday night saw the launch of another new restaurant in Bristol: Stokes Croft’s The Runcible Spoon. Situated on the old Cafe Kino site on Ninetree Hill, the restaurant aims to serve “affordable, high quality Modern British food”. We headed down there on opening night to check it out… Subscribe to Bristol Bites by Email  

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse: Review

A company away day at the Doubletree Hilton a few weeks back proved to be the perfect opportunity to sample the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse situated inside the hotel. With a group of around 30 people dining together you’re never going to come to a consensus about the evening, but I think the general feeling […]


The Burger Joint, Cotham Hill: Review

Another meal out with a fantastic voucher from Groupon: 2 burgers and 2 sides at Cotham Hill’s The Burger Joint for only £6.75 (RRP £15). I’d heard that the venue was pretty small (and the voucher wasn’t available on takeaway) so I phoned ahead to check the least busy times….and we ended up heading up […]