When times are hard, do we really want to sacrifice our love of eating out, or would we rather just economise? Personally, I fall into the latter category. Of course I still want to eat out, even if I can’t afford to do it as often as I’d like, or have to avoid the more expensive options.
If you like a bottle of wine with your meal, as many of us do, you’ll undoubtedly be paying over the odds, and no doubt you’ll resent it. Chris on The Weekly Gripe website has recently claimed that the wine mark-up in UK restaurants used to be around three times retail price, but is increasingly four or five times, meaning that we are paying over the odds by quite a significant amount.
So, what are our options? We can begrudgingly pay a small fortune for a bottle of cheap wine. We can stick to soft drinks – or even tap water – if we’re feeling skint. Or we can venture down to one of Bristol’s “bring your own” (BYO) restaurants and save ourselves a bit of money.
The BYO concept has been around for a while, but has historically tended to be confined to Thai restaurants and curry houses. However, it appears that more and more restaurants are getting in on the act and not only saving their customers some money, but also giving them a wider range of drink options in the process.
We’ve attempted to list some of Bristol’s BYO venues below – if you know of any more or have comments on any of those that we’ve listed, let us know!
Courtyard Restaurant, 20 Lower Park Row (Noodles)
Sergio’s, 1-4 Frogmore Street (Italian)
Al’s Tikka Grill, 33 Ashton Road (Indian)
Il Grano, 149 East Street (Italian)
A Cappella, 184C Wells Road, Knowle (Pizza)
Assilah Bistro, 194-196 Wells Road, Totterdown (Moroccan)
Eastern Taste, 94 St Mark’s Rd (Indian)
Kashmir Restaurant, 15 High Street (Indian)
La Voglia, 130 Cheltenham Road (Italian)
Thai Pepper, 215 Cheltenham Road (Thai)
Simply Thai, 67 Gloucester Road (Thai)
Dev’s Kerala, 180 Gloucester Road (Indian)
Il Rustico, 133 Hotwells Road (Italian)
The Muset by Ronnie, 12 – 16 Clifton Rd (British) – BYO at the Chef’s Table only
The Villager, 35/36 Church Road (modern European)
Shadin, 70 Broad Street (Indian)