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Ronnie’s, Thornbury – Review (and new opening!)

Ronnie’s is a restaurant that was recommended to me by a number of people when I moved to Bristol, but until recently (bearing in mind the lack of car) I hadn’t found the opportunity to visit. However, a night spent staying with a friend who lives in the town provided the perfect excuse to check […]

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Casamia, Westbury Village – Review

(Apologies in advance…this is going to be a LONG post!) Having transformed into a Michelin starred restaurant from a little local pizzeria, Westbury Village’s Casamia has found yet greater fame recently thanks to the restaurant’s victory in the Ramsay’s Best Restaurant series in November. My friend Laura and I were lucky enough to book a […]

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Papaji’s, Whiteladies Road – Review

A successful (and boozy) launch party, a new head chef whose training included a short stint at El Bulli and a discount voucher proved to be three key factors in our decision to choose Papaji’s for dinner on Saturday night. After reading mixed reviews of the revamped tea house and restaurant, we were keen to […]

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Local Spotlight: Iza Redon and La Cuizine

“I wanted to combine my teaching experience – teaching French to adults since 2005 – my knowledge of food, communicate my love of cooking and food and also be self-employed again” says French chef Iza Redon of her reasons for setting up La Cuizine. Founded in November 2007, the Clifton-based company offer bespoke lessons, group […]

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The RockFish Grill – Smoked Salmon Tasting

Wednesday, November 3rd saw me booking the morning off work and heading to The RockFish Grill on Whiteladies Road, to join a group of like-minded food enthusiasts for a smoked salmon tasting session. The Clifton-based venue is one of three owned by award-winning food writer and restaurateur Mitch Tonks, and comprises the restaurant itself, a […]

Juniper Restaurant – review and amazing discount voucher!

A parent’s visit is always a good excuse for going out for dinner, and that’s exactly what we did last Saturday. Having sent a list to my mother of places that I was keen to try, she eventually settled for Cotham Road South’s Juniper Restaurant. Subscribe to Bristol Bites by Email  

Local Spotlight: Layla Pegado Cakes

An education in law and subsequently fashion design may seem like an odd starting point for a cakemaker…but that’s exactly how life started out for Clifton-based Layla Pegado. Having been introduced to the world of sugarcraft by a friend back in her native Brazil, Layla moved to Bristol in August 2005, when her husband was […]

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Three Coqs Brasserie, Clifton

It’s out with the old and in with the new for Chris Wicks of Bell’s Diner fame, having converted pan-Asian restaurant Budokan into the newly opened Three Coqs Brasserie above Clifton Down Shopping Centre. Along with the other two “Coqs” – David Daly (Bell’s Diner) and Jonathon Mackeson (Bordeaux Quay, Jamie’s Italian), Chris’ aim was […]

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Local Spotlight – Swinky Sweets

It’s always good to discover a new food experience before it actually opens! A trip to Woodes for the obligatory Friday morning bacon sandwich that signals the end of the working week brought with it the realisation that Shrinking Violet on Park Street has now closed…and in its place was a gleaming new shopfront. A […]

Chocolate Workshop, January 27th – Review

Yesterday’s lesson of the day…working hours go veeeeeeeery slowly when you know you’re going to be spending two hours up to your elbows in melted chocolate that evening. Yes, on the evening of January 27th, we turned up to Arch House Deli in Clifton to spend a few hours with like-minded chocolate lovers who wanted […]