A fairly recent addition to the plethora of buzzing cafés and restaurants to grace Bristol’s Park Street, Pinkmans offers a huge variety of fresh food on a daily basis, as well as cocktails, beers and wines further into the evening.
Upon arriving, you’re instantly drawn to the incredible display of cakes, salads and jam-packed rolls on show in glass cabinets, and soon become part of the audience of admiring customers. Pinkmans, being primarily a bakery, also offers a vast array of freshly baked breads – as they say themselves, ‘Bread out the oven at 8am’. From a white sourdough to a more adventurous ‘walnut boule’ (toasted walnuts and black treacle), this truly is a baker’s heaven. Inside, the décor is simple and minimalist – with rows of filament bulbs and long benches making maximum use of the fairly small interior.
For breakfast, a range of meals, including smashed sweet chilli avocado and salsa on toast (£5.50) are available until midday, or til 2p.m. on weekends. Lunches include salads, ciabattas as well as more hearty tagines and hot dishes. Having been to Pinkmans a few times, I decided to branch out and try one of their sourdough pizzas, which you can see being prepared and baked in the ovens at the back of the café. I went for the artichoke pizza (£8.50) – with toppings of artichokes, garlic, pepper, pesto and ricotta. The sourdough base made for a delicious, chewy crust, complemented by the excellent mix of garnishes.
With something for everybody, Pinkmans stands out as a café which attempts and succeeds in providing their customers with fresh food and drinks, making for a relaxed but stylish dining experience.
Whitewashed walls, hotchpotch furnishings and a counter teaming with dainty almond friands and hefty carrot cakes, Tradewind Espresso is an instagrammer’s dream. Occupying just a small footprint at the upper end of Whiteladies Road, with a little nifty design, owners Patrick and Tahi host seating for around 20 sippers and slurpers inside and another dozen or so in their wood-clad hidden garden.
Set up in September 2015 and business relation to Roasted Rituals, the Hengrove-based roastery, coffee is at the centre of this independent venture. With V60 filter methods and no paper French Press, you would be forgiven for feeling this is all a little too ‘on-trend’. Fear not, high chairs and local businessmen sit alongside the monochrome ‘straight out of Shoreditch’. Both beautiful and welcoming, this is style with substance.
Behind the perfectly scattered cushions and chunky wooden tables lies an unadulterated dedication to quality, the perfectly balanced coffee clearly benefits from their direct connection to source. Custom blends and single origin roasts vary on rotation, but you can be sure to rely on Highground, the house espresso blend offered year-round for its weight and complexity, versatile enough be supped alone or as part of a milkier creation.
Though their caffeinated offerings sit centre stage, the imaginative all-day brunch menu (available until 3pm) threatens to steal the show. Almost compulsory in Bristol these days, produce is sourced with attention to locality and seasonality, and everything that can be is made in house – nut milks, chutneys and cakes included. Sweet caramelised onions sit atop a pillowy soft rosemary focaccia, generously dolloped with peppery rocket pesto, spicy chorizo and oozy poached eggs (£9); an accomplished French toast (using house made brioche) provides the perfect sticky vehicle for cinnamon roast pears, a not overly sweet blackberry compote, creamy mascarpone and crunchy toasted buckwheat (£8); meanwhile the traditional Full English is lifted with smoky baked beans, wilted spring greens and slow roasted tomato.
With a well-priced menu of this calibre, Tradewind Espresso has firmly asserted its place on the teeming Bristol café scene.
During my time living in Padova, this quaint pizzeria was without a doubt one of my favourite go-to spots. Swarming with locals on any given day, this gem of a restaurant serves up some of the best pizza known to man. Pago Pago impresses with its elaborate Mediterranean garnishes and attractive, low prices for both food and drink. It is the perfect place for an evening on a budget. If you’re in the mood for some wine or Prosecco, then I’d suggest purchasing a carafe – a comfortable two glasses of wine for just €3!
The signature pizza at Pago Pago and of Padova is the Napoletana. Using only the freshest Italian ingredients and made by the masterful hand of the chefs, this is the one to go for if you are looking for a typical taste of Padova. The saltiness of the anchovies contrasts sublimely with the sweetness of the tomato and the creaminess of the cheese. What’s more, due to the restaurants’ spacious interior, you can enjoy this special dish in the company of many good friends – just remember to book in advance as this popular haunt fills up quickly.
If you’re not quite in the mood for pizza or are only in the restaurant as the result of a very eager friend, then do not fret, there is also something for you. I have been told their homemade gnocchi is to die for, so that’s definitely worth a try.
Just to warn you, they don’t take cards. So remember to take some cash and enjoy a lovely evening!
Stepping into this little seafood restaurant in Clifton, you are greeted by a nautical themed interior and friendly, attentive waiting staff. Warm, cosy and full of charm, Fishers offers the kind of intimacy you only expect at a local neighbourhood eatery. However, here, the food does all the talking.
For a business that prides itself on using seasonal fish, the variety is incredible. Just one look at the menu takes you to a world of fishy goodness. From whole baked seabass with chilli, coriander and lime dressing to haddock fish and chips in beer batter with mushy peas and tartare sauce, the current menu at Fishers is studded with exotic jewels alongside good old Blighty classics. It is a menu that has obviously been designed with a “something-for-everyone” ideology.
But the variety does not stop here. Owing to a sustainable ethos, all the seafood at Fishers (yes, all of it), is sourced locally. At Fishers, this is not seen as a nuisance, but as an opportunity; each seasonal menu showcasing the best the South Coast has to offer at that time of the year. The fish is all exceedingly fresh and you can really taste it.
My last visit was a New Year’s Eve treat and the 2016-17 winter menu featured baked skate wing (a personal favourite) with a Mediterranean style salsa. The tangy saltiness of the capers complimented the perfectly cooked fish beautifully. At Fishers, they seriously know what they’re doing!
A main will set you back in the region of £15, but you do get what you are paying for. If you are looking for somewhere in Bristol to celebrate a special occasion or fancy treating yourself, Fishers is perfect. Also, for any culinary whizzes looking to cook with local, quality seafood, the Fishers online shop should certainly not be missed.