Enveloped in the hills of South West England, it has its own unmistakable identity, grounded in roots from centuries past and carved out since by passionate locals and spirited fans.
A hotbed of artists and activists, walk the streets and become part of a living canvas; cycle from the city to the outskirts and discover its green credentials for yourself.
And that’s just a smattering of what makes this city an amazing place to visit and live.
We love Bristol and hope you will too!! We feel that wondering the streets in a pooh bear tiddly pom like manner will reveal all sorts of hidden treasures which we can’t wait for you to discover and share with us. But to start you off to complement these wanderings, we have made a pack in the shed full of our favourite places to eat, drink and be merry, current events, maps and more. Here are a few of our highlights of places that you can walk to from the shed if you do want to do some planning ahead! There are of course lots of places further afield which we cover in the shed pack. Have fun exploring. x
Daisy and Jon
We had our 1st date here and it is a cracker! From humble beginnings in 1993, the Primrose Cafe has evolved to become one of Bristol’s busiest and best-loved cafes.
Tucked away at the end of a small but bustling cul de sac in Clifton Village, they serve a large and loyal clientele everything from morning coffee and cake to yummy lunches and bistro style suppers by candle light. It’s a great people watching spot for sunny days with a terrace and a roof garden.
1, Clifton Arcade
Tel: 0117 946 6577
Website: The Primrose Cafe
We love The Thali, they did our wedding food and they are a real staple in Bristol with restaurants in Clifton, Montpelier, Easton, Bedminster and Totterdown. It started out as a street food truck at Glastonbury festival fifteen years ago. Inspired by their travels in India they wanted to introduce the UK to authentic Indian street food. The Clifton Thali is a bright colourful and friendly restaurant with delicious Southern Indian food and great Chai.
1 Regent Street
Tel: 0117 974 3793
Website: The Thali Cafe
We love walking to this place for al fresco dining by the river on delicious bar food or having a really tasty tapas style meal. It’s also lovely for brunch. It has a chilled funky atmosphere and is part of a new area in Bristol with restaurants, bars and shops down on the water.
The Boat House Unit 1
Lime Kiln Road
Tel: 0117 925 9371
Website: Spoke and Stringer
So this is our top top place to eat out, it’s a bit of a longer walk than the others but it is a really special gem. It is just a stone’s throw from the water’s edge. A great place to dine whether you are looking for a delicious lunch time or evening meal, or just want to share a few tapas dishes with a glass of organic wine. You can get there by ferry if the timing is right, get off at the MShed stop.
Tel: 0117 929 1960
Website: The Olive Shed
We love The Lido, it feels like a real treat, it is a super romantic and award winning restaurant situated on the old viewing gallery of the Clifton Pool. The design retains the original character features of the Victorian building with modern floor to ceiling windows, allowing great views over the pool.
Just do nothing….enjoy being looked after by friendly and discreet staff whilst watching the swimmers below and your food being prepared and cooked in the wood oven! it’s a lovely place to swim and relax too and they do swim and eat packages which are well worth it!
Tel: 0117 332 3970
Website: The Lido
A ferry ride or a lovely walk along the river and you’ll find Wapping Wharf, a new independent food and drink quarter for Bristol.
From sourdough pizzas to organic fruit and vegetables, and from freshly baked bread to specialist coffees, Wapping Wharf is home to a plethora of independent restaurants, cafes and shops. We are yet to try them all but can definitely recommend Bertha’s Pizza, Woky Ko and Wild Beer. But to be honest they all look amazing and we can’t wait to try each one, let us know if you can recommend any of them!
Website: Wapping Wharf
This new little place really blew us away, it’s intimate, cosy and just a little decadent too! Inspired by amazing West Country produce and foraged ingredients, their menus change in reflection of nature’s rhythm. The drinks reflect the hedgerows and forest floors with seasonal cocktails, a small wine list features English and natural wines, boutique South West spirits and amazing Bristol Craft Beers. A great find run by a husband and wife team, send them our love! x
3a Regent Street
Website: Shop 3 Bistro
Boston Tea Party is where Jon and I met back in 2010 when I shamelessly thrust a coaster with my number on it at the poor unsuspecting Jon minding his own business over a coffee with a friend!! So…. it has a special place in our hearts. Bostons are popping up all over the place now but they began in Bristol and you’ll find them all over the city. They have a mission to serve good things in great spaces that nourish the body & warm the heart.
1 Princess Victoria Street
Tel: 0117 973 3197
Website: Boston Tea Party
Rosemarino is our top spot for breakfast and coffee, Tommy’s One Pan Wonder is a knockout! Open seven days a week for breakfast, brunch and lunch with aperitivo and dinner being served Tuesday – Saturday plus seasonal food, wine & language events. Rosemarino is a little gem to enjoy anytime, whether it be the full Italian feast or simply for a coffee while reading the papers.
1 York Place
Tel: 01179 736 677
Salt café is a lovely place for a coffee and they also do film nights and music nights too. It’s a friendly, comfortable place to eat, drink and socialise. They use locally and ethically sourced suppliers and organic produce wherever possible and serve homemade cakes, pastries, sandwiches on artisan bread, frittatas, quiches, soups & a wide variety of homemade & hearty salads.
120 St George's Road
Website: Salt Cafe
So this is a bit more a walk than the others on the list but it is well worth the hike. Mark’s Bread is an award-winning bakery and café, specialising in simple, good-value produce. Sitting next to the bakery, Mark’s café has become a community hub, serving up menus that complement the bakery’s loaves, cakes and pastries. Locally-sourced and seasonally-inspired. We love it there and the bread in your hamper is often sourced from Mark.
291 North Street
Tel: 0117 9537997
Website: Mark's Bread
The Lion is our local and it is a cosy little family-run, family-friendly pub, found off the beaten track and owned by the lovely Dave. Step inside and enjoy a warm welcome, whether as a seasoned local or inquisitive newcomer. Enjoy the cosy fires on chilly nights or the lovely little garden on balmy warm ones. (no food served on Mondays)
19 Church Lane
Tel: 07867 796961
Website: The Lion
Another welcoming pub just down the road with friendly folk that has been established since the 1800s, it has warming fires and tasty fayre. They have deals on such as their
wednesday curry and a pint for £7 or thursday’s famous homemade burger & a pint for £10
6 Dowry Place
Tel: 0117 3290352
Website: The Rose of Denmark
This quirky pub with lots of cats, vinyl and board games is well worth a visit and has a good range of craft ales and is a big favourite with locals and visitors alike. A real bonus is that you can buy a great curry from The Masala Cafe next door and have a curry with your pint!
141 St George's Road
Tel: 07941 521777
Website: The Bag O Nails
The Cottage Inn at Baltic Wharf is set in the peaceful, relaxed end of the Harbour opposite the shed! It has a very traditional & friendly atmosphere, it is a waterside haven and is good for chips and a pint, great for real traditional pub grub in a great setting.
Website: The Cottage
Just 5 minutes walk away from the shed is the historic converted barge, bursting with character, and with stunning panoramic views, it makes for a great place to soak up its harbourside location. You can have a drink on the deck, have a meal inside or catch a gig in the hold.
Tel: 0117 929 9347
Website: The Grain Barge
In a fantastic waterside location at the heart of Bristol’s harbourside about 20 mins walk from the shed, The Arnolfini is one of Europe’s leading centres for the contemporary arts, presenting innovative, experimental work in the visual arts, performance, dance, film, music and events.
16 Narrow Quay
Tel: (0)117 917 2300
Website: The Arnolfini
See amazing film and photographs, listen to moving personal stories, encounter rare and quirky objects and add your own memories of Bristol through the interactive displays. From prehistoric times to the present day, M Shed tells the story of the city and its unique place in the world. Entry to the Museum is free and you can walk there from the shed or catch the ferry.
Tel: 0117 352 6600
Website: The M shed
Brunel’s SS Great Britain is one of the most important historic ships in the world and she is a ten minute walk from the shed. When she was launched in 1843 she was called ‘the greatest experiement since the Creation’. Brunel created a ship that changed history, well worth a visit.
Great Western Dockyard
Tel: 0117 926 0680
Website: The SS Great Britain
Rather than list every attraction fully here which would take FOREVER!!!! here is a list of more fun things to visit and do which are reached easily on foot from the shed! The pack in the shed has more details but here is a sheds up to help you get excited beforehand!
The Tobacco Factory Theatre
The Watershed Cinema
At Bristol Science Museum
Spike Island Arts Venue
The Underfall Yard
The Clifton Suspension Bridge and Observatory
Website: And so much more...
You can see this country park and mansion with 850 acres of woodland and grassland from the shed garden. It’s a lovely place to walk, Wilf’s favourite! and there are deer to wander through and lots of little off the beaten track parts worth discovering!
Website: Ashton Court
A wilderness of tranquility set against Brunel’s famous suspension bridge. We love these woods, they have amazing views and lots of trails you can walk and bike on & our friend jim keeps his cows there!
Website: Leigh Woods
This hilly park and popular picnic spot with nature reserve and views from Cabot Tower is easily walkable from the shed and it is where Jon proposed- Ah! Climb the tower and get amazing views of Bristol!
Website: Brandon Hill and Cabot Tower
From the shed you can walk right round the floating harbour through the under fall yard with its new cafe Pickles, past the SS Great Britain, the Mshed and the Arnolfini right round via a drink in Spoke and Stringer or catch the ferry one way and walk back. Its a great place to explore!
Website: The Harbourside walk
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