The Eat Out To Help Out scheme will make August a memorable month for both bargain hunters and foodies.
The initiative, announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in July, means diners can enjoy 50% off on meals out between Monday and Wednesday throughout the month.
While you can take advantage of the offer as many times as you like, you can’t use the deal on alcohol and the discount is capped at £10 per head in some places.
The Government hopes the incentive will encourage people to dine out more, in turn pumping money back into businesses and the high street.
There are hundreds of restaurants signed up to the scheme in Bristol – below are 11 of the absolute best you should really consider booking a table at.
31 Baldwin St, Bristol BS1 1RG
Run by husband and wife Cosmo and Lily Sterck, Marmo offers simplistic dishes using only the finest ingredients.
The wine list at the minimalist restaurant, which replaced Bar Buvette, showcases European producers who farm their vineyards either organically or biodynamically, using minimal or no chemical intervention in the winery.
Marmo is “a restaurant to savour,” according to Bristol Live’s food critic Mark Taylor, while Jay Rayner has also heaped praise onto it.
The restaurant recently launched an outdoor seating area from which diners can watch the world go by as they enjoy their delicious meal.
Unit 12, Cargo 2, Museum St, Bristol BS1 6ZA
Headed up by Season + Taste, the hospitality group behind Bravas, Bakers & Co, Masa + Mezcal and Cargo Cantina, Gambas is a tapas restaurant specialising in top quality seafood.
Using only the freshest produce, its menu features all the classics you’d expect to find at any decent tapas restaurant such as patatas bravas, chorizo and cheeses alongside some rarer dishes.
In the words of Bristol Live food critic Mark Taylor, Gambas is a “genuine taste of coastal Spanish tapas bars translated to Bristol’s historic harbourside”.
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277 North St, Southville, Bristol BS3 1JP / 59 Apsley Rd, Clifton, Bristol BS8 2SW
With two restaurants in Bristol, in Southville and Clifton, Souk Kitchen is loved for its vibrant Mediterranean food and colourful interior design.
It’s perfect for any occasion, whether it’s just a casual catch up with friends or to celebrate a special event.
Not only that but it’s also worth visiting at any time of the day, with a delicious brunch menu featuring alongside the lunch and dinner options.
Queen Quay, Welsh Back, Bristol BS1 4SL
Adelina Yard, located in Welsh Back, is run by former London chefs Jamie Randall and Olivia Barry.
The restaurant prides itself on attention to detail and is popular for its set lunch menu, priced at just £21.35 for three courses of the highest order.
Mark Taylor reckons it’s in line for a Michelin Bib Gourmand, which is awarded by Michelin’s mystery inspectors for what they call “relatively inexpensive” meals costing £28 or less for three courses.
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2 Portwall Ln, Redcliffe, Bristol BS1 6NB
Pasture is a celebration of fire-based cooking and local ingredients, including the very best meat from farms in the South West. It even has its own in-house butcher and, prior to lockdown, hosted regular live music too.
It’s headed up by chef Sam Elliott, who worked closely with Jamie Oliver for 10 years before launching his first solo restaurant.
Since opening in 2018 it has established itself as one of Bristol’s best steakhouses, which you’ll understand why when you visit for yourself.
Cloak & Dagger
182-184 Cheltenham Rd, Cotham, Bristol BS6 5RB
Hip Cheltenham Road hangout Cloak & Dagger has established itself as a proper foodie destination since reopening, and that’s no wonder when you know who heads up the kitchen.
Sebastian Merry worked in a number of Michelin-starred restaurants across London including The Ledbury, Le Gavroche and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay before making the move to London.
Cloak & Dagger’s menu features an array of sublime dishes served with flair and style, including umami braised short rib and pickled fried chicken with leek and onion and a Wookey Hole cheddar fondue.
3 Nine Tree Hill, Kingsdown, BS1 3SB
Bokman’s speciality is whole chickens – or tongdak – stuffed with raw sticky rice which cooks in the juices of the poultry as it turns in an impressive cooker shipped over from Asia.
The small restaurant, located up Nine Tree Hill where Italian Zitto & Bevi used to be, is headed up by husband and wife Duncan Robertson and Kyu Jeong Jeon, who recently moved to Bristol from South Korea.
Mark Taylor said it serves “the most authentic Korean food cooked by two chefs with Michelin star backgrounds”.
Jamaica Street Stores
37-39 Jamaica St, Bristol BS2 8JP
Housed in a grade II listed former carriageworks just off Stokes Croft, Jamaica Street Stores places an emphasis on locally sourced and seasonal fare.
It’s headed up by brothers Charlie and Phill James, who are also running a community cafe from their restaurant every weekday between midday and 2pm to feed the most vulnerable people in the area.
The Spiny Lobster
128-130, Whiteladies Rd, Clifton, Bristol BS8 2RS
The Spiny Lobster is the creation of Mitch Tonks and was formerly known as The Rockfish Grill.
With a fishmonger located adjacent to the restaurant, it has been a staple on Whiteladies Road for the past 15 years over which time it has built up a loyal following.
It offers a wide ranging menu designed for lovers of the best seafood and meats, specialising in cooking over an open fire to add a distinct flavour to its food, which is inspired by Mitch’s travels to the Meditarranean.
7 Cotham Hill, Redland, Bristol BS6 6LD
Located on foodie hotspot Cotham Hill, Bravas is another restaurant headed up by the Season + Taste hospitality group, owned by Kieran and Imogen Waite
It serves simple, freshly prepared, high quality Spanish-inspired dishes intended to be shared along with a great selection of Spanish wines and ice cold beers in frozen glasses.
Speaking about Bravas, Kieran and Imogen said: “We visit Spain frequently and are always amazed by the fresh, unpretentious, inexpensive food in local tapas bars.
“This is where the idea for Bravas came from; where customers will feel the welcoming atmosphere of a local pub but the quality of food you would expect in a great restaurant.”
28 Chelsea Rd, Easton, Bristol BS5 6AF
The fact Pipal Tree is ranked as the top restaurant in Bristol on TripAdvisor tells you how highly it’s regarded.
The family run restaurant serves Punjabi cuisine with a unique British fusion twist and has been a hit with diners who have given it an excellent rating of 97.2 percent out of 755 reviews.
Owners Kirpal Singh, From Easton, and wife Kulwinder Kaur, from Punjab, set up the business two and a half years ago with the idea to fuse their Bristolian and Indian heritage to create good, hearty food.