Nine incredible new bars and restaurants in Bristol

There’s no hiding the fact it’s a tricky time for the hospitality industry right now, with the coronavirus pandemic adding to an already challenging landscape.

But bar and restaurant operators are keen to carry on as normal to the best of their abilities, in the hope they will be supported enough to see them through the challenging period.

In Bristol we’ve been treated to a wealth of fantastic new places to try out in recent weeks – some of which opened as recently as this Friday (October 2).

Below is a round-up of the best new bars and restaurants which have opened in Bristol since the start of September. All of them are well worth a visit, so what are you waiting for?

Four Wise Monkeys

Inside Four Wise Monkeys in Bristol city centre
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When did it open? Friday, October 2

Where is it? 30 Clare St, Bristol BS1 1YH

Four Wise Monkeys is the latest venue headed up by Hyde & Co Leisure, replacing the top hospitality group’s former tapas bar Pata Negra.

The concept behind Four Wise Monkeys is inspired by the success of the group’s last opening, Seven Lucky Gods, which has proved hugely popular for its Japanese Izakaya style small plates since opening in May 2019.

The restaurant is described as a “meeting of Asian folklore and retro 80s Tokyo vibes,” alongside a weekend brunch and all-day menu of small plates, Sandos, buns and sharing Asian-fusion cuisine, as well as dumplings supplied by much-loved restaurant Eatchu.

More information can be found here.

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The Red Church

Inside new St George venue The Red Church
(Image: Amia Watling)

When did it open? Friday, October 2

Where is it? 190 Church Road, Redfield, Bristol, BS5 8AE

The former Lloyds bank building in Church Road, St George has relaunched as The Red Church – a new hub in St George for eating, drinking and – when Covid restrictions are eased – for dancing.

Simon Miller, formerly head chef at The Ethicurean, heads up the kitchen, serving an all-day menu including brunch options, top quality pizzas from midday and a modern European menu at dinner.

An exceptional sound system has been sourced from film and television production facility Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire.

Having been tuned in for a week-long period, it will be put through its paces by some of Bristol’s best DJs, who will play every Friday and Saturday.

More information can be found here.

Klosterhaus

(Image: Will Stanley)

When did it open? Friday, October 2

Where is it? The Friary Bldg, Quakers Friars, Broadmead, Bristol BS1 3DF

Renowned hospitality group D&D London has transformed the Grade l listed Friary Building in Quakers Friars, formerly home to Brasserie Blanc, into a classy new German bar and restaurant.

Klosterhaus is open for all-day dining, serving classic food paying homage to the dining scene of grand mittel-European cafés alongside a wide range of cocktails.

Located a short walk from Cabot Circus, it also features a number of event spaces for business meetings and social events.

D&D London has has properties in London, Manchester, Leeds, Paris, and New York. This is the group’s first restaurant in the South of England.

More information can be found here.

The Pipal Leaf

Dylon Singh will manage the new restaurant
(Image: John Myers)

When did it open? Thursday, October 1

Where is it? 217 Church Rd, Redfield, Bristol BS5 9HL

The Pipal Leaf is the second restaurant from the family behind the Pipal Tree, which is the best-rated restaurant in Bristol on Tripadvisor.

Located on Church Road, the sister site has a completely different menu with Kirpal Singh and his wife Kulwinder Kaur rustling up more of their favourite Punjabi-fusion dishes.

Pipal Leaf is managed by Kirpal and Kulwinder’s 19-year-old son Dylon.

More information can be found here.

Olivio

Olivio has opened in The Galleries’ food court
(Image: John Myers)

When did it open? Monday, September 21

Where is it? The Galleries food court

Olivio launched in the food court of The Galleries, replacing Spudulike, which closed all of its 37 branches in August 2019 after entering administration.

Husband and wife Tamer and Fatima Emirali, who also run neighbouring Butler’s café, wanted to add something different to the mall’s culinary offering and felt Olivio was the perfect answer.

Options on the menu include a range of classic pasta dishes priced at just £6.95 and pizzas priced between £6.95 and £7.95.

Diners can also opt to order a single slice of any pizza for £2.50, or go for a toasted ciabatta for £2.95.

More information can be found here.

Sidney & Eden

Sidney & Eden is run by couple Louis Harris and Beth Robertson
(Image: John Myers)

When did it open? Friday, September 18

Where is it? 198 Gloucester Road, Bristol, BS7 8NU

Sidney & Eden, which replaced Alchemy 198 on Gloucester Road, boasts 20 taps showcasing the finest beers from local, national and international brewers.

The bar is headed up by Louis Harris and his partner Beth Robertson, who also run the nearby Bottles & Books shop, which opened in 2017.

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Breweries showcased at Sidney & Eden – the middles names of Louis and Beth’s two children – include Bristol’s Lost & Grounded and Arbor, alongside taps that will always have Belgian and German beers on.

Once coronavirus restrictions are eased the venue will also host a wide range of events.

More information can be found here.

Strange Brew

The former car showroom is completely unrecognisable
(Image: Strange Brew)

When did it open? Friday, September 18

Where is it? 10-12 Fairfax St, Bristol BS1 3DB

Strange Brew has transformed a former Mercedes showroom on Fairfax Street, filling a disused unit beneath an NCP multi-storey car park.

The multi-use space aims to offer an inclusive platform for lesser-known and experimental art and music.

Created by event organisers Dirtytalk, it has its own record shop, full wheelchair accessibility, gender-neutral toilets, a DJ booth, stage and an exhibition space.

While the pandemic will not allow for packed dance floors just yet, the venue is still able to open with socially-distanced, sit-down DJ sets.

In the longer run, the large stage will be used for gigs and the licence allows for live music until 3am.

More information can be found here.

The Poco Deli

Pistachio swirls from Poco Deli
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When did it open? September 18

Where is it? 282 Church Road, BS5

The Poco Deli is an Italian-influenced delicatessen and farm shop on Church Road, which launched in mid-September.

It serves a wide range of breads, homemade pastries, deli items, fruit and veg, alcoholic products, kitchenware and more.

Local delivery is also available.

More information can be found here.

The Vincent Kitchen

The Vincent Kitchen in Redland
(Image: Oliver Grahame Photography, oliv)

When did it open? September 2

Where is it? Queen Victoria House, Redland Hill, Redland, Bristol BS6 6US

Award-winning caterer and restaurant operator Cleverchefs, founded by esteemed chef Nick Collins, launched The Vincent Kitchen in the refurbished Queen Victoria House in Redland.

With as many of the ingredients as possible sourced locally, alternatives to plastic and other materials that cannot be recycled will also be used wherever possible.

Cleverchefs was launched in 2015 by Nick, who has been a chef for more than 20 years and found his passion for food and attention to detail in Michelin-starred restaurants.

Speaking about the restaurant, Nick said: “Food wise, we want that breathtaking initial reaction from our guests, we want to make them smile with food joy. Food has always made me smile.”

More information can be found here.

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