Harden's survey result
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“A local gem”; this beloved Montpelier veteran – once a greengrocer’s, but operating (under several owners) as a ramshackle haunt since the ’70s – is on sparkling form currently, serving up “a short menu” of “reliably superb” and “vibrant” small plates prepared by an ex-Moro chef. A jovial sibling, Bellita, arrived in Cotham Hill in 2015.
Little in the way of survey commentary of late on this Montpellier stalwart, which was reborn in a small plates incarnation in 2013; now under an ex-Rocinantes team, it's serving up modern Med food in the same ramshackle setting with a vinyl-only music policy to go with it… more feedback please! A sister site, Bellita, opened in Bristol's Cotham Hill in October 2015.
“How the mighty have fallen!”; in its new tapas-led format, the out-of-the-way Montpelier bistro that “once had the best food in Bristol” is now “nowhere near as good”, and – though it does still have its fans – the few reports the new incarnation has inspired are notably mixed.
Chris Wicks’s bohemian bistro in Montpelier has long been a well-known neighbourhood fixture, with an “unpretentious” and “cosy” style all of its own; reports are less numerous and more mixed than they once were however – fans still love its “originality”, but foes say it’s “just average” nowadays.
1 York Rd, Bristol, BS6 5QB
lunch noon - 2pm, dinner 6pm - 10pm
Last orders: 10 pm