Chef Elliott Lidstone, previously of The Empress in Hackney, moves from the Big Smoke to Bristol's harbour side with a new solo venture. The tiny (just 14 cover) restaurant sits in the city's first retail yard made entirely out of old shipping containers. A couple of Lidstone's old Empress faves appear on the regularly changing, modern British menu.
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Elliott Lidstone, ex-of The Empress in Hackney, has left the Big Smoke for this new solo venture on Bristol harbour. “Restaurants don’t get much smaller than this” – a tiny 14-cover spot “tucked into a shipping container” like its retail park neighbours – but the “refined” and “robust” cooking is “exactly spot-on” (including some old Empress faves). “If you are lucky enough to get the chef’s table you can see absolutely everything Elliott does”.
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"Just 18 seats including 4 at the bar. Very crowded especially as it was raining heavily so at 8pm the first sitting was still sitting, and the second sitting (including us) were trying to fit into the tiny restaurant in a shipping container. But the food made up for it. It was difficult to choose from the short menu. I settled on Charred courgette, burrata, black olive, chilli and fennel pollen starter - simply wonderful and deeply flavoursome & succulent guinea fowl served with freeman & cooked lettuce.. We drank an unusual wine - an orange "legs Blanco" from La Mancha: Esencia Rural, Pampaneo 2014 Vino de la Tierra de Castilla which seemed to go well with all the dishes chosen. I can't wait to go back - book well in advance at popular times."
Unit 10, Cargo 1, Wapping Wharf, Bristol, BS1 6WP
lunch; wed-sat noon - 3pm, dinner; tues-sat 6pm - 9.30pm