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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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Summary

£52
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4
Very Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Small restaurant – great food”; that’s still the deal at Elliott Lidstone’s 14-seaters in two shipping containers at Bristol harbour’s Cargo development. There’s an à la carte menu of affordable modern bistro cooking, or you can go the whole hog and opt for their seven-course unwritten tasting menu, which costs £55 per person (with optional wine flight at £40 a head).

Summary

£49
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4
Very Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Tiny restaurant but amazing food!”. Elliott Lidstone (ex-Ortolan and Hackney’s The Empress head chef) and his wife Tess opened their 14-seater spot “in two shipping containers at Bristol harbour’s Cargo development” in 2016, and it has become one of the city’s gastronomic highlights, earning national fame. Their 45-bin seasonal wine list is also a winner (with bottles available on a retail basis).

Summary

£48
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4
Very Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Elliott Lidstone, ex-of the acclaimed L'Ortolan and Hackney gastroboozer The Empress, upped sticks to the West Country for this tiny (14-cover) venture in a pair of shipping containers belonging to Bristol harbourside's Cargo development. His produce-led British menu is “always a winner”, with equal amounts of commentary dedicated to the “exceptional wine list”.

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Unit 10, Cargo 1, Wapping Wharf, Bristol, BS1 6WP

Restaurant details

Highchair,Portions
Yes
No dress code
18

Box-E Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Box-E Restaurant in BS1, Bristol by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Box-E restaurant.
Mike W
Brilliant cooking in a container ...
Reviewed 2 months, 25 days ago

"Brilliant cooking in a container "

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Bob B
Excellent, imaginative food and wine in an ...
Reviewed 10 months, 13 days ago

"Excellent, imaginative food and wine in an unpretentious, if not overly comfortable, setting. Extraordinary value for money."

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Prices

  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 50.00 Always available 7

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£8.50 £16.50 £6.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £26.00
Filter Coffee £3.00
Extras  
Service 10.00%
Unit 10, Cargo 1, Wapping Wharf, Bristol, BS1 6WP
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday5:30 pm‑11 pm
Thursday12 pm‑3 pm, 5:30 pm‑11 pm
Friday12 pm‑3 pm, 5:30 pm‑11 pm
Saturday12 pm‑3 pm, 5:30 pm‑11 pm
SundayCLOSED

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