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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This “fantastic little restaurant in a shipping container overlooking the waterfront” seats 14 diners plus four at the bar, treating them to food that is “simply wonderful, deeply flavoursome and succulent”. Chef Elliott Lidstone returned to his native West Country after successful stints at The Empress in Hackney and L’Ortolan in Reading.
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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"The table service was very good. The waiter not only booked a taxi but chased it up as the driver had got lost and then carried my case down the stairs. I really appreciated that as I have a temporary mobility problem."
|Wine per bottle||£23.00|
Unit 10, Cargo 1, Wapping Wharf, Bristol, BS1 6WP
|Wednesday||5:30 pm‑8 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑2:15 pm, 5:30 pm‑8 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑2:15 pm, 5:30 pm‑8 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑2:15 pm, 5:30 pm‑8 pm|