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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“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).
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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|Wine per bottle||£26.00|
Unit 10, Cargo 1, Wapping Wharf, Bristol, BS1 6WP
|Wednesday||5:30 pm‑11 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑3 pm, 5:30 pm‑11 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑3 pm, 5:30 pm‑11 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑3 pm, 5:30 pm‑11 pm|