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April 2018: After nearly four years, Birch owners Sam Leach & Beccy Massy have decided to sell up to focus on growing and cider making. The restaurant is now on the market and they are hoping the sale will take place this summer.

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Summary

Sam Leach & Beccy Massy turned this ex-office in Southville into one of the city’s best-loved small plates spots – only to sell up in summer 2018 to focus on cider-making. Having reopened in August under new boss Tom Masters, its sharing ethos remains intact, but we’ve removed the rating for the time being.

£51
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

After honing their talents in some of Bristol and London’s top gastro-spots (St John, 40 Maltby Street) Sam Leach & Beccy Massy are now racking up praise for their own “fantastic neighbourhood restaurant”, in Southville; the “exquisite” small plates – many of the ingredients sourced from their own field on the outskirts of town – are a “total bargain” and “well worth more than one visit”.

£51
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4
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Sam Leach & Beccy Massy, “who served their apprenticeships at many of Bristol’s top restaurants”, continue to win praise for their white-walled Southville venture, serving “exotic” small plates featuring “fascinating combinations of local ingredients”. However, “more in the way of sound absorption” would go down well with some reporters.

£42
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Simple, understated and excellent value” – the virtues of Sam Leach and Beccy Massey’s small, white-walled shop-conversion in Southville, where engaging staff provide “a limited, daily changing menu, using locally grown produce” (much of it from their own allotment). “Everything is to a very high standard, and the best dishes are divine!”

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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Restaurant details

10 pm
47 Raleigh Rd, Bristol, BS3 1QS
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday6 pm-10 pm
Wednesday6 pm-10 pm
Thursday6 pm-10 pm
Friday6 pm-10 pm
Saturday12 pm-3 pm, 6 pm-10 pm
Sunday10 am-4 pm

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