Replacing the popular Birch, as of October 2020, is this restaurant that doubles as a deli (future-proofing at its best) from Pegs Quinn, formerly head chef at Bianchis, and with stints at Pasta Ripiena and The River Cafe under his belt.
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“This is how you treat great produce with care and respect and create beautiful things!” – so say fans of Mary Glynn and Pegs Quinn’s Italian-influenced two-year-old in Southville, whose “excellent” cuisine is informed by Pegs’s 18-year stint at the Hammersmith’s famous River Café. “Service is good and the place is lively and noisy (but some softening of the acoustics might help)”.
Replacing the popular Birch (RIP), this “very friendly local eatery” is an October 2020 newcomer that started life as a deli and then morphed into a restaurant with blackboard menu. It’s the work of Pegs Quinn, formerly head chef at Bianchis, and with stints at Pasta Ripiena and London’s famous River Café under his belt. National press critics Tom Parker Bowles and Jay Rayner both have given it rave reviews, comparing it favourably to the famous Thames-side Italian. Our feedback is scarcely less enthusiastic: “as well as being a top place to eat, they also do the best takeaway pizzas for miles around!”
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Sonny Stores Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Like being a guest in someone's home. So friendly and welcoming. The room is nothing to speak of but that doesn't matter as it is about the conviviality and the awesome cooking. Even if you don't like the look of it on the menu it is guaranteed to make you go 'wow I never expected it to taste like that!""
"Almost the perfect restaurant. Unpretentious, effortless and sublime food and drinks. "
"Obviously very popular; we have tried to get in before and not made it. Having been there can see why. The pasta was delicious, and the desserts amazing: best tiramisu, and the chocolate and quince tart was fabulous. Service was great too. "
"Had a fabulous birthday lunch here, delicious italian inspired menu all cooked to perfection. friendly service and a very relaxed and easy atmosphere. nice wine list and cocktails too. The pizzas are amazing."
"Wonderful food - a worthy successor to Birch, served by genuinely interested and informed staff, but experience totally ruined by the lack of sound deadening which made conversation impossible and left us with a headache. "
|Wine per bottle||£28.00|
47 Raleigh Road, Bristol, BS3 1QS
|Tuesday||12 pm‑10 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑10 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑10 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑10 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑10 pm|