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This small, independent bistro in Redlands is gathering a loyal following, thanks to its seasonal menus (with many of the ingredients gathered, grown or hunted by the owners) and biodynamic wine selection.

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Summary

£87
 ££££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A combination of casual style and fine dining” – Jan Ostle & Mary Wilson’s modern bistro in Redland is “well worth seeking out” for the “always excellent, ethically unquestionable” cooking (much of it using home-grown produce) that they’re “always pushing to improve”. “The food is most definitely refined but the venue, a small Victorian shop in a shabby-chic part of Bristol, is relaxed and the vibe is more cafe than restaurant”. “At lunchtime, you can opt for a cut-down tasting menu which is great value at this level”.

Summary

£87
 ££££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Unpretentious, daring, and exceptional value” – Jan Ostle & Mary WiIson’s “accomplished” Redland bistro is widely acclaimed for its “fresh and interesting” take on “fabulous, locally sourced food”, most of which they grow on their own smallholding. “You could be forgiven for missing this small establishment in a residential street – we did! Tables are very close together, but this all adds to the atmosphere – it’s not a restaurant you’d expect to be tasting menu only”.

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£50
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5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Unbelievable value for the most sensational food produced in a minuscule kitchen”, agree fans of Jan Ostle & Mary Wilson’s hyper-local Redland bistro. “Three cheers for this welcoming local”, with “very friendly, efficient, knowledgeable service in simple surroundings”. The kitchen relies on “home-grown veg and local suppliers to produce the most brilliant mixture of innovative dishes, textures and tastes, all presented on interesting china and put together in a relaxed but oh-so-professional manner”.

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£50
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5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The most innovative, original and seasonal food in Bristol at the moment” is the claim made by fans of Jan Ostle and Mary Wilson’s Redlands bistro – “a very small place” offering a “reassuringly limited choice of very well-sourced dishes (magnolia blossom and mackerel a surprise and a success) with service that’s charming, enthusiastic and helpful”. At the end of October 2019, the couple announced a further step towards hyper-locality, with new menus incorporating ever-more produce from their own expanding farm.

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Wilson's Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Wilson's Restaurant in BS6, Bristol by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Wilson's restaurant.
Bob B
Superb clarity of tastes and textures throu...
Reviewed 4 months, 27 days ago

"Superb clarity of tastes and textures throughout a perfectly judged no-choice menu in a laid-back setting. And brilliant value for money."

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Trevor J
I detect a trend away from fine dining in f...
Reviewed 11 months, 14 days ago

"I detect a trend away from fine dining in favour of casual. Wilsons manages to combine the two. The food is most definitely refined but the venue, a small Victorian shop in a shabby chic part of Bristol is relaxed. The vibe is more cafe than restaurant. Each course is presented by the young front of house or one of the four chefs (says something about the work in the food preparation). They grow their own vegetables as well as herbs and bake their own bread. At lunchtime, you can opt for a cut down tasting menu which is great value at this level. A real gem of a local restaurant, well worth seeking out."

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch   £25.00
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 60.00 Always available 7
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £28.00
Filter Coffee £3.00
Extras  
Service 12.50%
24 Chandos Rd, Bristol, BS6 6PF
Opening hours
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