British, Traditional Restaurants in Bristol
1. The Olive Tree, Queensberry Hotel British, Modern restaurant in Bath Russell St - BA1
“Excellent in all respects” – nothing but upbeat reports this year on Chris Cleghorn’s well-known and much accoladed basement dining room: the only Bath restaurant with a Michelin star and with a long history as a foodie Mecca. The dining focus here is on the six-course and nine-course tasting menus, but if you just want to pay a visit they do serve breakfast and a simpler lunch. Nothing but praise too this year for its basement quarters, which fans say are “perfect for a special celebration”.
2. The Ivy Clifton Brasserie British, Traditional restaurant in Bristol 42-44 Caledonia Place - BS8
“A busy brasserie atmosphere” is the highpoint at this Clifton offshoot of the glossy Ivy chain, which earnt a better rep this year, even amongst some former foes (“we went in the week it opened and never returned because it was not particularly good… we went back last week and everything was excellent”). A “splendid venue for an upmarket tea – the full works, plus fizz if required”.
3. The Pony Chew Valley British, Traditional restaurant in Chew Magna
After 15 years, the Michelin-starred Pony & Trap gastropub in Chew Magna – owned by chef Josh Eggleton and his sister Holly – is to reopen in a new guise in 2022. The Eggleton siblings have also opened Pony Bistro, in Bedminster (see also) and this, their former HQ, will operate ‘no longer as a gastropub, but as a wedding venue, cookery school and restaurant’.
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