Spanish 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. Gambas Spanish restaurant in Bristol Unit 15 Cargo 2, Wapping Wharf - BS1
This “lovely tapas bar in the fashionable Cargo development” has earned strong ratings across the board since taking over Russell Norman’s Spuntino shipping-container perch. It is a sibling of Wapping Wharf neighbour Cargo Cantina and Bravas in Cotham, in Kieran and Imogen Waite’s Season & Taste group.
3. Paco Tapas Spanish restaurant in Bristol Lower Guinea St - BS1
Peter Sanchez-Iglesias’s spin-off from the acclaimed Casamia is a buzzing Andalusian-style joint near the docks where you can sit on the terrace or plump for the eight-seater counter and banter with chefs. The order of the day: “absolutely delicious tapas, with excellent sherry to match” – and this is confirmed in many reports. But ratings blipped this year on the back of a couple of ‘off reports’: “been a few times… too loud and massively overpriced”.
4. Bar 44 Spanish restaurant in Bristol 18 - 20 Regent Street - BS8
2021 Review: “Proper jamon, a good selection of small plates, and an excellent Spanish wine list with a wide range of good sherries” – “a great drinks list with something for everyone” – help inspire positive reviews on this Hispanic yearling – “a great new addition to Bristol” and the first English branch of a small minichain originating near Cardiff.
5. Bravas Mediterranean restaurant in Bristol 7 Cotham Hill - BS6
This popular tapas joint wins consistently sold ratings all round and is “even better now that there is space outside”. It is part of Kieran & Imogen Waite’s local Season + Taste group, with stablemates Bakers & Co in Gloucester Road and Cargo Cantina and Gambas in Wapping Wharf. Their Stokes Croft Mexican, Masa + Mezcal, was a victim of the 2020 lockdown.
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