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  • Bristol: New Autumn Restaurants

    Bristol: New Autumn Restaurants


    Creators of the burger above, Asado serves organic, locally-sourced burgers, West Country Cheese with South American inspired menu options. Based on Colston Street, this burger restaurant actually opened back in June, but I wanted to add it in because about 4 different people have said it’s the best burger they’ve had in Bristol.

    A huge amount of planning and preparation has gone into making ASADO a reality, from planning the location down to considering exactly which ingredients to use. “We’re serious about our burgers, our sides, our sauces, our drinks – everything has had a lot of thought into how we can get across our passion for quality produce and cooking in what we do.”

    Franco Manca

    Award-winning pizzeria Franco Manca are opening their first Bristol restaurant.

    The Bristol restaurant will be in Clare Street, on a site previously occupied by the Cheltenham & Gloucester building society. The chain was started by Naples-born chef Giuseppe Mascoli in London’s Brixton market in 2008 and has now branched out to Bournemouth, Brighton and Southampton and now has a total of 40 restaurants. There are just seven pizzas on the menu in total, with the option to add other toppings. The pizzas are made from slow-rising sourdough (a minimum of 21 hours!) and baked at 500C in a wood burning oven. They’re currently recruiting and an opening date has yet to be announced, but building work has begun so it is expected to be open before Christmas.

    Follow them on Instagram for more updates or to look out for the launch date.

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    Mrs Potts Chocolate House

    Mrs Potts Chocolate House opened in September and is located on Park Street. Owned by Australian couple Michael and Jennifer Potts, the cafe will be serving up an array of chocolatey treats including gooey chocolate brownies, fondues, chocolate-drizzled eton mess, melted chocolate pots, tarts and all other kinds of desserts. And it’s not just food – they’ll also have hot chocolates and many other drinks to try. The chocolate house is a popular concept in Australia, they say, and they believe that Bristol is the perfect location for it. They’ll be working with local suppliers like Guilberts Chocolatiers and Wogan Coffee, and there will be both gluten-free and vegan options available too. The venue has been renovated to seat up to 30 customers, and the main interior feature will be the marble counter that has three pots of melting chocolate to pour over your dessert of choice. Choose from milk, dark or white chocolate. Mrs Potts Chocolate House will be open from 11am to 8pm Sunday to Wednesday, and from 11am to 11pm Thursday to Saturday.


    Chocolate inspired Desserts
    All of our food is made fresh in house using only the best ingredients.

    • Pots of pure melted chocolate for dipping in a variety of seasonal fruit and in house made confectionery.
    • Original softly set chocolate pot with whipped cream and a Mrs Potts chocolate. Chocolate mint and toasted marshmallow chocolate pots also available.
    • Chocolate hazelnut tart made with a crumbly hazelnut pastry and Lemon meringue with toasted meringue.

    A changing selection of delicious home made cakes and biscuits. Gluten free and vegan options available.

    We’ve gone back through the history and have a range of drinks inspired by the original chocolate houses.

    • Mrs Potts original Hot Chocolate made with pure ground chocolate.
    • Roasted white chocolate, white and dark hot chocolates.
    • Chocolate Chai, a spiced brewed cocoa ( Vegan option available).
    • A selection of Coffee and loose leaf teas.
    • All available with toasted homemade marshmallow.



    This new restaurant in Easton combines locally grown product with a Scandinavian influence to the menu. It opened on the 22nd September, and it located in a former Victorian factory at the Mivart Studios in Bristol. Dela means ‘share’ in Swedish and sharing food and eating together is fundamental to the restaurant’s ethos, according to owners Mike Orme and Lara Lindsay. The restaurant will use local suppliers and dishes will be open from morning through to evening with take-out, brunch and daily lunch specials. In the evening there will be an ever-changing seasonal menu using locally sourced and home grown veg.  Dishes will include Danish sourdough pancakes with a choice of butternut squash; sweet pickled mushrooms; sea bass and pig’s cheek ragu – and many dishes will be designed to be shared between groups of two or more in true Danish style. Mike and Lara have spent two years working towards Dela’s inception, running a number of pop-up events at Harts Bakery in the process.

    The Florist

    The Florist will replace Grade II-listed building Goldbrick House; over 10 years since it opened Park Street back in 2006. The Florist is another brand from New World Trading Co, who also own The Botanist, The Oast House (Manchester) and The Smugglers Cove (Liverpool). This new venue will be housed over two Georgian buildings and will have 200-capacity and promises a brand new concept, with several interconnecting floors and rooms. The venue will be housed over two Georgian buildings and will feature several interconnecting floors and rooms. They’ll serve a range of cocktails and world beers with a food menu featuring deli, rotisserie and a selection of grill dishes. It will open early 2018, and chief executive of New World Trading Co Chris Hill said: “We are excited to be opening our first Florist in a community which has such a passion for food and city. We are very much looking forward to immersing ourselves in local life.” I went to The Botanist in Newcastle a couple of weeks ago and couldn’t believe how amazing it was, so I cannot wait to go here when it launches in 2018.

    Pasta Ripiena

    This restaurant is a new venture from the owners of Pasta Loco on Cotham Hill and opens November 2017. Co-owner Dominic Borel said: “We’re really excited about opening Pasta Ripiena in central Bristol, which is becoming a foodie hub thanks to places like Bar Buvette and Adelina Yard.” “We see Pasta Ripiena as the little sister of Pasta Loco, serving amazing handmade stuffed ravioli, great wines and the best Negroni and Aperol spritz in town. “Ben and I will be splitting our time between Pasta Loco and Pasta Ripiena but it’s great that our family-run vibe will continue in our second place with Joe cooking.”

    Open from Mon-Sat for lunch and dinner, the menu will change with the seasons but typical ravioli dishes will include spinach and pumpkin with sage butter; saffron and potato with Provencal seafood bisque and River Eve mussels, and ox cheek with celeriac, cavolo nero and aged Parmesan. Specialising in handmade filled pasta dishes, Pasta Ripiena will serve a choice of ravioli main courses, each available in starter or main course size.

    Oowee Diner – North Street

    Last but a million percent not least, Oowee Diner – currently based On Picton Street in Montpelier – is opening a brand new restaurant on North Street in Bedminster. Based where Bagel Boy used to be, this new location will have seating area as well as the option to take away and the menu will be made up of the most loved classics. The menu features The Saucy Bird (crispy Southern thigh, American and Swiss cheese and Oowee baconnaise), The Peanut Butter Bacon (which has double cheese patties, peanut butter, crispy bacon and cheese) waffle fries, Nutella shakes, marmite and cheddar fries and loads more.



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