Best new food and drink in Bristol of 2021


In this year that we’ve had, every food and beverage company deserves recognition for still being there.

But Bristol24 / 7’s budgets unfortunately don’t stretch that far, so we can only honor some of the newcomers to our city.

Anyone opening a new business in the middle of a pandemic deserves a pat on the back, especially these.

Best New Takeaway: DonDon
98 Queen’s Road, Clifton

Side dishes at DonDon include teriyaki pepper, green beans and Tsukemono pickles – photo: DonDon

DonDon translates from Japanese to English as “faster” – an apt name for a new takeout that is growing in popularity. Former ballet dancer Makoto Nakamura started serving bento at St Nick’s Market and this year opened their first brick and mortar premises.

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Read more: Japanese Takeaway DonDon more “in tip” than you think

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Best New Coffee: Burra
7 Lower Redland Road, Redland

Burra already has plenty of regulars since it opened in February – Photo: Martin Booth

Opened by Bristol Bears players Jake Heenan and Luke Morahan, and Bears COO, Tom Tainton, the Antipodean Tinted Burra quickly became a favorite with its goal of promoting an ethical lifestyle through organic produce, fantastic coffee and a local menu. Don’t miss the arrival of a second café on Gloucester Road in 2022.

Best New Coffee: New Cut
Museum Street, Wapping Quay

New Cut coffee is roasted by Colonna – photo: Martin Booth

New Cut’s homemade coffee is made with beans from Brazil, Colombia and Timor-Leste, with the three components of the blend also being separately brewed in the form of single-origin espressos and filters, as well as being on sale. to brew at home. You do not know what to pick ? Let co-owners Jack Hudspith and Kate Evans walk you through the options.

Best New Donuts: Small Merchandise
2 Glass Wharf, Temple Quay

From the same team behind Small Street Espresso and Little Victories, there was no doubt that this new opening on the Temple Meads cheesegrater deck was going to be a good thing. And that’s what has turned out, with Small Goods, the suppliers of the best donuts on this side of Springfield (as well as some great coffee and sandwiches).

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Find out more about Bristol’s New Donut Quarter in Episode 22 of the Bristol24 / 7 Behind the Headlines podcast:

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Best New Restaurant: Pony Bistro
291 North Street, Bedminster

Harvest Farm Rainbow trout, trout paunch & guanciale sausage, asparagus and shellfish sauce – photo: Martin Booth

Pony Bistro is the latest chapter in Pony & Trap history, promising “all the charm, passion and delight” of the original in the Chew Valley. The chefs cook over a wood fire and focus on Southwestern seafood, vegetables and herbs from the Pony’s own garden and from local producers, as well as high-quality meat to create a menu that changes according to the needs. seasons.

Best new bar: the Stock Exchange Cocktail Club
34 rue Saint-Nicolas

An old-fashioned cocktail at the Bourse – photo: Martin Booth

This underground bar-style bar is located in the basement of the Old India Restaurant, in the former Bristol Stock Exchange meeting room. Just walk around with confidence as if you know exactly where you are going. Continue down the stairs and arrive at the Stock Exchange Cocktail Club, Bristol’s best new underground den.

Best New Ad: The Whitmore Tap
115 Whiteladies Road, Clifton

View from the Whitmore Tap towards Whiteladies Road – photo: Martin Booth

Former Penny Farthing is now the Whitmore Tap, named in honor of Butcombe founder Simon Whitmore. The full range of Butcombe beer is of course on offer here, as well as some really good food cooked from a Robata charcoal grill and show kitchen.

Best new pop-up: Matsudai x Tomo No Ramen
55 West Street, Old Market

Hopefully Tomo No Ramen goes from a pop-up to a permanent restaurant soon – Photo: Ellie Pipe

Cardiff cult pop-up Matsudai has teamed up with Bristol’s Tomo No Ramen to open a pop-up ramen shop slated to become permanent in 2022. Tomo No Ramen’s dirty shoyu ramen tomo-ya is a soup of golden chicken bone, with dirty tare shoyu, aromatic chicken oil and marinated back fat, homemade tokyo noodles, smoked coppa chashu, diced shallots, ajitama, spinach and nori.

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Read more: Tomo No Ramen: ‘The Popular Pop-Up Is Worth The Waiting’ – Restaurant Review

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Best New Store: Little Shop & Pantry
66 Northumbria Drive, Henleaze

Little Shop & Pantry expanded into neighboring premises in 2021 – photo: Martin Booth

Little Shop & Pantry is on the same team as Little French in nearby Westbury Park, who also could have been up for the best pop-up had their collaboration at Bristol Old Vic not been cut short after less than one week. But the loss of King Street is the gain of Northumbria Drive and Little Shop & Pantry has proven to be so popular that it has already doubled in size after taking over the old neighboring store.

Best New Producer: The Aperitivo Co
47 Colston Street

The Aperitivo Co orange flavored liqueur uses cinchona bark for bitterness, as well as a variety of citrus to add balanced complexity – photo: The Aperitivo Co

L’Aperitivo Co makes a range of vermouths, botanical liqueurs, and bottled cocktails, including martini, blanco negroni, and Manhattan. Shop for bottles at their head office in Colston Street or find them for sale in shops in Bristol and a growing number of bars behind.

Best New Initiative: Bristol Local Food Fund

The Bristol Local Food Fund has raised over £ 56,000 this year, which they will use to tackle food insecurity by funding and supporting community food projects that help the poorest people in our city. The funds will be allocated by people with lived experience of food insecurity, to ensure that the money goes where it is most needed.

Main photo: Martin Booth

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