Bristol is jam-packed with awesome independent businesses, restaurants and cafes. We’re not just proud to be the UK’s largest SEO agency, but also to based in our favourite city in the world, Bristol. We’ve taken some time to collect our favourite places to eat and drink in the city to give you some tips about where’s best to check out. If you’re coming into see us and you fancy trying some of what Bristol has to offer, then let us know and we’ll book somewhere local.
Poco Tapas Bar, 45 Jamaica St, Bristol BS2 8JP
You often catch one of the upUgo team in Poco grabbing something for lunch here. It’s just down the road from our office and the food is incredible. It’s a small, bustling cafe on the corner of busy Stokes Croft and it’s full of character. We’d recommend their takeaway sandwiches for lunch but a few of us have tried Poco for dinner and given it a big thumbs up. It’s one of Bristol’s hidden gems.
Jamaica Street Stores, 37-39 Jamaica St, Bristol BS2 8JP
We’re practically neighbours with the guys at Jamaica Street Stores. They’re awesome too. Brothers Phil and Charlie have turned a Grade 2 Listen Carriageworks from the Nineteenth Century into a beautiful space for local artists and music. Alongside this, Phil makes incredible food. They do great value lunches providing a quiet space to chat. In the evenings, they often turn their space into a club showcasing local music and DJ’s from Bristol.
Masa and Mescal – 77 Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1 3RD
Located conveniently beneath our office, Masa and Mescal is a Mexican cantina slap bang in the middle of Stokes Croft. After returning from travelling around Mexico, the guys here set up a really cool space with exceptional food and drinks. It’s definitely worth a trip on a Friday after work.
Under The Stars, Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA
Under The Stars is one of few restaurants on a boat in Bristol. They do a wide range of tapas and cocktails set in a relaxed setting with incredible views of the Rvier Avon and the bustling walkways of the floating harbour. It’s the perfect spot to take in the sun going down on the river or to people watch.
The Olive Shed, Floating Harbour, Princes Wharf, Bristol BS1 4RN
This lovely restaurant is tucked away on the Bristol harbourside near some old shipping containers. Our harbourside is undergoing a massive transformation currently, with key developments like Wapping Wharf sparking new urban revival and business development. Nestled amongst a quirky blend of independent bars, pizzarias, cafes and restaurants, The Olive Shed makes fantastic tapas using local and sustainably sourced produce. This place is perfect for a weekend bite and a sunny stroll along Bristol’s beautiful waterfront.
The Jersey Lily, 193 Whiteladies Rd, Redland, Bristol BS8 2SB
It would be rude if we didn’t give the Jersey Lily a mention. Not just because it serves great pub food and the best pint in Bristol but because it’s a special place for a few of the upUgo team. Our CEO Luke and our Sales Director Andrew met our Head of Partnerships Biff there over 5 years ago. So in a way, we’ve got the Jersey Lily to thank for some of our recruitment. Run by Biff’s partner, The Jersey is a proper local Bristol pub and doesn’t try to be something it isn’t. If you’re after some pub grub, a friendly face and a selection of quality drinks, then make sure to swing by. If Biff’s in, say hello to one of upUgo’s long serving team.
Pasta Loco, 37A Cotham Hill, Redland, Bristol BS6 6JY
Based on Cotham Hill, the guys at Pasta Loco know their stuff when it comes to pasta. You might think finding authentic Italian food in Bristol could be difficult but try and get a table here if you can to prove yourself wrong. This team of locals have Italian family who make sure all ingredients are sourced from local suppliers ensuring quality. You might be surprised because this small little restaurant packs a punch. We’d definitely recommend booking a table as it gets very busy pretty much all the time. If you can’t get in this weekend, make sure you get a date pencilled in to visit. It’s worth it.
Grain Barge, Hotwell Rd, Bristol BS8 4RU
Another Bristol restaurant on a boat, the Grain Barge is a historic barge that has been converted into an incredible pub and restaurant. Once you board the gangplank, you definitely know you’re somewhere special. Sit inside with panoramic views of the River and Hotwells, or if the weather suits, grab your beer from local brewery Bristol Beer Factory and take in the sun on the deck up top. This is one of our favourite places to watch the sun set whilst sipping a Milk Stout and eating a burger. It’s definitely worth a trip, even just for the view.
St Nicholas Market, The Corn Exchange, Corn St, Bristol BS1 1JQ
You can find St Nick’s tucked away in Bristol’s historic old city. Built in Medieval times, Bristol’s old city is situated in the centre and is home to more than 50 local independent food stalls, jewellers, florists, gift shops, sweetshops and more hidden gems. We’d recommend starting by walking through the market. You might be offered some tasters by stall owners but definitely spend some time working out what you’re going to treat yourself too. From Kurdish wraps to Japanese Noodles, there’s something for everyone. This is a real showcase of Bristol’s food network so make sure you take a visit. It gets busy at lunchtimes so make sure you’ve got cash on you and you’ll be good to go. You cans see a breakdown of all the local traders here from Bristol Council.
Coffee and Beer, 16 Cotham Hill, Redland, Bristol BS6 6LF
Another strong independent business in Bristol, Coffee and Beer is a speciality coffee and craft beer shop with it’s own Espresso bar for takeaways and a tap room. If you’re a fan of premium coffee or craft beer, this is definitely worth a visit. In the busy student area of Cotham Hill, Coffee and Beer has been running since 2017. They want to showcase the best coffee and beer that the UK has to offer and make sure they do that using the best suppliers and equipment. It’s a great place to get away if you need to do some admin or think in your own space with a delicious flat white. Once you’re done, you can even celebrate with a quick Left Handed Giant craft beer or pick up a few to take home.
So, those are a few of our favourite spots in Bristol to grab a bite to eat or a drink. There are lots of things we love about Bristol, but being an SEO agency is number one. If you’re looking for help with your digital visibility, get in touch.