The Old Bowl Inn

16 Church Road, Lower Almondsbury, Bristol, BS12 4DT, United Kingdom
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Good Veggie Food in Cool Setting

by marilynmondoe

I am moving back to Bristol soon and would love to know of any sexy restaurants serving great food - with vegetarian options.
I don't like chain restaurants and do not want to venture into the centre!!!!!

Also - does Bristol do Gastro pubs????? Any cosy local restaurants that serve great food and let the kids in??? I only know the Cadbury which is nice but abit grubby... Any ideas???????

Abit concerned cause I am leaving London where there is a fab choice of everything.


Re: Good Veggie Food in Cool Setting

by NeilnSue

The Cadbury....seems like a lifetime ago I used to occasionally drink there...then again it was, studied in Bristol in late 80's. Sorry I can´t help but you´ve definatly brought a smile to my face...thanks.


Re: Good Veggie Food in Cool Setting

by MrMatt


You could try doing a search for what you want at these bristol websites: ...has good, no nonsense reviews for a wide range of restaurants. ...lists loads of restaurants by their type.

There's loads of choice if you are tempted to venture to the centre or the Clifton area...

The Severn Shed (on the harbourside near St Mary Redcliffe church) is quite trendy and does veggie-food (see first website).

Hope this helps a bit

Re: Good Veggie Food in Cool Setting

by jayhawk2000

Ooh, I loved Bristol! It's quite beautiful and has a hip, alternative vibe to it. It's well known for its green credentials and has lots of veggie options.

The Severnshed mentioned above looked fab, but was way too pricey for my budget. The Watershed in the Arnolfini arts centre nearby should be opening again soon. It's on the docks, across from the arts cinema which also has its own trendy bar.

We came across loads of great pubs, but not many did food and of those probably the best was The Hope & Anchor at 36 Jacob Wells, between Clifton and the city centre.

There's a huge wholefoods grocery store with deli & cafe near the university called Fresh & Wild. It's got everything organic you can imagine, from fresh fruit and veg to cheese, chocolates and can do all your shopping here.

Re: Good Veggie Food in Cool Setting

by rachel1105

san carlos corn street is fab, really cool but book well in advance everyone wants to go. Also go up park street all the restaurants are very hip

Re: Re: Good Veggie Food in Cool Setting

by BlueSkiesGirl

The best thing to do is get a copy of 'Venue's Eating Out Guide' . Venue is the weekly local listings magazine of What's on etc in Bristol & Bath so always worth getting a copy. Check out their website for restaurant ideas and to get the guide £4.95.

My fave restaurant has to be Glasnost for friendliness, buzz and a fantastic menu - not just the usual boring selection and always a great selection of in season veg (never mushy carrot and broccoli). Their website is and you can see the latest menu. Don't be put off that it is in a backstreet of houses as any taxi driver should know where it is or else just drive. Their Maltesers and Baileys cheesecake is tops.

Happy Eating :-)

Travel Tips for Bristol

Around The Area...

by coceng

Here, I captured the sight of the fountain again...Nice huh ? There's a gardener working in the area, we ended up talking.
He urged me to stay longer in Bristol but I said that I had to move as 2 friends were waiting for in The Cotswolds ! [Please click]

The Old Harbour

by diocletianvs

While on the north side of the Floating Harbour - the Harbourside - there are big redevelopment projects the southern part still has the old harbour feel. Not for long though, some of the old warehouses will soon be converted into other uses, like the Bristol Industrial Museum that is located in an old warehouse (and was under reconstruction in Feb. 2007).

Until this happens you can wander around old warehouses and railtracks. As a train enthusiast for me the short walk here was worth just to take a photo of the "Trains and Pedestrian have priority" sign ;)

I took the photo of the old crane and few days after I returned to Zagreb the Discovery Channel had a programme about these devices and showed the Bristol crane as one of the first steam-operated cranes and - more surprisingly - the one that still works. They lifted a cargo rail car using just the power of steam! Hope this monument of early industrial design will be preserved!

The heart of Picton Street

by TheLongTone about C & T Licata & son

Licata's is a family-run Italian - or strictly speaking Sicilian - grocers shop. Pasta, olives, salami, that sort of stuff. A general grocers shop, please. This is not, heaven forfend, a deli. There is no vast and baffling array of esoteric sausages and such: simply a very good basic selection (but including such items as proper Italian salted lard). There is, natch, a lot of pasta to choose from, including the top-quality Barilla stuff: their own-brand canned tomatos (including canned cherry tomatos) but this is emphatically somewher simply to buy day to day groceries, albeit one perhaps acceptable to someone who doesn't suffer the gastronomic handicap of being English. The family are properly bilingual in Italian and Bristolian and the shop has been there ages, well before Picton Street became fashionable and started sprouting retro clothes shops. Coffee, pasta, (Fusilli today), a couple of cans of tomatoes, a bunch of coriander, some mushrooms, a lemon, and a packet of Garibaldi biscuits. (named after the famous Italian patriot Giuseppe Biscuit...Licatas don't have a huge range of English biscuits, concentrating more on amaretti & so on, but charmingly does sell Happy Shopper brand Garibaldi biscuits* And their home-made tiramisu is pretty damn fine.

*Named after the famous Italian patriot Guiseppi Biscuit. Well, I get through a lot of coffee and the kilo bags of beans are an absolute steal. Otherwise Licata's is neither cheap nor expensive. But it does give good value.

Get to Bristol by Air (The...

by delon

Get to Bristol by Air (The Airport is about roughly an hours drive from city centre), or by Train (Temple Meads - the main railway station is next to the city centre, or by Road (Get to the M32 from either M4 or M5).
Bristol city has a very good Bus service that runs through all parts of the city. There are trains that connect certain parts of Bristol too, while taxis can be found in many places.

Rajdoot Tandori Indian...

by Aragina

Rajdoot Tandori Indian Restaraunt.
A very tastfull restaraunt with superb service, and very helpful waiters. Chicken Sekwa - Nepalese Speciality - Whole breast of chicken marinaded in spiced and herbed lemon juice with ginger, garlic, fenugreek


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