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31 new openings to look forward to in 2016

By martin booth, Friday Dec 18, 2015

1.  Casamia

The Michelin-starred restaurant, Casamia, is moving lock, stock and barrel from their original home in Westbury-on-Trym to the new General Hospital development in Redcliffe this month. Read more bout the move here.

2.  Pi Shop

The Casamia team have also announced they will be opening two new eateries on the site. Pi Shop will offer “Napoli meets Bristol” sourdough pizza and ice cream with an open-plan kitchen and wood-fired oven.

3.  Paco Tapas

The Sanchez-Iglesias family will also be opening an authentic tapas and sherry bar, Paco Tapas, with influences from Andalucía. 

4. Flour & Ash 

Moving into Casamia’s former home in Westbury-on-Trym at the start of April will be the second Flour & Ash, a Best Local Gem in the Waitrose Good Food Guide 2016.

5.  Small Street Espresso

Wapping Wharf is rumoured to be getting a new restaurant from a Michelin star holder, and is definitely getting Pizzarova within a shipping container serving a more street food-style offering than their Gloucester Road restaurant. Alongside these two and several more still to be announced, the boys from Small Street Espresso will be opening their second cafe in the new development behind the M Shed. The new cafe will have a new name and will be double the size of their original home. Read more about the opening here.

6.  Society Cafe


On the theme of speciality coffee, Society Cafe, who already have two outlets in Bath, will be opening their first Bristol cafe on Narrow Quay next to Pero’s Bridge as early as March. Meanwhile, next to the Bristol & Bath Railway Path in Greenbank, building could be starting soon on Cafe 5 nestled into an opening in an existing brick boundary wall on Gratitude Road.

7.  Underfall Yard

At the other side of the Floating Harbour, another new cafe is planned as part of the multi-million pound renovation project at Underfall Yard.

8. Wright Brothers

The growing Wright Brothers chain of oyster restaurants is planning a move to Bristol, adding to its series of successful outlets in London.

9.  Vx

Another establishment making the move from London is vegan shop and cafe, Vx. They will be bringing their menu, complete with vegan junk food such as kebabs, burgers and currywurst, to East Street in Bedminster and opening officially this month after a soft launch towards the end of last year. Over on North Street, Tincan Coffee Co. will be opening a bricks and mortar premises having previously been based in vintage vans.

10.  The Ivy

In leafy BS8, The Ivy is looking to open a new branch this year in the former NatWest bank on The Mall, with a courtyard and orangery, in the handsome late-Georgian building. The new Bristol branch of the exclusive London restaurant will be the first to open in the UK outside the capital.

11.  The Lock Up

Talking of banks, the former Lloyds on Church Road in St George could continue the area’s gentrification (a dirty word for some), with The Lock Up, only a few paces away across the Redfield border opposite Grounded. It will offer “a quintessentially British menu” from a former chef at Yurt Lush, which will be announcing a move to a mystery new location very soon.

12.  Bambalan

Colston Tower, Bristol

In the centre of town, Bambalan bar and restaurant, from the team behind Hyde & Co, Milk Thistle, The Ox and Pata Negra, will be located in what used to be the bus drivers’ social club on the podium level of the Colston Tower.

13.  Bangkok Joe’s

From the Sticks & Broth team comes Bangkok Joe’s in what used to be Byzantium on Portwall Lane. The Thai bistro, bar and restaurant, with Vietnamese and Laos influences, will be a step-up in size from previous ventures, filling the warehoused-sized space which previously had some 150 covers.

14.  Aron’s Jewish Delicatessen

One of the best new restaurants of last year, Aron’s Jewish Delicatessen will be opening a new branch in Stokes Croft. Read our review of the original Chandos Road restaurant here.

15.   The Burger Joint

The ever-popular Burger Joint will be opening their third restaurant in Fishponds, a part of town to keep an eye on.

16.   Biblos

Phoenix on All Saint’s Street is hosting a pop-up by Biblos later this month. The popular restaurant already has branches in Stokes Croft and on Gloucester Road, with its original home on Mina Road in St Werburgh’s soon undergoing a renovation. Read co-owner Will Clarke’s Bristol favourites here.

17.   Chris and Jo’s Kitchen

Currently based within the Vittoria on Whiteladies Road, serving up top-notch Sunday roasts and more, Chris and Jo’s Kitchen are looking for a home of their own next year.

18.   Bertha’s Pizza

Still looking for a stationary home, Bertha’s Pizza is well-known for their canary yellow Land Rover, complete with built-in oven, which features at markets and festivals across the South West. Read the Bristol favourites of Bertha’s Graham Faragher here.

19.   Bar Buvette

Named last month as Bristol24/7’s best bar of 2015, Bar Buvette on Baldwin Street is also looking for a permanent home.

20.   Cattle Market Tavern

In the pubs and bars scene, look out for the Cattle Market Tavern being brought back to life in preparation for it being located conveniently close to the new arena. Read more about Bristol Arena here.

21.   The Sandringham

The Sandringham public house, Sandy Park, Brislington BS4

On the same side of town, The Sandringham on Sandy Park Road in Brislington is rumoured to be ripe for a refurbishment.

22.  King Street Brew House

King Street Brew House in what used to be Namaskar Lounge will join favourites such as Small Bar, the Royal Navy Volunteer and The Beer Emporium on one of the city’s best streets for drinking.

23.  Wild Beer


Wild Beer opened their first bar and restaurant in Cheltenham last year. Could Bristol be next on the list? Brewery founder Andrew Cooper used to work for Bristol Beer Factory so we can live in hope.

24.  The Brigstow

Brigstow Lounge overlooking the Harbour Inlet had to close in December due to a serious building fault. Expect The Brigstow to reopen in spring with a few changes and not just in name. Across the other side of the water, there could also be a new floating cafe-bar, as yet unconfirmed.

25.   Avon Gorge Hotel

Photo: Avon Gorge Hotel

Also due to be receiving refurbishments is the Avon Gorge Hotel under its new owners, the group behind the Malmaison and Hotel du Vin chain. Expect a revitalised White Lion bar, long over reliant on the terrace to pull in the punters.

26.   Bristol Cathedral Cafe

110503-46 Bristol Cathedral

Bristol Cathedral Cafe, whose garden is on of the most beautiful in town, is due a redesign over the new year.

27.   Swoon

Just over College Green from the cathedral, Swoon will be offering gelato, ice cream, coffee and cake to eat in and take away in a unit that was once two shops and most recently The Parlour Showrooms.

28. Miller & Carter

Three former warehouses next to each other could bring renewed life to Welsh Back, offering outside seating overlooking the Floating Harbour. The unit closest to Redcliffe Bridge has already been let to Miller & Carter, who already have a steakhouse restaurant at Milsom Place in Bath.

29. Adelina Yard

Next door to this potential new development on Welsh Back is Adelina Yard, which officially opened its doors with a seven-course tasting menu on New Year’s Eve. Chefs Jamie Randall and Olivia Barry will bring to Bristol what Restaurant Magazine describes as “ambitious modern European food”.

30. Hanoi Coffee Company

Following the arrivals on St Stephen’s Street in the Old City of Cupp and Proven (the latter from the team behind Bagel Boy, opening a third restaurant soon on North Street) will be Hanoi Coffee Company from the team behind Baowow and Sticks & Broth (also busy preparing Bangkok Joe’s), who will be offering coffee alongside handcrafted Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches.

 31. You & Meow

And finally, feline fans rejoice: You & Meow could become Bristol’s first cat cafe, offering a selection of teas, coffees and cakes alongside cat companions.


Read our round-up of Bristol’s best new openings of 2015

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