Bristol’s reputation as one of the UK’s foremost culinary hotspots has been confirmed by several entries in this year’s Observer Food Monthly Awards.
On top of the Bank Tavern being named as the UK’s best Sunday lunch, four restaurants across the city have been named as runners-up in the prestigious annual awards.
“Many of the people and projects on the shortlist deserve to be brought to wider attention as recipients of an OFM Award,” says chair of the judges, Nigel Slater.
“Partly as a thank you for all they do, but also as inspiration for others.”
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Best Sunday lunch runners-up
The Cauldron, St Werburgh’s
“There is an actual cauldron at the Cauldron: its name is Bertha and it spends four days of the week making gravy. Mains come from a wood-oven, potatoes are done in dripping (unless they’re coal-roasted to go with the haricot, celeriac and caper wellington), and bookings are essential.”
Eat Your Greens, Totterdown
“The only way you’ll get to eat the wildly popular vegan roast – with rave-worthy cauliflower ‘cheese’ – is to book.”
The Pony & Trap, Chew Magna
“The Eggleton siblings don’t let their Michelin status slip on Sundays at this picture-perfect country pub. Roasts are elevated by additions from their own garden – beetroot tops partner butternut and smoked cheese wellington, while in summer blackcurrants make an appearance in a bakewell tart and accompanying sorbet. Little people eat for little prices, and the cheese supplement may be the lowest in the land (£1.50!).”
Best restaurant runners-up
“‘The thing is it’s so gorgeously uncomplicated,’ wrote our own Jay Rayner in his review of Wilson’s. Don’t mistake uncomplicated for a lack of skill or imagination – it’s here in abundance in the prettily composed plates of lobster, basil and redcurrants, or mackerel given the hasselback effect and served with poached oyster.”