Michelin Bib Gourmand & Michelin Star Restaurants in Bristol for 2020

Michelin Bib Gourmand & Michelin Star Restaurants in Bristol for 2020

Bristol is becoming a great centre for Gastronomy in the UK and this Gastronomer guide features the Michelin Star and Michelin Bib Gourmand Restaurants in Bristol for 2020 including established favourites like Casamia and wilks as well as some rising stars like BOX-E and ROOT…

The food scene in Bristol has exploded over the past decade or so and there’s a really diverse choice of places to eat that cater for every taste in this growing, vibrant city that, in culinary terms, seems to be punching way above its weight.

Box-E, Bristol

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BOX-E, Bristol - It's amazing what some people can do with a couple of shipping containers!

Don’t let the fact that you’ll be eating in a box – or two shipping containers to be precise – put you off, Box-E has a contemporary interior with plenty of light and food that demands all your attention. It’s an intimate experience with only fourteen seats plus a four seat kitchen table directly overlooking the action in the kitchen.

The Michelin Bib Gourmand winning menu changes on a regular basis but with treats like Cornish Plaice with charred corn and black truffle, Guinea fowl with cannellini beans and kale and Cinnamon and brown sugar pannacotta with apricots and candied orange for dessert it’s not going to disappoint whenever you go. But make a booking – with food like this, 18 seats don’t hang around for long!

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Casamia, Bristol

 

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The Scandinavian style dining room at Michelin Starred Casamia is reflected in the food along with other European influences in a seasonally led contemporary menu from Head Chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias. There’s a choice of the Casamia full menu, a chef’s table option with the full menu and a four course tasting menu, but this isn’t available on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Because the menu constantly changes depending on what’s available, reservations are made by buying a pre-paid ‘ticket’ for the preferred menu option with extras, such as drinks and service charge, paid separately at the end of the meal.

Bristol’s Michelin Bib Gourmand & Michelin Star Restaurants in 2020

Wilks Restaurant, Bristol

Michelin Bib Gourmand & Michelin Star Restaurants in Bristol for 2020 -wilks restaurant, Bristol
wilks restaurant, Bristol

From opening in 2012 to Michelin Star only took wilks restaurant just over a year and since then the awards haven’t stopped with, over the years, a place in the National Restaurant Awards top 100, Best Restaurant in the South West, Hardens Top 100 UK Restaurants and The Good Food Guide Top 50 UK Restaurants of 2020.

The food is inspired by the travels of the owners, James and Christine, so expect the unexpected with a combination of traditional and modern cooking techniques using the highest quality and most seasonal ingredients from the local area. In addition to the a la carte there’s a range of menus available including a lunch menu, a menu of the sea, a five course classic menu and a seven course gourmand menu.

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Bulrush Restaurant, Bristol

 

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Before opening Bulrush and going on to win a Michelin Star, Chef-Proprietor George Livesey trained at the Academy of the Culinary Arts, where Albert Roux was his sponsoring chef and cut his teeth at several renowned London restaurants such as St. John Restaurant, Club Gascon and the White Rabbit in Dalston.

Bulrush is a neighbourhood restaurant using foraged and organic seasonal ingredients that go together to make up an eight course tasting menu and an a la carte menu from Tuesday to Thursday evenings and Thursday to Saturday lunchtimes. Friday and Saturday evenings has a nine course tasting menu along with the a la carte.

The Pony & Trap, Bristol

 

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Although outside Bristol in the village of Newton, near Chew Magna we’ve squeezed this one in as it’s nearer Bristol than Bath and it’s a great country foodie escape from either city. Since opening in 2006, brother and sister team Josh and Holly Eggleton have transformed The Pony & Trap from a fairly unremarkable village pub into an award winning gastropub that first won a Michelin Star in 2011 – and retained ever since.

But despite its culinary achievements The Pony & Trap is still very much a community pub and remains ever popular with locals while also attracting those from further afield with the magnet of its Michelin Starred food. Along with an a la carte lunch and dinner menu there’s a set two and three course Sunday Roast and the Chef’s Menu – a tasting menu with a choice of Classic, Fish & Shellfish and Vegetable options.

Paco Tapas, Bristol

 

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Following the tragic death of brother Jonray, it would be a feat enough for Peter Sanchez-Iglesias to achieve one Michelin Star with Casamia, but to win another for Paco Tapas illustrates what an incredible talent Bristol has here.

It was always a dream of both Jonray and Peter Sanchez-Iglesias to bring a bit of Andalusia to Bristol and that’s certainly been achieved with a really authentic feel and a menu including the likes of ready to carve Jamón, Padrón Peppers roasting over a wood fire, Boquerones, Gambas al Ajillo, Patatas Bravas and sherry straight from Jerez.

ROOT, Bristol

 

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More a food movement than simply a restaurant, Root is part of eat, drink Bristol fashion, which was founded in 2012 by Michelin Star chef Josh Eggleton and local farmer Luke Hasell and includes Yurt Lush and Queen Square. With a philosophy of serving sustainable food in interesting places and ‘Field to Fork’, using produce sourced from local, ethical producers in direct trade keeping the food distribution chain and food miles to a minimum.

Located in the Wapping Wharf area of Bristol, Root has achieved critical recognition including a Michelin Bib Gourmand award, whilst sticking to its founding principles. With a vegetable focussed cooking that doesn’t completely exclude meat or fish, the menu includes seasonal delights such as Confit Salsify, Lentil & Mushroom Kiev and Crispy Oyster with Kimchi Mayo and Cucumber.

We hope this guide to the Michelin Bib Gourmand & Star Restaurants in Bristol for 2020 has had your mouth watering and leads to a Gourmet trip of your own to Bristol. There’s lots more where that came from with an ever expanding list of Foodie places to stay in England in the Gastronomer directory. For all the latest Foodie articles, offers and places to stay, please keep checking back, follow us on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter and sign up to our email newsletter.