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Bristol’s Hidden Gems: Keep It Local
Image Credit: Beef Shin, January King Cabbage and Rapeseed Mash at Yurt Lush

Bristol’s Hidden Gems: Keep It Local

5 June 2017 | Charlie Kenber

For centuries Bristol has prided itself on localism – whether in its freshly grown produce, its homegrown artistic exports (Derren Brown, Massive Attack and Banksy anyone?) or its locally crafted drink, food and pop-ups. So for an experience that feels truly Bristolian, check out our selection of all things local...

Bristol Folk House

Bristol’s Folk House is probably best known as an adult education centre offering workshops and courses in everything from drawing and textiles to languages, Pilates, photography and even how to solve cryptic crosswords! Courses range from a few hours to several weeks, and there’s an eclectic range of local tutors to pick up skills from. On top of that, at the weekends the venue plays host to a range of quality folk, roots and acoustic music. To finish it all off pay a visit to their café, which takes pride in using as much local produce as possible. Most of the food is organic and – as you’d expect – the menu changes with the seasons.


Image Credit: The Folk House

The Folk House is at 40a Park Street, BS1 5JG.

The Canteen

The Canteen in Stokes Croft has played a significant part in transforming the local area, whilst also creating a community-centred venue that caters for a wide range of customers. This cool bar-come-restaurant-come-music venue is tucked into the ground floor of Hamilton House, and serves a wide range of local beers and wines alongside a seasonal, locally-sourced food menu. Neatly, every main also comes with soup and bread! In the summer, don’t miss out on the large terrace at the front of the building, whilst those coming for the buzz will also find The Canteen regularly pumping with music: everything from funk to samba and back again. It’s a bit wilder by the weekend so plan according to the evening you desire.


Image Credit: The Canteen

The Canteen is at 80 Stokes Croft, BS1 3QY.

The Cauldron

This recent addition to the city’s restaurant scene was the runaway winner of Best Supporter of Local Produce at the Bristol Good Food Awards 2016, barely six months after opening. The Cauldron cook over charcoal and beech logs, and aren’t even connected to a gas supply. Combine this independence with the fact they hand make everything from scratch and it’s easy to see how they picked up the award. They work hard to keep everything sustainable, and – of course – the menu changes regularly to accommodate seasonal shifts. A staggering 24 of their suppliers are even from within St Werburghs itself, so check them out!


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The Cauldron is at 98 Mina Road, BS2 9XW.

St Werburghs City Farm

This attractive farm in North Bristol boasts an award-winning café, a community garden, and an adventure playground, and was founded to help educate the community about how food is sourced. They obtain as much food as possible from organic, fairtrade, local and even wild sources, and this includes their eggs, meat, salad and vegetables. You can buy many of these items from the farm shop, along with a selection of handmade jams and chutneys, and the farm also manages thirteen acres of community allotments in the surrounding area. These holders are even encouraged to trade in surplus items at the farm’s café to make sure nothing goes to waste.


Image Credit: Amelia Wells, St Werburghs City Farm greenhouse

St Werburghs City Farm is at Watercress Rd, St Werburghs, BS2 9YJ.

Yurt Lush

Finally, nestled next to Temple Meads station you’ll find this rather distinctive café and bar. Situated in a Mongolian-style yurt and serving a shifting menu of locally inspired fare, Yurt Lush is certainly a good option for a unique experience. Their Sunday roasts are fairly spectacular as well as their addition of brunch, or why not just pop in for a drink at the bar? Perfect for whether you’re taking a train or if you’re just passing through.


Image Credit: Yurt Lush

Yurt Lush is at Clock Tower Yard, Temple Meads, BS1 6QH.

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