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No1 Harbourside, Bristol

Quite frankly, I’m amazed that it’s taken me this long to review No1 Harbourside. Not only do I visit regularly, but more importantly, it’s one of my favourite places to eat, drink and be merry in central Bristol.

No1 Harbourside sits discreetly under the The Watershed on Bristol’s harbour side (as the name suggests!), and is run by Coexist; the people who turned Hamilton House on Stoke’s Croft into one of the city’s coolest hangouts, The Canteen.

Both No1 and The Canteen work with the same ethos – celebrating Bristol and the South West and bringing locally sourced, simply prepared, good food to the masses. In my book, that’s a pretty solid foundation, but chuck in a wickedly eclectic bar and dining area, some really friendly staff and a bit of live music and you’ve got yourself a winning recipe.

I’ve eaten at No1 several times in the evening, but working in the centre, we regularly pop in for a long Friday lunch. This particular visit was to celebrate the lovely Polly leaving Bristol for the bright lights of London town, and as there were about 20 of us we called ahead to secure a table. I’ve been to No1 with big parties on a number of occasions, and they’re always amazingly accommodating, pushing together tables and making sure everyone can be seated together.

Anyway, I digress. One of my favourite things about No1 is that menu is ever changing. Everything on the menu is seasonal and locally sourced, so the menu changes day to day, depending on what’s available in the kitchen. All mains come with free soup, which comes with lovely chunks of rustic bread, and everything is more or less under a tenner.

When we visited there were so many of us that we managed to order a bit of everything on the menu, but unfortunately, I got so carried away with my burger that I forgot to take pictures of everything. Regardless, I’ll let the pictures do the talking…

Hand made beef burger with brie and black pepper fries – £8

Beer battered fish and chips with homemade tartar sauce £8

Moules marinere with black pepper fries – £6

No1 Harbourside

Obligatory arty farty foodie shot

No1 Harbourside really has it covered, it’s the perfect place to get a reasonable, tasty lunch with friends or a pot of tea and a slice of cake on a Saturday afternoon, but then it manages to transition seamlessly into a cosy place for dinner or a few pre-town drinks.

Personally, I love it here and have never been disappointed, but my only criticism would be that the menu can sometimes be a bit limited, especially for vegetarians. However, what they have done very well is bring a little bit of  Stoke’s Croft style cool to the centre, and that ain’t no bad thing!

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