One of the first things that struck me on our long weekend in Bristol – apart from the eclectic vibe and gorgeous cityscape – is the number of restaurants, bars, cafés and food markets that Bristol has. There is one thing I can guarantee, you won’t go hungry or be bored by any of the cuisines on offer. And while most restaurants these days cater to families, there are some that go above and beyond in welcoming little ones. Here are the top child-friendly restaurants in Bristol. Have fun trying them out!
The Top Child-Friendly Restaurants in Bristol
Watershed Cafe and Bar
Offering up a fantastic harbourside location, the Watershed Cafe and Bar is a large open space with plenty of room for families and their buggies. Plus with a children’s menu offering up pasta and mini burgers, as well as an extensive breakfast and brunch menu, this is a great spot for a lazy morning meal.
Watershed 1 Canons Road, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5TX
The concept of pie comes in many forms which is why Pieminister is so good for families. Of course, there are savoury pies such as the classics like steak, or their Sunday Best topped with pigs in blankets, but there are also dessert pies – and Pieminister, which has two branches in Bristol, has a great range of desserts from sundaes to sweet treats. Our son loved all the colouring in activities, too.
Pieminister 7 Broad Quay, Bristol, BS1 4DA/ 24 Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3PR
L’Osteria serves the best pizza town in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. And as Italians will tell you they love families – so the more the merrier. With plenty of sharing plates, pastas such as spaghetti Pomodoro – there is much to satisfy the palettes of young children.
L’Osteria Quakers Friars Cabot Circus, SU3 – SU5, Bristol BS1 3BU
River Cottage Kitchen
Popular with Bristolians and a stunning setting in a restored church building, the River Cottage’s children’s menu has a fantastic mix of veg, organic and free-range meats and sustainably sourced fish, as well as organic hummus and crackers. Baby and toddler sizes are available, too.
River Cottage Kitchen St John’s Court, Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2QY
With freshly churned gelato on site – from mouth-watering flavours such as salted caramel and mango sorbet – this is a firm favourite with families. If ice cream isn’t your thing, there is also cakes, baked pastries and Italian coffee available for grown-ups, meanwhile, kids can get a mini-sized portion of sweet treats.
Swoon 31a College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TB
Salt & Malt Cargo
Award-winning fish and chips with a waterfront view. Need I say any more? As part of Whapping Wharf’s foodie offerings at the harbourside, Salt & Malt is a proper chippy with battered fish and sausages, as well as fish cakes and cockles. For kids, there are ‘little dishes for little fishes’…
Salt & Malt Cargo 2, Gaol Ferry Steps, Bristol, BS1 6WD
If like us you have kids who really enjoy Indian food, then the Thali restaurants and cafe is a must visit in Bristol. Thali’s origins from a street food truck into five branches doesn’t detract from their key philosophy of simple and excellent food. Little ones have their own dedicated menu with less spice, while under twos eat for free.
Thali Easton 64-66 St. Marks Road, Bristol, BS5 6JH
Ooodles of space in this warehouse style institution means Bocobar is perfect for large groups and families who want to get together and eat locally sourced food. Their Sunday roasts and wood-fired pizzas are as popular now as when Bocobar first opened over a decade ago. Kids can tuck into mezzes or burgers, and while away the time with colouring books and crayons.
Bocobar Unit 3.1 Paintworks, Bath Road, Arnos Vale, Bristol, BS4 3EH
Disclaimer: We were provided with a free meal at Pieminister as part of our collaboration with Visit Bristol. As always my opinions are my own.