When I was younger we would sit down as a family and watch River Cottage on the television, dreaming of a sustainable life where we could live off the land, care for our own animals and cook up delicious, organic, home-grown treats and tasty feasts!
We were recently in Clifton, near Bristol, staying at Number 38 Clifton boutique hotel (as you may have read here). Upon asking for restaurant recommendations in the area, River Cottage Canteen was a name that instantly resonated with me and took me back to those childhood days.
River Cottage has three ‘Canteen’ restaurants and delis in Axminster, Winchester and Bristol, each focused on preparation of seasonal, local, organic and wild food. All of the ingredients are fresh, locally sourced by Hugh and his team of head chefs and, from our experience, delicious!
The Bristol River Cottage Canteen is bright, airy and spacious, covering two floors. An exciting feature of the restaurant is the open kitchen, where you can see the chefs freshly cooking up your meal as you order.
Our waitress was called Kelsey and was super friendly, talking us through her recommendations and sharing the specials and customer favourites.To start we each enjoyed a glass of Elderflower Bubbly, which was so yummy alongside fresh sourdough bread, butter and Devon hempseed oil.
For main course Pete went for Moules Frites, enjoying the sustainably sourced shellfish coated in a delicious sauce. I went for the chef’s recommendation; Chargrilled saddleback belly & chop, pickled cabbage, rhubarbeque beans.
All the flavours had been paired to be perfectly complimentary making up a delicious plate of fresh, hearty food.
We finished off the evening with a gin cocktail (my favourite) and leaving with a smile after a really lovely dinner experience.
Thank you to River Cottage Canteen, Bristol for such a wonderful evening! I’d particularly like to make a shout out to our waitress, Kelsey, who made the whole experience that extra bit more enjoyable!