My Bristol Food - Sam Rowswell

My Bristol Food - Sam Rowswell

Posted on: 15 Mar 2017

In this series of interviews we chat with some of Bristol's leading foodies to get their take on what the food scene has to offer. From fine dining to fried chicken, Bristol does it better than most...


In this edition we spoke with Sam Rowswell. She's plus-size fashion blogger and certified Bristol foodie. You can catch up with her at or @ohmydorothy

My Bristol Food - Sam Rowswell

Who are you? Are you from Bristol or if not why have you moved here?

I'm Sam Rowswell, a mother of 3 that likes to blog about plus-size fashion and food. I'm originally from Essex but moved to Bristol 7 years ago. I got married in Wookey Hole and literally fell in love with Bristol the moment I arrived. The change of pace, the scenery and the sheer diversity in culture has me hooked. 


Where is the best place to go and have some food in Bristol?

For me right now, it's all about the new cargo development at Wapping Wharf. There's literally something for everyone and there's still more in the works.


You’ve got 24 hours in Bristol to show some visitors around. What are you going to do?

Ok so a full 24 hours means I get to eat a lot! I'd start the day with a walk around the harbour, stopping at Spoke & Stringer for brunch. We would then head up Park Street to Brandon Hill so we can catch the beautiful sites of Bristol at the top of Cabot Tower. A cheeky stop at Pinkmans for a sourdoughnut would be in order or a scoop of gelato at Swoon. No trip to Bristol would be complete without visiting the suspension bridge and dinner would have to be at The Pump House.


If you were the Mayor of Bristol for a day what would you change or implement?

If I was mayor for the day I'd have to scrap this ridiculous Metro Bus. The roads are struggling as it is, Stoke Park has been butchered and I've yet to find anyone that's actually in favour of it.


Best burger

The Urban Standard. I've yet to try newcomers Oowee and Rebel Roll but right now this is where my favourites are.

Best Sunday Roast

White Hart a few miles north of Bristol. Short drive away but are totally worth it.

Best Steak

The Ox. 'Nuff said.

Best Indian 

The Mint Room, Clifton. Definitely not somewhere I take my kids. This is purely for date nights!

Best Italian

I've not been to many in Bristol but Polpo are a new-found favourite.

Best pub

The Portcullis in Clifton. Cute and cosy, loads of games and crisp sandwiches.

Ones to watch in 2017

I'm eagerly awaiting Lemonade to open on Whapping Wharf. Dirty burgers and lemonade? They are speaking my language.

Sam Rowswell - My Bristol Food

Article by:

James Anderson

Born and raised in the suburbs of Swansea, Jimmy moved to Bristol back in 2004 to attend university. Passionate about live music, sport, science and nature, he can usually be found walking his cocker spaniel Baxter at any number of green spots around the city. Call James on 078 9999 3534 or email