My Bristol Food - Ellie Percival-HainesPosted on: 16 May 2017
In our My Bristol Food series, we talk with some of the most prominent Bristol foodies around to get their take on what makes the city's culinary scene tick and also get their recommendations. This week it's Ellie Percival-Haines...
Firstly...who are you?!
I’m Ellie. By day I teach small children. By night I eat extensively and try to save the planet. I’m a born and bred Bristolian and now live next door to the house I grew up in in Windmill Hill. I’m never leaving.
Where are your most-visited food places in Bristol?
Boca Bar at Paintworks. I go at least once a week for after work drinks (and often their incredible pizza/deli plates/lime pie!) and I love it dearly. Viva La Mexicana on East Street, which is unbelievably rough around the edges but serves actual proper Mexican food. No frills but some serious taste bud thrills. North side of the river I am crazy about Ceres in Stokes Croft. I’m making my way through everything on their menu. So far, so delicious!
Where in Bristol has the...
Best Burger – The Burger Joint. Dan’s got vegan and veggie burgers nailed.
Best Pub/bar – My local, The Victoria Park. The outside area alone makes this a perfect spot for an evening drink. Great food too (although not cheap!).
Best Pizza – Mezza Luna on West Street. Plenty of veggie options and a cracking take away deal.
Best for special occasions – 1847 makes any occasion feel special.
Chia pudding at 1847
Best Brunch – My favourite meal. It’s got to be Souk Kitchen on North Street. Shashouka to die for and expertly made Bloody Marys.
Brunch at Souk Kitchen
Best indie producer/shop/market – North Street is a great spot for independents. My favourite shop has to be a toss up between Southville Deli and the space shared by Ivory Flowers and Zara’s Chocolates. Check them all out! The Tobacco Factory Market on Sunday is my favourite market as it has a really friendly, holiday vibe and a fantastic range of food/fashion/fun stuff.
Best afternoon tea – Earthcake on North Street. It might not be fancy but it sure is delicious. A 100% vegan afternoon tea, which is not as readily available as you may think.
Afternoon Tea at Earthcake
If you were the Mayor of Bristol for a day what would you do?
Make businesses charge extra for take away cups and containers. And ban plastic straws. Am I allowed to do that? I hope so.
You’ve got 24 hours in Bristol to show some visitors around. What are you going to do?
Grab a cup of tea and maybe a toastie from Mrs Brown’s Café in Victoria Park. Wander up to Totterdown to admire the colourful houses. Pop into The Star and Dove for a drink on the way back down. Walk and a picnic in Ashton Court. Dinner and cocktails at The Old Bookshop.
Where else can we find you?
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 Editor@365Bristol.com.