Bristol Food Connections Festival: Clifton Food Passport

To celebrate Bristol Food Connections (a fabulous food festival from 12-23 June 2019), three food passports focusing on different areas of the city have been created. They have the 'Independent District', focusing on Gloucester Road, Bedminster and Clifton Village.

Each passport guides you from place to place, and you can enjoy a complimentary taster or small plate at each stop. They're £12 each, and there are are at least 12 stops on each passport - so it's amazing value!

This week, we had the exciting opportunity to try out the Clifton Village passport... although there are some stops which have been kept a secret, so you will have to buy one to find out 😉.

Although a lot of these venues will show meat options, they all have vegetarian and vegan options too so they cater for everyone.



Spicer + Cole 🧁

We had a slice of their delicious best-selling, fluffy and light courgette & lime cake. You can't taste the courgette at all, it just makes it really moist and refreshing. It didn't taste too sweet and the buttercream created the perfect balance. It's not hard to see why this cake is such a best-seller!


Fishers 🐟

Here we had samples of their smoked mackerel pâté, fish cake, kedgeree and beetroot gravlax.

All of these were locally-sourced and very fresh. The smoked mackerel pâté on toast was probably our favourite as it wasn't too fishy. Our least favourite was probably the Kedgeree as it wasn't as flavoursome as others.

The restaurant is quite unassuming but a lovely surprise once you're in there - we would highly recommend it!



Nutmeg 🍛

This was one of our favourites! We had samples of their onion bhaji, kastoori chicken tikka and parka dhal.

They describe their onion bhajis as the best in town and we definitely agree - crispy, served with a tamarind sauce and not a hint of grease in sight. The chicken tikka was so tender and delicious, in the creamiest sauce. The tarka dhal was mild and tasty with a little kick from the chillies! Our favourites were the chicken tikka and the onion bhajis - if they're the best in town, how could they not be!




Bar Chocolat 🍫

This brownie was amazing and gooey. It's such a cute and cosy place with a nice selection of handmade chocolates; the perfect treat for a chocolate lover.


Anna Cake Couture 🌹

This is such a beautiful venue as you can see, and we had one of their rose macaroons which was lovely and tasted a little bit like Turkish delight. We've been here before and would highly recommend their cakes too.


Reg the Veg 🍓

This is the go-to place for fresh fruit and veg in Clifton. We got to choose either a punnet of fruits or vegetables, and we went for the fruit one. Everything was fresh, sun-kissed and delicious.


Otomi 🌮

Otomi is a Mexican shop selling all things Mexican. They usually don't sell food, so it was a unique opportunity to try out authentic Mexican food. We had little tacos with pico de gallo (what a lot of people would call "salsa" aka a mix of diced tomatoes, white onion, parsley, serrano chile and lime juice), as well as watermelon with a classic seasoning on it.

We absolutely loved the taco, whereas the watermelon was more of an acquired taste as it was a mix of sweet and savoury. To finish, we had some Anejo tequilla which complemented the small bites perfectly.




Bar 44 🍷

This is a funky tapas bar where we had Gordal olives paired with a Spanish white wine and then Trufas (dark chocolate truffles) paired with Pedro Ximénez sherry.

The white wine was crisp and the perfect pair with the gordal olives.




The sherry was sweet, but worked amazingly with the truffles as they were almost bitter (in a good way). The truffle melted in your mouth and the salt on top made sure that it wasn't overly sweet. It was the perfect post-tapas sweet treat without overdoing it.

These were very generous-sized glasses considering that they were tasting ones! Our favourite was the truffle and sherry combination, but to be honest both were very good.




And that's it! As you can see, it's *incredible* value for money as each stop is essentially £1. The rest of the stops are a secret for now, so if you would like to buy your own passport click here 👈🏼, but be sure to be quick as they will probably sell out (they did last year!)

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