It’s the Pony & Trap versus Casamia in the Best Restaurant category, and Flavourz versus Za Za Bazaar in the battle of the buffet. I may not have many good words to say about the two latter venues, but they pack the punters through the doors, so who am I to cast aspersions?
All of the above and 89 more, from more than 8,000 votes cast, have made the shortlist for restaurants, delis and cafes in the inaugural Bristol Good Food Awards. The awards ceremony will take place in Bristol Museum & Art Gallery on July 3.
“It’s fantastic that so many people in Bristol have got involved in the voting process,” says head judge Angela Mount. “It really shows the passion people have for food in the city and the shortlist is a melting pot of different cuisines, styles and budgets.
“It truly showcases the city’s incredibly varied and exciting dining scene. It’s going to be a difficult task to judge the winners of each category, but our judges are definitely ready for the challenge.”
The shortlist is certainly comprehensive, but there are some surprising omissions, including no Berwick Lodge in the Best Restaurant category, no Lahloo Pantry in Best Cafe Food and no mention at all of The Runcible Spoon.
Here is the full shortlist, with highlighted businesses those reviewed on these pages.
Best Family Friendly
Za Za Bazaar
The Swan Hotel
The Olive Shed (right)
4500 Miles from Delhi
Josh Eggleton (The Pony & Trap)
Matthew Pennington (The Ethicurean)
George Kostka (Ronnie’s)
Chris Wicks (Bell’s Diner / Berwick Lodge)
Marcus Lang (Hotel du Vin)
Freddy Bird (Lido)
Peter & Jonray Sanchez-Iglesias (Casamia)
Louise McCrimmon (Harvey Nichols)
Ronnie Faulkner (The Muset by Ronnie)
Kai Taylor (The River Grill)
Best Wine List
The Clifton Sausage
The Kensington Arms
Arch House Deli
The Mall Deli