With Spring officially upon us and the now customary March heatwave arriving in Bristol over the weekend (what’s up with the season’s these days?), a number of my favourite food and coffee spots have unveiled their new Spring and Summer menus. Here are a couple I’ll be sampling as soon as I can…
Boston Tea Party
Now with 4 branches across Bristol alone, BTP is becoming something of a South West super-brand. As well as being a popular place for students to go to pretend to revise in the summer exam season, the Park Street branch’s tucked-away terraced garden has provided a refuge for many a weary shopper on the way up the hill over the years. The only other BTP with a good amount of outdoor seating the newest branch over on Cheltenham Road, which is putting in a good challenge on the Whiteladies branch to become my favourite. Whichever branch you prefer, here are the new Spring offerings to tempt you to go for more than just a coffee…
Baked Eggs & Chorizo – West Country & free-range chorizo with roasted new potatoes in a rich tomato sauce with free-range eggs topped with Greek yoghurt served with toasted white bloomer. (Veggie option available)
Pulled Pork Wrap – Slow cooked West Country & free-range pulled pork with spicy slaw, amai sauce in a tortilla wrap with tomato salsa & tortilla chips.
New Super Salad – Packed with mango, pink grapefruit, sprouting seeds, fennel, herby chickpeas, mixed leaves & toasted nuts & seeds. Wonderfully & totally vegan.
Raspberry & White Chocolate Blondie – just like a brownie but better & blonder!
Ultimate Banana Smoothie – Bananas, Greek yoghurt, milk, honey & a dollop of smooth peanut butter!
CocoNuts Smoothie – Coconut milk, milk, homemade granola with nuts & seeds, bananas & honey.
As well as being my favourite place to catch a film around Bristol (although The Orpheus and The Cube are a very close second equal!), the Watershed also has an excellent restaurant/cafe/bar and their seasonal menus are unfailingly good with local, seasonal produce, a good range of portions sizes and particularly good options for vegetarians (I often order the veggie options despite being a meat-eater).
My only complaint is the limited outdoor seating for soaking up the summer sun while you eat – the balcony is amazing if you can grab a spot but otherwise I often end up at a table strategically shuffled to be under one of the large windows. It’s not a bad second best but it’s a little disappointing when the sun isn’t shining in the right direction.
The Watershed’s spring menu is here…
Also worth mentioning while we’re talking food news, Coffee #1 have expanded their range of food and The Thali Cafe have decided to open their Montpelier branch during the daytime at weekends. If you’ve never been to Thali by the way, you really must, it’s a Bristol institution and an excellent alternative to the usual curry place.