THE RIVER COTTAGE CANTEEN - RESTAURANT REVIEW
& COOKING ARTICLE
the success of its award-winning heir in Plymouth, the River
Cottage Canteen decided to open up a new set of doors in Bristol.
A group of work colleagues decided to head on down to the
venue to see if the rave reviews were true . . .
On first sight, The River Cottage Canteen exudes an element
of laid-back luxury. Set in St Johns Court Hall, a Nineteenth
century church of Grade II status, its unique menu isnt
the only attraction.
Diners have the option to dine in both an upstairs and downstairs
area; the upper half of the restaurant showcases a variety
of magnificent stained glass windows, which certainly look
to be original whilst the downstairs section reveals a number
of separate tables and a contemporary styled bar complete
with an open fire oven.
The menu boasts a combination of local, seasonal and organic
meals all of which are prepared on site. There is even a wild
food option. The list of options is kept fresh by new introductions,
many of which appear on a daily basis.
Local girl Sarah Kieck manages the canteen itself and the
Head Chef is Mark Stavrakakis, and having already worked in
several local establishments, he boasts an impressive CV.
The dress code is smart casual and its a great option
for diners who wish to go on for cocktails, as we chose to
do so. The relaxed ambience combined with the old-style church
beams, the deep mahogany wooden floor and the exquisitely
presented food makes this the perfect venue for an evening
Whilst the restaurant is a great option for those in the
area, it is far from the only choice. Those who prefer a quiet
night-in can take advantage of local takeaway
with JUST EAT, offering the same quality cuisine but
without the need to go out.
This easy-to-use service offers a variety of food types in
and around a number of cities. In order to locate the eateries
closest to you, simply enter your postcode and scroll through
the available options. Once you have decided on a cuisine,
pay online and theyll deliver it to your door.
If youre like me, heavy nights out will often leave
you in desperate need of food. Since the majority of restaurants
stop serving at 9pm, a takeaway meal is a great option. Ill
often order it during the taxi journey home so both food and
I will arrive home at the same time perfect!
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