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After 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 John’s Court Hall, a Nineteenth century church of Grade II status, its unique menu isn’t 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 it’s 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 dinner date.

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 they’ll deliver it to your door.

If you’re 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. I’ll 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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