Pizza in Bristol is big business with many new and exciting places popping up all the time.
From the high end to the more traditional, Bristol definitely has you covered whatever your taste. In no particular order we asked Samuel to list his favourite places to grab a slice.
Located smack on the waterfront, the location for this pizza place couldn’t be better placed. From its harbour side location you can watch the ferries as they come and go and it is only a 5 minute walk from our Marsh House location. A west country based business the Stable specialises in Pizza, Pies and of course Cider (including five 1/3rds taster tray). The top Pizza here in my opinion is ‘The Blazing Saddle’ – Pulled Beef, Sour Cream, Caramelised Onions and Roasted Red Pepper. @_StableBristol
Staying close to Marsh House and the harbourside the next place on the list is Renatos. Tucked alongside the many pubs off King Street is this well established Bar/Eatery. The real draw of Renatos is the numerous signed photographs of many famous actors who after performing at the Old Vic used to pop in here for drinks and a bite to eat. Trying to spot actors you know isn’t hard as many famous faces are hidden here. Ian Mackellen, Judy Dench, Barbara Windsor and even the late great Alan Rickman are just a few you can spot. The Pizza here is served up until 130am so is a good choice if you’ve been out late to the theatre and had a few too many pints in the nearby pubs.
Flour & Ash
Relatively new to the scene Flour & Ash has been garnering national favour in many publications, including the Guardians Jay Rayner. The pizzas here are made from Sourdough bases and a bit more sophisticated than the usual. They offer a range of pizzas, some on a white sauce based including the acclaimed Ox Cheek & Red Wine Ragu. There first location in on Cheltenham Road is not a long walk from Hamilton Court or Cotham Lawn. They’ve recently opened a second location in Westbury-on-Trym. If you time your visit right, they may also offer you a sourdough loaf to take home with you. @flourandash
The newest addition to the mentioned Pizzerias in this list, Pizzarova have been taking the scene by storm, starting out as a converted range rover at festivals (hence the name) they moved to a permanent location on Gloucester Road. Since then they have already opened a second location in the new Wapping Wharf container development alongside the harbourside near to Marsh House. The options at Pizzarova are either ‘The lady’ – a Margherita, ‘Ours’ – the monthly special or ‘Yours’ where you choose your own from the listed ingredients on the board. The kitchens are open plan so you can see your Pizza be made from start to finish. They often give out a free Pizza on Friday via twitter so give them a follow and you might just be lucky! @pizzarovaglosrd
A few honourable mentions; at the top of St Michael Hill around the corner you have Beerd. Run by Bath Ales this is popular favourite amongst students and locals. At the Bottom of St Michaels Hill and at the top of Christmas Steps you’ll find Zero Degrees, which classes itself as a microbrewery. The pizzas here are as good as the beer and as interesting (try the mango beer). The mussels are also recommended (by me) as either a starter to share or a main. A bit further out of the way, up past Pizzarova near to the County Cricket Ground (the Brightside) you will find a towering pub called The Sportsman. The pizzas in here are build your own, they have some exotic ingredients (for a pizza) such as Onion Bhaji, Tandoori Chicken and Roast Duck to name a few. This is a great place to watch some football as the name suggests, while you enjoy your own concoction.
I definitely haven’t covered all the great places to get a Pizza in Bristol, but this is where I go regularly and would send my friends. Next time I write this list there will probably be a few new places to have tried or old favourites to return to.