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Eating Out @ the Urban Dockside

The new development known as 'Whapping Wharf' phase I is complete with over 200 residents enjoying stunning one and two bed apartments on Bristol's glistening harbour, with even more developments yet to come.  A stroll around Whapping Warf in the sunshine that our country has so desperately been waiting for makes it feel like the place to be in Bristol right now. If you are visiting Bristol this really is a must-go area with many attractions close by including art museum Arnolfini, At-Bristol Museum, the floating harbour and you can even enjoy the harbourside by hopping on to a ferry or taking a river cruise.

Locally becoming known as the evolving new food and drinks quarter, Whapping Warf boasts many independent cafes and restaurants giving off a real 'foodie' vibe.  The impressive urban dockside style theme runs through the cafes, restaurants and apartments.  As big fans of eating out we have put together a guide to give you an idea of what culinary delights Wapping Warf has to offer. 

Box-E is an independent restaurant accommodated in a re-used two shipping container. It's both compact and exclusive with 14 chairs and an open kitchen. The atmosphere is intimate and welcoming with a menu of exciting contemporary British food and various wines created and selected by talented chef Elliot Lidstone. The seasonal menus are regularly changed. Mains tend to be limited to one meat, one fish and one vegetarian option. The restaurant is complimented with the urban style finishing that runs throughout Wapping Warf. The original blond plywood that the shipping unit was first lined with is still on show today …amazing! The design of the restaurant appears to be stripped back, industrial but also well thought out with the use of patterns and small embellishments.BOX ECalypso Kitchen is located on Gaol Ferry steps and offers a menu of tasty Caribbean food including slow cooked goat, fish dishes, ribs, vegan food, they're infamous wraps and more. You can expect a great atmosphere with reggae beats. The Calypso Kitchen interior has lots of character, with a beach feel. They have included industrial furniture which seems to be a running theme in Whapping Warf, exposed concrete walls lofted ceiling and oil drum style light fittings. Calypso KitchenSpuntino is an award winning restaurant that has now found a home on Bristol's harbourside, on the top deck of Cargo II with stunning views of Bristol. The restaurant has proved it's popularity with mouth watering New York style comfort food including Lobster and mac and cheese, truffle egg toast, and a healthy cocktail menu. The restaurant is also known for it's cool American Diner style interior that includes industrial style bar stools and 1950s diner style flooring. SpuntinoLovett Pies is a take away restaurant that was founded by friends from Bath who worked in a kitchen together. They discovered a need for high quality pies and eventually began to experiement with pastries and fillings, so it is safe to say the pies are made with love! After various trade shows and events the pies started to sell out and they have now found a home at Cargo, Wapping Warf. The pies are also available to take away hot or cold, or enjoy your food in their stylish container, complete with industrial bar stools and fixed poseur height tables. Lovett PiesThe Chicken Shed is located on Cargo 2 and has its own rooft terace overlooking Bristol Harbour boasting stunning views. This is no ordinary deep fried chicken restaurant, all the chicken used is organic and they are committed to working as sustainably as possible partnering local producers. From the menu you can expect high quality deep fried chicken presented in a wooden box with paprika fries. Family deals, meal deals and their specialty snack devilled chicken livers along with hearts with mushrooms on toast are a must! All of the ingredients are sourced by the team behind the popular festival EAT BRISTOL LOVE FASHION and the menu is designed by Michelin star chef Josh Eggleton. Chicken shed also has a strong industrial look inside and boasts furniture fortified with scaffolding which is a currently trending with new restaurants. Similar furniture can be found on our web site.The Chicken ShedWoky Ko serves high quality Asian noodles and small plates, this restaurant is run by MasterChef finalist Larke Cen in 2013. Larke Cen is also known for Cen restaurant in the five star Celtic Manor hotel but has now found a home with Woky Ko amidst the up and coming Wapping Wharf in Bristol. Each restaurant in Wapping Wharf brings a unique flavour and character. Woky Ko does not disappoint with giant paper umbrellas hanging from the ceiling giving a really fresh Asian feel to the restaurant. From the menu you can expect delicious steamed buns filled with crispy duck, peking sauce, cucumber and leeks to the more fiery Korean friend chicken. Woky KoJolly Hog is a family business which is run by three brothers who now have their own headquarters at Cargo Wapping Wharf. If you are a lover of all things pork this is the place for you. Reservations are taken from Monday to Thursday for lunch and dinner, You can expect quality locally sourced ingredients.PigstyThe Athenian restaurant take away is also located in Cargo II, the Athenian is no stranger to the shipping unit style as they also have a home at the popular Boxpark in Shoreditch. The Athenian offers greek flavoursome food, reasonably priced and a much healthier option to the standard on the go fast food. The Athenian is well known for it's 'souvlaki' which is pitta filled with grilled meat, 'souvlaki translated in English means 'little skewer' which is down to the way that the souvlaki is cooked. Expect delicious meat boxes, oregana fries and salads and mouth watering dips!The AthenianGopals curry shack is ran by dedicated duo Heather and Mel who began a supper club and went on to work at various festivals and events and soon built up a following for their vegetarian Indian street food. Well known for their infamous Samosa Chaat, vibrant food and organic seasonal produce, this is the perfect eatery to unwind with a cool local craft beer.Gopals Curry Shack

Posted by: Josh Seddon

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