The Food Of GRBID
Anne-Louise is the Gloucester Road Business Improvement District Manager and she looks after Bristol’s Independent District. At least twice a week she is catching up with businesses, whizzing around on her electric bike. She’s lived in the area for 16 years with her family and has seen a lot of changes but one thing that remains is her passion for Gloucester Road and its unique vibe of independent spirit. She is also a freelance writer and is a regular contributor to local magazine Bishopston Matters. In her spare time she enjoys doing upholstery, visiting the local library for some good reads and of course socialising on the Gloucester Road with friends and family.
Spicer and Cole - 16 Gloucester Road
I discovered Spicer & Cole a few years back when I worked on Queen Square. So I was very excited when they opened on Gloucester Road. They do some fantastic cakes, and on a sunny day there is nothing better than sitting outside on their terrace in the sun watching the world go by with cake and a coffee.
Café Ronak – 169 Gloucester Road
I’m letting you in to my guilty secret – this is where I love to stop for a quick lunch break and order a bowl of their homemade potatoes wedges. These are the lightest and crispiest of treats. And always served by far the friendliest staff I know of. Such a welcoming place and with a pretty courtyard garden (and its new vertical garden) it’s a great place to escape the hustle and bustle and indulge in wedges and mayo!
The Parlour – 243 Cheltenham Road
This is where the kids like to take me when they want to pamper me….so they say. If you’re a fan of waffles, pancakes, sundaes and ice-cream this is definitely the place to come. You can’t beat a homemade warm waffle with a dusting of icing sugar. But the kids know no bounds and go for the fully loaded offering. This is kids’ heaven and about to become grown up heaven when The Parlour opens in the evening from 24 November with a fully stocked bar and Italian menu…and I can’t wait.
Planet Pizza – 187 Gloucester Road
This is a firm favourite with all the family. A firm establishment on the Glozzer, we’ve been going here for years. It’s recently had a refurbishment and is looking lovely, and they often have offers too – making it an affordable and relaxed place to go – and the piéce de resistance is the Babyfoot they have which entertains the kids (and the adults too). I know it’s a pizzeria (pizzas delicious) but they happen to offer fantastic salads. They are full of freshness and crunch and I especially love their halloumi salad – but that doesn’t mean I can resist nabbing a slice of pizza from the hub.
The Flyer – 96 Gloucester Road
I know this pub is known for its encyclopaedic range of craft beers but for me there’s nothing better than a pink gin and tonic after a hard day in the office – figuratively speaking as I work from home! This is spacious pub but maintains a warm and snug atmosphere and uses the space cleverly from more private booths to large tables, to tables for 2 in dark corners and it has a heated beer garden. It attracts everyone from couples, students, groups and families. It’s a true local in that respect.