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The Bristolian

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended
The Bristolian, Bristol
Photograph: Sal Maxuda

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

The crowning glory of Bristol's most bohemian of street, this locally loved café is famed for its breakfasts and prime people-watching opportunities

Long renowned as one of the best breakfast joints in Bristol, the most recent incarnation of Montpelier’s locally adored café was opened by new owners in 2012 after several months of closure.

For former breakfast regulars, any concern about new-fangled menus was abated the second it was confirmed that the classic Bristolian breakfast with wilted spinach was staying; for everyone else it was all about the extended opening hours and booze licence.

Despite the increased offering, it’s still breakfast that means business here. Take your pick from meaty, veggie or vegan takes on the Bristolian classic fry-up (all feature crispy fried potatoes and the aforementioned spinach), go large with a Bristolian Challenge or check out the waffles or eggs florentine. Everything is served in typically laid-back Montpelier style, either inside on a higgledy arrangement of mismatched tables and chairs, or outside on the pavement overlooking Picton Street.

This is definitely a place to linger, so chat to the stranger next to you and take advantage of the prime people-watching opportunities presented by this bohemian side of town. They open late since the relaunch, so you really do have all day.

Written by Emma Howarth


2 Picton Street
Opening hours:
Sun-Mon 8am-6pm; Tue-Sat 8am-10.30pm
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