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From artisan coffee to craft ale, our undercover inspectors reveal some of the city’s best-kept secrets.

Coffee: Full Court Press, 59 Broad Street
When it comes to artisanal coffee served with skill, knowledge and passion, Full Court Press on Broad Street is second to none. https://www.fcp.coffee/

Tea and cake: Anna, 7a Boyce’s Avenue
Tucked away in Clifton Village, this is the go-to place for exquisite cakes washed down with pots of loose-leaf tea. thisisanna.co.uk

Brunch: Spoke & Stringer, The Boat House, Unit 1 Gasworks Lane
On the water’s edge opposite the ss Great Britain, a lazy brunch here is a must for many in-the-know Bristolians. spokeandstringer.com

Pint: Small Bar, 31 King Street
The King Street area is known locally as ‘Beermuda Triangle’ due to the number of craft ale pubs and Small Bar is one of the best. smallbar.co.uk

Wine: Bar Buvette, 31 Baldwin Street
Dream you are in France as you road-test the concise and interesting range of natural wines and rustic regional dishes at this buzzy bar. 

Sandwich: Hart’s Bakery, Temple Meads
In a converted archway beneath Temple Meads railway station, this bakery cafe serves the finest cheese on sourdough toastie for miles. hartsbakery.co.uk

Fish and chips: Catch 22, 38 College Green
Opposite Bristol Cathedral, the excellent cod and chips can be enjoyed inside the shop or as a takeaway. catch22.restaurant

Pizza: Flour & Ash, 203b Cheltenham Road
Exceptional pizzas cooked in the wood-fired oven, has made this a local gem worth travelling for. flourandash.co.uk

Takeaway: Matina, Glass Arcade, St Nicholas Market
Be prepared to queue for the lunchtime kebabs and Kurdish breads at this stall in St Nicholas Market.

Pre-theatre: The Ox, 43 Corn Street
In a converted bank vault, this elegant steakhouse opens at 5pm, which is plenty of time for a quick 6oz rump and chips before curtain-up. theoxbristol.com

One foodie thing you must do: Brunel’s Buttery, Wapping Wharf
Try the bacon sandwiches at this tiny outdoor shack, an alfresco Bristol institution on the harbourside.

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