A good neighbourhood restaurant, set out in a brasserie style. If you like good food presented in a natural (rather than artistically-contrived) style and relaxed, rather than over formal, service this could be the place for you. Expect Elizabeth David rather than 'foam'.
The kitchen is managed by the experienced Green brothers (Andrew & Simon), while the former's wife Louise, expertly oversees front of house.
While the menu follows the seasons an early summer version offered 'Pea Pod Soup with Crème Fraîche'; 'Ballotine of Rabbit & Foie Gras with Onion Marmalade & Toast' and 'Steamed Langoustines with Lemon & Tartare Sauce' among the starters.
To be followed by 'Butternut Squash Filo Parcel with Mustard Fruits & Walnuts'; 'Steamed Wild Trout, Provencal Tart & Tapanade'; 'Roast Turbot "steak" with Smoked Bacon Hash & Red Wine Sauce' and 'Whole Roasted Pigeon with Grilled Polenta, Rosemary & Anchovy Butter'.
A short list of desserts maintain the high standard, with perhaps 'Warm Bakewell Tart with Clotted Cream' and 'Chocolate St Emilion with Coffee Syrup' among the offerings - while the more savoury-toothed can enjoy their selection of farmhouse cheeses.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: Tues-Sat 12.30-14.30, mains about £13 to £20; set L Tues-Sat £10.95 (2 courses), £14.95 (3 courses)
- Dinner: Tues-Sat 18.00-22.00; set D Mon-Thurs £15 (2 courses), £20 (3 courses); mains about £13 to £20
- Seats: 36, plus 12 outside
- Wine: a concise list travels the world, kicking off at around the £17 mark, and generally having modest mark-ups
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Phone for advice
- Nearest station: Bristol Montpelier or Redland Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Street parking
- Closed: all Sun & Mon, Christmas week, 2 weeks in August
- Outside eating