These are the best places to eat in Bristol according to one of the city's best chefs

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With so many brilliant places to eat in Bristol, knowing where to choose can be difficult.

Whether you’re just popping out for a light bite with mates or planning a fancy meal for two, there are countless options all over the city.

One of the best ways of settling on somewhere is asking people for their personal recommendations - and who better to ask than one of Bristol’s very best chefs?

Josh Eggleton is one of the youngest Michelin star chefs in the country. After taking over The Pony and Trap in Chew Magna in 2006 and transforming it into one of the most sought after places to eat in the South West, earning it a Michelin star in 2011, he went on to open a number of other highly rated restaurants in Bristol.

Josh Eggleton is one of Bristol's best chefs

He now has fish and chip shop Salt & Malt and veggie restaurant Root at Cargo to his esteemed name, as well as a second pub in the form of The Kensington Arms.

In a recent interview with The Telegraph, the 31-year-old has named his top recommendations when it comes to eating out and buying food in Bristol. "The food scene has gone mental over the last couple of years around here," he tells the national newspaper, before giving a nod to Cargo.

Below are all his choices, broken up into fine dining, light bites and shops.

Fine dining

Wallfish Bistro

Where: Victoria Street, Clifton

Brownsea Island Oysters with sharp viniagerette at Wallfish Bistro

Wallfish Bistro is a small seafood restaurant which serves a classic style of food with modern flourishes. Many of the city’s most discerning critics name it among their favourites, not just Josh. Speaking to The Telegraph, Josh recommends the oysters, the whole crab with lemon and the lobster and rabbit pies.

Paco Tapas

Where: Lower Guinea Street, Redcliffe

Peter Sanchez-Inglesias in the kitchen at Paco Tapas

Paco Tapas is the tapas restaurant from Casamia's Michelin-starred chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias, next door to the aforementioned fine dining establishment and the family's pizza restaurant, Pi Shop. Paco picked up a Michelin star of its own towards the end of last year and Josh recommends the chef’s suggested menu of seven tapas courses.

Light bites

Emmeline

Where: Cheltenham Road

Ellie Stokes and Shona Graham at Emmeline

There are loads of great cafes along Cheltenham and Gloucester Road, but Emmeline is one of the most popular. It prides itself on serving ethically-sourced, nutritious grub and is a bit like a mini jungle inside, with foliage everywhere you look. Josh loves it for its ‘fantastic’ takeaway grilled cheese sandwiches, ham and cheese croissants, wraps, healthy salads, smoothies and iced coffees.

Matina

Where: St Nick’s Market

Mixed wrap at Matina, St Nicholas Market, Bristol.
Mixed wrap at Matina, St Nicholas Market

It’s not uncommon to see a big queue outside Matina, and that’s because it sells a range of delicious homemade Kurdish naan breads, marinaded lamb, chicken and halloumi skewers with a choice of freshly made salads and sauces. Josh recommends going at either 11am or 4pm to avoid the lengthy queues.

Shops

Meat Box

Where: Cargo

Chew Valley farmer Luke Hasell, owner of Meat Box

Meat Box is one of Cargo’s newer additions, opening towards the end of last year, and is a meat lover’s paradise. The small butchers sells a range of free-range, pasture-fed and organic meat alongside a selection of cured meats from some of Bristol and Somerset's finest producers. Josh said its lamb is ‘really good’.

The Banana Boat

Where: Oxford Street, Totterdown

Fruit at Totterdown's Banana Boat greengrocers

A family-run greengrocers in the heart of Totterdown which was established in 1986. It offers a large range of fruit and veg, fresh herbs, free range eggs, duck eggs, fresh bread, milk, cheese, bacon and even logs for the fire. Josh said: “The guy who runs it is Italian so he also sells amazing olive oil and the odd bit of Italian charcuterie, when you’re lucky.”

The Bristol Cheesemonger

Where: Cargo

Some of Rosie's cheeses
Some of the cheeses on offer at The Bristol Cheesemonger

Cargo’s cheese shop was named as the best cheese shop in the whole of the UK last year. With a focus on South West produce, the cheeses are all made by small independent dairies and farms. Josh recommends the Cornish Gouda and Cornish blue and says the shop’s products are used in all his restaurants.

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