By Phoebe Altman, Third Year English and Classics
The Croft // Phoebe brings you the foodie tour of Bristol you've been waiting for. It's time to get out there and support the amazing independents all over the city!
There’s something about speaking to the person who got up at 3am to knead the dough of the loaf of bread you’re buying to make your Saturday morning breakfast with that just makes you feel good inside – call it the power of human connection. It’s so easy to detach the producer from the product when buying food in a supermarket and with Bristol hosting one of the best local food scenes in the country, it seems a waste of living here to pass on the opportunity to learn where your food has come from, directly from the person who made it. That’s what makes food markets so great; if you’re wanting a wholesome Saturday morning or an adventurous midweek lunch, head to one of Bristol’s food markets and strike up a conversation with the person behind the stall – I promise you’ll feel better for it.
The All-Rounder: St Nicholas Markets
St Nicholas Street Food Market
When? Tuesdays and Fridays, 11am-2:30pm
Where? Wine Street
With around fifteen stalls to choose from including Eatchu, Toff’s Pasta, and the student favourite, Eat a Pita, you’ll struggle to choose just one.
St Nicholas Farmers’ and Producers’ Market
When? Wednesdays 9:30am-2:30pm
Where? Corn Street and Wine Street
This is your opportunity to buy local produce, such as meat, fish, cheese, fruit, and vegetables, directly from the producers so bring your tote bag and stock up!
The Community One: Whiteladies Road Farmers Market
When? Saturdays, 8:30am-1pm
Where? On the corner of Whiteladies Road and Apsley Road, by the bus stop
Organised by local people giving up their time to promote the market and help on the day, this market champions Bristol’s produce, supports local farmers and creates a regular community event that is focused on sustainability. Organic vegetables, cheeses, pastries from Farro Bakery and even bacon rolls for when you’re feeling a little delicate after your Friday night.
The Lunch One: Temple Quay Street Food Market
When? Thursdays, 12pm-2pm
Where? The Square, Temple Back East, close to Temple Meads Station
Located in the heart of the Temple Quay business quarter, Temple Quay market feeds the working lunch-rush every Thursday. With a different line-up each week, you can expect the best of Bristol’s street food scene with stalls ranging from mac and cheese to Chinese dumplings, from smashed burgers to vegan brownies. Make sure to follow them on Instagram (@templequaymarket) so you can keep an eye out for what’s being served up each week!
Featured Image: Epigram / Lou Craven
Where will you try first?