Italian restaurant with a view

Last year our neighbour told us about a lovely Italian restaurant down in Clevedon. You may be wondering why we would travel all the way to Clevedon to enjoy Italian food when we have an abundance of such restaurants on our doorstep. Well, what Bristol City Centre is missing, is a cracking seaview.

The restaurant in question was Il Giardino. A family run business that’s been going for over 25 years, so they must be doing something right.

We visited back in the Summer, you know, about three weeks ago when we had our very short-lived British Summer. It was almost too hot to sit outside however there was a light breeze coming off the sea that kept us from melting on the spot.

We started with some refreshing drinks, James on the Aperol Spritz, being his drink of the moment. Myself on a fruity white wine.

We ordered up a couple of starters that we could share, one being the anti pasta board with various meats and the other, a plate of juicy scallops. We also had a basket of warm bread to mop up any juices.

For mains James opted for their carbonara, whilst I had a similar creamy dish with the addition of mushrooms.

These were the small, starter sized portions which we were both a bit hesitant about ordering but when they arrived we were quite pleased we hadn’t got greedy.

With no room for pud, we walked off our meal with a walk along the seafront. We also discovered the Marine Lake, a free sea water tidal pool where you can swim, kayak, paddle board or even row a boat in. Great for days when we do have a bit of sunshine.

After exploring the area a little we made our way back home. When we thanked our neighbour for recommending Il Giardino he looked at us blankly and said he’d never been to an Italian in Clevedon. One of us is losing the plot but either way, we’re happy to have discovered it.

Find out more about the restaurant here.

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