There are so many foodie places I want to visit on Gloucester Road in Bristol but rarely find the time to get up there.
We live near the SS Great Britain and are surrounded by great bars and restaurants so often opt for something closer to home. Sometimes though, when you hear of a place that sounds truly special, there are no excuses.
The place in question was Ceres Coffee. They have been open for a while, offering some great brunch and lunch dishes that are a huge hit with the locals but have only recently begun a dinner service. They have been quite open and honest on social media about the struggles of keeping afloat when there are so many outgoings and VAT to pay in running a restaurant. Hence the introduction of evening meals.
We’ve discovered a really reliable taxi service so saved ourselves the long walk, calling on AA Taxis and jumped in a cab one evening, getting to Gloucester Road in no time.
Ceres Coffee is located near the bottom of Gloucester Road and is styled on a Melbourne coffee shop. Dan the owner took inspiration from his travels around Australia. In the evening there is low lighting and lots of candles, the chairs are most unique; having been made out of two plastic milk bottle holders, joined together with a cushion on top. Surprisingly comfy!
Another perk of Ceres is that it’s bring your own booze. We rocked up with a bottle of wine, however there is a newsagents a couple of doors down should you need to stock up. I love places that offer BYOB, as it’s saving both the venue and customers money. Often when James and I go out and we’re on the cocktails, we’ll spend more on them than the food! Perhaps that’s something we should start to pay more attention to…
The menu at Ceres is short but perfectly formed, with options to suit meat eaters and vegetarians. It didn’t take us long to decide and order up our first two courses, already knowing I wanted a third but held back the need to let the staff know that my eyes are always bigger than my belly.
For starters we had a grilled mango salad, with walnuts on a bed of mixed leaves and a light dressing.
Along with smoked salmon with new potatoes, with a lemon sauce that paired wonderfully with the salmon.
For mains we opted for the duck, that came with beetroot and fennel. A balanced mix of textures and complimenting flavours.
I had the sirloin steak, which I haven’t stopped proclaiming as the best steak I’ve ever had, which came with roasted peppers and this sweet sauce that all came together to make one of the best dishes I’ve had in Bristol.
James also noticed the burnt leeks on the special boards, unfortunately the specials were from the day before so weren’t technically on the menu, but Dan very kindly, rustled some up for us to have on the side. Great customer service.
Without needing to look up the desserts we ordered up the doughnuts and the chocolate pot dish. The doughnuts were huge and there were three of them! I was like a kid at a carnival. I begrudgingly let James try one whilst he also cleared his plate. Which must have been a good sign – I’m not a huge chocolate fan so didn’t try his dish.
We ordered up our taxi from AA Taxis and came out of Ceres perhaps a bit heavier but very happy. Good company, amazing quality food and top service can do that to you. If Ceres Coffee continue to produce some wonderful dishes, they deserve to do really well and hopefully the introduction of evening meals will keep them in a good place financially – go check them out and spread the word!