10 best places for lunch (in the South West of England)

Looking for the perfect spot for a lunchtime bite with clients or colleagues? Here are 10 of EventFULL’s favourites in the South West

Best places for lunch... salad plate with Parma ham, egg and asparagus

Europa

WEB • St Stephens Street, Bristol
Run by husband and wife team Teresa and Pietro Tallo, Europa Italian restaurant opened in 1990 – and has since become a popular hotspot for lunch in Bristol. Set across two floors, the award-winning restaurant’s hearty lunch menu is extensive and extremely reasonable (it’s only £6.50 for any pizza or pasta with garlic bread or salad). The venue is vibrant, but has a relaxed vibe and is a great spot for a casual business meeting.
Lunch is served from midday to 2.30pm, Monday to Friday

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Europa

Souk Kitchen

WEB • Clifton, Bristol
This buzzing eatery, which was awarded Best Mediterranean Restaurant in Bristol at the Bristol Good Food awards in 2014, 2015 and 2016, serves a delightful menu of Eastern Mediterranean and North African cuisine. Dishes include shakshouka (baked eggs in tomato sauce with peppers and onions) and chargrilled lemon, thyme and oregano chicken shish. The restaurant, which has a sister venue in Bristol’s Southside, is ideal for a quick working lunch.
Lunch is served from midday to 3pm, Monday to Sunday

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Souk Kitchen

The Bath Priory

WEB • Western Road, Bath
For fine dining with a view, head to the Bath Priory. Overlooking beautifully landscaped gardens, this Michelin-star restaurant has an excellent set-lunch menu (three courses cost £30). Serving seasonal British cuisine, the menu includes dishes such as caramelised onion tart with asparagus and Cornish cod with curried onions and mussels. There is also a mouth-watering choice of desserts including praline soufflé with apricot sorbet. The stylish surroundings make the venue the perfect spot for an important client meeting.
Lunch is served from midday to 2pm, Monday to Saturday

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The Bath Priory

Little Barwick House

WEB • Barwick, Somerset
Just 10 minutes from the A303, this Michelin-recommended restaurant is great for carnivorous types. Headed up by chef Tim Ford, all the meat, which is mostly locally sourced, is cooked exactly to order. Dishes include rump of local lamb with baby spinach and dauphinoise potatoes, fillet of ruby-red beef with shallot puree and red-wine sauce, and saddle of wild roe deer with beetroot puree and savoy cabbage. The interior is smart without being stuffy, and the food is reasonably priced (three courses cost £29.95).
Lunch is served from midday to 2pm, Wednesday to Saturday

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Little Barwick House

Riverstation

WEB • The Grove, Bristol
Only 10 minutes’ walk from the city centre, overlooking Bristol’s historic harbourside, the Riverstation is a modern European restaurant with a fantastic set-lunch menu. It’s £16.50 for three courses (or £13.50 for two) and dishes include Cornish mackerel fillet with paprika potatoes, pork loin steak with buttered mash or wild mushroom and tarragon risotto. There’s also an à la carte menu for those wanting more choice. The restaurant, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, is a great place for a relaxed lunch with colleagues or clients.
Lunch is served from midday to 2.30pm, Monday to Saturday

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Riverstation

Aqua

WEB • Welshback, Bristol
This modern Italian restaurant opened in 1998 and has since become a hugely popular hotspot with office workers in Bristol city centre. Serving a range of Anglo-Italian cuisine, the restaurant’s lunch menu (two courses cost £10.95) includes a selection of hearty dishes, which change from week to week. Starters include pan-fried chorizo and bacon with tomatoes and toasted foccacia, while main courses include options such as slow-roast pork cacciatore lasagne and honey-roast squash, sage and spinach penne pasta.
Lunch is served from midday onwards, Monday to Sunday

Aqua

Acorn Vegetarian Kitchen

WEB • North Parade Passage, Bath
This cosy bistro is a wonderful spot for a healthy lunch. As well as an extensive vegetarian menu, there are also vegan, gluten-free and wheat-free dishes on offer. Head chef Richard Buckley’s inspiring cuisine means this intimate venue is popular with vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. There is a set menu for lunch (£17.95 for two courses or £22.95 for three) and dishes include slow-cooked winter squash with pine-nut risotto and sautéed cauliflower heart with onion bhajis and cauliflower rice.
Lunch is served from midday to 3pm, Sunday to Friday

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Acorn Vegetarian Kitchen

Goodfellows

WEB • Sadler Street, Wells
This stylish eatery in the heart of Wells serves seafood and classic European cuisine. The restaurant’s light-lunch menu includes a special offer of fish cakes or quiche of the day with any drink and pastry for £10, or fish of the day with a glass of wine and pastry for £19. And for those with a sweet tooth the pastries are a must (the tarte au citron is delicious). There is also a more extensive lunchtime menu, which includes dishes such as duck confit, pan-fried scallops and seared tuna carpaccio.
Lunch is served from midday to 4pm, Monday to Saturday

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Goodfellows

Glassboat

WEB • Welshback, Bristol
Located on the floating harbour in the historic quarter of Bristol, the Glassboat, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2017, has stunning views across the water and is perfect for a leisurely lunch. This smart and stylish venue, which has an à la carte and a set-lunch menu (two courses for £12 or three for £15), serves classic French cuisine. Dishes include delicious pan-fried calves liver with potato puree and mustard sauce, roquefort and chive omelette, and grilled mackerel with Lyonnaise potatoes and garlic butter.
Lunch is served from midday to 3pm, Monday to Saturday

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Glassboat

Clifton Sausage

WEB • The Paragon, Bath
This popular restaurant opened in Bath at the end of 2016, following the huge success of its Bristol-based sister venue, which opened in 2002. Situated near the centre of Bath, this grade-II-listed building has spectacular views of the city’s skyline. As well as sausage sandwiches, lunchtime dishes include beef and chorizo burger and Cornish fish-finger sandwiches. The set-lunch menu is extremely reasonable (two courses for £9.95 or three for £11.95) and the restaurant is ideal for a quick working lunch.
Lunch is served from midday to 4pm, Monday to Saturday

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Clifton Sausage

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