Monthly Archives: July 2011

Rosemarino, Clifton, Bristol

You can celebrate the seasons at Rosemarino – the menus change as they do – and whatever the weather, it’s bound to be good. Breakfast leads the way. There’s a strong Mediterranean slant to the dishes, so my mushrooms on toast came with sage, truffle oil and parmesan, making them a rich and fragrant alternative to the greasy spoon usual. The Egg Poacher’s scrambled eggs were beautifully seasoned and came with crisp, light bacon, and if you’re really hungry there’s a ‘one pan wonder’ comprising of all the best brunch bits, topped with fried eggs and cheese. Pavarotti would have approved. You can feel truly continental and dine outside (get there early and you’ll be perfectly placed to soak up the morning sun); best of all, breakfast is served right through the afternoon. It’s proving itself to be one to watch when it comes to authentic Italian food, and, as you’d expect, the coffee is perfectly made. Soft music plays, staff bustle to and fro, and they serve a mean Bloody Mary – hard not to be happy here.

Price: From £2.10 (toast and preserves) to £7.25 (full breakfast); extras £0.95-£1.25.

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Just Ground, City Centre, Bristol

20130825-155810.jpgIn Just Ground we may have found some of The Best Coffee in Bristol. The stall is right in the centre of town, a little-known beauty spot just off the A4 with its own water feature and wildlife – pigeons, seagulls, the odd dog with three legs and a neckerchief…

Everything about it is great: the coffee is delicious and you can take the organic grounds home for guilt-free gardening; the staff are lovely – your barista might be a trainee juggler or push bike enthusiast – and you can have breakfast on the hoof for a fantastic price. There’s a discount if you get there on two wheels and as it’s part of the recently launched ‘Bristol Pound’, you can do your bit for the local community while enjoying your perfectly made latte.

Food is simple and designed for those in a rush: the satisfying and made-to-order ‘toastwich’ with all manner of fillings, teacakes or fresh pastries. And, this being Bristol, you can have all the soy-decaf-vegan options you’d hope for, too.

This part of town is full of surprises – you might find yourself joining in with peaceful protests (the “Hoot for Peace” lady was legendary) or a busker might strike up a tune; superhero stag dos and Hippodrome hysteria are a common sight (but it’s survival of the fittest if Donny Osmond comes to town). There are no ‘frapps’ or ‘handcrafted beverages’, just coffees that make Monday mornings a lot less painful.

Price: From £1.10 (toast) – £1.30 (toasted tea cakes). Coffee from £1.50.

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