PORTISHEAD RESTAURANTS, BARS AND PUBS WITH FOOD
We’re spoilt for choice these days with all the places to eat in Portishead. Whether you fancy posh dining on Portishead Marina, a spicy curry in Portishead High Street, the perfect Italian pizza or a hearty Sunday lunch with stunning views over Bristol Channel, Portishead’s restaurants and pubs can deliver. Need to know about pubs with play areas or dog friendly pubs? I’ve included some of those too.
The Portishead restaurant scene has changed a fair bit since I originally wrote this article so I’ve given it a major facelift to bring it right up to date for 2018. Bon appétit!
PORTISHEAD MARINA RESTAURANTS
LA MARINA PORTISHEAD
La Marina is the latest restaurant to occupy the cute little building overlooking the lock at the top of the marina. La Marina’s menu has a southern Italian influence and includes various specials nights. We haven’t eaten here yet but I have my eye on Tuesday fish night!
AQUA RESTAURANT PORTISHEAD – PORTISHEAD MARINA
Offering classic and contemporary Italian dishes, Aqua is in an enviable location overlooking Portishead Marina. Breakfasts, brunches, dinners and Sunday roasts are all on the menu. Choose from indoor and outdoor seating.
HALL AND WOODHOUSE PORTISHEAD
Built from recycled shipping containers, H & W provides an unusual architectural statement on Portishead harbour. Downstairs is a bar offering pub meals in a relaxed setting with open fires for chilly days and plenty of seating outdoors. Head upstairs to Hall & Woodhouse’s restaurant where you can expect a more formal dining experience with an open kitchen and views over the marina.
INDIAN RESTAURANTS / CURRY PORTISHEAD
SPICY AROMA PORTISHEAD
Spicy Aroma is an independent, family run Indian restaurant at Clarence House in the business park at the far end of Portishead High Street. Open seven days a week including lunchtime, their menu includes Indian specialities, curries, Balti dishes, vegetable dishes and tandoori breads. We love a curry AND a bargain so have taken advantage of their brilliant value Thursday night gourmet special on a number of occasions. We’ve also enjoyed their Sunday lunchtime buffet which makes for an interesting alternative to a Sunday roast!
THE GHANDI TANDOORI
When we have a babysitter, the husband and I like to pop out to Portishead’s Ghandi restaurant which prides itself on “authentic Indian cuisine”. We’ve become creatures of habit, usually opting for the rather hot king prawn or chicken tikka pathia (which we’d highly recommend, although I should warn you that it has quite a kick and is NOT for the faint hearted!). We’re rather partial to their Indian beers too so it’s handy for us that The Ghandi is in a convenient position in the middle of Portishead High Street which is an easy walk for us!
ITALIAN RESTAURANTS / PIZZA PORTISHEAD
Bottelinos offers reasonably priced Italian food in a stunning location overlooking the marina. The venue is large enough to host parties (they managed to accommodate the Chamber of Commerce for one of their breakfast meetings) and has been extended to include a sheltered outside dining area too. A firm favourite with our children and their early bird specials can make it an absolute bargain for family dining.
Practically Perfect Dad has a bit of a soft spot for pizzas and his vote was for Antonio’s in the High St. This is a small, cozy, Italian restaurant run by actual Italian people. Their pizzas are good, their portions are generous and after a glass of vino I’ve even been persuaded to try out my very rusty Italian on the friendly staff. They’re child friendly and offer an authentic retro dining experience. If you like good Italian food lit by a candle in a Chianti bottle, you’ll love Antonio’s
BARS AND PUBS IN PORTISHEAD WITH FOOD
THE WINDMILL INN
With a fabulous location overlooking the Bristol Channel, the Windmill pub is one of those places which really comes into its own in fine weather. They serve good quality pub food and always have a specials board as well as an early bird special which includes a free pudding. What’s not to like?
Our children love Windmill pub as the direct access to the terraced area means they can play around outside, whatever the weather and generally get up to a just acceptable level of mischief with other kids, slightly out of the reach of their parents.
GORDANO GATE / BREWERS FAYRE / BREWSTERS
PREMIER INN PORTISHEAD
Gordano Gate offers classic, good value pub food in a child friendly setting. As you approach Portishead from the motorway you pass this pub, which we all know as ‘Brewsters’.
Offering generous buffet style meals, a large indoor play area and a decent sized garden with a climbing frame, Gordano Gate really is a family friendly pub. When our children were small, we used to come here for family celebrations and make the most of their kids eat free breakfast buffet. When the boys had had their fill of bacon/yoghurt/croissant/juice, they’d head off to the play area to burn off some steam so it was ideal for them. They also do a bottomless coffee.
If you’re after Portishead pubs with soft-play, Brewsters is the place to come!
Situated near Home Bargains and just across the road from Portishead Marina, The Posset Cup offers inexpensive and hearty meals. The pub’s open ALL day (until 1am some days). There’s plenty to choose from on the menu and food is served most of the day. You can order breakfast until noon or choose one of the day’s specials like the Tuesday Steak Club which comes with a drink and is served until 11pm! They’re also very good at swapping things if there’s something in your meal that you’d rather not have or if you’d prefer it cooked a different way.
The Posset offers a self-service bottomless hot drink and extended free parking if you remember to register your car registration on the machine at the bar. They also have the order and pay app so you don’t even have to leave your table to buy your meal!
THE ROYAL INN PORTISHEAD
We’ve had some great evening meals at The Royal. It’s a fascinating spot for watching shipping activity as it overlooks Portbury Docks and the Severn Bridge.
It has the added attraction that the pub grounds also lead straight down to a little beach and our children don’t waste any time climbing up the rocks. Have they no fear?!
VENGA TAPAS BAR AND RESTAURANT
Venga Portishead is a bar / restaurant at the top of the High Street offering Mediterranean dining, including tapas and paella. Eat in the cosy bar or if the weather’s fine, head out to the atmospheric fairy-lit garden. If it’s chilly, head outdoors anyway, relax in a comfy sofa, snuggle up under a blanket and enjoy the warmth of an outdoor heater. They have special tapas Tuesday and Saturday lunch offers to entice you.
Impero Lounge is a large bar at the heart of Portishead High Street with a charming and somewhat bonkers interior decor. Chill on a comfy sofa next to a tasselled lamp and gaze up at an unusual combination of vintage photos adorning the walls or take a closer look at the mural of Portishead’s old power station, painted by a local artist.
The Impero serves food all day and delivers a range of tasty dishes from English breakfasts with a twist to panini and salads plus some regular offers like tapas Tuesdays and breakfast club. They also offer dedicated vegan and gluten-free menus.
The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. When I’m trying to be grown up and business like, I’m not alone in using the Impero as an impromptu ‘office’. According to my friends I can be a teeny bit fussy about coffee (who me? really?) and I haven’t had anything less than a perfect cup there so far – no pressure guys!
They have a lot of things right at Impero. They’re also very family friendly and have a great little section of children’s games suitable for a variety of ages. Impero Portishead is a dog friendly pub.
Historic pub in the middle of Portishead High Street with outdoor seating at the front, a covered beer garden at the back and plenty of parking. They serve food every day and offer different daily specials including curry, fish and chips and a Sunday carvery.
Family friendly pub with a beer garden at the far end of Portishead, near St Joseph’s Primary and Gordano school. They serve classic pub grub and have lots of special offers on food and drinks and a selection of Sunday roasts.
PUBS NEAR PORTISHEAD WITH FOOD
Check out the pubs below if you fancy venturing just outside of Portishead but don’t want to go too far. All of these can be reached by car in around 5 – 10 minutes in good traffic conditions.
BLACK HORSE, CLAPTON-IN-GORDANO
Dating back to the 14th century, The White Horse Inn is a traditional country pub known locally as “The Kicker”. It has a snug with a proper log fire, a family room, beer garden and children’s play area. Food which is served lunchtime from Monday to Saturday includes filled rolls, ploughman’s and a variety of homemade hot daily specials such as shepherds pie and corned beef hash for under a tenner. Check out the Black Horse Clapton in Gordano if you’re looking for a traditional inn or if you’re after pubs with play areas!
WHITE HART, WESTON-IN-GORDANO
The White Hart in Weston-in-Gordano is a short drive from Portishead and belongs to the same couple who own Venga. They serve a dinner menu, Sunday lunch, burgers and pizzas cooked in their outdoor pizza oven. While you’re there make sure you check out the garden, the large tepee they use for events, the fire pit and of course the fairy-lights!
THE PRIORY PUB AND RESTAURANT PORTBURY
The Priory in Portbury is a charming country pub serving hearty pub food including traditional English dishes, pies, steaks and burgers. They offer fixed price lunch and dinner menus during the week and a variety of Sunday roast options
So there we have it – the big round-up of Portishead restaurants, bars and pubs which serve food. I hope you find this guide useful and enjoy discovering (or rediscovering) some great places to eat in Portishead. What’s your favourite place to eat in Portishead and why? Please do let us know in the comments below!
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