Our Top 5 Bristol Lunch Spots You HAVE to Try


Natalie Wild

Here at Novate IT, each Friday lunchtime we all meet up for something to eat together as a team. It’s a great time to catch up, discuss ideas or plans, talk out any stressors from the week or just laugh at funny cat videos. It definitely helps to strengthen our relationship as a team.

This means we have had the pleasure of sampling some of central Bristol’s finest eateries over the years. Today we’re sharing with you our top 5 recommendations in Central Bristol where you will be guaranteed to find an absolutely mouth-watering, drool inducing lunch (or dinner), without breaking the bank.

We are all meat eaters at Novate IT, though all of the following offer a vegan or vegetarian option on their menu if that is what your heart desires.

(In no particular order, because it’s so hard to choose)


This place is well worth the stroll up the Christmas Steps. Asado is one of our favourite spots for one of the tastiest burgers you will ever eat. The rosemary salt chips are also incredible. Check out Wriggle for any deals, it may save you a few quid.

(Asado, 90 Colston Street, BS1 5BB)


Be warned, when you try this succulently juicy buttermilk fried chicken with an Asian twist, you will be going back at very regular intervals for the rest of forever for your fried chicken fix. 

Based within Small Bar on King Street (where you can also sample any of the 30+ craft beers they have on tap), what started as a pop up looks like it’s here to stay for the long term and we are so very pleased about that.

Note: Small Bar only accept card payments, no cash.

(Wings Diner, 31 King Street, BS1 4DZ)


A popular favourite in the city due to its picturesque location overlooking the floating harbour and donning a menu of the most impressive selections of burgers in the city, you will not be disappointed with a venture to the Three Brothers.

They also offer a £5 lunch deal 7 days a week on their classic burger and fries, handy for if you have too much month left at the end of your money.

(Three Brothers, Welsh Back, BS1 4SB)


A trendy and aesthetically pleasing spot to grab a less greasy lunch that is in no way any less delicious. From lunch bowls to pizza to wraps, there is something for everyone. It may not always look like much in terms of presentation, but it all tastes absolutely insanely perfect at very reasonable cost.

(Ironworks Supply Co, 51 Broad Street, BS1 2EP)


We’re throwing in a curve ball here because you can’t eat in at Matina, take away only – a good choice for perching in Castle Park on a pleasant day or for having lunch back at the office. 

Matina is based on the edge of St Nicholas Food Market, arguably the King of Kurdish Flatbread Kebabs (or salad boxes) and likely the most popular places to grab a bite to eat in St Nicks. Prepare to queue up with at least 30 other people at peak times, but well and truly worth the wait.

(Matina, The Glass Arcade, St Nicholas St, BS1 1JQ)

Wheres your favourite place to grab lunch in central Bristol? 

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