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The Incredible Carol’s Crab Kitchen Comes To The Old Butcher’s

Carol’s Crab Kitchen has arrived in Bristol

Carol of Carol’s Crab Kitchen loves crab. No, I mean she really loves crab. A childhood spent cleaning, cooking and enjoying crab with her family in coastal Northumberland set the scene for a life-long love affair with this tasty crustacean, and the results today are a delight. In recent news, she’s set up shop in The Old Butcher’s on North Street, preparing and serving crab-based dishes to the good folk of Bristol.

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With a menu crammed full of crab in all its forms — including flavours from diverse destinations like Vietnam and America’s Deep South — Carol’s Crab Kitchen is a seafood-lover’s dream.

Expect Cajun Asian soft-shell crab with sesame and papaya slaw, crab cakes with Vietnamese nuoc cham or Peruvian a, and meat or vegan gumbo — all prepared to showcase this delicate and delicious meat in ways you rarely find on these shores. Chicken wings and sides of corn-on-the-cob, prawn cocktail or sweetcorn chowder fries, pickled popcorn shrimp, shitake mushrooms and slaw complete the menu — accompanied by Wiper and True’s signature collection of tasty craft beers.

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Credit Natalie Brereton

Weekly Seafood Boils take place every Thursday night at The Old Butcher’s, with sharing platters of clams, mussels, smoked sausage and langoustines taking centre stage alongside Carol’s signature broth. On top of that, the Cajun Asian Monthly Crab Boil takes things up a gear with prepared whole crab in a garlic, chilli, lemon and pepper sauce, with steamed potatoes, smoked sausage and slaw.

If all this talk of broth, boils, crab and craft beers gets your taste buds tingling, get down to the Old Butcher’s at 57 North Street and dive in. Carol’s Crab Kitchen is open Tuesdays through to Fridays from 5pm to 10pm, and Saturdays midday to 10pm.

Just don’t mention lobster.

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Chris Callaghan

The author Chris Callaghan

Born and raised on the banks of the Norfolk Broads, Chris made his way through Yorkshire, Normandy, Champagne, Asia, South America and London, before falling head-over-heels for Bristol’s vibrant street art and food scenes. Chris writes for fun, for the creative buzz and for a living, and loves waxing lyrical on Bristol’s diverse culinary offerings. You’ll find him spinning through the Mendip Hills by bike, sharpening his squash skills, swimming in local lakes and rivers, or slurping fine zider on Bristol Harbour with his wife.