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L’Osteria Opens In Bristol




The UK’s first L’Osteria opens in Bristol

We can’t get enough of Italian food in this country, and for good reason.  As Joey Tribbiani would say: “Meat – good, cheese – good, pizza – good, pasta – good, tiramisu – good.” I mean, is there anything not to like when it comes to Italian cooking? The answer is of course no.

Piping hot pizzas straight from the oven … dripping with rich tomato sauce and melted mozzarella, silky pasta with bouncy prawns or creamy, garlicy risotto with mushrooms and white wine…chilli oil. It doesn’t get much better really. It’s comfort food with a dash of elegance, it’s the perfect first-date supper (think Lady and the Tramp) and it’s here to stay. Thank you Italy!

Lucky for us, L’Osteria – one of Europe’s most popular pizza and pasta establishments – has opened its doors right here in Bristol. Head to Quakers Friars (between Carluccios and Brasserie Blanc) to see what the fuss is all about. Indulge in timeless Italian favourites, enjoy signature 18 inch pizzas or sample something from the innovative weekly menu. You can pop by for a simple coffee, meet friends for a cocktail at the bar or relax with a three-course meal. The choice is yours.

With over other 70 locations across Germany, Austria and Switzerland, this is the first UK site for award winning L’Osteria, which started business back in 1999. With a vibrant social scene and readiness to embrace innovative food and drink concepts, Bristol was the perfect place to set down UK roots. Southampton is next on the cards.

We attended the opening party last week and the staff really went to town to showcase how L’Osteria stands out from your average Italian. An array of antipasti made with authentic Italian ingredients was on display – think a mountain (literally) of parmesan, parma ham on tap, ripe figs, freshly balled melon, juicy tomatoes and thinly sliced beef. L’Osteria opened with a bang – or pop of the cork perhaps?


Inside the restaurant, there’s space for 200, plus a terrace outside and a private function room that holds 23 people. Every L’Osteria has its own unique interior design too. In Bristol, expect a chic bar area with mirrors, open-bulb lighting and brickwork, an abundance of candles, cosy booths alongside more spacious seating, an open kitchen to delight all foodies and a warm colour scheme of reds, browns and blacks. The atmosphere is warm yet spacious, traditional yet modern.

L’Osteria Restaurant Franchisee Pru Naik said there is ‘something for everyone’ at L’Osteria.

“Our food is great value and we offer a unique atmosphere that’s casual and chic. Our staff here in Bristol are second-to-none and will make every dining experience special. They really are amazing.

‘We are known for our amazing pizzas and pasta d’amore, but there are dishes for all tastes and moods on the menu.”

Follow the team’s progress on Twitter/ Instagram at @Losteria_UK, where they’ll be sharing their latest news.

You can check out the menu here

L’ostera Bristol address: Catering Unit SU3 – SU5 | Lower Ground and upper ground level | Quakers Friars | Cabot Circus | Bristol | BS1 3BU
P: +44 117 440 7140




Bristol Pub Quizzes



bristol pub quizzes

It’s time for a good old fashioned Bristol pub quiz

There are endless places where you can find some good Bristol pub quizzes. Fridays and Saturdays are unlikely but here are loads of places Sunday – Thursday.

Monday Bristol Pub Quizzes

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Blankety Quiz – Found across Bristol and voted the best pub quiz in Bristol

Got any that we’ve missed? Pop them in the comments below.



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Rosa Opens in Bristol



rosa tapas bar

Rosa Review

The rising chill of autumn had descended, and I was a Bristol girl in need of a stiff drink to warm my gills. Red coat on, black heels donned and a long overdue catch up with an old friend in the diary, we headed on over to the newly opened Rosa on Whiteladies Road for a night of tapas and prosecco.

Rosa has some big shoes to fill. Bristolians will remember the good old days of Rocinantes and Quartier Vert and more recently the Townhouse at this treasured venue.

tapas rosa

Credit: Ellis Fox

Spread over two floors, with candles, old typewriters and flowers galore, this new bar-come-eatery, which promises “world inspired food to share” is romantic, cosy and stylish.

If you can’t quite justify spending money on a round-the-world plane fare, a trip to Rosa will go some way to taking you on a global foodie adventure.

Chef Tim Denny – formerly of Totterdown’s Historical Dining Rooms – is at the kitchen helm and he’s created a menu that simultaneously tantalises, impresses and surprises.

Sharing dishes include mixed bread with salt and paprika butter (£4), spiced flatbread with curried chickpeas, yoghurt and fresh lime (£5.50), steamed bao with pulled oxtail, miso mayonnaise and crispy shallots (£6 and my personal favourite), as well as burrata mozzarella with picked mooli, radish and mint salad (£6.50).

rosa food

Credit: Ellis Fox

For meat lovers, there’s a sliced shoulder of Iberico pork option (£7) and a mouth-watering whole Galican beef rib (£25) cooked over hot coals and served on the bone with baby gem salad. Seafood fans can opt for hot seared salmon sashimi with sesame and soy (£7.50) or flame grilled octopus with crisp noodles and spring onions (£6.50). There’s also the classic Spanish tapas dish of patatas bravas (£5.50) up for the tasting, and its rich, spicy tomato  sauce, doesn’t disappointed.

rosa menu

Credit: Ellis Fox

For dessert, there’s churros with olive oil Nutella (£5.50) and BBQ salted milk ice cream with caramel coconut sponge (£6.50), among other options. What’s more there’s always a cheese of the month. Now we’re talking…

Alongside the main tapas menu, there is a fantastic value set lunch menu at £11.95 for two courses and £13.50 for three courses.

Fancy a tipple? There’s a large selection of wine available by the glass or carafe starting at £4.50 and going up to the most expensive £48 Bordeaux from Chateau Paveil de Luze. A generous cocktail selection is available, in addition to a plethora of local gins (Psychopomp), Spanish sherries, sparkling Japanese sake and beer from a range of local breweries including Wiper and True and Arbor Ales.

rosa wine

Credit: Ellis Fox

It’s unlikely you’ll get through the entire menu on your first visit. But don’t they say it’s always best to leave wanting more?

Rosa, 85 Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2DT. Tel: 0117 973 9302.



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9 Amazing Vans Spotted In Bristol



bristol van

Top 9 Vans of Bristol

Art galleries sometimes on the move sharing the art all over the city.

1. This is either very fresh or the van is a permanent feature (look at the back wheel)

montpellier van

2. Unusually the best work on this van in Easton is on the back. Looks like an anti surveillance grannie to me. Ironically I’m watching it though

bristol van

3. St Werburghs now, and it’s like a go faster type tag on the wall behind trying to photobomb this shot

st werburghs van

4.  It’s Easton again. Not a van, an ambulance but this stick on lettering is good enough to get it an entry here. It’s taken food to the needy and it’s earnt it’s place

easton van

5. Edge of Easton by the M32 and its festival food van me thinks, looking at the mud it’s picked up on the underside. Would be nice to snap it with the pizza smoking out the unseen chimney

another easton van

6. St Paul’s. This one was camouflaged for the area

van in st pauls

7. Same artist as Pizza truck so this one must be fam

van in bristol

8. St Werburghs again. This one really has some landscape length to it. Who does those dinos?

another st werburghs van in bristol

9. My fave, and popular with the owner. My dog sighs did this and instead of eyes following you round the room it’s eyes following you round the city. Kobra street art to the right from Upfest and of all the shots of vans this one is the most pleasing to my eye. Deffo a Basquiat thing going on here

kobra street art van

10? Go look around these postcodes and find it… Take your pick

Do you know any of the artists? Tell us in the comments or tweet me @MoodyColin and let me know



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