This vibrant market in the old part of Bristol city centre, established in 1743, is bursting with an array of stalls that feature food, drink, antiques, gifts and more. If you plan to visit St Nick’s Market then make sure you arrive hungry as there are plenty of different types of food to discover, mainly run by local, independent businesses. From pies to pasta, doughnuts to dumplings, wraps to ribs, here are some of the best food you need to try when you visit St Nicholas’ Market in Bristol.
The purveyors of delicious dumplings in Bristol, Eatchu, offer a range of crispy fried gyozas to choose from and are perfect as a snack or small meal. Choose from pork, chicken, roasted brocolli or triple mushroom all laced with mayo (vegan option available), sauces, spices and seasonings. If dumplings aren’t quite hitting the spot (although we think these will), you can also order soba noodles, dressed rice or add a soy pickled egg too. Plus, you can even have a taste of Eatchu at home with their cook at home dumpling packs.
It’s hard to find anything more comforting than a pie. Especially one from Pieminister. Founded in Bristol and expanding across the UK, this pie company offer perfect pies in St Nicholas’ Market which are great for when you’re looking to find refuge from the cold weather. Served with mash and peas and drenched in gravy, you’ll never want to leave the market after you’ve had one of these pies. Pieminister serves a range of pies suitable for meat-eaters, vegetarians, coeliacs and vegans.
3. Eat A Pitta
Now, that’s a wrap! Eat A Pitta offer possibly the best falafels in Bristol and they thankfully serve these delights at their stall in St Nicholas’ Market. You can enjoy their falafels either in a generous pitta wrap filled with salads, tabbouleh, cous cous, hummus and either pickled gherkins, chillies or onions, or in a salad box, a hummus bowl or simply dipped in a pot of hummus on the side. Eat A Pitta’s wraps are vibrant and bursting with Middle-Eastern flavours and they’re well worth a try!
4. Toff’s Pasta
After a lunchtime bite to keep you fuelled for the rest of the day? A wondrous pot of perfectly cooked pasta with plenty of cheesiness by Toff’s Pasta is likely to do the trick. Choose from a selection of pasta shapes, sauces and toppings to devour as you stroll through St Nicholas’ Market. From classic mac and cheese to more obscure pasta favourites like their pistachio penne topped with a pancetta crumb. And for an extra dose of carbs (because why not?) you can add one of Toff’s Pasta’s garlic flatbreads.
5. Low and Slow
Located in the Glass Arcade of St Nicholas’ Market, Low and Slow offers succulent smokehouse meats in either burgers or in meal boxes loaded with toppings and fries. Low and Slow offer pulled pork, beef brisket and chicken thighs, plus vegans and vegetarians needn’t walk straight past as they serve up barbecue pulled jackfruit too. Choose from seven sauces to top these mouthwatering meats, including chipotle peach, pickleback mayo and a guest sauce. Low and Slow also offer loaded pitmaster fries, mac and cheese, slaw and pit beans too.
6. Pippin Doughnuts
All this savoury food calls for something sweet and these doughnuts are unreal. These fluffy balls of dough (and joy) from Pippin Doughnuts are filled with an array of flavours such as lemon curd, chocolate and hazelnut, blackberry apple and custard, as well as lots of seasonal specials. Tuck into one of these as you eye up the market’s antiques and be sure to take a few home with you. You can try and resist the urge to eat them on route home, but we cannot be held responsible.
Prepared to be stoked by these plant-based wraps. Vegans and curious eaters can enjoy a soft tortilla wrap filled with plant-powered protein such as marinated tofu, beans and quinoa. You’ll find Stoked‘s No Meato burritos, macho nachos and chilli con carne being served at St Nicholas’ Market on Tuesdays. These delicious meals are 100% plant-based, mainly organic and served in compostable packaging, plus they won’t break the bank at £5 per meal.
8. Portuguese Taste
You needn’t have to hop on a plane to Lisbon to enjoy a delicious pastel de nata when you can enjoy one in St Nicholas’ Market in Bristol! Portuguese Taste serves these flaky, custard-filled treats as well as some traditional Portuguese savoury dishes, including stews and marinated meatballs. The Portuguese food purveyor has joined with Big Juice, another St Nick’s stall, to offer takeaways but be sure to wash a comforting stew down with a refreshing juice or smoothie.