Review on Bell's Diner & Bar Rooms

A stalwart of the Bristol scene since it first opened its doors in 1976, Bell's Diner and Bar Rooms occupies the site of an old grocer's shop in the Montpelier district of the city. This much-loved venue with three small interlinked rooms and its homely décor have new owners, who have previously been linked to other Bristol restaurants, Rocinantes and Quartier Vert.

There's a new chef at the helm too, Sam Sohn-Rethel who honed his skills in London restaurant Moro, the Lido and Flinty Red in Bristol, before setting up on his own with his popular Manna bar. His cooking is shot through with vivid Mediterranean ideas in the form of small plates cooked over charcoal and wood. Typical dishes on the menu are salt cod fritters and aioli; pork rillons, roasted beetroot, capers and shallot vinegar; slow-cooked rabbit, morcilla, peas and mint or roast hake, slow cooked courgettes, jersey royals and sweet herb mayonnaise. When it comes to something sweet look for churros with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream or maybe lemon meringue tart.

The wine list offers excellent value for money with bottles from up and coming young producers, as well as more established wine-makers.

Bell's Diner & Bar Rooms is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Good Food Guide

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Sam Sohn-Rethel

Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 12.00 - 3.00pm Sat (1.00 - 3.00pm Sun)
Dinner: 6.00 - 10.00pm Mon-Sat

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Visa, Master Card, American Express

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Facilities at Bell's Diner & Bar Rooms

  • Disabled access
  • Private parties
  • Vegetarian menu
  • 50 covers


Bell's Diner & Bar Rooms
1 York Road

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