Review on Bellita

Bellita, meaning little beauty bills itself as the boisterous little sister of the much lauded Bell's Diner in the Montpelier area of Bristol. Occupying the premises of the former Flinty Red, it is a gem of a neighbourhood venue just off Whiteladies Road on Cobham Hill in Bristol. Behind the unassuming exterior, the intimate wine bar with exposed brick walls has high tables and stools to perch on, while small candlelit tables run down one side of the room.

Heading the kitchen is Joe Harvey, the protégé of Bell's Diner head chef Sam Sohn-Rethel and together they have created a menu of tapas style dishes with influences from Spain, North Africa and the Middle East, using first-class ingredients from these regions, alongside fresh local produce. Divided into bar nibbles, vegetarian dishes, seafood, meat and pudding, the dishes like its older sibling have received many plaudits from critics and foodies alike.

Kick off with braised octopus, mussels, burnt peppers confit tomatoes and aioli or charcoal-grilled Iberico chorizo and morcilla de Burgos, or from the vegetarian section porcini and pearl barley, wild garlic, peas and parmesan. For a sweet finale there's blood orange posset with honeycomb or choose one of Bell's ice creams.

There's a first-class wine list that have all been produced by women, with plenty of options by the glass and carafe, as well as draught Alhambra beer, ginger and raspberry shandies.

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Eclectic / Tapas


Joe Harvey

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Lunch: 12.00 through until
Dinner: 11.00pm Thu-Sat (6.00 - 11.00pm Tue & Wed

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