There is a real charm to sunny evenings around the Harbourside in Bristol. At the end of last week the temperature crept up and it felt like summer had arrived. Perfect for an early evening walk into the city. As a family, we enjoy eating out and really don’t do it enough. Prezzo invited us to review Prezzo Bristol, keen to make the most of most of lighter, warmer evenings, we delightedly accepted. The restaurant is in Anchor Square, just across Pero’s Bridge in the Waterfront area of central Bristol. We booked in for 5pm on a Friday, a good time to feed a hungry 8-year-old and quieter time to eat.
On a Friday evening, this part of the city buzzes, throw in some sunshine and the waterfront becomes lined by people, legs dangling over the quay edge, drinks perched beside them on the cobbles. Locally, there are office blocks and some big hotels. The mood was very ‘relax, it’s the weekend’. The waterside is picturesque and makes a perfect first stop for visitors to the city, as well as a nice spot for post-work dinning. Prezzo has tables outside on the square. We opted for a window seat inside; both are great for people watching.
Prezzo was fairly quiet when we arrived. It slowly filled up. Outside a group of men were having post work pizza and pint, Prezzo serves Peroni beer on tap. A few couples sat under the trees, enjoying conversation over a pasta dish and a bottle of wine.
We started with fat juicy olives and soft fresh garlic bread. Washed down with a glass of wine, a refreshing easy drinking a Pinot Grigio blush for me and an Italian Merlot for him, both good quality wines. The drinks menu is expansive, spirits and cocktails are on offer, should you fancy something more with your meal.
There is an open kitchen, which is always reassuring. The interiors are dark wood and smoked mirrors. The background music; soulful. Smart surroundings with a relaxing vibe. The service is laid back and friendly. We found the staff helpful and chatty.
Food arrived promptly, I had a ‘new for summer’ – classic pizza; roasted red pepper and goat’s cheese, on a roasted red pepper tapenade base. Spinach, sun blushed tomatoes, peppers, olives. The food was tasty and fresh. Topped with fresh herbs. It’s a substantial plate of food, definitely, arrive hungry and reasonable at around £10.
For summer there’s some new additions to the menu, superfood brushetta, Italian sharing platters with sea food theme. Salads and delicious looking Sea Bass.
The Mr’s choice was a traditional Calzone, folded pizza with Italian cheese. Il Carltoni; Pepperoni, pancetta, seasoned chicken, peppers in a pomodoro sauce, with a blend of cheese. A big portion of food and he polished it all off. My son ate from the children’s menu, 6.95 for three courses and squash; great value. He loved his cheesey pizza, this was a really good-sized pizza, no stinting on the child-sizes. He was given a place mat of activities, which kept him busy and seemed well suited to various ages. My top tip is bring pens or pencils, we were given a little bucket of crayons, which are great for colouring by tricky for word searches and quizzes.
I had terrible indecisiveness over dessert menu, so much that I could have picked most of it. I went for a ‘mini dessert’ with a hot drink. Hot chocolate with a side of vanilla cheese cake, it was less ‘mini’ more perfectly sized.
By time we came to leave, Prezzo was much busier and staffing had increased to match. Families with toddlers and babies in high chairs. Generations out together; parents, grandparents and teenagers. A group of women drinking from chilled bottles of Prosecco.
We hadn’t eaten at Prezzo before and we were suitably impressed. Prezzo Bristol is clearly established as a local favourite, a well-loved friend. Smart surroundings but welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Ours was a relaxing meal with good food. The menu is broad with something to suit everyone. Keep an eye on the website or download the Prezzo App for offers.
Our meal at Prezzo was complimentary for the purposes of a review. As always, all words and opinions are my own.