This historic town in the south-west of England has won coveted Purple Flag awards for its nightlife and entertainment, so it's no surprise that Bristol's European restaurants are also of a very high standard. From the picturesque harbourside to Park Street with its elegant Georgian architecture, there are plenty of hidden gems to be discovered, with lovers of French, Italian and Spanish cuisine all well-catered for. Daytime visitors can work up an appetite with a walk by the sea or on the Downs, while by night, live music enhances the dining experience.
Many of the European restaurants in Bristol feature freshly caught seafood. Spanish tapas eateries serve moreish sharing plates of squid rings, king prawns and the like, as well as authentic paella teamed with succulent scallops. Likewise, the town's Italian chefs rustle up a delicious shellfish pasta or catch of the day baked in fragrant herbs. Meanwhile, if your tastes run to turf not surf, then you might be drawn to a starter of kebabs or meatballs followed by a juicy leg of lamb cooked in red wine and rosemary.