Arnolfini – extended cafe hours

THE SUN HAS GOT HIS HAT ON! HIP HIP HIP HOORAY…..Which means the majority of Bristol will be congregating outside Arnolfini, legs a dangling over the water, grabbing the last of those rays with a cider in hand.

To add to this joy, Arnolfini are now extending their kitchen hours on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings – so you can soak up some of that booze with a delicious seasonal treat and feel a smidge better the next morning. Music to my ears – as personally my body cannot cope with the “eating’s cheating” rule (those who have seen me the day after an accidentally pure drinking session can attest to this – it’s not pretty!)


I was one of the lucky people to try the evening menu last week. After a quick cider in the sun, we ventured in to kick-start our appetite with a sharing board of hummus, olives and delicious bread. Perfect nibbles to help crave off the hunger pangs and focus on what you want to eat.

Hummus, bread and olives - photo from above
Sharing platter of dreams

The specials board tempted me in, with scrumptious, seasonal dishes such as knedle dumplings with wild garlic butter, cherry tomato & crispy stage (YUM!)

Knedle dumplings with wild garlic butter, tomatoes and basil

After much deliberation, I chose the sea bass – served with panzanella salad it sounded like the perfectly fresh dish to match the sunshine outside – and it did not disappoint! Sea bass is one of my favourites, and matched with the zingy tomatoes and crunchy bread to soak up those juices, I could easily imagine I was on holiday in Italy. Dreamy!

The perfect Summer dish

Thanks to the powers of the separate sweet stomach, we also managed to sample a variety of their delicious cakes. I could have quite easily eaten a large piece of the lemon polenta cake to myself. Scrummy.

Small slices of various cakes
Try all the cake if you can! 🙂

OH and I got my Aperol Spritz fix! YES!


Disclaimer: I was invited to try these dishes free of cost, however I was not asked to send any copy in advance and this didn’t affect my opinion of the meal – all thoughts are my own. 

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