If there is one thing that will get me out and about on a rainy day, it’s the promise of scrummy food! A few weeks ago I ventured out on a grizzly Saturday to check out what’s been going on behind the scaffolding in the newly refurbished Bristol Old Vic. And it was worth getting out the unicorn umbrella!
1766 Bar & Kitchen (named after the year the original theatre façade dates back to) has taken over the new foyer of the historic theatre, providing a gorgeous space for pre-or post- theatre feeds. Think wide open spaces, dreamy exposed brick walls, theatrical lighting – they’ve created an ambience that reflects the drama of the venue.
Their menu expands throughout the day, but I was there for brunch – one of my favourite eating activities. 🙂 If you are looking for more of a light bite, there are a wide variety of tempting pastries adorning the counter. Or go healthier with some granola with yoghurt and fresh fruit. Or a slice of the absolutely stunning cakes from Ahh Toots – almost too beautiful to eat… Having accidentally made my way through a bottle of Psychopomp‘s Negroni (I shared I promise….) the night before I was in need of something more.
After much deliberation – overwhelmed with delicious options such as their Hail Halloumi (an excuse to eat fried halloumi in the morning) or their Eggs Benedict on waffles – I went for the more tradition Full o’Toole. A generous plate of smoked bacon, a good quality pork sausage (important), a big crispy hash brown, eggs (choice of scrambled, fried or poached – ALWAYS POACHED), grilled tomato and mushrooms, and their homemade baked beans. Washed down with a delicious Clifton Coffee. YUM! Hangover sorted right out! THANK YOU!
It’s also worth checking out their wider menu, based on the use of quality and seasonal ingredients. With fab offers such as a Set Menu lunch priced at £9.95 for one course, £13.95 for two courses or £17.95 for three, it’s a great choice whether frequenting the theatre or not.
A fabulous space and delicious food. I am sold!
Disclaimer: I was provided this meal 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.