Bristol’s private dining scene is a fantastic reflection of a city that welcomes everyone and anyone. The sheer range of dishes is only matched by the variety of private spaces you can enjoy them in. Steam-filled Japanese ramen joints are nestled next to British classics that fully utilise local and seasonal produce. And what better way to enjoy Bristol’s dining scene than by having your own private room in which to enjoy every bite and every friend. Here are some of the best.
A private dining room in Bristol that looks over a swimming pool: The Restaurant, Clifton Lido
Swimming and eating have, historically, been in conflict. Grandmas and aunts across the country have wagged fingers, warning of the peri that inevitably descends on anyone swimming after a meal.
Flying (or swimming) in the face of this sits The Clifton Lido Restaurant. Located in the chic Clifton neighbourhood of Bristol, the private dining space offers sweeping views over the historic Clifton Pool. With the option of canapés and tapas for drinks receptions, or a fuller menu for private dining in Bristol. Just make sure to wait an hour before diving into the pool.
Private dining for those who like their ramen: Wokyko Kaiju
Head down to Wapping Wharf if you’re wanting to try Bristol’s best ramen in a very modern private dining setting. Wokyko Kaiju prides itself on bringing authentic far-eastern flavours to the west of England. The dish to order here has to be their signature tantanmen ramen, a Japanese
Located in a converted shipping container (this is Bristol, after all), Wokyko is perfect for a small, intimate private dining experience that puts powerful flavours at the heart of the event. With seating for up to 35 lucky diners, Wokyko Kaju is a perfect Bristol private dining option.
A cosy private dining venue in Bristol: The Speakeasy, Racks Bar & Kitchen
Another Clifton eatery with private dining capabilities, Rack’s prides itself on bringing affordable and delicious dishes to Bristol. The menu is a litany of classic dishes done well: pizzas, pasta and salads can be ordered alongside their celebrated Sunday roasts.
For that private dining experience, we recommend The Speakeasy, a cos space within a unique edge, designed with comfort and relaxation in mind. The Speakeasy makes full use of its exposed brick walls and wooden furniture, with enough space for 44 guests to pursue the menu in comfort.
A Bristol private dining room for the health-conscious: Bambalan
Fancy eating an array of delicious dishes that have been cooked in a wood fire oven? Of course you do.
The city centre spot, Bambalan, is one of Bristol’s top private dining locations. The menu makes the most of Mediterranean ingredients and recipes to cater to your sun-kissed foodie dreams.
The space is bright and airy, with ceiling-to-floor windows giving a view over the leafy surroundings of Beacon Tower’s grounds. The decor makes full use of the light flooding the venue – think lots of light wood and bright neutral colours, giving the whole space a feeling of lightness that perfectly compliments the menu.
For private dining, you have the option of exclusively hiring out the entire restaurant and terrace – granting you and up to 300 guests complete privacy whilst you indulge.
A private dining room in Bristol for delicious German food and Old Masters interior: Klosterhause
Translating to ‘Monastery House’ (owing to the Grade-I Quakers Friars building it is situated in), this Bristol private dining option perfects all-day dining and bespoke interiors.
The menu has been developed by Head Chef Bjoern Wassmuth (of German Gymnasium fame) and conjures up mid-European flavours and German dishes. The schnitzel, vegan currywurst and black forest ham are all worth a taste, with the strudel an absolute must for dessert.
The excellence of the food is matched by the private dining spaces. The actual restaurant is nothing short of stunning: a tasteful, grand space framed by strong colours and high ceilings.
Private diners will be thrilled with the options. 5 different spaces allow you to dine outdoors, in two different halls, or in the sumptuous Hanover Room. If you have an army to cater to, the entire restaurant can be booked out for up to 350 lucky diners.
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