The Cauldron in Bristol
We will be back to The Cauldron
My son has just started at the University of West England in Bristol. Co-incidently we had a weekend planned down in Bristol, so we decided to meet up and have Sunday lunch.
Bristol seems to have so many good independent restaurants. I wanted to find somewhere that cooked using charcoal or wood, and The Cauldron certainly fits that bill. They have a wood-fired oven, and after reading a few reviews on this place, decided this was worth a try.
I booked a table a couple of days before and managed to book one for noon. They take a deposit of £10 per person, which is non-refundable for Sunday lunch. The deposit is then taken off the final bill. Personally, I have no issue with this at all and actually think it makes good sense.
The Cauldron in on Mina Road in Bristol, in the St Werburgh’s area. We did arrive quite early as we were concerned about parking. We managed to find a space pretty close by on Mina Road, and then were able to go for a coffee very close by, which was a treat in itself.
The Cauldron has quite a small frontage, with some covered tables outside. On walking into the restaurant, the smell of the smoke was immediately obvious. I just love that smell. It’s not a huge restaurant but is really cosy and welcoming.
I loved the open kitchen where you can get a great view of the wood-fired kitchen and the food being prepared and cooked.
We got offered a table outside, which we initially took, but after sitting there for a couple of minutes decided to move inside – it wasn’t as warm as we first thought!!! The staff were really accomodating and gave us a new table right by the window.
The staff were incredibly friendly and attentative all the way through the meal, from taking our drinks and food order, clearing the plates and serving dessert.
Onto the Food & Drink
So there was no way we weren’t going to have Sunday Roast. There were 3 of us and we all had a variation. Beforehand I was intent on having the beef, but changed my mind after seeing the Porchetta. My wife went for the 60-day aged Sirloin of Beef and my son went for a triple roast, which included the pork, beef and lamb (he is wise for his years).
The Porchetta was lovely and did not disappoint. My wife also kindly shared some of her beef, which again was outstanding. The roasts also came with roast potatoes, yorkshire pudding, carrot, parsnip, beetroot, together with some greens. It was all covered with smokey gravy which is apparently cooked over a 4 day period.
You did get the taste of the smoke in the dinner, especially the beef. All 3 of us absolutely loved our mains.
For dessert only my son went for one, and he chose the Salted Caramel Ice Cream on a Ginger Biscuit. I was surprised he ordered this, but from the noises coming from his directly he definitely enjoyed it.
The other thing I liked about The Cauldron was the soft-drinks. I was driving so opted for a Ginger Beer, which was really refreshing. My son had a coke which had a home-made taste, but was really nice. They had a good selection of wines and a few cocktails it they should take your fancy.
I really loved this place. It was a little quirky, and I mean that as a compliment. The food was fantastic and the staff just added to the whole experience. If you are down in Bristol, I would highly recommend visiting. I know I will be looking for an excuse to make a repeat visit.