All posts by Clare Lowe

#lovefoodgivefood Action against hunger at No.1 Harbourside

This autumn, we’re thrilled to be taking part once again in Love Food Give Food for Action Against Hunger. We’re joining forces with hundreds of restaurants across the UK, raising funds to help save the lives of malnourished children, and provide their families with access to nutritious food. During September we will be donating 25p from all of our main dishes to support Action Against Hunger’s vision of a world free from hunger.

A big thank you to you, our amazing customers for joining us in supporting this fantastic cause and challenging child hunger worldwide.

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Artist Pilar Cortés Guest Post: Paintings. From the past.

Pilar Cortés. Paintings. From the past.

I am very grateful to have the opportunity to exhibit at the No.1 Harbourside. This time, I will take the opportunity to exhibit some old paintings that have never been exhibited before. In doing so, I am showing these paintings with the intention of selling them at at a considerably reduced rate in order to subsidise my upcoming solo exhibition in Hamilton House the end of August (details to come soon) as well as funding material costs for future paintings.

I am a Mexican painter, graduated in 2007 with BA in Visual Arts from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), based in Bristol, UK since 2008. After 6 years of working from Coexist, Hamilton House, I now work at my studio at Mivart Studios, Bristol. 

My work has been exhibited widely throughout more than 30 exhibitions in Mexico, Colombia, the UK and Spain. Highlighted shows include 3005 Women in Mexican Fine Arts, Museum of Mexico City; 2017 Threshold Festival, Unit 51, Baltic Creative, Liverpool, UK; 2014 Fascinate digital arts Conference and Showcase, Falmouth University.

‘It seems the need to define people’s identities through the question of where they come from, extends not just to individuals but also to landscape painting. I want the viewer to form a relationship with the painting where they feel no need to identify the place. I feel that when a location is easily identifiable, it can often detract from that. For me, painting a landscape isn’t about depicting a particular place, but painting somewhere without boundaries or national identity. Through my years of work, the need to invoke a sense of the sublime through the elements, especially water and air has persisted almost as an obsession.’ 

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Monthly exhibitions at No.1 Harbourside

We’re passionate about supporting local artists and with a prominent location on the Bristol Harbourside we have the perfect space for you to relax with a coffee or a glass of a little something and appreciate what the Bristol art scene has to offer.


Our May/June exhibition is by Bristol based artist & illustrator Alexandra Becker.
This exhibition displays a range  work including delicate watercolours of animals curled into balls, Bears of land, sea and sky, and unconventional portraiture in Oils. All of them display a love of detail, colour and a balanced composition.  Alexandra also designed our amazing kid’s colouring page that you can see on the back of all our children’s menus.  Follow her on instagram: alexandrabeackerart

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If you are an artist and are interested in our exhibition space, we offer 0% commission for artists and will also provide our space for your own private view too.

If you are interested in displaying your work at No.1 Harbourside, please email us on: with 5 high res pictures if your work and an artists statement.

Art on the Harbourside

No 1 Harbourside is proud to present a collaborative photography exhibition this month named On A Wing and  Prayed by Bristol based photographer Bella Gaffney and Berlin based photographer Sophie Le Roux. We want to support local artists by showcasing their work for a month and give our No 1 Harbourside guests a chance to see some truly interesting art, schmooze with the artists at their launch event and maybe even  purchase some art from struggling artists.

This month we have the collection named Scrapes (2018) from Berlin based photographer Sophie Le Roux. The series, shot of the island of La Palma in January 2018, depicts accidental artworks left behind by the wear and tear of the city, often overlooked. Sophie Le Roux is a British photographer exploring the unfamiliar in the mundane and the charisma in decay. 

Bella Gaffney is a Bristol/London based photographer. Drawn to cheap and tacky aesthetics and vivid colours, her photography frames the random marks left by people in the city, focusing on the outdated and unappreciated. She has a particular interest in the meaningful interaction between people and place. Bella will be presenting a varied collection depicting some of her more well-known work as well as samples from her new collections.

The exhibition will run until the middle of May so ensure to come on down, eat some food, grab a pint (or a special gin from our guest gin menu) and appreciate the creativity.


Bella Gaffney

Facebook: @bellagaffneyphotography


Sophie Le Roux




Mother’s Day in the heart of Bristol

Show your mum just how much she means to you with a beautiful Sunday roast in the heart of Bristol!
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Mother’s day is just around the corner and this year our head chef has come up with delicious 3 course menu especially for the mum’s of Bristol.
Choose two or three courses with classic crowd pleasing dishes like prawn cocktail to start, a vegan or meaty roast with all the trimmings as main and a naughty bit of pudding to finish it all off!
There’s no better way to celebrate a special occasion than with all your family around a table, with some fantastic food and  top class booze! So don’t delay make sure you book your mum a lunch to remember.

Valentine’s at No.1 Harbourside

Valentine’s day is upon us.
A day where grumpy singletons rant about their loved up couple friends rubbing their happiness in their faces and where those who find it all ‘simply too commercial’ let you know on Twitter and Facebook .
Let’s look at the timing of this ‘lovers day’ though, really it’s just a celebration of getting through the first month of the year. A time to fill up on rich food and gorge on delicious alcohol after a month of putting your body through fad diets and a dry January! Whoever you want to celebrate Valentine’s Day with this year, we have the menu for you.
A menu that combines some classic meaty crowd-pleasers like our sharing board of T bone steak (surcharge £8 per person) with potato gratin and peppercorn sauce with delicious vegan choices like our sweet potato, pak choi and coconut hotpot with homemade flatbread.

Take a peek at the whole menu here

With the pocket friendly price of £18.50 for two courses and £22.50 for three, why not treat yourself to a bottle of one of our bio dynamic wines or one of our many gins & rums to really top the night off right.
So, whether you’re spending it with friends, family or your significant other, come to No.1 for a laid back yet decadent Valentine’s night!

This Valentine’s day menu will be running on the 14th & 15th February.
To book please email or phone our front of house team on:
0117 929 1100
Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for more information.

Beat the January blues with a banging brunch!

It’s that time of year,  the merriment of December already seems like a long-lost memory and the grey reality of winter has set in. That time where we all just want to hibernate in our homes watching boxsets, feeling guilty as we go through fitspiration posts on Instagram, dipping stale bread into utterly butterly. Don’t fall for the January trap!
Why not leave the house, visit the historic Bristol harbour for a bracing walk,  before coming to No.1 Harbourside, where we have been creating the best brunch this side of the bridge!

With a menu that has all the brunch classics along with some delicious, more unusual offerings like our (now famous) vegan buddha bowl, which is packed full of tasty morsels like crispy pickles and aubergine caviar that tastes as good as it makes you feel, or if you fancy something sweet, you can try our American style pancake with berry compote & crème fraiche for something a little fruity!

Each of the dishes are made using the best ingredients sourced as locally as possible in the South West and you can always pair them with a strong cup of extract coffee, Canton tea  or a house Bloody Mary for the ultimate brunch experience.

As a 3 star SRA rated restaurant we pride ourselves on our minimal waste approach and ethical sourcing policies, so you can sit back and enjoy food that is truly made with the seasons in mind and is as good for the environment as it is for you.

So, don’t get the January blues this month, come to No.1 Harbourside and get the January brunch of your dreams!

Monday – Wednesday: 11am – 11pm
Thursday: 11am – Midnight,
Friday: 11am – 1am
Saturday: 10am – 1am,
Sunday: 10am – 10pm

To book a table phone: 0117 929 1100

Find us on:
Twitter: @No1Harbourside
Instagram: no1harbourside


The Festive Season At No.1 Harbourside

It’s that time of year again, almost time to dust off your ball balls and get out the mistletoe And at No.1 Harbourside we’re SO ready to get that cosy festive feeling!

This Christmas we have a ‘Festive feasts’ menu, perfect for you and your family and friend’s to enjoy together, with some Christmas favourite’s given the No.1 twist all to be enjoyed in our laid back, waterfront surroundings.
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Phone or email our front of house team to book your table.
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As well as some tasty treats we have some top class Winter warmers too! Whatever your tipple we’ve got something for you.
Choose from our Sipsmith warm Gin and Tonic,  Hot toddy or mulled cider, ecach one is guarenteed give you that warm and fuzzy festive feeling!
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So, whether your looking to have some post work drinks, celebrate with friends or have a cosy date, get yourself to No.1 Harbourside this December.

Sunday Supper Club with Piction’s Charcuterie and Clay

No.1 Harbourside are celebrating the changing of the seasons and bringing you a supper club experience this Sunday with Piction’s Charcuterie and Clay. Our new head-chef Saleh Cruz-Bham has been working with Michael from Picton’s Charcuterie to create an afternoon of new taste experiences.

With a choice of a 2 or 3 course menu with meat and vegan options, what better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than eating great food and drinking a couple of glasses of top class wine?


Pumpkin, plum and sage
Umeboshi fermented plums, with pumpkin and sage

Lentils, wild mushroom and nori
Polish femented girolle mushrooms with red wine lentils with vegan jus and nori powder 

Strawberry and shisho

Ox tongue and milk
Dried oysters with brined ox tongue using a traditional wet cure

Pork cheek and beans
Dry-cured bacon using a traditonal recipe, with beans

Lemon tart

More about Picton’s Charcuterie
Michael A Cooper is the founder of Picton’s Charcuterie, an idea born from a passion of slow, ethical food production and food preservation in late 2016. Situated in the heart of Bristol, a city with a vibrant food scene, Picton’s Charcuterie specialises in hand-crafted cured and smoked meats and fish. Whilst not currently trading, Michael is busy researching and experimenting with all manner of edible morsels from plant-based proteins to cured ox hearts.

More about Clay Supper Club:
Clay Supper Club cook seasonal small plates in the form of four or five course menus. We want our food to be as nutritious as it is delicious and always try to bring something novel to the table. At it’s core all we are trying to do is bring people together to enjoy our food, drink some great wine and share some stories.
Find them on instagram @claysupperclub

2 courses – £16 
3 courses – £20 
12 – 3pm 

Email or phone our front of house team on to book, spaces are limited: 
0117 929 1100

Latin Sounds on The Harbourside

Summer is here and  we don’t summer makes us yearn for some Latin heat!
To celebrate harbour fest we’ve got some fantastic bands lined up to get your dancing the night away!

Aji Pa Ti from Colombia

Brazilian Samba Band “Bloco Sujos”

1-3pm Ramon Vallejo & His Conjunto

Flamenco Loco

As well as music you can enjoy fresh oysters from our oyster bar and a range of summer-tastic drinks to get you into the party spirit.

So all this means you have to make No.1 Harbourside one of your stops this Harbour festival.

Huge thanks to Zubieta for her poster design.