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Just don’t get Lewis started on eggs...


Meet LEWIS GRIFFITHS, sous chef of the award-winning Flinty Red restaurant on Cotham Hill in Bristol. He loves good food, and knows where to get it – but will he share his secrets?


Breakfast?


It’s just down the road from where I live, but I’d still travel to Souk Kitchen on North Street for breakfast (tagine or shakshouka). I always go for egg-based breakfasts when I’m not working. I think the chickens have put something in the eggs to make them so addictive…


Sunday lunch?


Sunday lunch is usually a home affair, so I’ll pop down to North Street market on Sunday morning and have a look around at what is available. Failing that, it’s a trip to the brilliant Pony and Trap out of town, or the more local Spotted Cow on North Street in Bedminster, if I feel like getting lunch cooked for me.


Quick pint?


After work it just has to be a cold Estrella in Bravas down the road from Flinty Red. Preferably in one of their frozen glasses, perhaps with a quick bite of some authentic tapas. A pint served with style in a place with great atmosphere: perfect.


On the go?


If I’m on North Street then Mark’s Cafe at The Brewery. I’ll order the croque monsieur and pick up bread to take home from Mark’s Bread next door.


A lovely cuppa?


I love Two Day Coffee Roasters on St Michael’s Hill. I can get a fantastic cup of takeaway coffee while picking up some coffee beans, either for Flinty Red or for home.


Posh nosh?


I’m not that into formal dining, but for a real treat it would have to be Bell’s Diner and Bar Rooms in Montpelier. Book a table of four, order everything on the menu, and enjoy.


With friends?


In the warmer months of the year The Lido is the perfect spot to catch up with friends. I like sitting in the sun on the decking by the outdoor pool, eating tapas, having a drink and perhaps planning ski trips for the winter. Wow.


With family?


It’s good walking distance to The Star & Dove for a pint and a gathering, and especially good with a few of their deliciously famous Scotch eggs.


Hidden gem?


I’m not sure how much of a hidden spot it is but, like a few chefs, my favourite late-night food treat has to be the dim sum menu at Mayflower by the bus depot. Dim sum isn’t always available, so check before you go – though the other menus are good too.


Cheeky cocktail?


I love a late cocktail at Hausbar, where time can slip away from you in this chic underground den. And quite a bit of that time can be spent watching the bartenders do their thing too.


Chef’s choice?


It is such a treat on Saturday to pop into Hart’s Bakery and pick up weekend bread and pastries to deliver back to the rest of the team in the kitchen. Or perhaps not deliver back, and instead keep them to myself. (At least it helps keep me off the eggs!)


Quick! Add these to your contacts book • Souk Kitchen, Bedminster; 0117 966 6880; www.soukitchen.co.uk • The Spotted Cow, Bedminster; 0117 963 4433; www.thespottedcowbristol.com • Bravas, Cotham Hill; 0117 329 6887; www.bravas.co.uk • Mark’s Cafe at The Brewery, Southville; 07910 979384; www.marksbread.co.uk • Two Day Coffee Roasters, St Michael’s Hill; 0117 9299191; www.twodaycoffee.co.uk • Bell’s Diner and Bar Rooms, Montpelier; 0117 924 0357; www.bellsdiner.com • The Lido, Clifton; 0117 933 9530; www.lidobristol.com • The Star & Dove, Totterdown; 0117 933 2892; www.staranddove.co.uk • Mayflower, Bristol; 0117 9250 555; mayflower-bristol.co.uk • Hausbar, Clifton; 0117 946 6081; www.hausbar.co.uk • Hart’s Bakery, Bristol; 07968 220260; www.hartsbakery.co.uk


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