Primrose Café and Bistro

Even on a wet and gloomy Wednesday afternoon Primrose Café and Bistro is sure to be able to brighten your day. Nestled in a quiet corner of Clifton, serving breakfast until 3.30pm and a wide range of lunch dishes, specials, and homemade cakes Primrose is a wholesome and independent café.

Having been under the same ownership for 21 years they really know how to impress. Ordering a chicken and chilli bean tinga in a hot wrap with melted cheddar, guacamole and sour cream, and off the specials board, a salt beef sour dough toastie with a rocket and creamy celeriac dressing, safe to say we were not disappointed. The sour dough was crispy, beef perfectly tender with an ideal amount of dressing, the chicken tinga was hearty with plenty of full flavours and generous portions of guacamole and sour cream. Both dishes were accompanied by a colourful fresh salad and really hit the spot. Not many places have the option of accompanying fine food with standard builders tea but Primrose clearly understand that a proper brew can go a long way.

The interior of the café has a cosy and charming atmosphere that maybe isn't obvious from outside it. The space is decorated beautifully with a mixture of quirky paintings, bunting and clever use of colours to give a warm, relaxed vibe, we particularly like the golden stars pained on the dark blue ceiling. On warmer days they have a sizable terrace where you can eat outside, opposite Reg's Veg and soak up the sun.

A café that sources its produce locally and ethically, Primrose Café and Bistro is certainly one for any Bristolian's bucket list.


Co-founders Ben Davies and Vicky Norman