The Bridge Cafe Bristol

The Bridge Cafe Bristol

posted in: Lust List, United Kingdom | 11

We are thrilled to announce the entry of The Bridge Café in Bristol on to the Wandering Wives Lust List!

The Bridge Café at Avon Gorge Hotel is popular eating spot in the Clifton area of Bristol. The suburb of Clifton is a gentrified area at the edge of the city centre where grand 18th century houses benefit from amazing vistas across Avon Gorge. The Bridge Café sits right at the edge of the gorge and offers fantastic views of the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Clifton Suspension Bridge

We were delighted to be invited to the Bridge Café to sample their Festive Afternoon Tea menu. The café is situated just off the main hotel, in a light and spacious room which is immediately welcoming. On one side of the café are cosy booths and a gutsy wood burner to usher in guests from the cold. Floor to ceiling windows cover the other side of the room and as we took our seats our eyes were immediately drawn to the stunning views across the gorge.

Suspension Bridge Clifton

Being English, anything involving tea usually makes us pretty happy. In fact, tea is one of our favourite little pleasures. We are also prone to developing a seasonal addiction to mince pies and Christmas sandwiches. This addiction usually begins in around October each year and doesn’t dissipate until at least the end of January. Afternoon tea is something we love to treat ourselves to, so the promise of a festive afternoon tea really sparked our interest.

The first thing to arrive was a piping hot cup of mulled wine, perfectly spiced and just the tonic to the crisp December chill. We sipped our festive tipples, pulled our crackers and reminded each other how much we enjoy mulling our beverages. We should mull much more often.

When the waitress brought out our festive afternoon tea we couldn’t believe our eyes or our luck! The lower layer had egg and cress bridge rolls, delicate finger sandwiches of smoked salmon and cucumber, cream cheese and chive and of course a festive turkey and cranberry sauce sandwich. We polished off the sandwiches in no time at all and moved on to the middle layer of home-made scones, jam and clotted cream. Scones are a tricky thing, not least the baking, serving and cutting of them, but the complicated and not to be overlooked matter of the jam to cream ratio. Pleasingly the portion size at The Bridge Café was more than adequate, meaning we could slather our scones in enough sugar and fat make our doctors weep. Just to correct anyone who is reading this section and pronouncing scone as in drone rather than scone as in one. You are wrong. Very, very wrong.

The final layer of the festive afternoon tea consisted of mini mince pies, Bristol fruit cake, mini chocolate yule logs and mini fruit pavlovas. We were feeling pretty full at this point but we pride ourselves on not being beaten by food, particularly not miniature food. Each tiny treat was perfectly formed and delicious and we’re pleased to say we were triumphant in our latest quest of Wives Vs Food. We left The Bridge Café after our feast feeling sufficiently full and festive.

Festive treats

Our experience at The Bridge Café was excellent and one which we would love to repeat. If you find yourself in the South West of England stop off at this wonderful eatery and treat yourself to lunch or afternoon tea, you won’t be disappointed. If you can’t get enough of that stunning view you can stay on site at Avon Gorge Hotel. Use the box below to search for a deal on

11 Responses

  1. I’m jealous! Keep on wandering.

  2. So much food. Great post Ladies

  3. Well, I didn’t realise until now that the gap in my life was due to a lack of lesbian comedy travel info.
    Who’d a thunk it, huh?
    If you are serious about looking for contributors, visit me again and let me know.
    I write some inappropriately appropriate stuff.

  4. How come I’ve not been? I will complain to my daughter forthwith! Looks excellent and the pictures of the bridge ripe with nostalgia from my university days.

    • Wandering Wives

      It was a lovely spot for afternoon tea, but I think it would be even better on a summers day. There is a massive beer garden over looking the gorge, but was way too cold to see outside when we went!

  5. Make sure you head to the York Cafe round the corner for a proper greasy spoon fry up! Just round the corner in Clifton

    • Wandering Wives

      Thanks for the tip, will bear it in mind for next time. We are in Liverpool now, it’s been a whirlwind UK tour the last few weeks!

  6. Lovely! It looks like a relaxing respite – just right for this busy time of year! Love the pictures – I could imagine myself enjoying a cup of tea and relishing the view. Thanks for sharing!

  7. That is a fine selection of cakes. Is there anything different about a Bristol fruit cake?

    • Wandering Wives

      It wasn’t iced like Christmas cake, and was quite light for a fruit cake. This is code for -we don’t know-!

Leave a Reply