Harvey Nichols is one of Bristol's best spots for perusing luxury goods, but if you want a first-class private dining experience as well, you only have to head up to the department store's top floor to visit the AA Rosette-awarded restaurant and private dining experience.
The restaurant is a feast for the eyes as well as the tastebuds, decorated in a shimmering silver colour palette that even extends to a metallic ceiling. Seating takes form in volumous 70s-style shapes and neutral tones, while huge floor-to-ceiling windows show off the rooftop views. This is a fantastic place to hold a party or event, not only because of its style points but also the award-winning food. While the menu changes seasonally, you can expect the likes of Wye Valley asparagus and pea soup with chive oil to start, mains like Frampton on Severn salt marsh lamb belly roulade with samphire and puy lentils, pea purée and buttered peas, with puddings such as strawberry Eton mess with elderflower syrup and roasted pistachio.
If a more private affair is what you had in mind, take a look at the stand-alone private dining room which is situated just off the main restaurant and thanks to a glass wall seperating the two, benefits from the hustle and bustle while remaining exclusive. Here, a central table fills the space creating an intimate ambience perfect for a special dinner or even entertaining important clients. The private dining room can host up to 14 people, but just speak to the team about your needs and they'll do their best to accomodate.
The team at Harvey Nichols are just as passionate about drinks as they are food, so expect a delicious cocktail list with both old favourites as well as house signatures. We like the sound of the Peanut Butter Old Fashioned with peanut butter fatwashed Makers Mark 46, demmerara syrup and Angostura bitters.