Adelina Yard is a fine dining restaurant in the heart of Bristol where it serves a series of Modern European tasting menus in a relaxed environment. An experienced team heads up the enterprise, with chef-owners Olivia Barry and Jamie Randall at the fore of it all. Although born and bred in Bristol, Olivia garnered much of her experience while working in London which included time at The Wolseley, working under the Galvin brothers as well as a stint with Angela Hartnett at Michelin-starred Murano. Jamie, meanwhile, worked at Galvin La Chapelle where he helped it attain its Michelin star, and was previously the head chef at Bryn Williams’ Odettes in Primrose Hill.
Adelina Yard offers elegant fare without any of the stuffiness. From Wednesday to Saturday there is a set four-course lunch menu available for a reasonable price, while in the evenings guests can dine from its meticulously curated tasting menus. These differ depending on the day of the week, with an eight-course menu available on Wednesday and Thursday, and a feasting tasting menu of around ten or more courses available on Friday and Saturday.
The dishes do change fairly regularly, but examples might include aged beef fillet with burrata, ponzu, smoked ox heart and buckwheat, Skrei cod with jersey butter sauce, smoked herring roe, sea lettuce and monk’s beard, and venison with quince, juniper, beetroot, chestnut and spring greens. For something sweet, look out for things like poached rhubarb with black sesame and blood orange. Guests can opt for a wine flight to be paired with the meal if liked.
The restaurant itself is bright and offers both modern and rustic touches. A grey tiled open kitchen sits in the centre of the space to allow guests to experience some of the action, while hanging copper lampshades and traditional wooden chairs and tables inject plenty of warmth and cosiness.