This award-winning pub on the outskirts of Bristol offers up proper gastropub fare in comfortable surrounds. Throughout the dining spaces there’s a warm, welcoming atmosphere with local punters and tourists alike all bundling in to add to the ambiance.
Despite menus changing regularly to fit with the seasons, the team of chefs always ensures there are comforting classics to be had as well as a handful of more unusual, adventurous serves. Baked camembert or duck liver parfait might kick things off if you like tried and tested favourites, or a N'duja scotch egg or gin cured salmon are also options for those who prefer trying something new.
In winter mains might see hearty stews like beef Bourguignon with carrots, green beans and mash offered up alongside homemade pies; fish and chips; ham egg, pineapple and chips; or veggie specials like sweet potato tarka dal with rice, mango chutney and lime. Steaks are a permanent fixture, with a choice of locally-sourced cuts always available as well as a selection of sides and sauces – like red wine, port and stilton or peppercorn. In the warmer months things become more veg heavy with soups and salads making regular appearances.
As you might expect, the drinks list is a fully rounded offering ensuring that all tastes are catered for. Pick from a wide selection of wines and bottles of fizz or go for a few pints of your favourite. Elsewhere there are spirts and mixers as well as a good handful of softs. If you’re unsure of what to pick then the helpful and knowledgeable team are always on hand to make suggestions or recommend perfect pairings with your food.
Interiors are rustic with a high-end finish. Expect painted wood panelled walls, mismatched furniture and feature lighting as well as a whole selection of framed curiosities strung up on the walls. Duck and Willow is often busy, especially on Sundays, so we’d recommend booking well in advance to secure yourself a table.