Located on the ground floor of the Holiday Inn at Bristol Airport, The Spot is a spot to know about if you have a flight to catch or you’re taking a break from driving down the A38 and don’t want to eat in a service station. What’s more, you can drop in at almost any time of day: The Spot opens at 6am.
The open-plan restaurant’s long menu suits diners with time on their hands before heading to check in. Choose between grazers to snack on, salads, burgers, pasta and pizza, as well as some classic ‘favourite dishes’ and grill plates ahead of a short list of puddings.
Start, perhaps, with grazing plates for the table to share. Spiced lamb koftas come with red pepper hummus and tzatziki dip, there are buffalo wings in hot sauce with celery and sour cream dip, or nachos with cheese and sour cream, as well as mozzarella sticks, cheesy garlic bread and bread and olives.
To follow, a Caesar, Thai beef noodle or superfood salad would make a light meal if you’re going to eat on the plane, or there are plenty of other dishes to fill up on if you have no idea when you’re next going to get fed.
Crab is added to a rich dish of mac’n’cheese, Bolognese comes with a choice of pasta (conchiglie, tagliatelle or penne), or else pizza comes with classic toppings of margherita or a pepperoni and salted sausage ‘mad Enrico’.
For something more classic, there are Gloucester Old Spot sausages with buttery mash, beer-battered fish with chucky chips, pan-fried sea bass with cannellini beans for something lighter or steaks and burgers for something very much not lighter, the latter available not only in the classic beef and cheese iterations but also chicken, Indian lamb and vegan alternatives.