I have a fond attachment to the Olive Shed in Bristol. Not only was it the location for one of my first dates with my fiancée but every time I go, I am really impressed by the fantastic service and quality of the food.
We found ourselves baking in the bright July sunshine on Saturday evening and where better to go than the harbour side in Bristol. Soon enough we were picking away at some delightful tapas while drinking prosecco as the sun went down over the docks. Hours could be spent nibbling on bowls of outstanding Gordal Olives while watching boats trundle along the waterfront. It has one of the best views of Bristol and the Olive Shed is one of its best restaurants.
We ordered a vegetarian platter, and topped it up with patatas bravas, stuffed aubergine rolls, a selection of breads and a selection of some wonderful cheeses.
You won’t find anything on the menu that needs explaining and nor will there be any surprises with what you order. The kitchen will provide you will fail-safe Mediterranean classic tapas made from good quality ingredients. Its understated and unfussy offerings speak for themselves and they don’t need any gimmicks. The extra virgin olive oil is ripe and fruity, the feta cheese was tangy, and the fennel cake aromatic. Each dish stood out by itself as little morsels of European heaven.
Its terracotta washed walls and rickety wooden stairs transform diners into a Spanish sanctuary. Organic and free-range is a catch phrase for many Bristol restaurants and it doesn’t go amiss here. There are also plenty of choices for vegetarians which, for me, is obviously a lovely treat.
Thankfully, the restaurant opened a deli on Gloucester Road, and so it’s wonderful dishes can be replicated from the comfort of your own home. The counter offers mounds of fresh and juicy olives, salads and takeaways.
The laidback atmosphere of the unassuming restaurant is characteristic of a well-loved Bristolian foodie haunt. It is home to some locals that frequent this popular waterside hangout with great regularity, and therefore booking is essential.
The Olive Shed
The Floating Harbour
0117 929 1960