No. 51 Stokes Croft is part of the legendary Mr Wolfs empire and as such is known for its good music and atmosphere. Regularly serving up a mixture of live music, DJs and other otological delights. They are also increasingly becoming known for serving a mean pizza, however at the weekend the pizzas get put away and the roasts come out to play.
The downstairs bar is sizeable but often shut on a Sunday afternoon, so entrance is via the garden on Jamaica Street. The main dining area upstairs has a series of tables and seating areas plus there is a large patio garden area with benches for when the sun is out. With a mixture of farmhouse, cafe and garden furniture, plus a few leather armchairs, the atmosphere is relaxed and eclectic (a bit like the clientèle) and the buzz when the dining room and garden are full is lively to say the least.
At £8.95 the roast on offer is a good deal. It’s well cooked and well presented. On the day I went there was a choice of pork belly (which looked amazing and I definitely had food envy) and topside of beef plus a nut roast option for the herbivores. For an additional £1.50 you can get a bowl of herb crusted cauliflower cheese to accompany your meal which I have to say was very tasty indeed.
For what you pay this is a good value roast, however I have to point out what pulled the score down a bit here was the veg. The broccoli was extremely well cooked, but the roast potatoes were more like potato wedges than roasties and the, what I guess were parsnip chips, were indistinguishable due to the fact that they had been fried in some manner or other.
I may be wrong about this but the spuds tasted like a new potato that had been fried / roasted in oil so they basically had a slightly crispy outer and a hot fluffy middle. Sounds good when I write it like this, but trust me they were more like a chip than a roasted spud. Not that this is an entirely bad thing but it’s straying away from the traditional in my books.
Overall the was meal enjoyable and the food all got gobbled up, however I feel with a little extra TLC on the veg they could have god a better score.