The Runcible Spoon
Bristol’s Best Roast of the Year
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The building is tiny (booking in advanced is well advised if you want to get in on a Sunday) there is a bench in the window and one table upstairs with a view of the street and the open plan kitchens and 6 or 7 further tables downstairs, in what feels like the converted kitchen and living rooms. Despite the small space the feeling is not cramped and the simple décor lends itself to a comfortable and pleasant eating environment.
Set up as a cooperative with a mission to serve food which is sourced locally and cooked to the seasons, The Runcible Spoon is a treat to eat in. If you want vast choice and fancy dining then perhaps this isn’t the venue for you. If however, you want good food cooked really well and served with a smile then you can’t go far wrong.
When I went the roast of the day was beef (no choice unless you were a veggie, who got 2 options!). There was a range of starters, of which I had a pickled herring, and a selection of puddings which I couldn’t fit in. The starter was lovely and immaculately presented. The beef was brilliantly cooked, a little crispy on the outside and still pink in the middle. Two sizeable slabs of beef, two decent roast potatoes, cabbage, roasted carrots and beetroot plus a parsnip purée. All of this was neatly piled onto the plate and topped off with an amazing Yorkshire pudding.
I have to say this was a great meal. I had heard good things about The Runcible Spoon, but I am always a little sceptical about small independent and slightly alternative restaurants that get great reviews. This proved my concerns wrong.
I loved the unpretentious nature of the service, we were asked to keep our cutlery for both our starters and main (shock horror) and wine was sold by the glass yet poured from the communal bottle at your table. All this gave the experience a great feeling and the food had that home cooked taste to it that is normally so hard to achieve in a pub or restaurant.
I’m struggling to be critical about the place and to justify why I didn’t give it a better score. They only serve Perry Cider (black mark) and the home made horseradish cream could have been a bit more potent, but they gave me a free Bloody Mary (actually a slightly alternative version made with Gin and horseradish but still tasty)… Hmm. I’ve just upgraded it by a point.
For £10 this place is a bargain. Lovely home cooked roast where you don’t have to do any of the cooking or the washing up. Who can fault that.
3 Nine Tree Hill, Bristol. BS1 3SB