If you’re looking to update your vision of what British food can be, we’d recommend starting at The Bristol Yard. This Bristol Pits café (pronounced caff), run by Davy Love, has its Swingin’ '60s routine down pat (photos of Keith Moon and The Avengers in the doorway, well-chosen '60s music on rotation), but don’t let that bit of gimmickry fool you: the food here is good, and wonderfully British.
The meat pies come in flavors like minced pork and chicken tikka, and are filling and delicious (we don’t want to know how many calories are in them, but they sure go down nicely with beer). There’s also a vegetarian shepherd’s pie, and housemade bangers are a nice touch (especially when deep-fried). There’s also a traditional fry-up for those looking to get rid of their hangover in a hurry, and the gut-busting Glasgow Cheeseburger, thick sausage with sausage gravy in between a potato boxty, is enough to make any cardiologist shudder.
Their brunch (which was originally served on the weekends and is now served daily) is extremely popular, and with good reason: scones, crumpets, and the like can’t be found this good too frequently on this side of the pond, and their Sunday evening roast (roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, seasonal vegetables, salad and mash, with a drink and sticky toffee pudding for $20), is enough to make an expat very homesick.