THE JETTY , BRISTOL – RESTAURANT REVIEW
The Jetty Review in collaboration with SocialightApp
Living in Bristol, finding innovative and tasty cuisine in the city need not be difficult. But as a nutritionist and healthy living blogger, when I go out I’m looking for more than just great flavours– I want something light and healthy too. If you add in tasteful banquette seating, a relaxed ambience, good wines, a stunning cocktail bar and yes, a spa! then you have a winning combination. The Jetty seems to tick all these boxes.
Nestled in a corner in the heart of the historic Bristol banking quarter, the converted building blends in with the characterful splendour of its surroundings. The Jetty is in fact part of the neighbouring hotel, the Bristol Harbour Hotel and Spa, a group which has taken off with branches spread across the south of England. Yet with a separate entrance revealing the high vaulted ceilings of the former banking hall, Bristol-blue stained glass windows and an intricate parquet floor, this restaurant feels very much its own affair. The long bar and open dining area features sofa chairs and later we are taken downstairs to see the half-metre thick walls of the old bank vaults, now housing the ultra-modern spa and gym. In a city of contrasts between the old the new, the building epitomises this change, an impression reinforced by a pre-dinner drink in the adjacent Gold Bar where classic stylish décor meets the latest cocktail technology.
With Mother’s Day coming up, this would be the perfect place to bring mum for a treat, indeed they’ve thoughtfully come up with a custom-made Mother’s Day menu. That said, during our meal we spied romantic dates, groups of friends and in the bar, people starting their night out in style, so it seems there’s something for everyone.
As the name suggests, The Jetty features a good seafood selection as well as meats and vegan/vegetarian options, so we allowed our sever to recommend a sample of what’s on offer. After a glass of bubbly to set the tone, we begin with a trio of starters: tempura market vegetables, beetroot tartare and gin cured salmon. Authenticity has never troubled me as much as the answer to the question: does it taste good? Oh god, the answer was definitely yes! The starters were served with a crisp Castelo do Mar Albariño, and we moved onto the main dishes. Monkfish and tiger prawn tikka masala with saffron pilaf which had a delicious butternut squash masala sauce running underneath the fish, reminiscent of Sri Lankan dishes I’ve tried; a very good butternut squash risotto with radicchio, sage and gorgonzola; and a market green salad side. This was washed down with a full bottle of Argentinian Viognier, served by an Argentine waitress herself, which brought the magic of South America to the restaurant. The quality of food was good and the menus, available to browse online, have a good range of prices. If, like me, you’re looking for quality, you won’t be disappointed – and there are oysters on the menu, babe!
Cocktails are esential taste!
We managed to find room for dessert, somehow. I don’t have an overly sweet-tooth but my dining partner tried some of the clementine posset, dark chocolate delice with salted caramel and mango sorbet. Let’s just say, there wasn’t much washing up to do! For me, a bite of mango sorbet was the ideal finishing flavour to add to a terrific palate from a very good selection of wines.
Overall The Jetty was very friendly and welcoming, knowledgeable about the dishes and not pushy on time which I find important. We left very grateful for a delicious meal served in a stunning setting with delicious wine and a little half-time adventure downstairs to break into the bank vaults spa. Pink Panther would have approved!
Love, Mel XOX