It’s a new year which hopefully means a new start, and with that, comes a fresh perspective on both life and your worldview.

We’re not talking making dramatic changes at this stage, but sometimes it can be something as simple as changing your view – and we mean literally – to give you an injection of enthusiasm and inspiration to see you through this new year.

So what better place to begin than by booking yourself in to one of Bristol’s restaurants with a view to rival the rest?

We think we’ve found the loveliest cocoons to mull over your future plans, over a glass of sparkling elderflower (yes, we’re not condoning any more quaffing of the wine now that you’re on your new year detox) – we can see that these are really the best views around and we think you’ll agree:

The Lido

This uniquely placed restaurant is situated on the old viewing gallery of the Clifton Pool of Bristol Lido. Retaining the original character features of the Victorian building with floor to ceiling windows, giving a spacious feel with plenty of light.  With a vast menu with eastern inspired cuisine as well as some traditional favourites, you can work up an appetite in the pool before relaxing into your evening in the Lido Restaurant.

For more information:  www.lidobristol.com/restaurant

Glassboat

Located on the Floating Harbour in Bristol, the Glassboat Restaurant offers a sophisticated dining experience with stunning, panoramic waterside views. A popular choice for evening service especially, their in-house chefs are experts at creating beautifully presented dishes, in an elegant setting.

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For more information:  www.glassboat.co.uk

River Station

Overlooking the waterfront, River Station is a relaxed dining experience with views across the harbour. Their pre-theatre menu runs each evening on weekdays with an à la carte menu running all evening. Pan-fried sea trout, Wookey Hole cheddar soufflé and a decadent selection of desserts will get your mouth watering.

Wine of the month currently features the Vasse Felix Margaret River Premier Chardonnay (2014) as well as a vast range of house white, red and sparkling wines.

For more information:  www.riverstation.co.uk

The Bridge Café

Beautifully light and airy, Avon Gorge Hotel’s The Bridge Café, offers sweeping views across the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the River Avon. With an outside dining area, illuminated by warm candlelight, and attentive and approachable staff, The Bridge Cafe is the perfect choice if you are searching for an intimate setting with a grand and far-reaching vista.

For more information:  www.theavongorge.com

Adelina Yard

New in January 2016: Recently having opened, Adelina Yard Restaurant is beningly situated just off Welsh Back, with its tranquil surroundings and view across the floating harbour, this is a lovely restaurant to visit if you are searching for intimate surroundings with attention to detail and a warm atmosphere. Adelina Yard Restaurant offers a relaxed interior, with a team of professional chefs (busy preparing dishes in the open-view kitchen) and genuinely hospitable staff.

Beautifully paired ingredients with unusual flavour combinations include a generous range of fresh fish (currently serving pollock, monkfish, octopus and squid), the usual suspects of a decent rib-eye steak, and rich flavoursome venison dishes and bbq goosnargh duck. With a dessert menu to include ironbark pumpkin tart with maple syrup ice-cream and warm, tonka bean rice pudding with boozy prunes, let them soothe away your winter blues.

Adelina Yard Restaurant is open from Tuesday – Saturday with an exclusive 3-course lunch menu (12 – 3pm and 6 – 7pm) for £15.

 

For more information:  www.adelinayardrestaurant.com

So, take up a pew with a view and soak up that inspiration – before you know it, spring will be here and the skies blue. Here’s to a new year with a fresh perspective and an energising view.