Stephanie from Team DC is our Bristol reviewer, she went to check out Mud Dock:
Bristol is a city well known for its cycling enthusiasts, so what better way to celebrate this than by combining a restaurant with a bike shop! In Mud Dock this shop-come-café-come-restaurant is a bit of a novel idea, but works brilliantly.
The restaurant itself is above the workshop, and after climbing up the outside spiral-staircase; the first thing you notice as you walk in is the rustic exposed wood and metalwork décor, and a trendy ‘industrial-esque’ style. The connection with biking is clear from the racing signs all over the walls and the curious assortment of other cycling paraphernalia. They have a great selection of tempting cocktails, wine and beer, including their own brand of bitter and a whole host of local ciders – very important to us Bristolians!
I fancied a starter so opted for the vegetarian spiced courgette fritters with harissa yoghurt. They came out very quickly; great if you’ve spent the day cycling along the Harbourside and are now absolutely starving. I was also amazed at how massive the portion was. I needed my friend’s help to finish them off – and even though he’s not a fan of courgette, he was very impressed. High praise indeed! They were wonderfully crisp and not at all greasy which can often be a problem with anything fried. Not only that, but the spiciness was just right – you could feel the heat but it didn’t blow your head off.
For main course, I chose the tuna steak with crushed new potatoes and black olive tapenade whilst my friend went for the traditional Mud Dock burger. The crushed potatoes were sumptuous, fluffy and buttery and the tuna was fresh, perfectly seasoned and deliciously uncomplicated. The burger was seriously substantial and came with great tasting chunky chips – the best kind!
The Mud Dock staff were wonderful (as most of us are in Bristol but i may be biased!); very polite and accommodating all the way through. The waitress was attentive but not overbearing, and had a great sense of humour. She helpfully read out the specials to us and was even kind enough to let us to make small changes to the menu. (Vanilla ice cream, instead of mocha and soured cream, with the deliciously gooey chocolate brownie dessert!)
Perfect for if you want a quick and easy pit-stop lunch, or even if you fancy a more sophisticated dining experience, the Mud Dock manages to cater for all with its top-quality food and relaxed atmosphere. They have some great veggie and gluten-free options (I was very tempted by the polenta and baby beetroot cake!) as well as a fab view of the Harbourside from the balcony (great in the summer!). Not just for keen cyclists, this multi-functional ‘Swiss-army-knife’ restaurant has universal family-friendly appeal and heaps of personality.