Bill’s Restaurant, Clifton, Bristol

Originally founded by greengrocer Bill Collison in 2000 in East Sussex and expanded by Richard Caring, who has owned many restaurant chains over the years including Cote Brasserie and currently the Ivy in central London, a regular favourite with well known faces such as Hugh Grant and Jeremy Clarkson, Bill’s opened on Clifton Triangle a year or so ago and has instantly become a hit with locals and tourists.

The restaurant is open for breakfast right through to evening dinner and the staff are always welcoming.

There seems to be a high degree of motivation by all the staff to make sure your visit is a happy one which makes such a difference! The tables are always clean, the toilets are always clean and crucially there is free wifi.

There is, however, the need to type in a long code in order to access the wifi which is something I just cannot understand. When will we reach a time where getting wifi is like having a signal on your mobile phone? It should be accessible pretty much everywhere in my view, not something you have to start typing in codes for. Imagine doing that every time you wanted to make a call!
Crazy and something that will soon be a thing of the past I’m sure.

Anyway, back to Bill’s!

I have eaten here at all times of day on several occasions and have always enjoyed what I’ve had, however today one of our party had a steak which was supposed to be cooked medium but came out rare in the middle. The quality of meat was very high but very unusually for Bill’s we struggled to find anyone’s attention and as we were all hungry half the steak was eaten by the time anyone came around to see how the food was.

They were very apologetic and immediately offered us a free desert or coffee but as we declined they wiped the steak off the bill – you really can’t say fairer than that so this small disappointment certainly shouldn’t be enough to put you off visiting what is an excellent restaurant in our view here at Fear On Food.

All in all a great restaurant, with a great atmosphere and staff that strive to go the extra mile which is refreshing and goes some way to explaining their popularity in a very competitive part of Clifton.

What we ate and drank (we were there a while as you can see….)

1 Porridge
4 Americano’s with milk
1 Latte
6 Green Tea’s
1 Hot Chocolate
1 Sparkling water
1 Still water
1 Porridge
1 Chicken Skewers
1 Rump Steak with Peppercorn Sauce

Total (Including automatic 10% optional service charge): £47.03 (Steak and sauce would have been an additional £15.50)



67-69 Queen’s Road
Bristol BS8 1QL

01179 290 035

Monday – Saturday : 8am – 11pm

Sunday (and bank holidays): 9am – 10:30pm

  • Free WiFi

Fear On Food Rating:

Triple Fork Rating

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *