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Review: The Living Room, Bristol


Over the last couple of years Bristol’s Millennium Square has seen a major influx of places to eat. Some (Zen, for example) good, some mediocre and some downright horrid, as anyone who read Mark Taylor’s hysterically funny review of Hooters in Metro a couple of months back will no doubt know. Along with the range in quality there’s also a range of prices, which means that everyone’s pocket no matter how deep or shallow can be accommodated. The Living Room falls somewhere in the middle; not expensive but certainly not out to cater for those who baulk at spending more than a fiver on a burger and soft drink either.


Split over two floors, downstairs the Living Room offers people the chance for a social drink with colleagues after work or somewhere to enjoy a glass of wine before heading of to one of the city’s many clubs: with it’s resident pianist and quality décor it has the ambience of a cosmopolitan cocktail lounge. Upstairs, however, it’s a different story, the stylish restaurant catering to a mix of people from celebrating families to hard-working business execs.


Menus change seasonally: the night we called in roast pork belly and hearty pies were the order of the day but you’ll need to check the website to see what the offering is currently. My three courses (wonderfully fresh scallops, the aforementioned belly pork which was both succulent and crispy, and a thoroughly stunning chocolate and salted caramel tart) were so good that the other half (whose steak pie main was much too peppery but who loved the rustic mushroom soup starter) insisted on a swap. Big points for friendly, attentive but not overly fussy staff, a great wine selection and beautiful presentation too. If you’re looking for somewhere close to the floating harbour with choice, quality and style you won’t be disappointed, and with starters at around the £7 mark and mains starting at under a tenner, you won’t need a second mortgage either.
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