Mud Dock Deli

5 08 2012

With table legs made out of bicycle suspension forks, Mud Dock Deli could only be a second outpost of Bristol’s bike shop-cafe-restaurant-bar, this time in deli form in the barren wasteland that used to be a prison, has plans in place for a large housing development and now is a car park behind M Shed.

Mud Dock Deli is housed in what was originally the workshops of Bristol’s New Gaol, of which from the original building only the gatehouse now remains.

Thanks to the fascinating Know Your Place website, it is possible to discover that the building which was most recently the headquarters of the Real Olive Company (who referred to it as the Old Gaol’s stables) was built sometime between 1855 and 1874.

But back to the present day and a building that is rock solid from the outside and warm and welcoming on the inside, with plenty of reclaimed wood forming the counter and a treat table nearby, housing cookies and flapjacks and cakes, and many of the walls painted a Mediterranean orange hue.

Yesterday afternoon, the flatscreen television downstairs was showing cycling from the Olympic velodrome and an always-smiling Jessica Ennis in the Olympic stadium.

It may be called a deli, with chutneys and jams for sale, but this is not what Mud Dock Deli is actually about.

Instead, it’s a place for breakfast, lunch and supper, to eat in over its deceptively spacious two floors or out on the large patio with panoramic views over Bristol.

The menu is written on boards hanging above the bustling counter, everything from pastries and muffins for breakfast or brunch, sandwiches and paninis from £2.50, a selection of cakes and salads, mains including fish and chips (£8) and a meat or cheese board with bread and chutney (£5), and pizzas, £4 for small and £8 for large.

For drinks, coffee is from the Clifton Coffee Company and there is a selection of Bath Ales bottles, Sagres and Corona in the fridge, and wine by the glass, bottle or carafe.

This new deli has been in the planning since last year and it has been well worth the wait. It is already attracting plenty of visitors in its first week of opening and is ideally situated for those walking into the city centre from Bedminster, its front door being metres away from the Spike Island side of Gaol Ferry Bridge.

It may not be a typical deli, but Mud Dock Deli is a triumph and in a building with centuries of history is the most exciting new opening in Bristol this year.

Mud Dock Deli, Cumberland Road, Bristol, BS1 6DS. 0117 929 2141.



7 responses

5 08 2012
creditaction, looking forward to going.

8 08 2012

what time do they open for breakfast?

8 08 2012

Early doors I think, before 9. But not definite about that. Will try to find out.

14 08 2012

Working from home lots at the moment so can’t walk past, do they do takeaway coffee etc? Ideal location to given the numbers that walk to work along there

15 08 2012

This building used to be the Bristol Land Rover Centre for many years. It was originally built as the Old Gaol Stables and designed by the Govenor. Its a nice job thats been done transforming it but it has made the inside feel smaller than it once was.

5 11 2012

I wasn’t that impressed with them, actually. I got all excited as they’re very close to our house but we won’t be going again as we found long slow queues for service, fairly pricey food in smallish portions and they’d run out of two of our first choices of food. Also didn’t like the very large wooden platters food was served on. They were obviously trying hard to please and had a lot of the right elements, but we’ll stick to our favourite Arnolfini for now.

23 02 2013
Sarah B

I agree with Eleanorjane. We went here today for lunch, only to find they don’t actually serve proper lunch food ie pizzas, fish and chips etc, till 2pm! They serve lighter lunch stuff eg scotch eggs and quiche before that but had run out of that by 12.30! I’d love to make more use of the place as it’s very conveniently located for us, but I’m not sure when we’d actually manage to get something to eat there at a time we’d like to eat, apart from an overpriced cake mid-morning! Very badly thought-through if you ask me.

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