Chomp at Bristol Temple Meads

18 04 2013

You have to look quite carefully to find them both, but there are now two food options at Temple Meads that are among the best in Bristol at what they provide. The trailblazer was Hart’s Bakery beneath the arches on the approach to the station, which people now travel from miles around to visit as well as being positioned ideally for a pit-stop before a long train journey.

When I spoke to Laura Hart last year before her new bakery opened, she described Temple Meads as “a food wasteland”. That has certainly now changed, however, thanks in no small part to her arrival and now due to another arrival, Chomp, which on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays is located by the side entrance to the station serving food to get meat-eaters salivating.

Chomp at Bristol Temple Meads

Chomp operate out of an old Citroen horse van imported from France. Owner Jake – the self-styled “Chief of Beef” – has done a hugely impressive job restoring the van, which was causing many passers-by to stop in their tracks when I visited yesterday.

Morning service from 7.30ish sees bacon butties served to hungry commuters, then lunch sees a daily-changing offering which yesterday was the black and blue burger (£5) with Stilton and mushrooms, a steak sandwich (£5) and chilli beef sandwich (£3.50).

My black and blue burger was terrific, served with bacon, beef from Hereford cattle farmed in the West Country and dry-aged for around 25 days, and a slightly toasted bun branded with the Chomp logo. Although it was a shame that soon after 1pm they had run out of mushrooms.

Chomp have recently organised two weekend pop-ups at 40 Alfred Place in Kingsdown with the Wiper & True brewery  – two of Bristol’s finest and most ambitious food and drink businesses joining forces – and have future plans including more pop-ups and other events.

There is no longer any excuse to buy an overpriced sandwich from WH Smith in the station entrance. Temple Meads is no longer a food wasteland.

Chomp Bristol Temple Meads

Chomp, Bristol Temple Meads (Temple Quay exit)

Twitter: @ChompGrill



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