Wapping Wharf's best foodie date spots

If you’re a keen Bristol foodie, you’ll have heard of Cargo. The shipping container mini-town has sprung up at Wapping Wharf as a bustling hub of tiny takeaways, quirky clothes shops and dinky dining options. The beautiful - and dare we say romantic - views across the glistening water provide the perfect intimate yet casual date setting. 

So what better way to impress your partner (in dine) than by taking them on one of these thirst quenching and appetite satisfying dates at one of Bristol’s best indie venues. With so much on offer, it can be hard to know where to start. But don’t worry - we’ve got you covered. We’ve put together a round up of the best date ideas at Wapping Wharf.


For those who want to experience the best the humble apple has to offer, we have partnered up with Bristol Cider Shop for spot of professionally guided cider tasting to help you and your date to decide whether you like yours sweet, dry or a happy medium. There are hundreds of varieties of cider and apple-based spirits to choose from, so you can say goodbye to tinnies in the park and pick a classy and tasty adult apple juice. You will then be let loose with a 500ml bottle of the good stuff to share along with a bowl of cracking cheese.

Speaking of cheese, if you can’t get enough of it, our date idea at Bristol Cheesemongers will be right up your alley. Allow Rosie, owner and cheesemonger extraordinaire, to guide you through putting your cheese picnic together, packing your box full of the things you love and the things you don’t know you love yet. Enjoy your cheese selection by the harbour, legs dangling over the water while you sip on some red wine, or take the basket home to indulge from the sofa, in front of your favourite Netflix binge. 

 Dating can be difficult but if you can find us someone that doesn’t appreciate a decent sandwich we’ll be horrified. Luckily, Wapping Wharf sports Bristol’s only salt beef bar and their sandwiches aren’t just decent, they’re incredible! At The Pickled Brisket you can tuck into a sharing platter with two sandwiches (date hack: choose two different ones and split them), portions of their incredible kraut, pickled red cabbage and kimichi, and a drink each. This date idea’s one for you and your salt (beef) bae.

Met someone who isn’t a jerk, and likes jerk? Then this Caribbean foodie evening is the perfect date idea for you. Head to Calypso Kitchen for a proper feed. The platter is groaning with family recipe, caribbean style food including jerk BBQ baby back ribs , jerk BBQ chicken wings, boneless jerk fried chicken in breadcrumbs, BBQ jerk pulled pork, slaw, corn on the cob and all served with a fresh side salad! This is a get-in-with-your-hands and wipe-sauce-from-your-mouth kinda meal, perfect for couples who aren’t afraid to get a bit messy.

wapping wharf datemakers date ideas

If you know Bristol well and wish you could find the time (and the money!) to whisk yourself off to another continent altogether, head to Bandook for a street food tour of India. Despite never leaving the cool and casual shipping container, you will be taken on a culinary journey across the country with a mix of small plates, large plates, sides, desserts and cocktails served to your table. We especially love their “Grandmas Curry”, a mild or medium hot curry dish that changes regularly, the masala chips which is a great twist on a much loved British classic and their Masala Chai Old Fashioned, a delicate balance of Early Times Old Reserve whiskey, spice honey and orange bitters. 

So there you have it. Whatever cuisine you fancy, we've got your back at Wapping Wharf. Click here and use the code WHARF10 to enjoy £10 worth of credit on us. Bon appetit! 

Written by Charlie Vivante 

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