Last week I was lucky enough to be invited down to Salt and Malt‘s flagship restaurant in Chew Valley. They also have a cargo unit down at Wapping wharf and I’d heard a rumour that they sell the best chips in the city! Safe to say, I was really looking forward to it. I went along with my friend Emma who drove us there and I was surprised that it only took us 15 mins to reach from Bedminster. My Granny lived in Chew Magna and as a kid I always thought it was way out of the countryside when really, it’s just a stones throw from the centre of Bristol.
The restaurant has a nice big car park and the restaurant itself overlooks the picturesque Chew Valley lake. We saw lots of people going for dog walks or runs around the lake and before we’d even set foot in Salt and Malt, made plans for a return trip for a walk and fish n chips trip with our girlfriends.
We were met by really friendly staff who showed us to our table and gave us menus to peruse. We’d definitely already been online to check out the menu in anticipation so knew exactly what we wanted to order(!) We decided to go for a classic fish n chips each with some halloumi on the side (served w/sticky chilli jam) because it sounded too good to miss. They offered to bring out the halloumi with our mains which we decided to do as we’d booked a table for 8pm and were both at tummy-grumbling level hunger..
The food came quickly and we couldn’t wait to get stuck in! Salt and Malt are known for their secret recipe GF batter and it did not disappoint. I much prefer a crisp coating rather than a soggy one so this was great for me. The fish was served on top of some crushed and minted peas and served with chunky chips that were crisp on the outside and fluffy in the middle (and totally worthy of their hype). The halloumi was also really tasty and perfectly cooked and went well with the ample supply of sticky chilli jam on the side which we ended up dunking our chips in too! On the topic of condiments.. I’m not sure if their tartare sauce is homemade but it was one of the best I’ve ever had.
We struggled to finish our mains but when asked if we wanted to see a dessert menu it was hard to refuse. We decided to go halves on a sticky toffee pudding which we were promised by the staff to be light and fluffy and that’d we’d definitely be able to fit it in! I’m so glad that we were persuaded to have a pud because this was d-e-licious. The sponge was super light and was served with a rich and dark toffee sauce. The ice-cream on top was a creamy vanilla which oozed into the steaming sponge to create a 10/10 dessert. I didn’t think I’d go to Salt and Malt and end up raving about the dessert but it really was spectacular..
As well as ample indoor seating there is also a small outdoor deck with tables and umbrellas. Outside of the main restaurant there is also a small takeaway building which was doing a good trade as we rolled back to the car. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Salt and Malt and was excited to learn that they also do breakfast, lunch AND afternoon tea. I was also v.v.v.v.v.v.happy to see that the venue was fully accessible which is something that is severely lacking across Bristol’s independents and needs to be acknowledged and changed. Thanks so much for having me Salt & Malt! Despite growing up in Cornwall and believing myself to be something of a fish n chips connoisseur, your menu really is something special.
I was given a complimentary dinner and drink for the purpose of this review. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.