The Bristol Kitchen
The Bristol Kitchen is co-owned and managed by Ruby Bashir and Cordon Bleu Chef, Mumtaz Ghaffar.
Ruby is well known around The Galleries. She’s worked in various cafes and stores there since 2012 but has now decided to take the plunge and open her own restaurant. She says: “I’m really excited about this new adventure. I love meeting new people and always go the extra mile to keep my customers happy.”
Mumtaz has worked in Michelin starred restaurants under the likes of Marco Pierre White. He currently runs The Real Junk Food Project in London, an enterprise set up to rescue food destined for landfill that they then redistribute to local communities or turn into delicious meals. The scheme currently intercepts one tonne of food per week and has successfully raised over £43K through crowdfunding to refurbish and run a ‘pay as you feel’ café.
Joining Ruby and Mumtaz in their new venture is Ruby’s husband Bilal, one of the original chefs at Chopstix. His oriental dishes are proving very popular with customers.
The menu at The Bristol Kitchen includes hand-battered proper fish ‘n’ chips, along with Pukka Pies, sausages, gourmet burgers, chip butties, curry sauce and all day breakfasts. You’ll also find lots of comfort food among their daily specials plus a range of ‘Nations’ Favourites’, which includes dishes from India, China, and Italy as well as Great Britain. They serve a great Sunday roast too.
If you’re looking to live more healthily you’ll find a Toss & Turn make your own salad bar, with lots of alternative toppings.
The Bristol Kitchen is proud to support local businesses so eggs, bacon and sausages are supplied by local farmers and the fruit and veg come from local suppliers too. Furthermore, they are very environmentally conscious – ensuring that all packaging is biodegradable and that their cod is line caught.
The Bristol Kitchen is proud to be a Zero Waste restaurant – with all unsold food and a few extras being donated to local shelters and women’s refuge centres in the city. One such shelter is 1 Jamaica House, who operate on a 24 hour basis. Ruby and Mumtaz hand deliver the meals in takeaway bags, allowing them to see first-hand the difference their donations make.
Shortly, The Bristol Kitchen will be implementing a pay it forward scheme – offering customers the opportunity to do a little for local charities by purchasing meals to be delivered to local shelters on their behalf.
Mumtaz Gaffar, Co-Owner, The Bristol Kitchen says: “We’re really excited about the Bristol Kitchen. Cooking is a major passion of mine and food waste a major bug bear, so to be able to initiate a business which addresses both and provides for those going through so many challenges, is a great feeling.”
Colin Lang, Centre Manager, The Galleries adds, “The Bristol Kitchen is a very welcome addition to The Galleries. Not only does it offer our customers a delicious menu to choose from but it also supports the local community in various ways – from the supply of the ingredients to the distribution of the left-overs to those less fortunate. At The Galleries we heartily support enterprises such as this.”
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