Marmo chef names his favourite Bristol eateries

Cosmo Sterck, pictured with wife and fellow co-owner Lily, runs the Marmo restaurant on Baldwin Street in Bristol. He reveals the couple's favourite food and drink spots in the city.
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Located within Bristol’s bustling city centre, Marmo has made a huge impression since opening up in 2019. Replacing the former Bar Buvette, the Bib Gourmand restaurant has been noted for its character, rustic look and the excellent meat and fish dishes in the ever-changing menu.

Chef Cosmo Sterck, who co-owns the restaurant, on Baldwin Street, with wife Lily (who works front of house), has spoken about his favourite food and drink spots in Bristol. These top tips and recommendations are part of a series by Bristol Live which highlights some of the best chefs and eateries in the city, according to the chefs themselves.

Cosmo has spent time working at some of London’s best restaurants incluyding St John and Brawn and Rubedo in Stoke Newington, whilst Lily was a lawyer who followed Cosmo into the hospitality industry. Whilst not working at Marmo, where do they like to go in Bristol?

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The chef and co-owner of Marmo gives his recommendations on where to eat and drink in Bristol.
The chef and co-owner of Marmo gives his recommendations on where to eat and drink in Bristol. -Credit:SWMAGS

Hi Cosmo, what is your absolute go-to-place for food in Bristol?

Bokman never disappoints! Always delicious with exciting new dishes on the menu every time we go. A concise wine list with some very reasonable gems from Bristol wine importer, Vine Trail.

Where is your ultimate Sunday lunch destination?

Mayflower is a Bristol institution and on Sundays they serve tasty dim-sum, which is often what I am craving after a week in the kitchen.

Where would you say offers best value for money?

Authentic Hot Pot & Hand-Pulled Noodles has become a lunchtime favourite. The one-man-band chef-owner makes the noodles himself, often to order, often with a Tiger Beer in hand! I am a particular fan of the Biang Biang noodles.

Where is your go-to-place for a celebratory meal?

Can I pick two? I am a big fan of Charlie Hearn’s cooking - he is resident chef at Cave on Gloucester Road which is my favourite spot for dinner and a bottle of something special; we had our most recent team party here too. And also, we recently had a celebratory lunch at Spiny Lobster - pristine seafood cooked over the grill and reasonable corkage makes for a winning combination.

How about your favourite takeaway destination?

Dev’s Kerala serves authentic southern Indian dishes - you can’t go wrong with the special kothu roti and one of the masala dosas.

Is there a bakery that is your favourite?

Field Bakery on Gothelney Farm which is just outside of Bristol in the Quantock Hills. We are fortunate that Rosy bakes the bread for Marmo, using heritage grain that is grown and milled at the bakery. She opens the bakery every Saturday for bread and outstanding pastries, sometimes including some pretty mega sausage rolls using the farm’s pork.

What is your favourite coffee shop?

MØD Coffee on Gloucester Road, which has opened quite recently, is fantastic. They also make amazing cookies - heavy on the sea salt in a good way!.

Where would you recommend as the best place to go for a quick bite?

MOMO Bar in St. Nick’s Market for some hearty Tibetan dumplings.

And finally, is there a list of places that you can't wait to try next?

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