TARE Tiptoeing Towards Unique

April 24, 2018

We drop by modern fine dining restaurant Tare, in Bristol’s buzzing Wapping Wharf, to experience their fantastic service, delicious food and cosy atmosphere. 



In a city where dirty burgers dominate and Deliveroo riders zip along every street, taking the restaurant experience back to culinary craftsmanship, curated ingredients and a fine dining ethos can make you stand out from the crowd. Doing all this while maintaining a cool, contemporary vibe in an innovative city centre location? Well that’s tiptoeing towards unique...


Enter Tare, talented head chef Matt Hampshire and sous chef Jai Ash’s memorable Wapping Wharf dining destination. Specialising in tasting and à la carte menus, this cosy 20-cover restaurant has a prime position in an iconic CARGO 2 shipping container. Front of house is overseen by Meg, previously of the Bristol Lido Restaurant, whose extensive knowledge and easy charm will take you from apéritif to digestif without a care in the world. 


We discovered just that when we dropped by for dinner recently. Arriving at dusk, the sun’s last copper tones reflected on the harbour and lit up the glass-fronted restaurant - so far, so atmospheric. Sliding the door open, we were greeted by a smiling Meg and breezy world music rippling through the air. Any clues that we were dining in an industrial storage facility quickly melted away. Smooth plaster walls have been painted Scandi-style white and grey, warmed by tangerine upholstery and vibrant Victoria Topping artworks. Beside the busy semi-open kitchen, a full-height grid of shelves holds tumbling greenery, wine bottles and artisan spirits, such as Black Cow Vodka. 


Despite its size, Tare’s tables are generously spaced, and we happily sank into our seats, tealights twinkling and night falling outside. As a dry, zingy Manzanilla sherry and tonic arrived - condensation cold and wrapped in billowing basil leaves - I knew we were in for a treat. A G&T is great and all, but it’s nice to see something a little different.