Bristol restaurant shortlisted for national award just six months after opening

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It has been nominated alongside some eminent names from throughout the UK

A Bristol restaurant has been shortlisted for the National Restaurant Awards - just six months after opening.     

1 York Place, which opened in Clifton last December, has been nominated for the Opening of the Year award alongside some eminent names from throughout the UK. 

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The 46-seater restaurant is run by husband and wife Freddy and Nessa Bird, who also run sister restaurant Little French in Westbury Park.      

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Serving European cuisine, the restaurant draws inspiration from Freddy’s culinary career with a classic à la carte menu alongside a wine list curated by Freddy himself.    

He trained at Ballymaloe Cookery School and has worked at the two Michelin-starred The Square with Phil Howard, and at Moro with Sam and Sam Clark.      

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Bar snacks at 1 York Place include whipped cod's roe with radishes; poached oyster, English vermouth, trout roe and dill.      

Starters include potato beignets with anchovy mayonnaise; and lobster and prawn blini. 

Launch mains include spatchcock chicken with roast shallots and romesco; and hake, surf clams and wild prawn stew.    

There are sharing platters of hot roast shellfish, tarragon garlic and parsley butter; Pyrenean lamb shoulder with anchovy, onions and garlic fried potatoes. 

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Other restaurants nominated for the Opening of the Year award include The Devonshire and Mountain, both found in London's Soho.

The National Restaurant Awards winners will be announced at a glittering celebration in London on June 10.

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