We would just like to take the opportunity to thank all of our customers for their compliance and cooperation during this time.
Helping us to keep each other safe through observing our social distancing rules is saving lives.
We are in this together. Thank you!
Authentic Jamaican food from the heart of Bristol
A menu of Jamaican favourites and homemade wines, served in a vibrant restaurant and bar
I'm at the restaurant right now writing this review lol. I love the food! And the waiter was very nice! The curry goat was nice and spicy ! Love it ! And I also tried their homemade fruit punch.. It was amazing !! ❤❤ Totally recommending to a friend ! And coming back ! Thanks for the great service 💋💋
Christmas will be different this year at Rice and Things. The pandemic’s hold on the country means that we are unable to serve you in the way that we are used to. BUT we will serve you!
So this year we are unable to offer a dining service but are offering a stunning Christmas Takeaway Meal menuwhich comprises of a starter and two mains. You can even complete the luxury by ordering a half or full cake to munch on whilst drinking your complimentary bottle of sorrel.
So although it won’t be the same, we still will do our best to help you have a great Christmas season!
Rice & Things would like to thank Avon & Somerset Constabulary for showing their support and solidarity for the Black Lives Matter movement, following the tragic death of George Floyd, which has sparked protests across the USA
Rice and Things’ director Chef invited Bristol Police to Take The Knee in solidarity with the anti racism protests that will be taking place in Bristol on Sunday 7th June.
Supt Andy Bennett expressed the police’s wish that the racism that has led to the protests should never happen in Bristol, and that they wanted to show their support for the cause of justice and equality.
An Open Letter from Chef (Rice and Things) on BLACK LIVES MATTER
“Rice and Things stands in solidarity with all of our Black Brothers and Sisters across the globe at this crucial time in our history. In working towards stamping out this dangerous, evil that lives among us called racism, we symbolically take the knee in show of our support for this evil to be eradicated, with no stone left unturned.
We take the knee alongside Avon and Somerset Police Constabulary. There is a reason for this. Let me be clear. There is a vote of thanks we give to the Force not just in terms of what is happening now, but with regard to the journey of anti-racism that they have been on.
With specific reference to current Chief Constable Andy Marsh, Chief Superintendent Andy Bennett, and paying tribute to former Chief Constable Colin Port, I pay tribute to them, as over the years they have shown both vulnerability and humility in their attempts to eliminate racial inequality within their workforce, and in the ways that their officers execute their duties. It has not been easy. They have implemented change and are still looking for ways to try to eradicate racism from the within the organisation, out.
Chief Constable Andy Marsh has done an exceptional job in the way he has gone about creating the balance of closing the gap both within the constabulary, and within the communities that he serves across Bristol. It is not something to take lightly. As we face the stark realities of the impact of structural racism, it is fitting to acknowledge where work is being done. So we thank him for his support, and the officers who stand against racial injustices and inequality. As we work together our aim is to get this monster under control.
Finally, and most importantly, I want to remind our Black Brothers and Sisters across the globe, that as we campaign for change, the real change has to come from within. We need to stop killing and hurting each other senselessly. And in the same way we stand in solidarity against the senseless police brutality against our communities, we need to stand in solidarity against the senseless, needless implosion of self-hate, territorial nonsense, and a misplaced sense of “respect” which leads to the loss of life. We here, in Bristol, have seen our children 14 years an upwards facing years in prison through senseless murders they have committed. Our first step is that we have to start to clean house, working together in unity and caring for each other; as the old adage says, united we stand, divided we fall. Let us choose to fall together, as we stand together for change.
We are in pain for George Floyd, for systematic oppression everywhere, the extremes we see where the only “weapon of ammunition” for deadly force we possess is a packet of sweets! (Trayvon Martin shooting, Florida).
We also weep for the losses we create within our own communities by our own hands.
May the souls of our slain rest in peace. But those of us with breath, may we continue to campaign for the justice that we deserve. I call to action every organisation who is willing to work towards sustainable change, stamping out the evils of inequality and injustice, so that we are able, step by step creating something different.
I am a man, a Black man, raising Black men, responsible for Black men in my employ. I pledge to fight until there is nothing left to fight.”
In 2010 Jamie Oliver contacted Chef to ask if they could meet. Jamie had heard about Rice & Things restaurant and wanted to feature Chef in his forthcoming TV series. He also wanted to spend some time talking to Chef, watching him cook and learning to understand his culinary viewpoint.
Jamie came to visit Rice & Things with his team, filming Chef cooking a variety of traditional Jamaican dishes including saltfish, peppered steak, oxtail and hominy porridge.
Throughout the day Jamie and Chef exchanged experiences and chatted. Chef talked to Jamie about his own personal journey, his political views, and his wish to see a future legacy to improve the lives of young people.
They found that they shared the same perspective on many of the important issues of life, finding many similarities in their culinary passion and their wish to create a lasting legacy that would improve people’s lives.
Chef said of Jamie: ‘He’s an amazing guy, who is looking for a better future for generations to come. The diversity of his thought and work both attracts and inspires me’.
Jamie has recently launched his latest book “Jamie’s Great Britain” which classes Chef’s food as a new British Classic.
The book accompanies a series by the same title which was broadcast on 20 October.
Read about Jamie’s visit to Rice & Things in this article by The Sun newspaper:
From start to finish it was a bit of an adventure. From having the small space of Rice and Things overrun with camera crews, to the amazing personality that is Ainsley Harriott, it was a great experience. Chef, over two days, exposed Ainsley to the way we cook ‘Rice and Things’ style, following which Ainsley was inspired to cook his own dish with a little bit of Rice and Things flair!
The star of the show was Len Goodman. As he admitted in the show, he was really a novice when it came to Jamaican cooking, but he tried everything Chef placed in front of him! He absolutely loved our mother’s stuffed chicken breast, with callalou and Jamaican herbs and spices. But he also tasted our signature dish of curry goat and rice, ackee and saltfish and the vegetarian’s choice – veggie chunks and beans.
Over the two days we had a blast, and would welcome them back to the restaurant with open arms, any time they are in Bristol!