One thing I love most about Bristol is the amount of fantastic creative people who inhabit this brilliant city, and fill it with truly wonderful things. Somewhere, somehow, something completely out of the ordinary will be happening – even if you could dream up the most wild thing imaginable, you can bet that in some corner of Bristol it’s taking place right now. Imagine you’re a film fan, and you’d love to watch your favourite film in a truly immersive fashion, pairing delicious food with what’s happening on screen. That couldn’t be possible, surely?!
A couple of weeks ago, I popped down to the awesome Stock Exchange Bakery on St Nicholas Street for freshly baked strudel and a screening of Tarantino’s finest film (imho), Inglourious Basterds.
Film buff Tim Popple is the brains behind this madness – a monthly celebration of film and food which goes by the name of Cannoli and Gun. The food is themed according to the film on show, which naturally explains the strudel we chomped before the screening, washed down with a tall glass of delicious milk.
Before I stepped foot inside the impressive venue I had just enough time to pop down the road to Brew Bristol to pick up a tin of Oatmeal Stout from their small but perfectly formed selection. If you haven’t paid them a visit yet then make sure you do! One more reason to visit this road, which is fast becoming my favourite in all of Briz.
Safely inside and installed in a corner with my milk, I tucked into my strudel, which was, as anticipated, absolutely delicious. I’m quite embarrassed to admit that this was the first visit I’d paid to the Stock Exchange Bakery, but it definitely won’t be my last. If their strudel is anything to go by, then the rest of their wares must be incredible. Their Instagram is a favourite of mine, and never fails to make my tummy rumble.
Every single one of the 40 seats packed into this little bakery were sold out, which only added to the cosy and festive atmosphere. The film was obviously brilliant – I think a combination of Brad Pitt, the Fass and Christoph Waltz’s perfect performance easily makes it my favourite Tarantino film. If you’re more of a Pulp Fiction fan then don’t fret! Coming up in June is a screening at Chomp with a burger and fries to add to the mix, you lucky thing you!
If you can’t wait til the end of June though, coming up at the end of this month is a screening of another classic, Stand By Me, this time with free pies. It’s taking place in the Stock Exchange Bakery again, but hurry – half the tickets are already gone!