As I have mentioned previously countless times on this blog, I adore learning new things. I could happily wake up and learn a new skill every single day if it were at all possible; this weekend I tried my hand at spoon whittling at End of the Road festival, and the week before I had the chance to get stuck into a clay workshop at Studio Upstairs, as they are the charity partner for this year’s Affordable Art Fair, taking place in the city this weekend. Read More
Bristol is fantastic at nurturing amazing creative talent. You could fill your whole home, not just your wardrobe without leaving the city limits if you really wanted to. In my quest for more mindful consumption and ethical fashion choices, I started looking for a decent replacement for the knackered old sandals which had served me well since last summer. That’s when I stumbled across the brilliant Ottowin. Read More
(I’m squeeeezing this one in right at the tail-end of summer. Sorry pals.)
A few weeks ago me and Tom went on a date night along the harbourside; the evening consisted of dinner at No. 1 Harbourside, testing out their freshly-revamped menu, followed by a very dense David Lynch doco at the Watershed. How very romantic. Read More
So that’s it. Another Balloon Fiesta has come and gone; Bristol has enjoyed hazy late-summer skies filled with hot air balloons for one more year. Ever since moving to Bristol 8 years ago I have never tired of the sight of a hot air balloon. Living in the South of the City they are a regular occurrence, but that hasn’t dampened my enthusiasm for them in the slightest.
I have a confession to make. I am the world’s worst vegetarian. The word ‘flexitarian’ doesn’t even begin to cover it. Me and the boy stopped eating meat for the majority of last year, but to be honest there has been such a glut of amazing places opening recently that to not sample the full extent of the menu would be doing them a disservice.
Having said that, one of the newest establishments in town, Asado, are serving up the best veggie burger in Bristol, and quite possibly the best in the history of the universe. Read More
I have two true loves in this world; this absolute beaut of a city which I call home, and my stunning Temple Cycles bicycle. So imagine my excitement when I found out that the lovely folks behind the Bristol Food Tour were teaming up with Cycle the City to offer a cycling food tour of Bristol! My heart near much exploded, my tummy started rumbling, and I had never been this ready for something in my entire life. Read More
This is a collaborative post.
Ahh, Grillstock. This celebration of meat, music and mayhem has become somewhat of a Bristolian institution over the years. Taking over the amphitheatre on the harbourside on the first weekend of July, it brings together the UK’s best burger flippers, hot dog makers and connoisseurs of pulled pork for a weekend of feasting. Read More
As I write this, I am watching the grey sky and rain trickle down the windows, and am wondering where all that summer weather went to. A couple of months ago now, just as the spring weather was starting to blossom, myself and Lyzi of Being Little fame took a trip up Clifton way to pay the Bristol University Botanic Gardens a visit.
This place is truly heaven for horticulturalists, or anyone who likes standing in a room full of succulents to take photos for Instagram. It’s versatile that way. Read More
The Bristol food scene is bursting at the seams with new places to try out at the moment, and with the addition of a new destination on the harbourside, I’ve got my work cut out for me in the coming months! Hot off the heels of Cargo on the steps of Wapping Wharf comes its cool, hip cousin – Cargo 2 opened its doors less than a month ago, and myself and some other intrepid food bloggers popped along to see what it was all about. Read More
This post is in collaboration with Bristol Zoo.
Cripes, hello July! I know it’s a massive blogger cliche to state the obvious passage of time, but these months really are zipping by. We’re fully in the swing of summer now; my morning commute to work has become more of a daily struggle, and I am still refusing to take the duvet off the bed, which has of course led to some pretty sleepless, sticky nights’ sleep. Ugh.
For all my hatred of the warmer months, you have to admit that Bristol well and truly comes alive in the summer. You can barely organise your calendar quick enough, what with events popping up every weekend, weeknight and all the waking hours inbetween.
Once such jolly recently was a special edition of #BlogClub at the Friday Twilights event at the zoo. As well as the chance to see some familiar faces and meet some new bloggy buds, there were special animal talks and live music during the evening, and a chance to sample the grub at the brand new Hide Restaurant too. Offering up favourites such as burgers and pizza to sandwiches and a selection of light bites, it’s a million times improved on the old cafe and am sure will be a godsend for busy families this summer!
If you fancy getting involved with the Friday Twilights for yourself, the tickets are only a fiver (£4 for you Zoo members) and the next events are coming up on the 14th July, 4th August, 18th August and 1st September. Find out all about it here!
Another ace up Bristol Zoo’s sleeve is the return of their much-anticipated silent disco event. Bristol Zoo’s Pop-Up Festival is a one-off festival EXTRAVAGANZA taking place on Friday 28th July, which will see three DJs spinning tunes spanning five decades and battling it out for ultimate musical domination, Battle Royale-style. Ok, I might have embellished a little at the end there, but it does promise to be a blimmin’ exceptional knees up and makes a great gals night out or a brilliant chance for a work’s icebreaker where you don’t actually have to talk to anyone. Win win!
As well as tunes to shake your bot to all night, you can challenge your office colleagues to a good old fashioned dance machine dance-off, or take in the scenes at the glow circus or have a gander at a magician, if you’re that way inclined. Dinosaur fans rejoice – Dinomania is back for another year and filling Bristol Zoo with all manner of cretaceous creatures. Food is available by way of a British summer staple, the humble BBQ, and there’ll be plenty of booze flowing to make sure you suitably embarrass yourself on the dance floor.
The zoo opens at 6:30, where you’ll have the chance to sample the same ace animal talks, then after all that inevitable rump-shaking it wraps up by an 11pm bedtime. Tickets are a mere £20 (or £18 for members) and all the money will go directly back into the zoo to fund their charitable objectives. After last year’s event, it promises to be a night to remember!
Find more information about Bristol Zoo’s Pop-Up Festival. here.
This post was in collaboration with Bristol Zoo. All photos courtesy of Bristol Zoo unless otherwise stated.
I am a lady of very simple tastes. A low-maintenance kinda gal. I’m a believer that pizza > haute cuisine, pub > wine bar, and would be just as happy with a bag of chips and a trip to the cinema over a meal out on a date night.
So when an email popped into my inbox inviting me to the superbly swanky Ivy Brasserie in Clifton to sample their new waffle menu, I was a bit nervous. Would I be accepted there, in my battered old Reebok Classics and with my unrefined tastebuds? Turns out, the answer is an overwhelming yes, and it’s bloody great.
We’re not regulars to this part of town, it being on the direct opposite side of the city to where we live. But on a sunny Saturday morning we took our old grandad Mercedes for a trip north of the river to check it out.
The first hurdle we came across was the parking issue. The Ivy is situated in Clifton Village, a stone’s throw from the Clifton Club, on Caledonia Place. The majority of parking in this area is permit holder’s only, since every Bristolians fave (*SARCASM*) the RPZ came into effect. On the busy Saturday morning that we visited, all of the few ‘free’ spaces were being snapped up quickly, so we had to park a short walk away.
Having said that, there are good bus links up to Clifton Village, and it’s a 15-20 minute walk from Clifton Down station.
Once inside the absolutely stunning interior, we were seated in the beautiful conservatory, which was looking gorgeous in the mid morning sunshine. A delicious cup of strong black coffee was soon in hand, and we were left to decide what took our fancy off the menu. I was here to sample the new waffle menu, and being something of a waffle connoisseur I was extremely excited.
I have to admit though, that while the first waitress who served us was very pleasant, she was soon replaced with another chap who was a little overbearing. I’m usually not quick to complain about service (seems like a bit of a mean thing to do), but everything about his serving manner was quite odd – he kept making strange jokes about things we said that left the atmosphere feeling tense and uncomfortable. I should have said something at the time but wouldn’t really have known how to frame it; he wasn’t being unpleasant, in fact it was quite the opposite, but it was a strange waiting style which was a bit offputting.
It wasn’t long before the food arrived and we could get stuck in. Tom had eggs florentine with avocado, which came with a strangely long silver goblet of chips on the side, which surprisingly he was unable to finish, even with his usually healthy appetite. The verdict was a resounding thumbs up from the boy, but maybe ask to swap the chips if you can’t do double carbs.
The waffle menu is a very clever and exciting thing – you pick and choose the elements of your breakkie, so you can waffle to your heart’s content and have full control over the flavours. I chose a bit of an odd combination of cinnamon waffle topped with raspberries, pistachio ice cream, honey comb and chocolate sauce. It was a delight. The waffle was super light and crisp, and the chocolate sauce came warm in a fancy little silver jug so you could choose how much you wanted to drench your ice cream in it. I’d probably lay off the honeycomb if you have any fillings though, they were jawbreakingly crunchy.
Tom’s verdict on the waffles – “too sweet”. I think if you’re a big fan like me then this build-your-own menu is a dream come true, but in addition The Ivy have a comprehensive brunch menu sure to please anyone wanting to while away the morning dining in style.
I was invited to The Ivy Brasserie Clifton for the purpose of this review but all words and opinions are my own.
I live a somewhat dual personality. I like to think of myself as a big ol’ goff, but when it comes to horror films I am a massive wuss. I can’t deal with gore, and any level of psychological or jump-scare horror has me hiding behind a cushion. This is why the classic horror films are a good middle ground, they are creepy enough to satisfy my goth tendencies, while being tame enough by today’s standards to not having me jumping out of my skin.
Coupled with this is the importance of recognising where the genre came from. If you think that the film industry has barely been going a hundred years, some of these early examples of horror are simply breathtaking cinema, and have paved the way for the modern film industry as we know it.
Back in March, I was given the opportunity to watch the 1923 version of the Hunchback of Notre Dame, screened in Bristol Cathedral. My inner goth squealed with delight – a silent horror film, screened inside a beautifully spectacular gothic building, accompanied with a live organ score. I was in my element.
This event was in association with the Bristol Cathedral and was part of the candlelight screenings of the Bristol Film Festival, which takes place across the city throughout the year, with screenings primarily in the spring. Alongside screenings in the cathedral they often show horror films in Redcliffe Caves, or put on family events at Arnos Vale. There are still a few events coming up this summer which are well worth checking out – take a look at their website if you’re interested.
The film itself was fantastic, and with the addition of the organ accompaniment was especially haunting. I have made a mental note to myself to try and get out to do these kinds of things more, because I can’t imagine a better evening than sat in the cavernous belly of a cathedral, watching silent films with a glass of red in hand.
A huge thank you for the Bristol Film Festival for inviting me along.
Happy weekend, folks. Hope the sunny-ish weather and is treating you well, I am tucked up in bed already with a mug of strong sugary tea, listening to 6 Music and wistfully staring out of the window, attempting to catch up on some blogging and resting my weary bones after a busy day with lovely Lyzi yesterday. Such a nana, eh?
I’ve just enough time in between my rest to let you know about this year’s Southbank Arts Trail (aka the SBA Arts Trail), which will be taking over the south of the city next weekend – 13th and 14th May 2017. Read More