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brunch at buttermilk and maple bristol
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A Buttermilk & Maple Brunch

Just like every good millennial, I love a good brunch. It’s probably the reason why I can’t afford to buy a house despite being in my late 20s; I’ve spent too much of my time frivolously wasting money on smashed avocado rather than saving for a deposit.

I digress. A couple of weekends ago, just as the autumn sunshine was being all beautiful (and not blustery AT ALL), I wandered down to Buttermilk & Maple by myself to sample their brunch offering.

exterior of buttermilk and maple bristol

You might remember me harping on about Buttermilk & Maple in this post about their negronis. While they are indeed top notch, it’s the brunch from these guys I hear so much about. I was eager to get my mitts on it so I could pass judgement for myself.

Buttermilk & Maple opens at 7am everyday. EVERY SINGLE DAY, even on Sundays. I thought that getting there at 10am would mean I’d be nicely settled with the mid Sunday morning crowd. I pictured a relaxed breakkie in an empty restaurant away from all the people. Heaven.

menu of buttermilk and maple bristol

It was mayhem, I tell ya! Let’s not forget that Buttermilk & Maple is attached to the Mercure hotel and slap bang in the centre, but I soon found a nice quiet little spot outside and settled down with my cuppa and weekend paper.

It was so bloody lovely to be sitting in the warm rays of the autumn sunshine peeking through the canopy of a nearby tree, sipping a pot of tea and watching people whizz by on bikes. Close your eyes and you’re on a cobbled street in Paris, until a very Bristolian cabbie turns up to pick someone up from the hotel.

view from buttermilk and maple bristol of welsh back

I decided to try the pastrami eggs benedict, cos a) I am well and truly back on the meat wagon at the moment, and b) it sounds amazingly interesting. Jalapeno hollandaise? Sign me UP!

pastrami eggs benedict buttermilk and maple

Every element of it was wonderful – massive slices of thick pastrami, perfectly poached eggs, thick and plentiful hollandaise with a sprinkling of nicely spicy jalapenos. The only thing which let it down slightly is that it seemed to go cold very quickly, but then again I was sitting outdoors.

Guess what? If you’d like to sample their brunch offering for yourself, those lovely folks have offered my readers a whopping 50% off brunch! Simply pop along in the week (Mon-Fri) and shout the word ‘Doughballs’ at the waiter. They should know what you’re on about.

Take a peek at the menu here. Happy brunching, folks.

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Dreamy Negronis at Buttermilk & Maple

A few months ago, Mr Jeremy Corbyn was in our city, visiting our mayor, Marvin Rees. I’m a big fan of auld Jezza, but their choice of breakfast hangout intrigued me more than their actual encounter. Where is this Buttermilk & Maple place?, I thought to myself, and why have I not been yet?

Well, dear reader, that was remedied the week before last when I was invited along to see what all the fuss was about. Read More

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Summer Menu at No. 1 Harbourside

(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

veggie burger at asado bristol
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The Best Veggie Burger in Bristol? Say Hola to Asado

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

temple cycles of cycle the city
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Bristol’s Best Bits: The Bristol Food Tour x Cycle the City

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

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The South American Grill at Grillstock 2017

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

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Cargo 2 Launch: Gopal’s Curry Shack

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

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Waffles at The Ivy Brasserie, Clifton

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.

the ivy clifton

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.

coffee at the ivy clifton
waffle menu at the ivy clifton

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.

eggs benedict at the ivy clifton
waffles at the ivy clifton

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.

build your own waffles at the ivy clifton

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.

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French Dining at City of Bristol College Restaurant

What kind of image springs to mind when you picture students running a restaurant? I’d wager it’s not a particularly favourable scene – those two words go together like jam and brillo pads. You’re probably imagining haute cuisine of supernoodle sandwiches and limitless bowls of cereal (two items of food which I pretty much survived off during my first year at uni).

A few weeks ago, myself and the boy were invited along to a French themed dining evening at the City Restaurant at City of Bristol College on Anchor Rd. Naturally, there was a certain degree of apprehension before we departed that evening; surely college students couldn’t match the level of catering and waitering expected of a fine dining restaurant?

Well, we were most certainly proved wrong. Read More

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Bristol’s Best Breweries

This post is in collaboration with Expedia.

We’re pretty good at things here in Bristol – festivals, fiestas, food; and it seems like people are finally beginning to cotton on to this, too. Our little slice in the South West is always being voted as the best place to live in the UK, in the top ten for millennials etc etc… The lists go on!

While Bristol is widely renowned for being big on food, you may or may not know that the city is home to several fantastic breweries, too, knocking out tasty craft ale after tasty craft ale. Even those lovely Wriggle people have got in on the action recently, releasing a tasty brew of their own.

Spurred on by the glorious spring sunshine, the last couple of weekends have been fantastic for fans of craft beer, with me and the boy going on no less than three brewery tours in two weeks. First up, I was invited by Expedia to take a trip to one of the stalwarts of Bristol brewing, the mighty Moor Beer in St Philips, to take a peek behind the scenes. Read More

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D.E.W. & A Brew

Happy St Patricks Day! What a strange little holiday this is; today marks the one calendar day of the year where everyone tries to change their nationality and tie themselves with the Emerald Isle. I won’t pretend that I’m not guilty of doing this – my great-grandparents were Irish, so I also share in the mutual loyalty that most vaguely-Irish people cling to.

To celebrate this most joyous of festivities, last night I was invited down to Bristol’s newest Irish whiskey bar, to partake in a tasting of that most Irish of whiskeys, Tullamore D.E.W. Read More

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Damn Fine Coffee

… and HOT!

Like any good hipster, I adore coffee (and Twin Peaks). I never thought I would be such a fan of the hard stuff; I have always first and foremost been a tea drinker, but in my ever-advancing years I’m finding my tastes shift more and more over to the dark side. Read More

eatchu japanese gyoza bristol
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Bristol’s Best Bits: Eatchu

Ever since we returned from Japan, I have been massively craving proper decent Japanese food. For a lot of people, Japanese food immediately means one thing – sushi. But truth be told, we didn’t eat any sushi when we were in Japan. At all.

What I’ve been hankering after since our plane landed in Bristol is the tasty bits of street food in the winding alleyways of Shinjuku – sticks of grilled yakitori, homemade fishcakes, slabs of marinated tofu, egg-topped bowls of sticky rice, and most importantly… GYOZA.

These little parcels of deliciousness are a Japanese street food staple, and there is only one place to head in Bristol to get your fix – to the lovely folks at Eatchu! Read More

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A Trip to Bangkok at Thaikhun Bath

It’s no secret that Bristol is not short of amazing restaurants. Which is why, sometimes, it’s hard to remember our fancier cousin in the South West. I’ve heard talk of some amazing things happening with our friends over in Bath; of new places popping up here and there, and I’ve got a list as long as my arm of new restaurants to test out.

Myself and the boy headed down the A39 a few weeks ago to test out new kids on the block, Thaikhun Bath.

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Before we went I did a bit of research, as you do, and discovered that Thaikhun is in fact part of a family of restaurants with branches in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester, Nottingham, Cambridge, Oxford and now Bath. Being a superfan of independents, I have to admit that I had my reservations about it being a chain, but didn’t let that put me off.

Thaikhun Bath has positioned itself to catch the footfall of the festive pedestrian traffic perfectly, slap bang in the middle of the Southgate shopping centre, in what’s being desribed as their new food quarter, Little Southgate. Greeted by a bright orange tuk tuk outside the doors, we stepped inside out of the cold to find out what this place was all about.

thaikhun bath interior decor
thaikhun bath restaurant inside

Whoahhh.

The inside of this place is pretty mind blowing. The walls have been decked out in all kinds of paraphernalia to create the bustling streets and markets of Thailand’s capital. If you’re a mardy sort, you might think this a little tacky. Personally, I think it’s pretty fun, plus you’ve got plenty to look at whilst supping your Phi Phi bellini.

The first thing I loved about this place was their cocktail menu; as a connoisseur of tacky cocktails I was in bloody heaven. I was seduced by their My Thai – a mixture of Thai whiskey, malibu, pinapple juice and coconut. Plus it got served in A CHUFFING COCONUT SHELL. My inner seven year old was most pleased.

thaikhun bath cocktails
thaikhun bath starters

The menu is a mixture of street food dishes, designed to capture the essence of Thailand. I adore Thai food, and for me and the boy (being pescetarian and all), there was plenty to choose from. There’s a smattering of choices for veggies, but this is truly a place meant for carnivores.

We got a few things to nibble on to start – thai fishcakes, corn fritters and spring rolls, and were pleasantly surprised thus far. For chain restaurant food, this wasn’t half bad.

thaikhun bath restaurant review
thaikhun bath paneng curry

For the main event, the boy opted for glass noodles with tofu and sriracha (‘Sukiyaki Noodles’) and I opted for my favourite, a panang curry. Most of these dishes are at restaurant prices (£10+) but I was delighted when presented with a massive bowl brimming with curry with what looked like a whole block of tofu inside. If you’ve got an appetite as big as mine, you’re in for a treat.

thaikhun bath banana fritters

Despite being stuffed to the gills with delicious curry, I somehow always manage to make way for pud. Especially when there are banana fritters on the menu. These guys were served warm with a massive scoop of ice cream, and again, there was far too much of it for me to finish. I’d definitely make room for these at the end of your meal, they are summin’ else.

So, what’s the verdict on Thaikhun Bath? I’ve read some less than savoury reviews of this place recently, but personally on our visit we weren’t disappointed in the slightest. I have to admit that it was quite busy when we went which meant waiting a little longer on drinks than normal, but I didn’t mind that too much. It’s not haute cuisine, but the food is generous in size and our choices were pretty damn tasty.

If you’re out and about at Southgate doing a spot of Christmas shopping and need to refuel, then I would definitely suggest treating the family to a trip to Thaikhun. Just remember to leave some room for dessert.

I was invited to this restaurant for the purpose of this review but all words and opinions are my own.