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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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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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Bristol’s Best Bits: The Made in Bristol Gift Fair

Bristol is never one for doing things conventionally, and there is no exception when it comes to Christmas gifts. Having done something of a declutter recently, I’m being much more careful about what I’m buying other people for Christmas, and my ethos for festive shopping this year is buying as much as I can from local independents rather than handing my cash to the big guys.

Last weekend, I popped down to the Made in Bristol Gift Fair at Colston Hall to peruse the makes of local artists and traders, all whilst sipping on a hot chocolate and listening to some beautiful tunes being played in the foyer. Bliss! No shopping stress or queueing here.

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ceri ellis at the made in bristol gift fair
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fat poppycat at made in bristol gift fair

The Made in Bristol Gift Fair is now in its 8th year, taking over the entire foyer of Colston Hall with makers and traders which change weekly in the run-up to Christmas. There’s something for everyone here, with homewares, handmade clothes for little’uns, stunning jewellery (my favourite was by Ceri Ellis), and soaps and skincare made in some very clever people’s kitchens.

I love the idea of an entirely independent Christmas – it helps to support people who are passionate about their craft, rather than lining the pockets of retail giants, plus you’re more likely to find something completely unique that will be more cherished than the usual stocking filler.

I don’t mean to panic anyone, but there’s only a few weeks left til the big day, so if you’re anything like me and haven’t started shopping yet, you’d better get your skates on!

This weekend is a Christmas market extravaganza in Bristol, and the Made in Bristol Gift Fair will be setting up shop on this Saturday 3rd December, and then the following weekend on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th December at Colston Hall.

Find out more info on their Facebook page here. Happy shopping, folks!

I was invited by the Made in Bristol Gift Fair to preview the event in exchange for this review but all words and opinions are my own. You know me, I love Bristol, and I’ll do owt to help support local artists.