Bristol: The 2014 Highlights Package!

This year, it felt like Bristol went from being championed by its locals to being nationally recognised, whether it was for its green credentials, burgeoning food & drink scene, support for local businesses, or putting a water slide down one of its busiest streets.

We had more festivals, more new openings, and made it on to more ‘Best.. in the UK’ lists than ever before.The Guardian called Bristol a ‘Foodie Heaven‘, listed some of our best places to eat on a budget, and included Bristol Eats in its round-up of the Top 10 Food Markets in Europe. The Telegraph was one of several newspapers to report that Bristol had topped the Quality of Living Index, making it The Best City to Live in the UK. But what were the stand out bits of 2014 for Bristolians and local business owners?

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Bristol Food & Drink – December

Spiegeltent Bristol

The first week of December is fairly jam-packed; a last chance to get the foodie events in before the chaos of Christmas parties and last minute shopping!

There are celebrations (including the 150th anniversary of the Clifton Suspension Bridge on Sunday 7th December), tasting events, supper clubs, Christmas markets and pop-ups, plus the usual list of new businesses to investigate!

Here are my picks of the best food-centric frolics in the coming weeks. Continue reading

The Quest for the Best Roast in Bristol – Part Three

The roast dinner at The Beer Emporium

The roast at The Beer Emporium

I’ve eaten a lot of good roast dinners during my year-long quest across Bristol, and as loathe as I was to make these posts into a trilogy, it now looks almost inevitable that there will be a Part 4 at some point – there are just too many places remaining that I want to try!

For now though, here are my highlights from the past few months; feel free to tell me what you thought of the places I’ve listed, or recommend new places for me to try. Also make sure you check out Part One and Part Two of my roast dinner quest! Continue reading

The 10 Best Brunches in Bristol

Perfect pancakes, courtesy of @theWell

Perfect pancakes, courtesy of @theWell

Weekends are special for all sorts of reasons, and not just the fact that you’re out of the office for a blissful 48 hours. The two greatest reasons must be the fact that you have the opportunity for a lie-in and also that you get to take as long as you want over your breakfast, without having to try and eat your toast whilst simultaneously putting on your coat and shoving your packed lunch in your bag.

I live for late, long and leisurely breakfasts, to the point where it could be arguably termed brunch. With that in mind, here are my top places in Bristol to indulge in my favourite weekend activity of ”brunching”. Continue reading

Bristol Food & Drink – November

Food Theatre at The Volunteer Tavern

Food Theatre at The Volunteer Tavern – spectacular things come in small packages.

Guys, the time is almost here; as the wind gets chillier and clothing layers multiply, we’re edging ever closer to the opening of the Christmas markets!

I’m sure that many of you are not ready for the appearance of wooden, candy-adorned sheds and German Christmas carols in Broadmead, but I have to say that I’m ridiculously excited. From 7th November until 22nd December you can have your fill of Currywurst, hog roast and cheesy music – be sure to ask for rum or amaretto in your mulled wine too, and thank me later. Continue reading

Bristol’s Classiest Cocktail Bars

Charlie's Bar cocktails

Sweet treats at Charlie’s Bar on Whiteladies Road

We all have times when we’re in need of a night out to make us feel a bit special, or wanting to find a place that feels a bit more quiet and hidden away.

Bristol has become famous for its variety of speakeasies and secret bars, all of which offer something a bit different, without being pretentious or too exclusive.

In time for Bristol Cocktail Week (across the city from 20th-26th October) here are some placeswhere you can imbibe the finest cocktail concoctions in Bristol… Continue reading