Bristol’s Best Burgers

burger chomp

The past 12 months have seen an influx of burger joints set up shop in Bristol, to the point where it seemed like you couldn’t walk 5 paces in the centre of town without walking into an A Board shouting about the superior meat patties (Aberdeen Angus! 30 day aged! Fillet! – wait, why would you use fillet for a burger, you crazyperson?), toppings (All the cheese! Pulled Pork! 3 more burgers!  Monster Munch!) and the continuation of that ever-contentious issue: sesame vs. brioche buns.

Now that the MeatWave™ has calmed somewhat, I feel like I can round up some of the better burger offerings out there. I hasten to add that most of these places also offer some excellent veggie options, and I’ll point out the best options as I go, but do check their menus for specific vegetarian/dairy free/GF options.

Grab a pen, it’s about to get tasty…

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Pubcrawl #6 – Whiteladies Road

The Blackboy Inn

The start of our ascent up the hill – The Blackboy Inn
Credit: http://www.bristolpubs.co.uk

Despite its handy location situated between the affluent residences of Clifton and party-going student houses of Redland, Whiteladies Road has always proved to be a bit of a hit and miss in terms of bars and restaurants.

Despite the success of The Cowshed, and the popular run of businesses opposite it such as The Burger Joint, Bar Humbug and The Townhouse, many parts of this road just feel a bit odd and surprisingly quiet. The section towards the Triangle in particular has seen quite a lot of businesses come and go in the past few years, with Gas & Co and Be.in Bristol the latest ventures to close just a few weeks ago.

With this in mind, I decided to organise a pub crawl with the aim of discovering the delights of the upper end of Whiteladies Rd (more commonly known as Blackboy Hill), focusing on the stretch between Clifton Down station and the downs. Surely there’s more to it than furniture shops? Our intrepid group set out on our beery quest to answer the question once and for all…

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Bristol Food & Drink: April

Easter is here! Credit: Alex Poulter (flickr.com/photos/livingfortuesday/)

Easter is here! Credit: Alex Poulter (flickr.com/photos/livingfortuesday/)

Welcome to April! I’m feeling in the festival spirit already, but with good reason as you’ll see once you read through what’s coming up in the next few weeks.

We all know that Bristol comes alive when the sun gets its hat on, so it’s time to start clearing your weekends for all of the music, food and arts festivals which will be arriving in the city in the next few months. But before that, here’s what you can look forward to in April (*Spoiler* – it’s a good’un).

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Bristol’s Best Pizza Joints

Pizza at Flour & Ash

The infamous ox cheek pizza at Flour & Ash. *Homer Simpson drooling face*

Food doesn’t come much simpler and comforting than a pizza, and yet some places have managed to take the basics of dough, tomato sauce and cheese and make something quite spectacular.

Whether you like your pizza straight from a wood-fired oven, made from sourdough, served alongside a flight of cider or made with vegan cheese, Bristol has something for every preference and persuasion.

So without further ado, here are Bristol’s most perfect purveyors of all thing pizza….

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Bristol Food & Drink – March

Springtime & St David's Day, that calls for rarebit! (Credit, Alex Poulter - www.flickr.com/photos/livingfortuesday/)

Springtime & St David’s Day, that calls for rarebit! (Credit, Alex Poulter: http://www.flickr.com/photos/livingfortuesday/)

The first sunny specks of spring have started to emerge – I’ve seen two trees in full blossom already! It’s around this time of year that I start to get really excited about all of the fun festivals and outdoor events that will be gracing Bristol this summer – we’ll be seeing the return of Food Connections, Grillstock Festival, Make Sundays Special and Eat Drink Bristol Fashion – what else are you excited about?

Let’s not get too ahead of ourselves though; before we can resume supping cider on the quayside outside Arnolfini, we first have to make it through the final weeks of frosty, windy March – luckily there’s plenty to look forward to though…

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Bristol Food & Drink – February

I know we’re a few weeks in now, but Happy 2015 everyone! I hope your year has got off to an exhilirating start, even in the financial drought of January. There’s already a fair bit going on, with even more coming up in February.

Buzzfeed did a list of Things You Need To Eat In Bristol Right Now, which I heartily agreed with, and then there was a sequel post, which I also nodded along vigorously to (most of the places feature in my 2014 Highlights Package along with some other treasures, if you want to continue the salivating).

Local food sites Bristol Bites and Rocket & Parmesan also updated their food deals pages, to help you fight through the bleakness between pay days. Now, let’s get on with what else is new or coming up! Continue reading