• Bristol,  Cheltenham,  Cotswolds,  Crafts,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    To self build or not to self build

    Bristol’s been a wonderful home for the last 6 years, especially the central spot we have with its easy access to all Bristol has to offer. Living in the middle of one of the most popular cities in the country comes with its compromises though, and the main one is space- both inside and out. So for a while now (nearly 4 years) we’ve been looking for a new home in a slightly more rural setting.  We’ve viewed dozens of houses and with each viewing we honed our view of what’s important to us, seeing features we loved as well as those we’d rather not have. If you had a…

  • Bristol,  Cheltenham,  Food & Drink

    The Coconut Tree, Gloucester Road

    I first heard about The Coconut Tree from a friend who lived on the doorstep of the original Cheltenham establishment, from her Instagram feed I could tell she went probably far more often than she cared to admit. I’m a bit hopeless and have yet to visit the Cheltenham one but have since checked out the Bristol one on Gloucester Road. I was told by someone at work, who also raved about it, that I’d need to book ahead so I got us a table for one evening after work. This place is obviously doing something right if a lot of it’s growth is based on word-of-mouth. The food is inspired…

  • Bristol,  Food & Drink

    Brace yourselves for a great Sunday Roast

    Now this may disappoint a few people or make you question my reliability as a food blogger but I have to confess; I’m not a huge fan of roast dinners. There are some exceptions of course like Christmas dinner, or my Mum’s Sunday roasts that we grew up with but I can’t say I’ve ever craved them. If we ever went out for a family meal on a Sunday I’d always go off piste and have the burger as opposed to a roast, just because I think a roast can go so easily wrong and leave you feeling disappointed. This does mean when I discover a good one, that gets…

  • Bristol,  Food & Drink

    I’m fondue of you

    James and I don’t venture to North Street enough, it’s only a short walk from us and has a great selection of places to eat. We have managed to try out most of the establishments but there was one I had my eye on for a while. Every time we passed The Malago, I’d say to James, we need to try this one. I’m not going to lie it was mainly the ‘buy two mains and get a free bottle of wine’ that initially had me interested but after a little more homework we discovered they also do Cheese Fondue Mondays. We booked ourselves a table pronto. I’d never had…

  • Bristol,  Food & Drink

    Pinkmans, Bristol

    Bristol’s got dozens of bakeries, pizza places and coffee shops. If you want a fantastic bakery Harts or Hobbs will see you right. If you want great pizza head along to Bertha’s or Pizzarova. If you want coffee I can’t help you with specifics as I don’t drink the muck, but there’s plenty of coffee shops in town so I’m sure you’ll find somewhere which’ll willingly take your hard-earned money, grind it up, stew it with hot water and give you a cup of bitter liquid. Did I mention I’m not a fan? What Bristol’s been missing until recently now though is somewhere which does all three – breads/bakes, pizza…

  • Bristol,  Cotswolds,  Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography,  Travel,  Uncategorized

    A long overdue bike ride

    Living in the center of Bristol I get around on foot, by bike and by car. Doing a bit of everything I see hostility from each group towards the others; in such a busy environment there’ll always be conflict (especially when the roads in the center of town are constantly being dug up, diverting at least one group into the regular territory of the other). I feel like cyclists get the worst deal: They’re not welcomed onto pavements by pedestrians, and they’re not welcomed onto roads by drivers, so on the many roads and routes where there isn’t a cycle path then it’s not much fun being on a bike.…

  • Art,  Bristol,  Crafts,  Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography,  Uncategorized

    A new skill with an old craft

    A few Sundays ago we went for lunch at the Rose of Denmark in Hotwells. I understand the pub’s changed ownership a few times over the last couple of years and the food’s been on an up and down journey. The roast we had on that Sunday was one of the best I’ve had, anywhere, ever! It rivals the Rummer, and that set a high benchmark. Wonderful moist meat, crunchy roasties on the outside with a fluffy middle, well cooked and flavoursome veg, a rich gravy and huge Yorkshire pud’. Steph had the veggie option and that was also excellent. We’re thrilled to have this fantastic option on our doorstep!…

  • Bristol,  Food & Drink

    Gambas, Wapping Wharf

    Situated in the food haven that is Wapping Wharf, the owners of Bravas tapas bar on Cotham Hill, have brought their small plates down to the Harbour. Already owners of Cantina, the mexican restaurant, they’ve opened Gambas only a few shipping containers down. Serving up authentic Spanish dishes with a seafood focus, hence the name (Gambas mean prawns in Spanish) however don’t be put-off if you don’t like seafood! When I went along with my friend Emma, both not being huge fish fans, we were able to pick out plenty of dishes to keep us grazing for hours. We visited one evening after work and made the most of the…

  • Bristol,  Food & Drink,  Photography

    The Mint Room, Bristol

    Have you ever been jealous of your tastebuds? I discovered that it is entirely possible when James and I went along to The Mint Room in Clifton. Our lucky tastebuds went on a culinary journey through India, via the Tour of India tasting menu. I have never been to India but I feel like I’ve been treated to a little taster via the chefs at The Mint Room and the staff that explain each dish, showing off the various styles of cooking and the flavours that vary from region to region. Before we began our tour, we needed to hydrate. Naturally we opted for cocktails, the best way to quench…

  • Bristol,  Food & Drink

    An Honest review

    Another burger restaurant? Does Bristol need another burger restaurant? The kind of questions that don’t even justify an answer. But if you pushed for one, it would be yes. Always yes. How is it not a wonderful thing that you don’t have to walk very far to find a great burger in Bristol? We have options all over the city and the centre has just been graced with a chain from London. Chains can get a bad rep but Honest Burger have managed to avoid any of that by simply making really, really good burgers. They started off in London with several restaurants across the city, and also Cambridge, Reading…