• 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

    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…

  • Bristol,  Food & Drink,  Lifestyle

    Rack ’em up

    On a recent holiday we were reintroduced to pool, both the wet and splashy type, and the balls in pocket version. The first was a necessity; it was mighty hot in Rhodes and during the day being in the sea or a pool, or an air-conditioned room, was the only option. Later in the evenings though it was a touch cooler and our pre or post dinner entertainment often included shooting a bit of pool (the hotel cabaret wasn’t up to much!). I’m very competitive, but Steph isn’t normally, so I was surprised when I saw an edge to her rarely seen before. We, ahem ‘pooled’ our resources (sorry!) sometimes…

  • Bristol,  Food & Drink,  Photography

    Sholay Indian Kitchen, Bristol

    The other night we watched a program about our nations love of curry. Turns out we can’t get enough of the blooming stuff. Although we were pretty disappointed to hear that the favourites apparently include chicken tikka masala and the korma! In our opinion, perhaps the blandest of the two and the least authentic. Each to their own but James and I like our curries with a bit more pizazz and a lot more heat. We were recently invited along to Sholay Kitchen, one of the shipping containers at Wapping Wharf, to sample their new menu and enjoy some of their staple dishes. The menu is short and sweet, with…

  • Bristol,  Food & Drink,  Photography

    The Cauldron, Bristol

    I have recently started a new job. A new job that brings me back to the centre of Bristol after two years of commuting out to Avonmouth. I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to be out of that job. On a daily basis I had to question why I wasn’t working in the city centre when we lived smack-bang in the middle. There were many reasons for leaving other than just the location but I won’t bore you with those details for now. James and I now work 5 minutes from each other, we can meet up for lunch and if James isn’t on dog-duty, walk to…

  • Bristol,  Food & Drink,  Photography

    Ceres Coffee, Stokes Croft

    There are so many foodie places I want to visit on Gloucester Road in Bristol but rarely find the time to get up there. We live near the SS Great Britain and are surrounded by great bars and restaurants so often opt for something closer to home. Sometimes though, when you hear of a place that sounds truly special, there are no excuses. The place in question was Ceres Coffee. They have been open for a while, offering some great brunch and lunch dishes that are a huge hit with the locals but have only recently begun a dinner service. They have been quite open and honest on social media…

  • Bristol,  Food & Drink

    Root, Cargo 1 – Bristol

    James and I are vegetarian about 5 days out of 7. It’s not something we’ve actively decided, it’s just that we don’t tend to buy meat or cook it whilst at home. Whilst I could never give up meat entirely, (a life without burgers and bacon is not even worth thinking about), but I think we both feel better for it. The times when we do eat meat is when we go out for dinner. However, if you decide to go to Root, you’re often better off sticking to the veg. Root is located where Chicken Shed used to be at Wapping Wharf, in the Cargo 1 units and is…

  • Food & Drink,  Photography

    Award Winning Italian Restaurant, Polpo

    There are always new restaurants for James and I to try out in Bristol but sometimes you just want to go somewhere you know is good. Polpo on Whiteladies Road is one of those. Specialising in Venetian food, they have a varied menu that’s not too overwhelming but has a little bit of everything. Perfect for groups as there is something for everyone. You’ll find pizzas, meatballs, pasta, steak, salads and small plates called cicheti. Like the Italian version of Tapas. Whenever we visit we order up several dishes to start and then if we need anymore, get another order in. The dishes come out of the kitchen when they’re…

  • Food & Drink

    Paco Tapas, a piece of Spain in the middle of Bristol

    I am pining for a summer holiday. Just a little sunshine, a pool, a good book and no looking at a computer screen for a week or so. I keep getting these emails from travel companies telling me about their ridiculous offers on hotels that it’s taking all my will power not to book one up for James and I. For the time being I have to be patient. The next year is a little up-in-the-air so we can’t make any concrete plans. But with the arrival of Paco Tapas late last year, I only have to walk 20 minutes from the front door and I could be transported to a…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    PiShop, Bristol

    Pizza joints are popping up all over Bristol at the moment, all being added to our list of where to eat next. The one that immediately made it to the top was the new venture from the guys at Casamia; PiShop. We wandered over one evening after work and were pleasantly surprised to see one of the chefs picking fresh ingredients from the small garden at the front of the restaurant. We rushed inside, keen to grab a table as it seemed PiShop had already grabbed the attention of fellow foodies. We managed to grab a great spot, within our own little cove that over looked the river outside but also allowed…