• Bristol,  Food & Drink

    New Moon, Clifton

    James doesn’t have many weaknesses or faults, in a nutshell he’s pretty great. He does however, struggle slightly with memory failure. It may also be that he’s not always listening to me jabbering on but I’m not going to delve too deep into the reasons he can’t remember things I’ve told him as that could be dangerous for our marriage. I knew one thing I had mentioned to him on more than one occasion was that we needed to visit New Moon in Clifton. I love the fact you don’t have go far in Bristol for a good tapas bar and New Moon is one of them. What’s better than…

  • 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.┬áI’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,  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,  Lifestyle,  Photography,  Travel

    Placeum, a new audio map of Bristol

    When we go away on holiday, especially city breaks, we’re always keen to learn the history about the place we’re visiting. Whether that’s through a free walking tour, a museum or a gallery. But what about if you could dip in and out of your history lesson, discover some new and exciting parts of the place you live whilst on your way to lunch or work? Placeum, a new audio map, has just been launched in our wonderful city of Bristol. Apart from the obvious iconic features of this city like the SS Great Britain and the Suspension Bridge, I’m a little ashamed to say I don’t know that much…

  • 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,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    Cotham Arms, Bristol

    I love going to pubs. Just outside of Cheltenham there are a great array of country style pubs that I’ve frequented many a time. Since moving to Bristol these trips have dwindled but that’s not to say my love of pubs has. When I heard about a new pint-sized classic pub opening in Clifton, I got my walking boots on and made my way up that ever-so-steep St Michael’s Hill – James in tow. The pub has that distinctive Bristolian vibe with industrial touches of exposed lightbulbs and quirky artwork, that is also available to buy. There are a mix of tables and booths in the back, along with stools…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    The famous London Ivy has come to Bristol!

    The Ivy; a long-established and well know celeb’ hang out in central London. When it’s time to expand, the obvious location is the UK’s second food capital – Bristol! Keen to find out what all the fuss is about, we made our reservation a couple of weeks before the restaurant had opened. Ahead of our booking we looked at the menu on their website and were amazed, if slightly concerned, at the vast selection on offer. Some of the best restaurants we know have very limited but perfectly formed menus, offering a handful of exquisitely crafted dishes. By contrast, a lot of very average eateries have extensive menus, catering for…

  • Food & Drink,  Photography

    A classy curry

    Steph and I recently had a week off, and rather than explore a new and exotic city as we normally do when the opportunity presents itself, this time we decided to stay at home and enjoy some of the wonderful places and activities closer to home (read the full account here). It also gave us the chance to try some of the local restaurants we’ve been meaning to for a while. One of those restaurants is the Mint Rooms which specialises in Indian cuisine with style! There’s one in Bath, and one a convenient 20 minute walk from home, situated between Clifton Village and the Triangle. The restaurant feels classy,…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    Giggling Squid, Clifton Village

    Isn’t it great when your friends love the same food you do? There are no squabbles or grumbles about where you should eat; it’s just easy. So when my friend Emma and I decided to go for a bite to eat after work, the words Thai food had barely passed my lips before it was a resounding ‘Yes’!┬áNothing makes me more happy than Thai food. My new favourite part of Bristol, Clifton Village, is where we found ourselves. Here you’ll find the Giggling Squid. Open for over a year now, (don’t judge, I’m still trying to keep up with Bristol food jaunts), this growing chain offers Bristol a great place…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    The Thali cafe, Clifton

    Living almost in the middle of Clifton and North Street, we’re lucky enough to have two choices of Thali cafes. You may remember a previous blog post about the one on North Street and their new installed BBQ. This time the celebrations were at the Clifton establishment and their colourful revamp. We were greeted with a bar counter full of drinks including non-alcoholic tropical cocktails, beer, prosecco and fruity yogurt drinks. We had a good look around the new layout, taking in the large vibrant wall art as you walk in – which holds true to what Thali is all about; a fun place to go with family and friends,…