• 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…

  • Food & Drink

    Koj Cheltenham

    Towards the end of last year, Koj opened as a pop-up restaurant in the centre of Cheltenham. Now I’m living in Bristol, I’m still keen on trying everything Cheltenham has to offer. With this being a pop-up I knew my time was limited, however it wasn’t until the last weekend of their opening that I finally got to pay them a visit. I’ll add that I was quite persistent on social media, badgering the owner, Andrew Kojima about whether I could sample the whole menu at lunchtime. And that’s exactly what we did. The menu is Japanese inspired but not sushi, much to the relief of James – with a…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle

    A bottle of something special

    Fancy pubs and bars are popping up all over the place these days, so to stand out from the crowd they need to either do things simply and well, or do something a bit different. The latter will always generate a bit of attention initially, but unless it’s good as well, they’ll normally fizzle out within six months. We found a winner last week: The Bottle of Sauce is situated in the centre of Cheltenham, on the corner of Clarence Street and Ambrose Street. Walking past you don’t get many clues what’s inside as the large windows are quite high up the building and aren’t any good for peering in.…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    The Fire Station, Cheltenham

    The Fire Station in Cheltenham has been open a while now; after not being able to make the grand opening and what with life being pretty hectic, it wasn’t until recently that we finally went to check it out. With the family in tow, one Saturday evening we entered the 110 year old building, that bares no resemblance to it’s age. We headed to the bar area to grab a drink before taking a seat at our table. The bar area is large, with restaurant seating not too far away on the ground floor as well as on the upper floor. The bar is quite noisy, especially on a Saturday night, so…

  • 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,  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…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    The Nook, Bristol

    James and I have gone and got these new super busy jobs recently, which we often get caught up in. It can sometimes be a struggle to wind down in the evenings if it’s been a particularly hectic one. One of our favourite things to do, which coincidentally helps with the blog, is going out for a midweek treat. A nice meal and perhaps a cocktail or two. Neither of us are now working directly in the city centre (well James nearly is) but lucky for us, a collection of great new restaurants and bars have opened up in the vicinity of where we live. So, as soon as we…