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Guidebook for Bristol

Sarah

Guidebook for Bristol

Food Scene
A moment's walk from the house, Mrs Browns Cafe makes a cracking bacon bap and granola and fruit compote. Start your day with a stroll here, grab a seat on one of their colourful picnic benches and wait for the cuppa.
Mrs Brown's Cafe
A moment's walk from the house, Mrs Browns Cafe makes a cracking bacon bap and granola and fruit compote. Start your day with a stroll here, grab a seat on one of their colourful picnic benches and wait for the cuppa.
The Riverstation Cafe is one of my favourite good value treat places. Often busy at weekends but there is a terrace overlooking the water and a good mix of well prepared dishes, and excellent wines.
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Riverstation
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The Riverstation Cafe is one of my favourite good value treat places. Often busy at weekends but there is a terrace overlooking the water and a good mix of well prepared dishes, and excellent wines.
Three Brothers Burgers does some of the best burgers in town right by the river next to cobbled King Street. It's often busy at a weekend evening but is well worth the effort. Cosy atmosphere, inside and outside seating, kind of on a boat on the river! Pair it with an aperitif at the Apple cider barge next door and pop to the Old Duke for live jazz afterwards.
Three Brothers Burgers
Three Brothers Burgers does some of the best burgers in town right by the river next to cobbled King Street. It's often busy at a weekend evening but is well worth the effort. Cosy atmosphere, inside and outside seating, kind of on a boat on the river! Pair it with an aperitif at the Apple cider barge next door and pop to the Old Duke for live jazz afterwards.
Full of quirky oddities with a hipster vibe, this place is fab anytime of the day for breakfast, brunch, dinner and often some live music. It has pop ups to provide the food so check their website to see what is being cooked that month.
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Old Bookshop
65 North St
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Full of quirky oddities with a hipster vibe, this place is fab anytime of the day for breakfast, brunch, dinner and often some live music. It has pop ups to provide the food so check their website to see what is being cooked that month.
Eat, swim, steam...so much to choose from. The food is exceptional and you can sit poolside and watch the swimmers splash by as you quaff a cold glass of wine and munch on some tapas. They have lots of swim and dine options; squeeze in a weekday visit for their £20 , 1pm - 4pm, swim deal and laze in the outside hot tub, bake in the steam room and leave feeling thoroughly refreshed.
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Lido Spa & Restaurant
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Eat, swim, steam...so much to choose from. The food is exceptional and you can sit poolside and watch the swimmers splash by as you quaff a cold glass of wine and munch on some tapas. They have lots of swim and dine options; squeeze in a weekday visit for their £20 , 1pm - 4pm, swim deal and laze in the outside hot tub, bake in the steam room and leave feeling thoroughly refreshed.
This place does the best pizzas in town and has exquisite service! In the Summer you can sit outside and look over the water and boats; in the winter you can cosy up inside. It's run by the same team that run the Michelin starred Casamia next door, and a tapas bar on the other side. It's been a labor of love for them and it is well worth the visit. It's on the stroll into the centre/harbour so max 20 minute walk from my place.
Pi Shop
3 Lower Guinea St
This place does the best pizzas in town and has exquisite service! In the Summer you can sit outside and look over the water and boats; in the winter you can cosy up inside. It's run by the same team that run the Michelin starred Casamia next door, and a tapas bar on the other side. It's been a labor of love for them and it is well worth the visit. It's on the stroll into the centre/harbour so max 20 minute walk from my place.
Drinks & Nightlife
Who wouldn't want to try my local?! Warm, welcoming, friendly, it's mine and many guest's favourite. Grab a pie, mash and mushy peas with a local brew and settle in. There's a free film night every other Wednesday too.
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The Windmill
14 Windmill Hill
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Who wouldn't want to try my local?! Warm, welcoming, friendly, it's mine and many guest's favourite. Grab a pie, mash and mushy peas with a local brew and settle in. There's a free film night every other Wednesday too.
The beer garden, the beer garden, the beer garden.....views look out to the hills of Dundry and there is even a table tennis table. Perfect for a drink anytime of the day.
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Victoria Park
66 Raymend Rd
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The beer garden, the beer garden, the beer garden.....views look out to the hills of Dundry and there is even a table tennis table. Perfect for a drink anytime of the day.
A lovely stroll through the park to this pub which has a more unusual English tapas menu and a Victorian type restaurant upstairs. Does a very good wine too.
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The Star and Dove
75-78 St Luke's Rd
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A lovely stroll through the park to this pub which has a more unusual English tapas menu and a Victorian type restaurant upstairs. Does a very good wine too.
The place to be on a late summers evening. Watch the sunset, look out over the water, grab a drink and a bowl of chips. Walk along the harbour to it and it's the perfect place to stop.
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The Cottage Inn
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The place to be on a late summers evening. Watch the sunset, look out over the water, grab a drink and a bowl of chips. Walk along the harbour to it and it's the perfect place to stop.
Live music every night, a hip crowd if that's your thing, great food. Queues to get in at the weekend so get there early.
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The Canteen
80 Stokes Croft
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Live music every night, a hip crowd if that's your thing, great food. Queues to get in at the weekend so get there early.
Great atmosphere and free music every night. You can catch the 75 or 76 bus here from East St; have one here, one in the Left Bank, one in the Canteen and then catch it home again ;).
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The Gallimaufry
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Great atmosphere and free music every night. You can catch the 75 or 76 bus here from East St; have one here, one in the Left Bank, one in the Canteen and then catch it home again ;).
A small intimate space where you are immersed in the music if they have some on. A relaxed, hipster, and hippy type space that is always interesting and great to pop into. Link it with the Galli and Canteen for an evening's pub crawl.
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LeftBank Bar
128 Cheltenham Rd
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A small intimate space where you are immersed in the music if they have some on. A relaxed, hipster, and hippy type space that is always interesting and great to pop into. Link it with the Galli and Canteen for an evening's pub crawl.
Essentials
The chance to walk through the park makes shopping a much more pleasurable experience.
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Tesco Express
33 Oxford St
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The chance to walk through the park makes shopping a much more pleasurable experience.
It is huge and not fun to be in!! But is very close and you can get everything you need here.
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Asda Bedminster Superstore
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It is huge and not fun to be in!! But is very close and you can get everything you need here.
Everything Else
Quirky, relaxed, friendly and a great thali for Indian food lovers.
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The Thali Restaurant
1 William St
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Quirky, relaxed, friendly and a great thali for Indian food lovers.
Parks & Nature
It's half an hour on the train to get to this gorgeous village. You can walk half an hour along the canal to Freshford and grab a pint by the water in the Cross Guns pub. Carry on and it's 10 miles to walk all the way to Bath if you fancy; pop into the Thermae Spa when you get there and jump on the train back. Wandering round BOA for the day with it's Saxon Church and Tithe Barn is also perfect!
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Bradford-on-Avon
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It's half an hour on the train to get to this gorgeous village. You can walk half an hour along the canal to Freshford and grab a pint by the water in the Cross Guns pub. Carry on and it's 10 miles to walk all the way to Bath if you fancy; pop into the Thermae Spa when you get there and jump on the train back. Wandering round BOA for the day with it's Saxon Church and Tithe Barn is also perfect!
This is a proper olde English pub in the countryside with stone flagon floors and a roaring fire all winter. It serves food 12 - 3pm only with a limited but great menu; the rare roast beef is fantastic as is the beef stew and cauliflower cheese. Pair it with a walk at Dolebury Warren - this is an Iron Age Hill Fort at the edge of the Mendips and is a one minute drive from the pub. Take in the views across to the Bristol Channel from the top of the Warren- a bit of a climb but worth the effort!
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Crown Inn Churchill
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This is a proper olde English pub in the countryside with stone flagon floors and a roaring fire all winter. It serves food 12 - 3pm only with a limited but great menu; the rare roast beef is fantastic as is the beef stew and cauliflower cheese. Pair it with a walk at Dolebury Warren - this is an Iron Age Hill Fort at the edge of the Mendips and is a one minute drive from the pub. Take in the views across to the Bristol Channel from the top of the Warren- a bit of a climb but worth the effort!
A swift 40 minute drive over into Wales brings you to the Forest of Dean and the beautiful Tintern Abbey; a ruined abbey by the River Wye. Have a look round the abbey, have a picnic by the Wye or pop into the pub for some food, do a great walk along the river bank and up through the forest.
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Tintern Abbey/ Abaty Tyndyrn
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A swift 40 minute drive over into Wales brings you to the Forest of Dean and the beautiful Tintern Abbey; a ruined abbey by the River Wye. Have a look round the abbey, have a picnic by the Wye or pop into the pub for some food, do a great walk along the river bank and up through the forest.
Great for a walk in the forest and a visit to the folly. If you have kids, this place a fantastic adventure playground as well. About a 20 minute drive from the house.
Blaise Castle
Great for a walk in the forest and a visit to the folly. If you have kids, this place a fantastic adventure playground as well. About a 20 minute drive from the house.
If you have a car, this is do-able in a day if you set off very early. It is often deserted and is a large flat expanse of beach perfect for walking along. Worms Head has a tea room and walks along the cliff top. The Kings Arms in Llangenith is the best local there but always busy in the Summer.
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Rhossili Bay
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If you have a car, this is do-able in a day if you set off very early. It is often deserted and is a large flat expanse of beach perfect for walking along. Worms Head has a tea room and walks along the cliff top. The Kings Arms in Llangenith is the best local there but always busy in the Summer.
Easy taxi ride to Ashton Court to enjoy a wander around the deer park. The Angel Inn in Long Ashton is a good place for a pint if you want to wander through the park to it and back.
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アッシュトン・コート・マンション
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Easy taxi ride to Ashton Court to enjoy a wander around the deer park. The Angel Inn in Long Ashton is a good place for a pint if you want to wander through the park to it and back.
Arts & Culture
Art space, lovely shop and cafe/bar. Sit outside with your feet dangling over the harbour wall and take in the atmosphere whilst looking out over the cranes and boats.
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Arnolfini
16 Narrow Quay
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Art space, lovely shop and cafe/bar. Sit outside with your feet dangling over the harbour wall and take in the atmosphere whilst looking out over the cranes and boats.
Sightseeing
A covered market with a wealth of little food places to grab a bite to eat. Bustly and fun!
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St Nicholas Market
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A covered market with a wealth of little food places to grab a bite to eat. Bustly and fun!
Wander up Park St and look in the shops, grab something for a picnic in St Nics market on the way, and then sit on Brandon Hill and look out over the city. Climb up the Cabot Tower afterwards for the best views of the city, right across to the hills beyond.
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Cabot Tower
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Wander up Park St and look in the shops, grab something for a picnic in St Nics market on the way, and then sit on Brandon Hill and look out over the city. Climb up the Cabot Tower afterwards for the best views of the city, right across to the hills beyond.
This is an obvious one but here are the tips: head to Clifton village and grab some food for a picnic (The Mall Deli café does great salads and the best rare roast beef) , walk up to the Observatory side of the bridge (you might see the stone slide where kids love to play!). Eat your picnic overlooking the bridge and grab an icecream in the café afterwards for good measure!
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Clifton Suspension Bridge
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This is an obvious one but here are the tips: head to Clifton village and grab some food for a picnic (The Mall Deli café does great salads and the best rare roast beef) , walk up to the Observatory side of the bridge (you might see the stone slide where kids love to play!). Eat your picnic overlooking the bridge and grab an icecream in the café afterwards for good measure!
There is lots of graffiti around Bristol but Upfest, the graffiti festival, is held in this area every year. There are lots of bars and restaurants here so book into one and take in the graffiti on the way. Tip: There is a huge piece on the Tobacco Factory wall by the entrance to Lidl - well worth seeing.
North Street
There is lots of graffiti around Bristol but Upfest, the graffiti festival, is held in this area every year. There are lots of bars and restaurants here so book into one and take in the graffiti on the way. Tip: There is a huge piece on the Tobacco Factory wall by the entrance to Lidl - well worth seeing.
'Spectacular Victorian Gothic Revival house with gardens and parkland' so says the National Trust and I agree with them. One of my favourite places; wander round the house, explore the gardens, take a picnic and play croquet on the lawn. They have a large variety of events there from Summer music festivals, Spring falconry displays and Victorian soldier re-enactments, and Xmas carols in the chapel. Catch the bus from the central bus station or drive there in 20 minutes from my place. A great place if you have a free afternoon.
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Tyntesfield
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'Spectacular Victorian Gothic Revival house with gardens and parkland' so says the National Trust and I agree with them. One of my favourite places; wander round the house, explore the gardens, take a picnic and play croquet on the lawn. They have a large variety of events there from Summer music festivals, Spring falconry displays and Victorian soldier re-enactments, and Xmas carols in the chapel. Catch the bus from the central bus station or drive there in 20 minutes from my place. A great place if you have a free afternoon.