Always looking to explore new places, I was more than happy to head to Bristol last weekend with Katie and Kirsten to watch the Bath vs Treviso rugby game. We spent a short amount of time in Bristol, but we managed to fit in a lot of food and drink.
Bristol is a creative city and you can tell that instantly, just by walking the streets. It’s no surprise that from this artistic destination comes one of the most famous graffiti artists – Banksy. Our hotel was close to Stokes Croft so we spent the afternoon exploring the area and spotting the different murals that popped up along the way.
Other areas that are good for art spotting are Nelson Street in the city centre and Bedminster. The best thing about the street art is that you can use it as a way of exploring all areas of Bristol and really get to know the city and its people.
Bristol is extremely vibrant and a brilliant place for food and drink, but Bath is a beautiful city and it’s only a short train journey away. The city known for its Roman Baths also holds the Bath Abbey, so there’s plenty of wonderful architecture to marvel at as you explore the nooks and crannies of this spa town. The fact that the town is a World Heritage Site shows how culturally important it is.
If you’re a rugby fan I would definitely line up your visit to Bath with a game at the Recreation Ground. The Rec, as it’s more familiarly known, sits right in the heart of the town and is surrounded by a gorgeous skyline. Apart from Murrayfield (I may by bias), this has been my favourite rugby stadium so far.
Cider and pies are a big part of the west country, so it was the first thing we indulged in after arriving in Bristol. The Stable is the perfect place to enjoy a casual lunch, dinner or drink in a modern setting. We opted for the Cider Tasting Board and ordered The Wild Rooster Pie, The Blazing Saddle Pizza and the Spice-Rubbed Chicken Salad to eat.
All of the food was delicious and it was great to try a selection of different ciders. The Stable has different locations, so you can find one in Bristol or Bath!
A friend who lived in Bristol recommended HMSS as a “cool drinking den”, so we headed there for a cocktail in the evening. Entering through a British telephone box instantly gives the feel of a speakeasy, as you step in to a dimly lit bar. Once you are seated you will receive a menu and a portion of monkey nuts to snack on whilst you decide which tasty cocktail to pick! This certainly is a cool place to enjoy a range of different and delicious drinks.
The Old Bookshop
Roasts are one of the best things about Britain, so it would be rude not to have one when visiting Bristol. The Old Bookshop is a pub in Bedminster, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner through the week and the ultimate Sunday Roast on Sunday’s (funnily enough!).
Between the 3 of us, we chose a pork roast, a beef roast and a chicken roast, with some pate to start. The pate was good, but there needed to be more bread. However, when our main courses arrived we were glad there had been no more bread! The portions were massive and the roasts were served with a mixture of vegetables to share – including cauliflower cheese, which I’m a huge fan of. The meat was delicious and the roast potatoes a stand out for me, it was just unfortunate that I couldn’t finish it all.