Go West

We recently spent a delightful weekend in Bristol – a city we’d never really visited before. I’d heard lots of good things about it, and the place definitely lived up to expectations! We stayed in the Thistle on Broad Street, so nice and close to the action.

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(We had to start our trip with a photo of Alex and a certain bear at Paddington Station.)

The first place we visited was Full Court Press, for a coffee, which was conveniently located next door to our hotel. The guys in here really know what they’re doing, and Alex enjoyed quizzing them on the beans they had in.

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Obviously, I had a tea. Don’t you love the milk bottle?!

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After a trip to the Arnolfini (art gallery) and M Shed (museum), we were knackered and in need of some lunch. We trekked (Bristol is very hilly, it would seem) up St Michael’s Hill until we reached Beerd, a recently opened mecca of pizza and craft beer. A combination Alex is a big fan of.

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The pizzas were awesome (I forgot to take photos…) but the star of the show was this delicious cheese and beer bread.

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After a mooch around Clifton, we headed back to the hotel for a swim and a nap. For dinner, we headed back to Clifton Triangle and the meat heaven that is the Grillstock Smokehouse .

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We had a wait a little while for a table (they were mega busy) but it was well worth it. Alex ordered the Grand Champion (to share), described on the menu as ‘the ultimate low ‘n’ slow BBQ meat feast’. I was sold. What emerged was the most meat I’ve ever seen in one place (insert crude joke here).

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We (almost) finished it. It was bloody excellent though and although they shouldn’t be the main focus, the fries were delicious! The place had a great vibe and super friendly staff – a great dinner choice. Full to bursting, we stumbled a few metres down the road for a tipple at Hyde & Co. A classic speakeasy style bar with an eclectic decor and drinks menu (which seemed to contain a lot of cider!), it was dark and decadent.

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All in all, a fantastic Saturday!

On Sunday, we tried to absolve the excess of the night before by taking a bracing walk up Brandon Hill. The weather was beautiful, and we were treated to fantastic views of the city.

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We then went one step (or should that be many steps) further and climbed the Cabot Tower, for even better views (and wobbly legs).

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We then headed back to the city centre to explore another Cabot, this time the shopping centre (far less strenuous). Feeling rather peckish, we beelined for The Stables for yet more pizza and cider.

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We had a lovely weekend in Bristol (I wish we’d taken more photographs!) and we’ll definitely be returning for more fun in the West.

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