Brilliant shots of Bristol
Self taught photographer Jim Cossey is absolutely brilliant, taking unique photos of Bristol that have even made the front cover of the Visit Bristol Guide 2015. We caught up with Jim about his photography, a little bit about Bristol and to check out 10 of his best Bristol photos.
Before moving to Bristol I spent 3 years living in the French Alps running ski/mountain bike chalets. I’m self taught, gaining a lot of knowledge from just experimenting with the camera and picking up tips along the way. Photography first started for me when I was 15, riding BMX with my mates with a basic point and shoot digital camera. But over the years I’ve now shifted to shooting landscape whilst more recently taking more long exposure and astrophotography shots. My favourite time to go out with the camera is around sunrise and sunset as I really love seeing the sky come alive and the soft light.
I’m really proud of this picture. This was my winning shot for the Visit Bristol cover prize category from the 24 Hours In Bristol photographic competition. This was actually my first time shooting Bristol as I had not yet moved up here. Now you can find this on the front cover of the Visit Bristol guide 2015.
2. Hotwell’s Sunrise
Still one of my favourite views of the city, the colourful houses of Hotwells, with the gentle calm of the Floating Harbour and the warm glow of the early morning sun.
3. Clifton Suspension Bridge 150th Anniversary Fireworks
This was such a good night, though my legs where numb by the end of it after getting set up a few hours before the crowds came, but it was worth it! Still one of the best firework displays I’ve seen and what a setting to have them in.
4. BT Tower Star Trails
I love astrophotography and before moving here I spent time on the Dorset coast shooting the Milky Way, but luckily there are parts of Bristol where you can still see the stars. This is the pretty ugly or iconic (depending on which way you see it ), BT Tower at Purdwon. This is actually 60 individual photographs taken over a period of time stacked ontop of each over to create the star trails. I have recently collaborated with a french clothing company and you can now buy a t-shirt with this picture on it.
5. Wills Memorial Tower Tour Sunset
I was pretty lucky to have been asked to go on a special tour of Wills Memorial by a friend who is good friends with Gary Nott, the tour guide who gave up his free time to show as around and got us up to the tower just around sunset. This is the view from the top of the tower looking over Clifton Triangle with the trails of traffic on the streets below. Thanks again Gary!
6. Ashton Avenue Bridge
There are a few dark and dirty corners of Bristol that make for great subjects when photographing. The other side to my photography is long exposure, typically using steel wool to create different effects like this one taken on the Ashton Avenue Bridge. I really like its big steel girders that have rust and graffiti all over them.
7. Bridge Mist
I was never really into bridges before I moved to Bristol but I’ve grown very fond of Clifton Suspension Bridge, I ride under it most days and it’s always awesome to see it from the Portway. This was one of those shots I’d hope to get and one morning when the weather said ‘unusual Fog’ forecast I was up early and ready for it, luckily it all worked out.
8. Brandon Hill Park
I love Brandon Hill Park. It’s a great green space in the city and after saying hi to the cheeky squirrels it’s a trip up Cabot Tower to catch the views of the city.
9. Clifton Down
This was another misty morning in Bristol. This is the tree lined path along Clifton Down. I love the silhouettes of a family and people out jogging with the colours of autumn.
10. Different Views
As with photography sometimes its hard to get a different shot of such a well documented city. I do like this view looking back over the floating towards Cabot Tower again . I’ll let you guess where I took it from.
New Year Menu Twist at Woky Ko
Woky Ko launch new menu
Nestled in Wapping Wharf on Bristol’s buzzing harbourside, Woky Ko: CARGO swung open its doors in late-October, 2016 – capturing attention with a bold menu of delicate flavours. Talented chef-owner Larkin Cen has recently added to the family with Park St’s Woky Ko: Kauto, and the two combined offer some of the finest Asian cuisine you’ll find anywhere in the South West.
Woky Ko: Kauto
Woky Ko: Kauto has perhaps become the flagship venue, offering a little more space and a stronger restaurant feel than its waterside cousin. Sleek lines, muted tones and a contemporary feel combine to create a warm and welcoming space, with a row of high stools offering hungry diners that intimate ‘kitchen table’ experience.
There’s a strong crossover of influence and flavour between the Cargo and Kauto menus – with dishes like noodles, sharing sides and baos featuring in both. But with a larger kitchen, Kauto offers a fuller range.
Ramen recommendations (Ramenations? No…)
On my most recent visit I broke with previous form and tried the Woky Ko ramen; a large bowl of steaming noodles swimming in an umami (look it up) broth based on the saltier shio recipe. Larkin has spent hours perfecting the balances of salt, soy and spices across his dishes, and, with delicate jamon bone and rich roasted garlic, Woky Ko ramen is simply stunning.
But yes, I do have form here. On my first Kauto visit I fell a bit in love with the KFC ramen. This show-stopping blend of Korean spices leaves you slurping from the bottom of the bowl – perhaps not very fitting for a stylish restaurant setting, but it’s all too easy to get carried away…
Sichuan ox cheek and hot and sour aged tofu complete Kauto’s ramen offerings, complemented by a mouth-watering selection of sides like onglet steak, tiger prawn toast, crispy duck pancakes and tenderstem broccoli that will change the way you look at greens forever.
New Year deals from Monday to Friday
Woky Ko’s new weekday deals started up recently, offering diners a little added value for money from 4.30pm to 6.30pm Monday to Friday.
Down on the harbourside, Woky Ko Cargo is offering either chicken vermicelli noodles or edamame bean and sunflower seed yakisoba noodles plus a Tsingtao beer for £10.
And on Park St, just opposite the Wills Memorial Building, Woky Ko Kauto’s early-evening deal brings you a free beer, glass of wine or soft drink with any of the four ramen dishes.
Behind the Scenes at Thatchers Cider
I have a confession to make… I’m a cider snob. I like it dry or medium-dry, and cloudy – with the heady scent of fermented apples still brimming in the glass. The kind of cider that’s been greasing the wheels of agriculture and industry in Somerset for centuries. Not for me, the sugary, sweet, supermarket stuff… I’ll have a pint of real zider, and you can leave the twigs and leaves in, too.
Spanning four generations in the same family, Thatchers is our region’s most famous cider-maker – and their range of produce is broad. Although most of their ciders are slightly over-processed for my liking, they do still make cider the traditional way. I’d say a visit to their orchards at Myrtle Farm in the heart of Somerset’s cider country is a must-do for any cider-lover in Bristol.
Exploring the orchards
My recent visit began in the Thatchers Exhibition Orchard, where manager Chris oversees over 450 different apple varieties. The weather conditions in Somerset offer the perfect conditions for growing apples – with cold winters allowing the trees to lie dormant, and temperate springs promoting bee pollination and blossom-growth. True to form for this time of year, it was pissing with rain as we strolled among the lines of fruit-laden trees – but the apples like a little of that, too.
Hearing how Chris and his team fuse new apple buds to young root stocks to produce varieties like Dabinett and Jonagold was insightful, and his ability to harness the power of nature to produce the finest harvests made for fascinating listening. Our tour continued past the huge apple vats and ancient fermentation tanks to the state-of-the-art canning plant, and it was a joy to hear the various Thatchers team members share their passion for the product.
To the tasting…
Thatchers brought a selection of their lovely cider to Bristol a few months ago, so this was a fortunate second tasting for me. We sampled diverse brews including Redstreak, Old Rascal, Vintage, Haze, Katy, and more – each offering a different balance of scent and flavour to the last. It turns out Old Rascal is the team’s overall favourite Thatchers’ cider – a very fine drop indeed.
Lunch at The Railway Inn
The Railway Inn is Thatchers’ local pub, with a broad selection of beers and ciders alongside a full menu of delicious dishes sourced, of course, from in and around Somerset. The pub has been lovingly converted from its original stone structure to a warm and welcoming space – with traditional snug, open bar area and stylish oak-beamed dining room. There’s garden seating for summer visitors, and a seasonal menu that makes the very most of the region’s natural produce.
Take a tour
If all this talk of apples and cider has got your taste buds tingling, you can find details on Thatchers’ guided tours and tastings on their website here. October is Cider and Perry Month, so now’s the ideal time to celebrate and support our local orchards and cider-makers. Harvest season is upon us too, so if you visit Thatchers there’s a good chance you’ll get to see the trucks arriving from across Somerset – their fruity haul ready for pressing.
If you head over, do book a table at The Railway Inn – it makes a good visit great. I can recommend the Thatchers Gold-battered fish and chips, and the sticky toffee pud hits the spot. Cider’s not bad ‘n’ all. Cheers!
Pata Negra Revamp Kitchen And Menu
Pata Negra Steps It Up for the Autumn Season
Bristol’s proud independent streak is well-documented, and we’re lucky to have so many vibrant and exciting bars, restaurants and cafes to choose from in this city.
If you enjoy visiting and supporting Bristol’s varied independent venues, it’s likely you’ll have a list of places old and new that you’re just waiting for the right time to tick off.
The Ox on Corn Street had been sitting on my must-visit list for months when I went last month, and I was very, very impressed.
But from the style-savvy team behind The Milk Thistle and Hyde & Co, what else could I have expected?
Also on Corn Street, and also run by the same talented team, Pata Negra is another venue I’d been curious about for a while — but on those occasions when I’d peered in past the door, I’d never felt encouraged in. Despite the great location and classical décor, it somehow just didn’t feel tempting.
Fresh changes at Pata Negra
That’s all changed now. In the latest round of developments at Pata Negra, the kitchen has been brought up from the basement to take pride of place at the forefront of the room — and the difference is striking.
You step through the doorway to skilled chefs preparing delicious dishes in their new open-plan setting, with a fine haunch of cured Ibérico ham hanging from the wall.
Further towards the back of the room, welcoming window seats and banks of plush red-leather benches offer the perfect settings for intimate gatherings of friends.
A menu re-vamp for the autumn season
The engine-room of the restaurant is now fully on show, and a menu re-vamp has changed things up for autumn. Diners can expect seasonal twists on authentic Spanish classics alongside new dishes created to bring the best out of the kitchen’s open grills.
Meanwhile, the wine and sherry list showcases the best of the Iberian Peninsula — the perfect accompaniment to the delicious tapas dishes, fresh seafood and decadent desserts on offer.
For full details on Pata Negra’s refreshed autumn menu, head over to the website here.
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