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10 Amazing Bristol Pictures By Hannahbella Photography

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10 amazing Bristol pictures

Welcome to the unique world of Hannahbella photography. Hannah brings a brilliant style of traditional photography mixed with composite images. We spoke to her about Bristol and took a look at 10 of the best Bristol pictures from Hannahbella photography.

On Bristol:

“I am Based in greenbank, Easton, but have lived in Bristol for 12 years and lived in many different areas, I love Bristol. I love the art and music, and the friendly people, and the sense of fun! Constantly something new and exciting to see or experience, it’s such a great city!”

On photography:

“I have only been a photographer for a couple of years, beginning as a hobby which morphed into an addiction. I started with macro shots then began to look up and at the moon and started to dabble in astrophotography. Finally I then bought a Canon 1100d and set off on travels around New Zealand, getting blown away by the landscapes and stars and playing around with settings, and grinning ear to ear when the milky way first appeared on the camera screen!”

“From then (last spring) I’ve thrown myself into it, exploring the best of Bristol, secret places, derelict places, and well known places, we have a very photogenic city, full of history, nature, beautiful architecture. Spoilt rotten here! I’m still developing my style, I like loads of different things, nature, architecture I just like to look for things people don’t usually see or notice. I am a daydreamer!”

Hannabella Photography’s Best Bristol Photos

1. The Barrow Gurney abandoned psychiatric hospital

The Barrow Gurney abandoned psychiatric hospital

 “A bit of urban exploration of a derelict mental health hospital. A very creepy place, which has now been demolished.

The hospital was first built between 1934-1937 with the first patients being admitted in 1938. The buildings were used to treat serious mental health disorders, and had been referred to as being a very haunted colony of buildings.
It indeed had an incredibly eerie feeling to it, as the wind chased up behind you in decayed corridors, you would turn a corner to find disturbing artworks and graffiti, the old surgery room and chair, old belongings of patients.

I explored a lot of the hospital, a beautiful building surrounded by woodland and wild flowers, so sad how it had been left in such a state. I believe the site is now the early stages of a nursing home development.”

2. Clifton Suspension Bridge

Clifton Suspension Bridge at Night

 

“Ever wonder what it would be like if we didn’t have any light pollution?

This is in my series of ‘Bristol turn out your lights, for starry nights’.

With Bristol now being the green capital I wondered what it would be like if we didn’t have any light pollution, and began photographing a series of bristol landmarks under clear starry skies (all photos are my own, stacked in photoshop). Combining two long exposures, or daytime and night time photos for interesting effect, the Clifton Suspension Bridge was the first in this series.”

3. Cabot Tower Bristol

Cabot Tower Bristol at night

“A beautiful tower that can be found between Clifton and Hotwells just off Park street. A magnificent grade 2 listed building with jaw dropping views across the city and river.

The 105 feet high tower was built in the 1890s to commemorate the 400th anniversary of John Cabot’s voyage to Newfoundland in America in 1497. He set sail in the beautiful ship The Matthew in search of a new route to Asia.”

4. Wills Memorial Building

Wills Memorial Building at Night

5. The Big Yellow House

big yellow house at night

6.  Bristol Dye Works

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“A few months ago, I was granted permission to Brooks Dye Works, what a treat!
After 12 years of wanting to see inside those gates, I finally got a look! And with my camera!
A beautiful run down place, built in the 1870s, survived WWII, but sadly has an uncertain future. You can see more from my Brooks Dye Works photoshoot on my Flickr page.

7. Eastville Park

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“Beautiful Babbling Bristol Brook
Found a part of my local park I hadn’t been in before and found this lovely brook. Love Bristol for its lovely green spaces.”

8. The beauty of the Bristol M32

bristol m32 at night

“This was taken when the M32 turned 40 years old. I wanted to capture it’s birthday and find new view points.”

9. Thunder and Lightning in Bristol

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“From the huge thunder and lightning storm that Bristol had last year in September.”

10. Ashton Courtashton court deer

 “This was to show how green our city is and how close we are to nature.”

That was 10 brilliant Bristol pictures from the unique world of Hannahbella Photography. You can find Hannahbella on her Facebook page, on Twitter @Hannahbelaaa, and on Flickr. Hannahbella is also a part of the Easton Arts Trail which takes places on the 13th-14th of June, make sure you check it out!

If you’d like your photos featured on the Best of Bristol just send us an email to features@bestofbristol.co.

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New Year Menu Twist at Woky Ko

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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.

Photo credit: Larkin Ken

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.

Photo credit: Paolo Ferla

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.

For an idea of the dishes available, check out Woky Ko’s sample menu. And to read more of @cjcallaghan’s write-ups and reviews, nabber over to his Best of Bristol page and fill your boots.

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Behind the Scenes at Thatchers Cider

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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

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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

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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!

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For more of @cjcallaghan’s reviews and write-ups, check out his Best of Bristol author page.

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Pata Negra Revamp Kitchen And Menu

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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.

For more of @cjcallaghan’s reviews and write-ups, check out his Best of Bristol author page.

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