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10 Reasons Why I Love Bristol 

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Bristol is a pretty awesome place to live

This was confirmed when it was recently voted the tenth happiest UK city to work in and was also named as the kindest city in the UK. Here Bristol blogger BrizzleKezSays shares the 10 things she loves the most about this fantastic city.

 1. Drink up thee cider

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Bristol and my favourite apple-based drink go hand in hand. The city is home to some pretty great cider bars and pubs such as The Apple and The Corination Tap – you’d be totally mistaken if you thought this beverage was just for The Wurzels.

2. The glorious Gloucester Road

 

A three-mile long road of independent shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants – what’s not to love? My personal highlights have got to be The Wellington, Fox and Feather and Bakers & Co.

3. The Harbourside

 

On a sunny day, nothing beats a wander along Bristol’s harbourside. I also love browsing round the M Shed museum that’s located here – it’s a great place to spend a Saturday afternoon and learn about the city’s history.

4. All the independent restaurants

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Bristol is home to a whole range of independent restaurants, which is ideal for a foodie like me – there always seems to be somewhere new opening and it’s great that there is so much choice when it comes to picking a great place to eat. Among my favourites are Fishers Restaurant in Clifton (which I recently discovered) and Casa Mexicana on Zetland Road.

5. The amazing night life

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Whether you love dancing the night away in a club, or enjoying a glass of fizz in a swanky bar, Bristol’s night life has something for everyone. An oldie but a goodie, Brown’s at the top of Park Street is one of my favourite places to start any evening out.

6. Pretty awesome music

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The city has a pretty strong heritage when it comes to music, and most people know that world renowned bands such as Massive Attack and Portishead were formed here. In terms of live music, you can find a whole range of venues across Bristol from the Colston Hall to The Exchange, attracting everyone from big name artists to small up and coming bands – I’ve been to loads of amazing gigs at the O2 Academy over the years as well. It was recently confirmed that Bristol will be getting its very own arena in 2018 too – about time!

7. The countless festivals 

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During the summer months, it feels like there’s a different festival taking place in Bristol on an almost weekly basis. My favourite has got to be The Harbour Festival, which is when the city centre becomes a celebration of everything boat-related, along with a great mixture of food stalls, live bands and entertainment. This year the festival is running from 15th – 17th July and if you’re going, I’ll see you there!

8. Banksy – enough said

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I couldn’t possibly write a list of the things I love about Bristol without mentioning the famous Banksy. This mysterious street-artist has certainly helped to put us on the map, and you can catch a glimpse of his many masterpieces across the city – this one on Park Street is my favourite.

9. Its many markets

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If you love a market, then you’ve certainly come to the right place. If rummaging round a vintage fair or trying some tasty bites at a farmers market is your thing, then you won’t be disappointed in Bristol. My favourite is St Nicholas Market on Corn Street – the perfect place for a lunchtime wander if you work in the city centre.

10. The Clifton Suspension Bridge

 

Think of Bristol, and this is surely is the first thing that comes to mind! Arguably Bristol’s most famous landmark, Brunel’s engineering masterpiece is a sight to behold. Located in Clifton, I love to stand here and watch the balloons begin their flight over the city during the annual Balloon Fiesta.

What are the things that you love most about Bristol? We’d love to hear them!

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Bristol Pub Quizzes

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It’s time for a good old fashioned Bristol pub quiz

There are endless places where you can find some good Bristol pub quizzes. Fridays and Saturdays are unlikely but here are loads of places Sunday – Thursday.

Monday Bristol Pub Quizzes

Tuesday Bristol Pub Quizzes

Wednesday Bristol Pub Quizzes

Thursday Bristol Pub Quizzes

Sunday Bristol Pub Quizzes

Others:

Blankety Quiz – Found across Bristol and voted the best pub quiz in Bristol

Got any that we’ve missed? Pop them in the comments below.

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Rosa Opens in Bristol

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Rosa Review

The rising chill of autumn had descended, and I was a Bristol girl in need of a stiff drink to warm my gills. Red coat on, black heels donned and a long overdue catch up with an old friend in the diary, we headed on over to the newly opened Rosa on Whiteladies Road for a night of tapas and prosecco.

Rosa has some big shoes to fill. Bristolians will remember the good old days of Rocinantes and Quartier Vert and more recently the Townhouse at this treasured venue.

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Spread over two floors, with candles, old typewriters and flowers galore, this new bar-come-eatery, which promises “world inspired food to share” is romantic, cosy and stylish.

If you can’t quite justify spending money on a round-the-world plane fare, a trip to Rosa will go some way to taking you on a global foodie adventure.

Chef Tim Denny – formerly of Totterdown’s Historical Dining Rooms – is at the kitchen helm and he’s created a menu that simultaneously tantalises, impresses and surprises.

Sharing dishes include mixed bread with salt and paprika butter (£4), spiced flatbread with curried chickpeas, yoghurt and fresh lime (£5.50), steamed bao with pulled oxtail, miso mayonnaise and crispy shallots (£6 and my personal favourite), as well as burrata mozzarella with picked mooli, radish and mint salad (£6.50).

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For meat lovers, there’s a sliced shoulder of Iberico pork option (£7) and a mouth-watering whole Galican beef rib (£25) cooked over hot coals and served on the bone with baby gem salad. Seafood fans can opt for hot seared salmon sashimi with sesame and soy (£7.50) or flame grilled octopus with crisp noodles and spring onions (£6.50). There’s also the classic Spanish tapas dish of patatas bravas (£5.50) up for the tasting, and its rich, spicy tomato  sauce, doesn’t disappointed.

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For dessert, there’s churros with olive oil Nutella (£5.50) and BBQ salted milk ice cream with caramel coconut sponge (£6.50), among other options. What’s more there’s always a cheese of the month. Now we’re talking…

Alongside the main tapas menu, there is a fantastic value set lunch menu at £11.95 for two courses and £13.50 for three courses.

Fancy a tipple? There’s a large selection of wine available by the glass or carafe starting at £4.50 and going up to the most expensive £48 Bordeaux from Chateau Paveil de Luze. A generous cocktail selection is available, in addition to a plethora of local gins (Psychopomp), Spanish sherries, sparkling Japanese sake and beer from a range of local breweries including Wiper and True and Arbor Ales.

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It’s unlikely you’ll get through the entire menu on your first visit. But don’t they say it’s always best to leave wanting more?

Rosa, 85 Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2DT. Tel: 0117 973 9302.

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9 Amazing Vans Spotted In Bristol

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Top 9 Vans of Bristol

Art galleries sometimes on the move sharing the art all over the city.

1. This is either very fresh or the van is a permanent feature (look at the back wheel)

montpellier van

2. Unusually the best work on this van in Easton is on the back. Looks like an anti surveillance grannie to me. Ironically I’m watching it though

bristol van

3. St Werburghs now, and it’s like a go faster type tag on the wall behind trying to photobomb this shot

st werburghs van

4.  It’s Easton again. Not a van, an ambulance but this stick on lettering is good enough to get it an entry here. It’s taken food to the needy and it’s earnt it’s place

easton van

5. Edge of Easton by the M32 and its festival food van me thinks, looking at the mud it’s picked up on the underside. Would be nice to snap it with the pizza smoking out the unseen chimney

another easton van

6. St Paul’s. This one was camouflaged for the area

van in st pauls

7. Same artist as Pizza truck so this one must be fam

van in bristol

8. St Werburghs again. This one really has some landscape length to it. Who does those dinos?

another st werburghs van in bristol

9. My fave, and popular with the owner. My dog sighs did this and instead of eyes following you round the room it’s eyes following you round the city. Kobra street art to the right from Upfest and of all the shots of vans this one is the most pleasing to my eye. Deffo a Basquiat thing going on here

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10? Go look around these postcodes and find it… Take your pick

Do you know any of the artists? Tell us in the comments or tweet me @MoodyColin and let me know

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