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13 Stunning Photos Around Bristol



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Amazing Bristol photos

James Packwood takes absolutely stunning photos of Bristol. We caught up with him to see 13 of his favourite Bristol photos.

An Autumn Walk

bristol autumn

I love the fact that there are so many green places in Bristol, where you can feel like you’re not even in a city. This particular shot is taken in Birdcage Walk in Clifton.

B&W Cranes

m shed cranes

Bristol has so much history and a lot can be found around the old docklands. I don’t normally shoot in black and white but I feel it suited this shot, along with the view of the cranes from this angle.

Bluebell Carpet

bluebell carpet

Not technically in Bristol but close enough, Prior’s Woods turns into a magical place every spring where bluebells cover the woodland floor.

Clifton Suspension Bridge

clifton suspension bridge

It can’t be a collection of Bristol pics without a shot of the bridge. The classic Bristol landmark and even more spectacular when lit up.

Dundry Hill Views

view of dundry hill

I’ve only just discovered Dundry Hill and I’m glad I did.  With views all the way to Wales and over the whole of Bristol, you are always guaranteed a good sunset up here.

Evening Reflection Walk

bristol walk evening

Taken on the outskirts of Bristol, I was trying to capture the typical British countryside evening and this gentleman managed to perfectly time his walk.

Harbourside Sunset

bristol harbourside sunset

The harbourside is such a big part of the city and some evenings the setting sun lights it up with a lovely golden glow.

Hotwells Houses

hotwells houses

Quite a lot of my shots are around the Harbourside and the houses of Hotwells provide a beautiful colourful background for this particular stretch.

Muddy Coast

muddy coast

There is always a good sunset along the coast of the Bristol channel and I think this shot of the mud flats and salt marsh sums up this stretch of coast quite nicely.

Severn Bridge

severn bridge

I have taken quite a few shots of the Severn Bridge with beautifully coloured skies around sunset.  I quite like this one though, with more grey tones and capturing the movement of the clouds.

Temple Meads Station

temple meads station

One of the many impressive buildings in Bristol, and it looks particularly cool when illuminated at night. A long exposure shot here of a bus driving past leaving a colourful light trail.

Temple Quay at Night

temple quay at night

Bristol has many waterways winding through it and this area caught my eye with the row of street lights in front of trees giving nice reflections.

The Matthew

the matthew ship bristol

A good example of why I try to always have a camera on me when I’m out for a walk, you never know what scene may present itself.

Those were amazing pictures of Bristol from James Packwood. If you like these then find him on:

Flickr as jamespackwood

Facebook as jamespackwoodphotography

Or buy prints of his pics at




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


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



rosa tapas bar

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.

tapas rosa

Credit: Ellis Fox

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).

rosa food

Credit: Ellis Fox

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.

rosa menu

Credit: Ellis Fox

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.

rosa wine

Credit: Ellis Fox

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

kobra street art van

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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