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Suffering from one too many out in Bristol?

Shonette of the wonderful food & drink blog, ‘A Life Less Organised’ has sampled the best places to eat in Bristol and in this time has come up with an array of Bristol hangover destinations to cater for Bristol’s post-drunken masses:   

We all have those mornings where we wake up bleary-eyed, achey of head and regretting that final drink of the evening before.

We also have our own strategies for dealing with a hangover, but I’ve found (unsurprisingly) that food, and extreme cases booze, is the only way out of the world of pain you’ve put yourself in. Here are my top tips for where to banish that hangover to whence it came – many are vegetarian (but can have meat options added to them) or can easily be made so.

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Thali Cafe: Masala Dosa

There are now 5 branches of Thali dotted around the city, so you’re never more than staggering distance from a flavoursome snack. They don’t just do thali however; their snack menu and lighter bites are also lovely. Masala dosas are light thin pancakes stuffed with a potato and pea curry – just the thing if you’re feeling a bit delicate.

Soul Kitchen: Shashouka

Eggs cooked in a lightly spiced tomato sauce, served with flatbread. Add sausage, feta or spinach if you like, but the best thing about this dish is its simplicity. Great juices on offer here too.

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Katie & Kim’s Kitchen: Eggs with avocado

As much as the favourites here are the rich and tasty custard tarts or cheesey scones, my favourite breakfast has to be their poached eggs on sourdough with avocado, date puree and greens. Not only will it set you up for the day, but you’ll feel like you’ve got your vitamins too.

For more wholesome brunch suggestions, try The Top 10 Brunches in Bristol.

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No12 Easton: THE bacon sarnie

Another Easton treasure – this little deli cafe just off St Marks Road not only sells great produce but also does arguably the best bacon sanger in town – a bold statement I know, but trust me. Bangin’ coffee too.

Bagel Boy: Anything

You don’t get much stodgier (or tastier) than bagels, especially when you stuff them with burgers, salt beef or fish fingers, all of which are on the menu here. I’d particularly recommend the Verde Boy (lamb, salsa verde, halloumi, salad) or the Veggie Boy (Grilled mixed peppers, halloumi, leaves and pesto mayo).

Bagel Boy

@The Well: Pancakes

Got a sweet tooth? Pop along to this laundrette-cafe for a stack of fluffy American pancakes, which you can have with bacon, blueberries or both if you’re feeling fancy. If this teeny cafe is full when you arrive fear not, as yummy pancake stacks can also be found at Rocotillo’s – a great American style diner on the Triangle.

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Need something even stodgier? How about one of Bristol’s Best Burgers?

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The Gallimaufry: Hangover cure

Mackerel, chorizo, pepper, potato and egg – it may sound like a jumbled mess, but sometimes you need to throw as much as you can at a hangover and hope that one of those things does the job. Tasty too, mind.

Gallimaufry Breakfast

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 The Urban Standard: Urban breakfast

One of the biggest breakfasts out there – this beast won’t leave any room for a hangover once you’re done. They also make a good Bloody Mary, and have plenty of tasty beers on tap to take the edge off that headache. Can also be found at their new North Street branch.

Zero Zero: Breakfast calzone

A pizza for breakfast? But of course! Luckily these guys also do a top notch Bloody Mary for you to have alongside your Italian stodge, belissimo!

Calzone

For more, see Bristol’s Best Pizza Joints.

Alternatively, if you’re in a full blown hurricane of a hangover (dizzy spells, nausea, urges to turn over a new leaf and start a community farm should you live to see the end of the day), I suggest the best thing is to stay in bed and rely on the pity of your partner or housemate to bring you some Berocca and some Lucozade, and go on your food quests another day. Happy Hangovers!

Like this? You’ll almost certainly enjoy reading about 11 Bristol eateries to nurse your soul.

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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.

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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.

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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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