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It’s no secret that the Bristol beer scene is booming at the moment.

Hosting names such as Arbor, Wiper & True and Bristol Beer Factory, it could even be the best place in the country for it right now. Therefore it’s about time someone offered us a flavour of what goes on behind the scenes.

Luckily the newly launched Bristol Brewery Tours has arrived just on the cusp of summer. Although as we meet at midday on Millennium Square, it becomes apparent that this is much more than a usual walk around a taproom.

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The tour manages to charmingly utilise a touch of city life with the Bristol Ferry Company for some sampling as the boat takes us up the harbour towards Moor Beer behind Temple Meads. It feels like a perfect combination as we sit in good company tasting two varied pale ales from the locally based Arbor.

Upon arrival it’s a quick stroll through the industrial surroundings towards the brewery. Once inside tokens are dealt out and there’s the opportunity to try some beers directly from the source. The taproom features a wide mixture of cask and keg from which guests are given free choice over. A brewer then takes us inside and gives a detailed talk about the process which creates what we’ve been enjoying.

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It’s then back to one The Beer Emporium on King Street where Duncan and Marco have the bar lined with beer flights for further sampling. By this point in the day it’s apparent that friendships have been made and information gained. Whether or not it will be remembered by the weary heads the day after remains to be seen. Ultimately, a perfectly executed day that’s a testament to our beer scene.

The next dates lined up are here.

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There’s A Website Reviewing Bristol’s Pub Toilets

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It’s the website Bristol didn’t know it needed

A small group has started a Bristol website called ‘Review My Loo’ with the idea that the group go around and review Bristol bars and restaurant toilets hoping to improve the Bristol toilet experience.

Rated out of cleanliness, size, comfort and decoration with a blurb at the end about the overall toilet experience.

The best in Bristol is currently Hi Brazil at 4/5:

“A diamond amongst the rough. Located out of the way up the stairs. Pristinely kept with good quality basins and loos. They are of a good size, so there is no issue of crumbling under several eyes looking at your piece. They are comfortable toilets. Due to size you can do your business in peace , and it is beautifully decorated with a modern art deco feel.”

Whilst The Canteen stands bottom at 1.5/5:

“These toilets aren’t the best. The graffiti on the wall makes you almost intimidated to have a wee. They are very small and prone to queues, with the likelihood you  will be standing shoulder to shoulder with someone when having doing your business. The toilets looks like they have been vandalised by a youth gang. Overall bad experience.”

If you’ve got a Bristol toilet experience you’d like to share you can send your reviews into reviewmyloo123@gmail.com to be featured.

Review My Loo: https://reviewmyloo.com/ 

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HMSS Bar Launches New ‘Guide To The British Isles’ Cocktail Menu

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I’ve been known to enjoy a cocktail or few. What sane 26 year old doesn’t? I’d take a cold, champagne pink cosmo over a glass of white wine any day. There’s something so indulgent about going out for a round manhattans or margaritas, whether it’s with friends or family – it puts a spring in your step. Well, spring is an understatement, especially if you have five espresso martinis in a row. They’re mostly coffee anyway right…? As I found out the other night at BeAtOne, probably not. But they are o so good.

I went to check out the new cocktail menu at Her Majesty’s Secret Service (HMSS) on Whiteladies Road on Monday night. Despite it being the start of the week, I never turn down a chance to don the lippie, get dressed up and sip on peculiar potions.

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HMSS can be found on the doorstep of Clifton Down station. Established two years ago, the 80-capacity bar’s interior is classy, quirky, romantic and rebellious. If you’re up for more than just drinking, there are games of jenga and a great selection of music to lose yourself in; from old school hip hop, through 70’s & 80’s funk to the occasional piece of classic cheese.

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At the start of the month, the bar launched the first in a brand new series of British-inspired cocktail menus. This one comes in the form of Winston the bulldog’s Guide To The British Isles – a light hearted illustrated drinking journey through the UK’s favourite attractions. Drinkers are taken from the White Cliffs of Dover to Loch Ness and every great landmark in between. If you’re one for out-of-the-box or unusual ingredients, you’ll be a happy customer. Acorn vermouth, laughing gas and even a chip of prehistoric stone feature in the ingredients lists.

Founder of the Clifton-based bar, Ben Alcock, said: “The menu has been created to start conversations, be a visual aid, an icebreaker and a souvenir that embodies the bar and the inspirations of HMSS.

“Whether its tourists discovering the wonders of the country or simply reminding Brits of the delights we hold, the new series of menus will embody the best of Britain.”

The menu itself is presented in the style of a vintage pocket edition travel guide, which now looks very pretty on my wooden coffee table. Inside you’ll find an assortment of highly interactive, humorous, playful and impeccably presented drinks that are a far cry from the standard cocktail offerings.

Here are a few of my personal favourites:

  • Green Manalishi (£8.50)

Green Manalishi

Barcardi Carta Blanca, Hemp Orgeat, Lime, Aloe Vera Oil, 1 Chip of Prehistoric Stone

  • Loch Ness Mobster (£8.50)

Lochness Mobster

Patron Silver Tequila, Peach Wine, Lemon Juice, Absinthe, Laughing Gas

  • Twister (£8.50)

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Grey Goose LaPoire, Mozart Strawberry, Kiwi Sherbet, Milk, Whole Egg White

  • Greenhouse Project (£9.00)

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Sugar Snap Hendricks, Dry White Wine, Spear Asparagus, Celery Bitters

Her Majesty’s Secret Service address: Whiteladies Gate, Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2PH

http://www.hmssbristol.com/

https://www.facebook.com/HMSSbar/

https://twitter.com/HMSS_Cocktails

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