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Bristol By Numbers

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Bristol’s pretty interesting when you think about it.

The 8th largest city in the UK & largest in the South West, Bristol is pretty spectacular. There’s lots that happens here but did you know these cold hard facts?

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 1. We’ve got the 5th oldest zoo in the world, despite the prevalence of selfie sticks. 

2. Bristol is the first UK city with it’s own currency…. imagine that?

3. 25% of the world’s natural history programmes are made in Bristol. That’s a lot of David Attenborough to go around. 

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4. 429,000 people visit Bristol each year. That’s at least 100,000 people taking this picture:

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5. There’s been over 1 million #Bristol posts on Instagram.

Street drinking. #StokesCroft #bristol

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7.  There are over 17 thousand businesses in Bristol…. and ‘The Best’ is one of them.

8. There are more independent shops on Gloucester Road then any other UK Road. There’s also a lot of Bishopston Mums to.

 

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15 Things You May Not Know About The Canteen

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The Canteen, Bristol

Canteen Banksy

Now an institution of Stokes Croft, The Canteen is most commonly known for being the place where you’ll find the famous ‘Mild Mild West’ Banksy, some unusual Stokes Croft characters and an assortment of pretty tasty music. We spoke to Jamie Pike, one of its co-founders to find out just a little bit more about The Canteen.

1. What inspired The Canteen?

The Canteen came from a need for the Coexist project in Hamilton House to have a place to eat, drink and be merry. We imagined what kind of place we would like to go to at different times of the day and night and the vision for the Canteen was born! We wanted a place where we could eat delicious, locally sourced, globally inspired food without bankrupting ourselves. We wanted a place that sold great local beers and ciders and stocked our favourite teas, spirits and wines. And we wanted to hear brilliant live music every night for free…somehow we managed to get close. 

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2. When did The Canteen first open?

The Canteen first opened for my birthday 30th July 2009.

Canteen before it opened

Canteen before it opened…. note the surprisingly disapproving signs

3. How many beers are on tap and what’s the best drink you have to try?

There are 10 beers on tap, whilst you need to try Sharps Cornish Lager – voted best lager in the world this year! 

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4. What’s behind the name?

Its because Hamilton House is an old office building and it is essentially the “Canteen” for the building. 

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5. Who runs The Canteen?

We have an amazing team headed up in the front of house by Carolyn Hegg, and Christabel Courtauld in the kitchen. 

6. Why did you open in Stokes Croft?

When I was setting up the Coexist project we needed a place to eat, drink and be merry…so more about creating a link between Stokes Croft and Hamilton House.  

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7. Favourite thing about Bristol?

The high concentration of open creative souls and the way that if you have a good idea in Bristol people really want to you realise your dream.

canteen bristol map8. What inspired the decor?

My brother Matt takes all the credit for that. He is an artist at heart and wanted to create a space in which everyone would feel relaxed, at home and a part of a buzzing community. 

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9. Who was the first act to play the Canteen?

My dear old friend Jack Pescod.

10. Any famous visitors?

Roger Waters from Pink Floyd playing on a Thursday lunchtime was memorable and Nigel Slater enjoyed dinner here.

11. Favourite character that pops into The Canteen? 

Not John The Baptist! Probably the Misfits Theatre Company.

12. Best moment for The Canteen?

That’s a hard question. Every time there is a really diverse crowd in, eating, drinking, dancing and being merry.

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13. Worst moment?

Bleeding madman throwing furniture and threatening to cut people on the front deck? Don’t worry, he hasn’t been back!

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Attacker probably not pictured….

14. Craziest moment?

When we had an interactive comedy dance troop called Impermanence gyrating on the tables in sequins. 

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Impermanence

15. And any other things about The Canteen that people don’t know?

We are the proud holders of a three star award from the Sustainable Restaurant Association, their highest rating. Oh and its founding directors still can’t afford to buy a house in Bristol…

A big thanks to Lilja Photography for the spectacular Canteen photos. 

Want more good places to eat and drink? Head over to bars of bristol.

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10 Alternatives Now St Paul’s Carnival Is Cancelled

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St. Paul’s Carnival may be cancelled but there’s plenty to do instead

St Paul’s has been cancelled because of ‘ongoing challenges’ faced by the organisers. There will be a much smaller indoor event in September but nothing like the usual shenanigans. But all is not lost! There’s actually lots going on around Bristol so you can have just as good a time as you would have. Here’s 10 things you can do in Bristol instead of the St Paul’s Carnival.

1. Interrupt a news report about the cancellation of St Paul’s Carnival.

2. Go to Rice & Things on Stokes Croft and eat a Goat Curry.

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Although not as adventurous as sampling goat curry from someone’s back garden, Rice & Things probably makes the best one in Bristol.

3. Sink a Red Stripe in The Criterion.

The Criterion

Sure it’s a bit dodgy looking on the outside, but rest assured it’s a magical wonderland on the inside.

4. Drink lots of cider at Bristol Harbour Festival from July 17th to 19th.

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Probably one of the biggest events in Bristol. Running for 3 days they’ll be lots of music, drinking, heaps of food and a lot of rowdy youths.

5. Unwind with a quick massage in Stokes Croft.

Stokes Croft Massage Club

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Maybe not.

6. See lots of graffiti at Upfest, July 25 to 27.

Upfest Bristol

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After a successful kickstarter campaign, Europe’s largest Street Art & Graffiti festival is back this year with 250 artists painting 28 venues throughout Bedminster & Southville, Bristol.

7. Listen to some Laid Blak and wander around Portland Square.

Because that’s pretty much what happens every year.

8. Start a new carnival in the Bearpit.

Bristol Morris Dancers In The Bear Pit

Go the full hog and make it a strictly Morris Dancing affair.

9. Eat all the meat at Bristol Grillstock Festival on July 11th – 12th.

grill stock bristol festival

Get your meat solution from the BBQ heavy Grillstock Festival. Filled with even more delicious music such as De La Soul & Goldie Looking Chain, tickets are running low so get one soon.

10. Have a quick rave on Turbo Island

Just incase you miss the drum n bass.

Whatever you do, just make sure it involves eating a little bit of jerk chicken, drinking a red stripe and wandering around St. Paul’s.

Find out more things to do in Bristol.

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18 Brilliant Things Spotted In Bristol

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There’s always lots of unusual stuff spotted in Bristol

Have you ever walked through Bristol and seen something ridiculous? Like a stag do gone wrong, a bloke in a bathtub in Stokes Croft, an unusual busker? We take a look at 18 brilliant things spotted in Bristol.

1. A drive through ATM on Corn Street

Corn Street ATM

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2. This bloke hurting Stokes Croft’s clean cut image

3. Advertising Armani In St. Pauls

Advertising Armani In St. Pauls

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4. The time a child’s car got taken in for repair

5. One of the best pieces of Bristol graffiti ever

Bristol Penis Graffiti

6. Stag do victim outside of the Arnos Manor hotel

7. The best Bristol City Council sign ever

Bristol City Council Warning

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8. Man getting a quick sleep in Costco

9. The brilliance of Turbo Island captured in one photo.

The brilliance of Turbo Island captured in one photo

10. A big massive kinder egg in College Green

11. Tuesday morning Oompa loompa

Oompa loompa Bristol

12. This guy who proposed to his girlfriend in Millennium Square

Bristol Wedding Proposal

13. Amazing windows during the ‘Window Wanderland’Window Wanderland

14. Getting a quick sleep on the table tennis table in the Bearpit

15. This bloke advertising his drawings by wearing them in the Bearpit.Bear pit man

16. Jet packs in the Harbourside

17. One of the best Bristol buskers

18. This Bristol Google Street View capture of a very sleepy bicyclist.

Bristol google street view

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Like this? You’ll probably enjoy 22 things you might have missed in Bristol or 10 of Bristol’s best Vines.

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