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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

The Flyer at 8pm on Gloucester Road

The Lounge at 8pm on North Street

Golden Lion music quiz at 8.30pm on Gloucester Road

The Wellington at 8.30pm on Gloucester Road

The Shakespeare at 9pm in Redland

Tuesday Bristol Pub Quizzes

The Brass Pig at 9pm in Clifton

The Bristol Ram at 7.30pm on Park Street

Victoria Park at 8pm in Bedminster

Mother’s Ruin at 9pm in the centre

Bag of Nails at 8pm in Hotwells

The Cadbury at 8pm in Montpellier

The Famous Royal Navy Volunteer at 7.30pm on Kings Street

Wednesday Bristol Pub Quizzes

Crack Magazine Music Quiz at 9pm on the Christmas Steps

Duke of York at 8pm in St. Werburghs

Thursday Bristol Pub Quizzes

The Hare on the Hill at 8pm in Kingsdown

The Ship Inn at 8.30pm on Park Row

The Red Lion at 9pm on Whitehall Road, St George/Easton/Redfield. BS5.

Sunday Bristol Pub Quizzes

The Spotted Cow at 8pm in Fishponds

The Anchor at 8pm on Gloucester Road

Old Market Tavern Pride Quiz (first Sunday of each Month) in Old Market

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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There’s A Gin Based Game Show Night Coming To Bristol

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Gin lovers get ready

Continuing on their awesome ‘Bristol on the Rocks’ event series, Foozie is hosting a gin based cocktail game show night at ‘Gin for Win’: an 80’s game show inspired cocktail event at Flipside.

Throughout the night you’ll get to spin the ‘Wheel of gin-fortune’ that will have lots of different gins, gin cocktails and gin related prizes for you to win. They’ll also be playing the legendary higher or lower game from the TV Show ‘Play Your Cards Right’ where you can also win gin cocktails and more. You’ll also be able to toss a coin with the barman to get drink discounts and freebies throughout the night.

Some of the best gin brands will be getting involved, including:

  • 6 o’clock
  • Deaths Door
  • Aviation
  • Fifty Pound
  • The Botanist
  • Chase
  • Sacred
  • Burleighs
  • Portobello Road
  • Fever Tree mixers

When: April 21st  from 18:30 – 23:55

Tickets: £25 inc three gin cocktails from any of the games

Where: Flipside Cocktail Club, 109 Whiteladies Rd, Bristol, BS8 2PB

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New Bar: The Old Butcher’s To Open On North Street In April

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New neighbourhood beer bar is a collaboration between The Old Bookshop and Wiper & True

Opens at 57 North Street on Saturday 1st April

In a new collaboration by the team at Bedminster’s The Old Bookshop and Bristol-based brewers Wiper & True, The Old Butcher’s will open its doors to the neighbourhood, beer taps at the ready, on Saturday 1st April.

The beer bar, which will open seven days a week, will serve from six Wiper & True draft lines fresh from the brewery alongside limited edition releases, exclusive pilot brews in development, and a monthly bottle list curated by the Wiper & True brewers to showcase some of the world’s most exciting beers.

There’s an additional bonus if you like the bottles you drink, they will also be available to buy down the road at Corks of North Street. Owner Ben Gatt has been leading the renovations at The Old Butcher’s which is two doors down from The Old Bookshop.

The team has unearthed and restored the original wall tiling from Collard’s family butchers, and they have lovingly built the bar and front of house.

“We’ve been very excited about this bar not only because of the quality of Wiper & True’s beer but also in restoring the interiors of The Old Butcher’s and creating somewhere that we hope the neighbourhood will be proud of”, said Old Bookshop owner Ben.

Michael Wiper adds: “Bristol is such a creative city. It’s a supportive place with so many interesting people who are happy to work together and collaborate. The Old Bookshop has long been a part of that energy and we’re looking forward to The Old Butcher’s bringing even more energy to the city’s food and drink scene”

The kitchen at The Old Butcher’s will be opening soon, one of many new announcements on the horizon from the team.

Keep an eye on The Old Butcher’s social media nearer the time for opening day updates.

The Old Butcher’s Address: 57 North Street Bristol

Open: 7 days a week. Monday – Friday; 5pm – 11pm Saturday & Sunday – 12noon – 11pm

Twitter: oldbutchersbris / WiperAndTrue Instagram: theoldbutchersbristol / wiperandtru

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Hyde & Co Launch Incredible New Cocktail Menu

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Hyde & Co Bristol

The year is 1932; Prohibition-era America. The government is cracking down hard on alcohol consumption, and sly bootleggers are reduced to peddling their wares in unlicensed saloons away from prying eyes. Anyone caught making or selling ‘moonshine’ faces heavy jail time, and of those who do, few escape the long arm of the law.

Fast forward 85 or so years, and the Prohibition era is long gone. Temperance may have lost its hold, but the public’s taste for style and substance in their liquor remains strong. Here in Bristol, we’re lucky to have a small but valuable selection of hidden speakeasies tucked away in plain sight, some of which hark back to that bygone era.

Hyde & Co — Bristol’s original speakeasy — is one of them, and it’s earned a reputation among the most stylish cocktail bars in the city. Hyde & Co blends the decadence of the roaring 20’s with the secrecy of Prohibition-era America, offering an elegant setting for intimate gatherings with friends.

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Through The Looking Glass

Hyde & Co have very recently launched a brand-new menu — The Last Carnival — highlighting anew their dedication to the craft of the cocktail. Blends such as ‘Blue Grass’, ‘Curse of Canal St’, ‘Bonny Lass’ and the rum-infused ‘Hell and High Water’ offer an outstanding selection of textures and flavours, put together with care and attention to detail.

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Hell and High Water Cocktail

Sharply dressed bartenders — widely considered purveyors of the finest cocktails in the city — are on hand to recommend your tipple of choice, and for those searching for something a little different, you have only to ask…

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Blue Glass Cocktail

Behind the bar sits a seductive selection of speciality Irish whiskies, classic vermouths, Fino sherries, camomile-infused gins, Tapatío tequilas and more, with all the tinctures, bitters and syrups needed to provide the discerning clientele with the perfect cocktail.

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Bonny Lass Cocktail

It’d be a disservice to the nature of the speakeasy to spell out Hyde & Co’s central-Bristol location, so I’ll stop short of doing that. Suffice it to say it’s worth the search, and if you’d like more details you can check out the Hyde & Co website.

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Bristol’s First Cat Cafe Is Opening This Weekend

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Cat cafe almost open

After an incredibly long journey, Bristol’s first cat cafe is finally opening this weekend.

There will space for 9 cats but only 7 at the start so the cats have the space to get used to each other. At all times there will also be 2 cats available for adoption as well.

The official launch takes place on Saturday and there are still a couple of spaces left for the grand opening here.

The  cat cafe has a Japanese Zen garden theme that focuses on mindfulness and wellbeing with with mindfulness classes being hosted once a week.

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You & Meow’s normal opening hours will be weekdays 12:00-19-15, and then on the weekend from 11:00 – 18:15.

To visit general admission bookings are £5 per adult (£3 per children) for entry to You & Meow for a 60 minutes visit, and can be booked here.

Bristol cat cafe address: You & Meow can be found just by the Hippodrome in the centre of Bristol at 22 Denmark Street, BS1 5DQ.

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Fresh Ingredients and Bold Flavours on Bristol’s Wapping Wharf

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Wapping Wharf

If you’re one of the lucky commuters who gets to walk from south of the Avon into town and back each day, chances are you already know about Cargo — the development of cafes and restaurants that landed on the harbourside in summer. For the uninitiated, what we’re talking about here is a foodie’s haven, where everything from fresh pork platters to steaming coffees and hoppy beers are served in style.

Cargo opened its doors to a group of local food bloggers restaurant critics last weekend, to share their wares with the wider world. With your taste buds tingling, read on for a little insight into what’s on offer there…

Wild Beer at Wapping Wharf

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This sleek, contemporary bar and restaurant serves up delicious fish dishes alongside a stellar selection of craft beers from their adventurous brewery down in Somerset. The food is excellent, but for my money it’s the beers that stand out here. Expect everything from heavily hopped pale ales, fruity brews and bitter beers that push the palate to pastures new, and deliciously malted stouts with the heady aroma of caramel, dark chocolate and coffee.

Pigsty

Pigsty is the brainchild of Bristol-based Jolly Hog — a team of dedicated pork-eaters experimenting to find fresh ways of enjoying their favourite meat. The results are truly delicious. During my visit we tucked into a generous platter of sausages, brisket and pork patties with fries and a side of fresh slaw, which really hit the spot. Pigsty delivers healthy servings over breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a focus on tasty local produce.

Bristol Cider Shop

The Cider Shop is Bristol’s own award-winning, er, cider shop — moved from Christmas Steps to Wapping Wharf. Visitors are met with a wall full of ‘proper’ ciders and perries, all selected from traditional breweries within a 50-mile radius. 50 miles gets you a lot of cider here in the West Country, but the knowledgeable staff are on hand to help you fine-tune your taste buds among the 100+ brews on offer. They also run regular tasting sessions showcasing a broad range of the region’s finest ciders and perries. For more details on this goldmine of fruity goodness, check out the blog I wrote following the shop’s move to Cargo.

Little Victories

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This friendly corner café is your go-to spot for a caffeine hit. Sister-venue of the Small Street Espresso in the Old City, Little Victories is named after those well-deserved wins we get every day. (Ok, most days.) The owners travelled the world in search of the freshest coffee flavours and brought their findings right here to the harbourside. Customers enjoy a huge range of fresh coffees alongside tasty sandwiches and cakes. A café by day, Little Victories transforms into an intimate cocktail bar on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Chicken Shed

Finishing on a high here… Chicken Shed takes pride of place on the top floor of Cargo1, and bills itself as “a finger-lickin’ dirty chicken joint with heart and soul”. If you’re thinking this is KFC for hipsters, you’ve got the wrong idea (though that would make a good tagline…) The Chicken Shed knocks together beautifully cooked chicken dishes, with meat sourced from happy birds raised to the highest possible welfare standards. Fine harbour views and menus prepared by Mr. Josh Eggleton of Pony & Trap fame complete the picture.

For more details on the diverse restaurants, shops and cafes on Wapping Wharf’s Cargo installation, check out the Wapping Wharf website.

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There’s A Month Of Awesome Cocktail Nights Happening In Bristol Soon

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A month-long celebration of quirky cocktail events at some of Bristol’s best bars.

There’s no denying that Bristol is one of the best cities in the UK for awesome bars and great cocktails. Hot off the back of this, Bristol’s leading food and drinks events company, Foozie, is hosting the city’s first ever Bristol on the Rocks event series.

With events being hosted at some of the best bars in Bristol, Foozie’s event series will bring together some seriously quirky event concepts and incredible cocktails for a month-long celebration.

Events already confirmed are:

Thursday 6th April: Oh, Grow up!

The ultimate kids party with gelato based cocktails, cocktail based gelato and kids party games @ Swoon

Saturday 8th April: The Wall Street Brunch

​An Wolf of Wall Street themed brunch party @ Milk Thistle

Wednesday 12th April: The Nutella Nightcap

Bristol’s first ever cocktail event based totally around Nutella @ The Parlour

Thursday 20th April: Drink Dastardly

​A wacky races themed cocktail event – who will catch the pigeon? @ Her Majesty’s Secret Service

Friday 21st April: Gin for the Win

​Spin to win gin at this 80s game show Inspired cocktail night ft. the wheel of gin-fortune and play your cards right @ Flipside Cocktail Club

Tuesday 25th April: Sex and the Town Centre

Join Samantha, Carrie, Charlotte, and Miranda for a screening of the first Sex and the City movie and three cocktails inspired by the show @ Pata Negra

Thursday 27th April: The Tipsy Barista

​An espresso martini masterclass with the chance to create your own, signature creation and get it permanently added to the menu, ft. live blues music @ The Bootlegger

Sunday 30th: Club Tropicana Boat Party

All aboard the ‘Wham! boat’ for our Club Tropicana boat party. Expect a tropical theme and a George Michael, 90’s inspired playlist and tropical fancy dress.

Foozie founder and Bristol food and drink fanatic Thom Whitchurch said of the event:

“We’re pulling out all of the stops for Foozie’s first Bristol on the Rocks series. We have been working closely with some of our favourite bars to create these amazing but wacky concepts become a reality. We love to do things a bit differently and most of our events start as just a really cool event title and we work out the concept around the name; which is how most of Bristol on the Rocks has been developed. It has been great working with the bars to help shape this series. It’s going to be really special.”

What’s more, those wanting to attend more than one event can save 5% on tickets by joining Club Foozie; Foozie’s exclusive but free membership club that provides regular discounts on some of Bristol’s tastiest food and drink events.

Tickets available here

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Is This Bristol’s Best Gin Bar?

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Inside Psychopomp, a Bristol gin bar

To the left of a hidden bar inside The Old Bookshop, there’s a wall covered in handwriting. Emilio Di Salvo, bartender at Psychopomp Gin Distillery’s new cocktail bar gives his patrons pens to decorate the tiles as they wish.

We ask him the story behind “In Bed With The Queen!”- one of the various intriguing phrases adorning the brickwork. The answer captures the essence of what makes this new bar so unique in Bristol’s thriving speakeasy scene. It’s the name of one of his Sunday Brunch cocktails- Emilio’s twist on a Breakfast Martini. It was constructed in tandem with the head chef, who made a special pink grapefruit marmalade just for the drink. There is a preoccupation bordering on obsession with going the extra mile, and asking for help from unusual sources, to make the drinks here stand out from the crowd.

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You’ve worked in a number of cocktail bars both in Bristol and further afield before this- how did you end up here?

E: I started at Milky (Milk Thistle) when I was 20, then went to Red Light for 2 years, then on to The Little Red Door in Paris. The whole time in Bristol though, I knew Danny, who started Psychopomp with Liam. They rang me up and told me they liked the way I do things. They said, “we’ve got this thing we want to set up in The Old Bookshop, and the only way we’re going to do it is if you run it- otherwise we won’t do it.” I always wanted to work with Danny- he’s got a great brain for gin and making a business work, he has been running bars for years- and the other guy who makes Psychopomp is a doctor.

Like an alchemist of gin?

E: Yeah, he’s got the beard for it as well.

You created a new menu that’s started this week- what was the thinking behind it?

E: We wanted it to feel fun- I haven’t put every ingredient next to every drink- it’s more like an idea. The way it’s laid out like a dictionary is supposed to fit with the context of the building we’re in (The Old Bookshop). I wanted to do something a bit different to other cocktail joints in Bristol- I want it to feel like a neighbourhood bar. I wanted people to be able to walk into this bar and order a Ramos Gin Fizz because thats what I always wanted to do’ – if you ask a bartender for a Ramos normally his heart will sink, because traditionally you have to shake it until all the ice has dissolved. There are some incredible bars that will make it without hesitation though- Satan’s Whiskers in London is a great example.

Crafting a Ramos Gin Fizz

How long does that take?

E: About 11 minutes- I’m convinced it’s going to become the thing for a group of 20 lads to order at the bar, but we’ll see.

The finished Gin Fizz

The new Jagerbomb.

E: [Laughs] Exactly!

Is it just you who runs this? So if you’re not here… this place isn’t open?

E: Umm… no! Haha- there is one other girl, Steff, who is between here and the distillery at the moment. She used to be an actor and she wrote a play on gin, which I think is what got her the job- she loved gin so much that she’s stopped acting to come and make gin!

I worked with bartenders for 5 years but Steff is essentially an awesome lady who loves gin. She’s an incredible waitress and she’s worked in cocktail bars in London, but not really behind the bar- so she’s my link to everyone on the other side. She’s really great with people.

When we work together I’ll ask her to smell a gin, and she’s really good at placing herself into a nostalgic mood and coming up with an idea then I figure out a way to get close. So, for example we were trying to come up with a winter menu drink, and I didn’t want to make something that was really obvious with spices and things like that, so she said:

“Caramel from the inside of a boozy chocolate my nan gave me”

That gave me figs, which have a caramel flavour to them.

“Smoke from the cigars my dad has”

That led me to a smoked fig sour, and that became the Wanton Hussy that’s on the menu now. So she conceives the drink, and I put it together.

Gin & Tea
A glorious gin & tea

One of the other bodies propping up the bar is a magician who periodically unnerves nearby customers by spontaneously conjuring fireballs out of thin air. The conversation turn to a discussion of the different chemicals that can be used to produce a variety of colourful flames, and the difficulty of acquiring some of the rarer substances.

E: Well seeing as you’re already on a blacklist, can you get me any Quinine Sulphate?

After a confident declaration by the pyromancer that “It can be obtained” we ask Emilio what he’s planning on using it for.

E: I want to try and make my own tonic water- eventually I would like to not serve my Gin & Tonics like this- I would like to serve them in frozen champagne flutes, and use my own tonic, carbonate it myself- It would mean I could have control over quantities and could adapt it to the various gins I’ve got back here. I’m also looking to make some clarified lime juice which appears completely clear but still holds its taste. I’ve been reading lots of Dave Arnold (author of Liquid Intelligence) so I’m playing around with some of his techniques.

pouring a gin and tonic

What is it about making cocktails that you enjoy so much? How did you get into mixing drinks?

E: Something about building a drink and then tasting the flavours at the end, and getting it right… had a kind of pull to it? I never liked spirits when I was younger- I was the classic Bristol kid drinking cider in the park, and I don’t really know when it happened, but maybe it was when I was working at Picollino’s and I’d dart over to Harvey Nicks on my break with a cocktail book and point at something and ask them “Can you make this?” and they’d make it for me and then I’d go back to work half-cut.

It was epic though, because it was around the time that Mad Men came out- Old Fashioned’s became a known thing to the general public. I had long hair for years but shaved it off and suddenly become very… smooth- a cigarette holder just appeared in my hand and I realised Don Draper had started living in my head, or at least a nerdy english version.

What’s exciting about working here specifically?

E: I’m letting people find this place on their own- for me this is downtime- I’ve worked in other bars but because this place is a little quieter and a little smaller what I like about it is it means I can spend more time on each drink and make sure everything’s perfect.

martini pour

There’s a permanent chef here called Alex Bluett, and he’s really know his stuff, seriously come and eat his food – rather than working with bartenders I’m much more interested in working with chefs. And anyone else actually- photographers, musicians- if they build a drink with me and somehow incorporate music into the drink then we can get people looking from different angles- it makes it much more interesting.

So what do you have behind the bar right now?

E: Right now I’ve got 4 spirits- 3 of them are gin, so we’ve got one aged, one seasonal, and one classic- all Psychopomp- the whole idea is that we wanted to fund ourselves- we never wanted to order in another brand- if we can make it ourselves then we will. There’s also an aquavits we have made.

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If there’s one drink you’d want to recommend to anyone thinking of coming here, what would it be?

I’ve got to say one of my favourites really… probably the Bee’s Knees. Right now I’m trying to make the best Bee’s Knees in the world. Its such a simple drink but the ingredients can vary so much. specific honey and each lemon is different. I would like to try and make a gin specifically for it. Who knows?

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Probably the best Bee’s Knees you’ll ever try.

Psychopomp at The Old Bookshop in Bedminster is open from 6pm Wednesday to Saturday, and from 12:30 til 8pm on Sundays.

The Old Bookshop address:

65 North Street
Bristol
BS3 1ES

All photos are from the wonderful Chelsey Cliff: Check out Chelsey on Instagram  or visit her on VSCO here.

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There’s A Pop Up Après Bar Opening Tomorrow

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Après Bar Bristol

Bristol’s first ever Après themed bar is opening in Bristol November the 3rd until January 2017.

What the hell is an Après themed bar?

Just imagine an alpine ski lodge. Just imagine log fires, ski equipment on the wall and furry loungers.

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Where is this unusual place?

You’ll find it smack in the middle of Millennium Square in a container.

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What kind of drinks are there?

There’s going to be all the winter favourites. A selection of draught beers, mulled wine and hot cider, plus a load of winter warming cocktails and ‘Mountain Snacks’ that you can munch on.

Opening times?

Après Bar will be open from 11am – 11pm from November 3rd until January 2017.

To celebrate the opening, Après Bar are offering a free hot cider or mulled wine anytime on opening day (11am-11pm) to their Facebook fans and mailing list members.

To claim just like them on Facebook or visit their website at http://www.apresbristol.co.uk to join the mailing list.

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Hotel du Vin Review

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Hotel du Vin; fine-dining and luxury accommodation in the heart of Bristol.

The Hotel du Vin is a stylish and sophisticated property taking pride of place in a beautifully converted Grade II-listed sugar warehouse in central Bristol, just round the corner from Colston Hall.

Dating back to the 18th-century, the hotel is home to a public bar, contemporary yet characterful bedrooms and an elegant dining room, and welcomes guests for everything from weekend stays to corporate dinners, weddings, wine-tastings, cocktail masterclasses and more.

Fine-dining

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If you’re looking for a sophisticated setting for a special meal with friends or family, the Bistro — Hotel du Vin’s dining room — is an ideal option. The restaurant’s talented chefs bring seasonal produce to the fore, creating innovative menus which allow their ingredients to shine.

Open every day for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, the Bistro offers a warm and relaxing setting where diners enjoy delicious food and attentive service without the stuffy feel.

Worthy of particular note, the 4-course Sunday lunch includes soup of the day to start and a choice of fresh seafood, charcuterie, pâtés and rillettes. Main course and dessert complete the experience, which costs a very reasonable £24.95. (The 3-course children’s menu is priced at £9.95).

Luxury accommodation

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The Hotel du Vin’s 40 bedrooms and master suites all offer luxury Egyptian linens, en-suite facilities, Nespresso coffee machines, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and iPod docks. Once this little list is ticked off, the rooms differ in size and price — but all of them complement the stylish surroundings you’ll find elsewhere throughout the building.

From floor-to-ceiling picture windows and characterful stone walling, to loft-style mezzanine levels, rooftop terraces and comfortable king-size beds, the Hotel du Vin’s rooms offer a haven away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Many of the suites are named after the famous Champagne houses of Reims and Épernay — a nice touch which adds to the bespoke feel of the hotel. Rates start at around £149, with upgrades available to include full breakfast, a bottle of Champagne or a 3-course dinner from the prix fixe menu.

Further offerings in the Hotel du Vin

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The hotel’s Sugar Bar is open to residents and non-residents alike all year round, and opens out onto a pretty courtyard ideal for alfresco drinking in the summer months. With a focus on seasonal spirits and the fine art of mixology, the Sugar Bar ranks very highly among Bristol’s cocktail venues.

Bar Manager Dan Harrington prides himself on his mixing skills, and remains on hand to prepare everything from the classic mojito to your boldest cocktail concoctions. The Sugar Bar invites groups for wine-tastings and cocktail masterclasses, too. Just ask!

Further reading

To book a table, reserve a room, or view rates across the Hotel du Vin, visit the website here. To read more restaurant reviews by @cjcallaghan, click here.

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