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Strawberry Thief Bristol review

With a diverse medley of quirky, classic, long-established and newly opened restaurants, bars, pubs, pop-ups and food markets on offer in Bristol, it’s important that your joint stands out from the crowd.

If you haven’t yet checked out The Strawberry Thief on Broad Street, I highly encourage you to do so. It’s certainly carved out its own little corner in the creative heart of Bristol’s old city.

With a 100% gluten free, 50% vegan and largely dairy free menu, it unsurprisingly appeals to today’s health conscious set. But it’s not all about steamed plain kale and coconut water. Not at all in fact – think again my friend. With Bristolian pop-up favourites The Chocolate Bear Kitchen behind the menu (since Nov 2016), the food hits the healthy notes without disregard for comfort.

All dishes come as small plates – perfect for sharing with a group if that’s your vibe. What’s more, they serve over 50 types of Belgian beer, over 20 Bristol beers, six different ciders and a variety of small vineyard wines. A lot of the beers even tick the GF box – there will be 10 by the end of Feb.

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It’s hard to nail the bar-meets-food-hot-spot ambiance, but The Strawberry Thief manages to hit the nail on the head. With low lighting, candles on each table, anti-chart jazz/funk playlist, embellished and wooden flooring, unusual artwork, fireplace, flowers and smallish floor space, it’s perfect for an intimate meal or drink. It has a cosy, vintage-meets indie, homey feel. With table service, you can also sit back and relax.

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If you’re looking for loud tunes, big portions or bright lights, go elsewhere.

Saturday brunch (12-4pm) options include Arepas (South American corn bread bun) cooked to order with your choice of beef brisket or roasted aubergine + tomato – among others, a tower of sticky toffee pancakes with glazed apples (had me at tower..) as well as a beetroot and roasted tomato salad with toasted seeds, lemon balm and cold pressed rapeseed oil. Majority are only £5.

The general ‘Small Plates’ menu is simple, but seeks to cater to all meal moods (all £6-12). Options include roast poussin (whole or half) with rosemary pomme puree and purple cabbage, beef brisket, cauliflower biryani, leek and pea risotto and textures of artichoke among others. They can even match a beer to your dish, which is kind of nifty.

Sweets include Belgian waffles with maple syrup or chocolate sauce or chocolate truffles with a raw cacao crumb. Local cheeses are also on offer for you fromage fiends.

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‘Chief Thief’ Mike Harris said their aim is ‘deliver inclusive dining in an inclusive setting’.

‘Belgian beer is arguably a work of art in itself! The history and care taken to produce the hundreds of beers available from Belgium ensures we always have an extensive range. We focus on quality products from independent producers.

‘If you would like a recommendation just ask one of us and we’d be happy to help.’

After a deal? On ‘Sharing Wednesdays’, you can pick any main from the small plates menu + root chips + courgette pakoras + 750ml La Rulle Blone, Brune of Saison or 500ml house red/white for £20.

What’s in a name?

The Strawberry Thief – The name originates from the wallpaper design by William Morris, who inspired the Edward Everard print works building opposite.

The Chocolate Bear – The name comes from owner James Gordon’s childhood nickname. His friends used to think he looked like Turk from Scrubs TV show.

Check it out:

The Strawberry Thief

26 Broad Street

Bristol

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www.strawberrythiefbar.com

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Hyde & Co’s Launch Impressive New Cocktail Menu

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A year has passed since Bristol’s finest cocktail bar last refreshed its menu, and it’s all change again at the secretive and stylish Hyde & Co.

2017’s The Last Carnival introduced us to a glamorous world of burlesque, cabaret and circus, showcasing a mastery of cocktail creativity. Midnight in Paris picks up the tale…

The scene is set in 1920’s Paris; a dangerous world of decadence and daring. A jewel heist in the French capital has caught the attention of private detective Kinsey Moran, who must follow a trail through the city’s drinking dens and backstreets to bring the culprits to justice.

From the imagination of talented local designer and bartender Gareth Aldridge, Midnight in Paris’ beautiful story and artwork sets Hyde & Co. apart from the outset – but it’s the variety and quality of the cocktails that tempt visitors to sample daring new concoctions.

With sultry jazz playing softly in the background and a décor embracing the elegance of the roaring 20’s, drinkers can now enjoy a new selection of the bold and innovative cocktails for which Hyde & Co. is known.

Traditional French spirits including Calvados, Cognac and Chartreuse blend beautifully with spice mix, bitters and liqueurs, creating bold new flavours with a nod to classics like the French 75, Sidecar and Kir Royale.

If you’re looking for a recommendation, the gin-based Tribune caught my attention, but the breadth and depth of choice is highly impressive.

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‘Tribune’

You can dip into Midnight in Paris at Hyde & Co from Tuesdays to Sundays, 6pm till late. Check out the Hyde & Co website here, and find them on Twitter here. For more reviews and write-ups from @cjcallaghan, check out his Best of Bristol author page.

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A Response To ‘Gentrification By Instagram’

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In response to Bristol 24/7 and Thomas Oxley: ‘Gentrification by Instagram’

First of all I should say to those that do not know me; I was part of the @igersBristol team for two years, so this article really was aimed at a lot of my friends and peers.

The reason this article will not be impartial isn’t because of my ties to those involved, but because it is a grossly unfair opinion piece with unfounded accusations, and it’s seemingly based on fuck all else but a desire to be controversial.

I really do love Bristol and the diversity of its people, their passions and their beliefs. What I’ll never stand for is someone telling anybody what they should, or should not create, capture, or share.

Bristol is a city that built a reputation on its creativity, and a community that supports each other. There is no room here for crab mentality, or negativity towards any other person’s craft.

I understand that most people don’t live in the pretty, colourful Bristol we see on Instagram and in the wider press. It’s not all ‘Sunday Times Best Place to Live’ shite, where you walk your kids to school without swearing at them, past colourful houses, through the park or along the river.

I understand this because I grew up on a council estate in East Bristol. I believe most of us had tough upbringings in a city that is rife with drug use, poverty, inequality and racial tension.

🎉 INSTAMEET NEWS! 🎉 • As part of our #igersloveGloucesterRoad campaign, we are hosting an Instameet in two weeks time! ———————————————– 📅 Saturday 25th February. • 🌍 – Brunswick Square, St. Paul’s. • ⏰ 13:00-16:00. ———————————————– We’re going to be weaving up Cheltenham/Gloucester Road, taking in some of Bristol’s most vibrant communities, including Montpellier, Bishopston, St. Andrews and Ashley Down. We’ll try and navigate via some great pieces of graffiti, lovely green spaces and stunning terraces! 🙌🏼 • If you haven’t really explored Gloucester Road before, this will be a great opportunity to acquaint yourself with the surrounding areas. If you love Gloucester Road, well then I don’t need to encourage you. 😅 • England aren’t playing in the Six Nations that day so I don’t want any excuses. 🤓🏉 ———————————————– Photo by our very own @richimal_bristol! ———————————————– Shared by @antimitch! 🤙🏼

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The mixed views of Bristol held by many, shouldn’t be grounds to curse those that choose to focus on either the good or the bad. If you want to “Make Bristol Shit Again”, crack on.

If you want to campaign and protest the injustices people in this city face, from the homeless, the refugees, the poor, the ethnic minorities. Please, please do.

Or if you’d prefer to shine a bright light onto the things that make Bristol such a fantastic city to live in, as many people do extremely well, then have a fucking field day as there’s lots to shout about.

@IGersBristol is a community of people that do the latter out of pure passion, immense pride and an unwavering attachment to Bristol. Building friendships, educating, and broadening minds along the way. To question the integrity of people you’ve never met is a lamentable act, for which you are being rightfully admonished.

I’m focusing on @IGersBristol, I’ll reiterate not because of personal bias, because in my opinion, they are the inspiration for a large amount of feature accounts in Bristol. The foundation of the account, community and hashtag is to shout about what you love, to share your Bristol.

A lot of folk’s favourite part of Bristol is indeed the floating harbour, not Withywood nor Knowle. Although, if you look a little deeper you’ll see there are plenty of other Instagrammers who strive to document the “real Bristol” that is claimed to be missing from social media.

You’d also have seen the meets and events arranged across BS1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10 and beyond. Events that took us way beyond “the square mile from the Suspension Bridge to the Arnolfini and from the Create Centre to the top of Park Street.”

I respect opinion pieces, and the conversations we have every day on social media and in the press, but myself and my peers cannot stand by in light of such vitriol.

Bristol’s “gentrifying” Instagram community have made it clear that no amount of hatred will stop us doing what we do, because we love it, and we love our home. Why don’t you join in sometime, Thomas? Everyone is welcome.

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There’s A Gin Bus & A Rum Bus Coming To Bristol!

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The Foozie bus series is returning to Bristol!

After the hugely successful Foozie bus series last year, Bristol will again play host to the Gin Bus and Rum Bus this summer, but with the added addition of the Pink Gin Bus set to make it even better and more fun than last year. If that’s possible..

If you find yourself unfamiliar with the boozy bus series, the long story short is booze, open-top vintage bus, scenic tour of Bristol. You can skip to the end for tickets now if you wish.

For two hours you’ll cruise around Bristol on a summery afternoon, in an open-top Bristol Lodekka bus from the 1950s, with a drink in hand and fellow gin or rum lovers for company.

Open top bus gin tourFor this years series, Foozie has teamed up with Martin Miller’s Gin, who use classic botanicals and Icelandic spring water to create the world’s most awarded gin of the last decade.

Fans of pink gin will rejoice, because the first ever Pink Gin Bus is happening, with Pinkster Gin providing the pink stuff.

Those who prefer to dabble in the wares of the rum industry, fear not, as you will be equally well catered for. Your rum bus comes complete with Old J Rum, who will be creating the menu with their incredible range of spiced and flavoured rums.

Open top bus rum tour

Foozie are also partnering with Seedlip, who will provide their non alcoholic spirits. Seedlip is the world’s first distilled zero-alcohol spirit, and it tastes incredible in cocktails and with tonic.

Fentimans will be perfectly pairing some of their botanically brewed beverages with the

gin and the rum to create a selection of drinks menus that are totally unique to these bus events.

If this sounds like a great way to spend two hours of your weekend, that’s because it is.

Follow the links below to bag yourself a ticket right this second, and get 10% off using the code BESTOFBRISTOLBUS10 at checkout.

The Martin Miller Gin Bus

The Pinkster Gin Bus

The Old J Spiced Rum Bus

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