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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.

dutchesse beer

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.

waffle

‘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

BS1 2HG

www.strawberrythiefbar.com

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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

Tuesday Bristol Pub Quizzes

Wednesday Bristol Pub Quizzes

Thursday Bristol Pub Quizzes

Sunday Bristol Pub Quizzes

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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Rosa Opens in Bristol

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Rosa Review

The rising chill of autumn had descended, and I was a Bristol girl in need of a stiff drink to warm my gills. Red coat on, black heels donned and a long overdue catch up with an old friend in the diary, we headed on over to the newly opened Rosa on Whiteladies Road for a night of tapas and prosecco.

Rosa has some big shoes to fill. Bristolians will remember the good old days of Rocinantes and Quartier Vert and more recently the Townhouse at this treasured venue.

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Spread over two floors, with candles, old typewriters and flowers galore, this new bar-come-eatery, which promises “world inspired food to share” is romantic, cosy and stylish.

If you can’t quite justify spending money on a round-the-world plane fare, a trip to Rosa will go some way to taking you on a global foodie adventure.

Chef Tim Denny – formerly of Totterdown’s Historical Dining Rooms – is at the kitchen helm and he’s created a menu that simultaneously tantalises, impresses and surprises.

Sharing dishes include mixed bread with salt and paprika butter (£4), spiced flatbread with curried chickpeas, yoghurt and fresh lime (£5.50), steamed bao with pulled oxtail, miso mayonnaise and crispy shallots (£6 and my personal favourite), as well as burrata mozzarella with picked mooli, radish and mint salad (£6.50).

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For meat lovers, there’s a sliced shoulder of Iberico pork option (£7) and a mouth-watering whole Galican beef rib (£25) cooked over hot coals and served on the bone with baby gem salad. Seafood fans can opt for hot seared salmon sashimi with sesame and soy (£7.50) or flame grilled octopus with crisp noodles and spring onions (£6.50). There’s also the classic Spanish tapas dish of patatas bravas (£5.50) up for the tasting, and its rich, spicy tomato  sauce, doesn’t disappointed.

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For dessert, there’s churros with olive oil Nutella (£5.50) and BBQ salted milk ice cream with caramel coconut sponge (£6.50), among other options. What’s more there’s always a cheese of the month. Now we’re talking…

Alongside the main tapas menu, there is a fantastic value set lunch menu at £11.95 for two courses and £13.50 for three courses.

Fancy a tipple? There’s a large selection of wine available by the glass or carafe starting at £4.50 and going up to the most expensive £48 Bordeaux from Chateau Paveil de Luze. A generous cocktail selection is available, in addition to a plethora of local gins (Psychopomp), Spanish sherries, sparkling Japanese sake and beer from a range of local breweries including Wiper and True and Arbor Ales.

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It’s unlikely you’ll get through the entire menu on your first visit. But don’t they say it’s always best to leave wanting more?

Rosa, 85 Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2DT. Tel: 0117 973 9302.

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9 Amazing Vans Spotted In Bristol

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Top 9 Vans of Bristol

Art galleries sometimes on the move sharing the art all over the city.

1. This is either very fresh or the van is a permanent feature (look at the back wheel)

montpellier van

2. Unusually the best work on this van in Easton is on the back. Looks like an anti surveillance grannie to me. Ironically I’m watching it though

bristol van

3. St Werburghs now, and it’s like a go faster type tag on the wall behind trying to photobomb this shot

st werburghs van

4.  It’s Easton again. Not a van, an ambulance but this stick on lettering is good enough to get it an entry here. It’s taken food to the needy and it’s earnt it’s place

easton van

5. Edge of Easton by the M32 and its festival food van me thinks, looking at the mud it’s picked up on the underside. Would be nice to snap it with the pizza smoking out the unseen chimney

another easton van

6. St Paul’s. This one was camouflaged for the area

van in st pauls

7. Same artist as Pizza truck so this one must be fam

van in bristol

8. St Werburghs again. This one really has some landscape length to it. Who does those dinos?

another st werburghs van in bristol

9. My fave, and popular with the owner. My dog sighs did this and instead of eyes following you round the room it’s eyes following you round the city. Kobra street art to the right from Upfest and of all the shots of vans this one is the most pleasing to my eye. Deffo a Basquiat thing going on here

kobra street art van

10? Go look around these postcodes and find it… Take your pick

Do you know any of the artists? Tell us in the comments or tweet me @MoodyColin and let me know

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