Could I love Bristol more? Probably not! I rave about the city so much, if you follow me on Instagram or Twitter or even read my previous blogs about missing university or why Bristol has my heart, you will know that I lived in Bristol for four years and miss it every day. Luckily, I still visit at least once a month to see friends, but I am also studying my masters part-time at UWE, so I will visit the city a lot more in the next few years.
I’d planned my monthly visit to Bristol for the weekend to include good food and plenty of drinks, I was having a lucky week and managed to bag two free tickets to the Prosecco & Fizz Festival which took place just by Temple Meads and a round of Halloween themed cocktails at Vodka Revs that evening. Saturday did not all go to plan, and it all started with a pizza…!
I’ve become quite partial to a prosecco nowadays, is it to do with reaching my almost mid-twenties? I’m not entirely sure! But I very much enjoy a glass of bubbles. I saw the event was happening the weekend I was visiting, and on a whim my friends and I all entered a competition to win free tickets. Amazingly, two of us won and managed to bag ourselves tickets for four. The cost of the tickets were £15 and once in all other drinks were to be £5, after attending the festival I wouldn’t have paid £15. There was a nice range of different Proseccos to try and a few different live bands, but what disappointed us was the lack of food. We thought we’d have a pizza but there was only one stall, which was fine, until it took us an hour and a half to get a pizza. We queued up for a while and even after we placed our order it took ages to be made, putting us behind schedule.
After we’d demolished our pizza in about two seconds, on our way home our Ubers cancelled on us twice because of the surge! Meaning by the time we got back to freshen up, we had forty-five minutes to get ready. We had a table booked at San Carlo at 7.30, we knew we’d be a bit late but usually places give you around fifteen to twenty minutes before giving your table away, we called them to let them know in which they said they’d give us until 7.50. We turned up around 7.42 (to be exact!) and they’d already given our table away, the staff hadn’t informed each other that we were on our way and therefore gave our table away! There were five of us and trying to find a table at 8pm to accommodate us all was not easy, we ended up going to The Stable on the Habourside, there was a wait but it was what we expected, we didn’t end up eating until 9.30pm and by this point were all starving!
Getting to Vodka Revs for our cocktails late as we were very behind, fortunately our table was still available and we enjoyed our free Halloween cocktails. Heading to The Fleece for Propaganda shortly after, it was one of those nights were you were drinking and weren’t feeling the effects! It sounded like a nightmare, but I got to spend time with my closest friends, some of which I rarely see and it gave us an even bigger chance to catch up and gossip.
After visiting The Florist in Liverpool, I wanted to pop into the one in Bristol. On the Sunday, we decided to pop in for a mocktail, although I would usually opt for a cocktail, I was driving home that evening and decided I’d have an alcohol-free day. Choosing the mango and passion fruit option, it was very tasty and definitely needed after a late night. We didn’t make it to the floral wall upstairs and sat in the bar, but I have to say that it’s one of the best interiors I’ve seen, if I owned a bar, it would look like The Florists! I am very much looking forward to going back and trialling some cocktails and food, I’ve heard their Sunday roast is a winner.
The Cowshed is a bit on the expensive side, I got my parents to take me for my graduation meal as they were paying! I’d heard good things about their roasts and when a visit was mentioned, I jumped at the chance. It’s £16.95 for one course, £21.50 for two and £27.50 for three, we all opted for two courses. The roast was incredible!!
The roast came out on a sharing board, with all meats cut individually for each person, accompanied with a Yorkshire pudding each and a big tonne of garlic roasties. It was also served with cheesy cauliflower and broccoli, cabbage and carrots, the pictures don’t do it justice! The meat literally fell apart in my mouth and the roast potatoes were incredible. They were very good portions and definitely worth the money.
There were talks of desert and I’m one of those people who can’t not have a desert if someone else is, so I went for the sticky toffee pudding, I wouldn’t usually choose this as I’m not the biggest fan of dates, however, I think I’m converted! If you’re visiting Bristol, I would highly recommend The Cowshed for a roast.
Although the weekend sounded a bit like a nightmare, I couldn’t ask for a better place to head to on weekends. Bristol has so many places to discover; from cute cafes, chic cocktail bars and every cuisine you can think of, no matter how many times I head back to my favourite city, there will always be something new to do! If you’ve been to Bristol before, what’s your favourite thing to do?