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A November 2007 trip to Bristol by captain oddsocks

Arnolfini Photo, Bristol, England More Photos
Quote: Bristol mightn’t be ‘coolest city on the planet’ anymore, but from the slave-trade to free-trade and Blackbeard to Banksy, it’s one of the most interesting

Orright me Babber?

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Overview

Millenium Square Photo, Bristol, England
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While not as famous as London, as pretty as Bath or as iconic as Stonehenge, Bristol, to me, is much more enjoyable to visit. There are ruined churches, sailing ships and pirate taverns galore for the history buffs and plenty to stimulate the eyes, tastebuds and minds of anybody with more contemporary interests.Bayside Bristol’s early history is strongly connected with its role as one of England’s major trading ports. Famous Bristol mariners include explorer John Cabot, who reached America in 1497, and Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard.A less romantic part of Bristol’s maritime history revolves around its participation in the slave trade. Between 169...Read More

Bristolian Cafe

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Restaurant | "The Bristolian cafe"

Bristolian Cafe Photo, Bristol, England
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My guidebook described The Bristolian Café as "the place where the Montpelier counter culture gathers for breakfast, a roll-up and a cup of tea". "Could be interesting" I thought and resolved to keep an eye out for it as I was walking around that part of town looking for graffiti and works of stencil art.When I stumbled across the Bristolian, its apple green storefront was glowing in the morning sun and about half a dozen people were sitting around enjoying drinks and a chat. I hadn’t had coffee for a couple of hours so the decision to abandon my wanderings for a little while wasn’t too difficult.As you enter, there’s a low sofa to your right, a long counter direc...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 7, 2008

Bristolian Cafe
2 Picton Street
Bristol, England BS6 5QA
+44 117 942 2233

Mud Dock

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Restaurant | "Mud Dock Cafe"

Mud Dock Photo, Bristol, England
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The Mud Dock café was one of the places I was most looking forward to visiting in Bristol. The combined cafe and bicycle store occupy a brick warehouse near the swing bridge behind the Arnolfini. The bike store is on the ground floor and the café up above, with a large multi-level terrace offering views over the floating harbour. Entrance to the café is via the external staircase that leads up to the wooden deck.Inside the sliding-glass door you’ll find yourself in a large open space of exposed brick and wood. A huge circular window frames a view of St Mary’s slender church tower and early on a Decembe...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 7, 2008

Mud Dock
40 The Grove
Bristol, England BS1 4RB
+44 117 934 9734

Fair Cup (A)

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Restaurant | "A Fair Cup"

Fair Cup (A) Photo, Bristol, England
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One of my first questions in any place is always "where’s the best coffee in town?" and when I asked my sister-in-law, who lives in Bristol, she started to tell me about a place called "A Fair Cup ", which is a caravan that parks down on the pedestrian strip in central Bristol. When my brother and sister-in-law lived in Corn Street, Simone would call in every morning as she walked to work, and became such a good customer that they renamed one of their coffees "Flat White, in honour of our antipodean friends". I was a bit skeptical about the best coffee in town coming from a caravan, but it had been a long time since I’d been able to ask for "a f...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 7, 2008

Fair Cup (A)
Central Promenade
Bristol, England

Pieminister

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Restaurant | "Pie Minister"

Pieminister Photo, Bristol, England
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Pie Minister is a great place for a quick lunch in Bristol. As the name suggests, they serve pies. If you’re not familiar with pies, they’re hamburger-sized cases of pastry with fillings of meat and/or vegetables. Served hot, pies are a simple, hearty and very popular snack in Britain and other commonwealth countries like Australia and South Africa. While Australians tend to like their pies with lashings of tomato sauce (ketchup), British pies are usually come with gravy and mashed potato or peas, and that’s the way Pie Minister offer them at both their locations.The small Pie Minister outlet in the covered market bui...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 7, 2008

Pieminister
PMHQ, 24 Stokes Croft
Bristol BS1 3PR
+44 117 942 3300

Bordeaux Quay

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Restaurant

Bordeaux Quay Photo, Bristol, England
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The restaurant Bordeaux Quay is probably not the kind of place I would have gone for a meal if left to my own devices, but my brother had been working there and wanted to go in for dinner.The owners and management of Bordeaux quay are among Bristol’s’ most enthusiastic adherents to the principles of the slow food movement, which originated in Italy and suggests that food should not only taste good, it should be good for you, food producers should be treated fairly and the welfare of farm animals and the natural environment should be respected. Most obviously this translates into a preference for free range meat and ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 7, 2008

Bordeaux Quay
V-Shed Canons Way
Bristol, England BS1 5UH
+44 (117) 9431200

Arnolfini

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Attraction | "The Arnolfini"

Arnolfini Photo, Bristol, England
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The Arnolfini is Bristol’s contemporary art museum. Not only is it an important focus of contemporary cultural life in Bristol, its location overlooking the water at the head of Narrow quay makes it a prominent symbol of the waterfront regeneration that has transformed Bristol over the last few years.The beautifully restored old warehouse that houses the Arnolfini sits at the head of a piece of land that almost juts out into Bristol’s floating harbour. A statue of ocean explorer John Cabot looks out across the water at the point and two very different bridges approach the Arnolfini from either side. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 7, 2008

Arnolfini
16 Narrow Quay
Bristol, England BS1 4QA
+44 (117) 917-2300

Red Lodge

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Attraction | "The Red Lodge"

Red Lodge Photo, Bristol, England
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The Red Lodge is a merchant’s house dating from the late 1500’s. Having passed through the hands of many owners and twice serving as a school, it’s now open to the public as a museum-quality display of historic furniture and architecture.The lodge is on Park Row, which is an extension of Queens Road that curves around behind the Wills tower at the top of Park Street. The exterior is unremarkable but steeping through the front door is like stepping into the England that you know from classic romantic novels or historical dramas starring Judy Dench or Cate Blanchett.We (my brother, sister-in-law and I)...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 7, 2008

Red Lodge
Park Row
Bristol, England BS1 5LJ
+44 117 921 1360

Chasing Banksy

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Story/Tip

Stencil clubber Photo, Bristol, England
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Banksy is possibly the world’s most famous graffiti artist. He’s been variously described as an "elusive art terrorist", "shadowy", "a streetwise scourge of the establishment" and has painted and stencilled across several continents, most famously on the Palestinian side of the Jerusalem wall. His work has also hung, albeit briefly, in some of the major galleries of the world, including the Tate, the Louvre and the New York Metropolitan. While Banksy’s identity remains a secret and he rarely gives interviews, it is certain that he’s from Bristol. While his work is gradually...Read More

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captain oddsocks

captain oddsocks
Echuca, Australia