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Living the dream


o, what did you dream about last night? Dreams can be surreal, powerful and, for most people, pretty inexplicable. Whether you remember your dreams in minute detail or wake up with a hazy blur of imagery, you may be interested to find out what happened when we sent recurrent dreamer Melissa Blease along to UWE’s dream psychologist. Read the fascinating results on page 16. As the nights draw in and there’s that distinctive autumnal nip in the air, thoughts inevitably turn to winter wear and how to keep cosy while still looking stylish. Tackling new season wardrobe malfunctions head on, Niki Whittle has the answers to keep you on-trend and comfortable, whether you’re meeting clients or doing the school run. Plus we even managed to grab a few minutes with How to Look Good Naked presenter and super-stylist Gok Wan as he swept into Bristol to host the Ultimate Fashion Weekender in Cabot Circus last month. See page 4 for our interview with Aunty Gok himself. In charge of planning a Christmas party? No need to Google - just turn to page 22 for our recommendations. It may seem early to be thinking about it, but Folio’s favourites get booked up super-quick, so this is the month to get it sorted! Enjoy the issue,

People 4 Stylist to the stars Gok Wan 6 Little Theatre Bath’s Martin Jennings-Wright


Upfront 8 Steve Wright talks to renowned Bristol architect Mike Jenner about his favourite buildings in Bristol 16 Melissa Blease gets a session on the couch with dream psychologist Jennifer Parker 22 Make this the year you get your Christmas party requests in early!

What’sOn 34 Art, comedy, exhibitions, events, family, film, music and theatre

Food&Drink 45 Bristol and Bath’s master (and mistress!) bakers 49 Melissa Blease visits Bathampton Mill 53 Mike Gartside dines at Delmonico 56 Seasonal recipe from Nineteenth House 55 Melissa Blease talks food with Chequers head chef Leigh Evans

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lamboyant stylist Gok Wan started his career in 1998 after dropping out of drama school. Presenter of Channel 4’s How to Look Good Naked, he’s been described as a ‘saint’ by some of the women whose lives he’s apparently transformed by trying to instill in them a confidence in their own bodies, while helping them to choose clothes to flatter their figures. Gok’s own battle with his weight and self-esteem – he once confessed to weighing 21 stone as a teenager – has been well documented. Hi Gok! What are you wearing today? I’ve just got back from the gym and I’m currently wearing the most unfashionable gym outfit ever. Black jogging bottoms and a T-shirt - all Adidas - and a pair of sunglasses. When I’m going to the gym I always try to wear at least one stylish item. I don’t wear the sunglasses while I’m doing my workout – just on the way there, to freak my trainer out. I must be the gayest person who’s ever been into his gym. Do you still shop for clothes yourself or do you get sent it all for free? A mixture of both, actually. My assistant Danny, who is wonderful, will call in pieces, but most of the time I’ll go shopping for myself. I’m reluctant to turn into the sort of person who has racks of sent clothes. I do love the high street, and they do give me a nice little discount. But I’m on a shopping drought at the moment as I’ve got to clear everything out of my wardrobes for the new season. Everything goes to charity, and this year I’m doing my first carboot sale - can you believe it? My mum and dad are retiring this year and I’ve told them they need to do a carboot and we’ll do it together to raise money for Kidscape [national child protection and anti-bullying charity]. What are the most common fashion problems that women come to you with? Possibly the most common is when women say they had a style when they were younger and then, after getting older or having children or their bodies changing, they lose their sense of identity and style. Their wardrobe is 20 years out of date and they’ve developed a kind of camouflage – often oversized sweaters - to cover up their body.

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Short legs Navy Madeleine trousers, £119, Hobbs (Cabot Circus, Bristol) Gok says: “What you want to do is elongate the leg - take a highwaisted pair of shorts or trousers and make sure everything up top is cut very, very simple. Try vertical stripes on the bottom and keep the top plain.”

If a woman on a recession budget wanted to buy three key pieces from the new autumn/ winter collections, what would you recommend? A shift dress, trench coat and a really, really good pair of fitted jeans. A woman can have no better friend than a gay man. Discuss. That’s hard because, number one, I’m not a woman and, second, my best friend is a woman. I think gay men do make good friends as there’s a lack of competition. I think it’s more objective because you know you could never be the same person. Gay men are, on the whole, quite loyal, more in touch with their emotions and more sensitive and in touch with their female side. Do people ever come up and hug you in the street? Constantly. It’s lovely. I’m in a very, very amazing position. People are very friendly it’s a very personal show and people feel that they know me. We get a nice crowd of people. Sometimes it can be a little bit overwhelming.

Giant boobs Therapy floral print corseted dress, £35, House of Fraser (Cabot Circus, Bristol) Gok says: “It’s about proportions. Don’t try to minimise your rack show off your cleavage and maximise the lower half of your body with bell skirts or widelegged trousers. Boot-leg trousers work well, too. Work the waistline - a lot of women think something like a smock top will mask boobs but it actually creates a tent effect.” A flat bum Miso Tutu dress, £64.99, Republic (Cabot Circus, Bristol) Gok says: “There are some absolutely amazing padded pants on the market - like a chicken fillet for the bum. Or you can add volume around the hips and, again, take your waistline higher.” A beer belly Daydream control thong, £35, La Senza (Cabot Circus, Bristol) Gok says: “Good use of magic underwear to flatten your upper tummy, and maybe an empire-line waistline.”

Gok Wan appears at Cheltenham Literature Festival on Sat 16 Oct to talk about his inspiring autobiography Through Thick and Thin (out 14 Oct, published by Ebury Press). Ffi: cheltenhamfestivals. com/literature

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ath’s Little Theatre Cinema was built in 1935 by community arts pioneer Consuelo de Reyes and her stage designer husband Peter King. Here, LTC manager Martin Jennings-Wright tells us about the Heritage City’s beloved institution. Tell us a little bit about the Little Theatre Cinema We’re primarily a community arts cinema. Alongside a programme of regular screenings, we offer programmes specifically aimed at seniors, parent and baby screenings, and a weekly Kids Club. We operate a thriving membership scheme and discounts for students, and a feeling of tremendous loyalty comes through from our customers, for which we’re very grateful. I’ve worked in cinemas all over the country, but none with the atmosphere and charm of the Little. And Hilary King [daughter of the original founders] is still on our board of directors. The LTC is renowned for screening a wonderfully eclectic mix with broad appeal to all ages and interests. How do you go about planning such a schedule? Our schedule is the result of encouraging as much input from as many different sources as possible. We’re fortunate to work in partnership with the City Screen organisation, and their wonderful programming people do the sometimes tricky task of dealing with distributors and bookings. With our local knowledge to guide them, they do a really good job of getting hold of films that will appeal to people in the region. Many of our more unusual screenings are the result of my hopelessly random brain suddenly sparking in a most unexpected - and usually quite impractical! – way. I’m a bit of a classical music enthusiast, and we’ve consequently put together film and live music tribute nights to composers such as Gershwin, Beethoven, Elgar and Tchaikovsky. You also bring some of the world’s biggest cultural events to Bath... We try to identify events that will appeal to the well-developed local appetite for relatively high-end culture, especially

those that might be difficult or impossible to attend due to location, price or sheer popularity. The New York Metropolitan Opera produce some of the finest opera on the face of the planet - we’re in our third year of showing their electrifying performances, and we’ve found demand in Bath to be ever-more insatiable. Our National Theatre Live programme has also been a runaway success, and this year we celebrated our first link-ups with Glyndebourne and the Edinburgh Festival. But we’re keen to identify other slices of cultural life that might translate well to the big screen and appeal to Bathonians. If any Folio readers have any bright ideas, please get in touch! What’s in the LTC pipeline? Over the past year we’ve been raising money for vital improvements to the cinema [visit for the details]. Very soon we’ll have a luxury balcony in place, complete with sofas and drinks brought to your seat. We’re putting together a series of screenings in conjunction with the Bath Amnesty Group, identifying problematic areas of the world we can all help to do something about, and we’ve got the Bath Film Festival to

look forward to next month. We also have the continuation of our long-running link with the Theatre Royal Bath’s Ustinov Theatre, wherein the theatre selects and introduces a film to tie in with a Ustinov production. What are your personal top five favourite films of all time? The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Vertigo, Dead of Night, Rumblefish and Kal Ho Naa Ho. The first four tell us all about the downside of the human condition: greed, obsession, fear and anomie. The last one though a major weepy! - cheers us all up with a few cracking song and dance numbers. But sometimes, for me, only Bollywood can really do it. The Little Theatre Cinema St Michael’s Place, Bath. Ffi: 0871 902 5735, uk/cinema/the_little

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feature Steve Wright leafs through a stunning new inventory of Bristol’s best architecture


ere’s something you may not be aware of – but, if you’ve ever looked around at this fair city of ours, won’t be too surprised by. Outside London, Bristol has a wider and more varied range of building types from all periods than any other town or city in the country. So the task that longtime Bristol architect Mike Jenner set himself – to pick the city’s 100 best buildings, from the Middle Ages to the present day – is a mammoth one. A few candidates – St Mary Redcliffe, Royal York Crescent, the Suspension Bridge – would make anyone’s list. But how about the other 90-odd? How to rate one Georgian terrace, square or crescent against another? Does an Art Nouveau former teashop on College Green deserve more acclaim than the harsh lines of a concrete house in the city’s leafy north-western suburbs? Mike’s been a Bristol architect for over half a century, and his commissions have ranged from the vast Colston Tower to work on the Mediaeval entrance to Christmas Steps. As such, he knows the city’s history and architectural challenges better than anyone. And the resulting selection, published as Bristol’s 100 Best Buildings, is a hugely informative, beautifully photographed (by local snapper Stephen Morris) and vigorous assessment of Bristol’s architecture down the centuries. Read on as, ahead of the book’s release at the end of this month, Mike picks out a few jewels in Bristol’s rich and complex crown.

“Bold yet sensitive restoration - a mix of the old and the new - is key to the Clifton Lido's appeal.”

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feature Kings Weston House This mansion on Bristol’s western edge was built in 1710 by John Vanbrugh, who had recently taken up architecture after working as a soldier (and, probably, spy), theatre owner and composer of bawdy stage comedies. Vanbrugh’s last career choice, though, was undoubtedly his most illustrious - his great works include Castle Howard in North Yorkshire and the vast Blenheim Palace on the edge of the Cotswolds. Mike labels Vanbrugh one of the three or four greatest architects Britain has ever produced. Back to Kings Weston, though, which – before Vanbrugh’s intervention – was a country estate with a Tudor house owned by one of the city’s merchants. In 1710, the house’s owner Sir Edward Southwell instructed Vanbrugh to knock it down and build anew. Two of Kings Weston’s four faces (the west and south) survive. “Both are extremely severe, with hardly any ornament, utterly unlike Vanbrugh’s palaces,” Mike comments. “Poor Southwell protested at having this experiment in architectural minimalism thrust upon him, but Vanbrugh had his way. The feature that transforms everything is on the roof, which is crowned by the tall chimney stacks joined together by arches into a sort of open temple: a little building sitting on a bigger one.” Blaise Hamlet This homely, secluded huddle of thatched cottages was designed by John Nash and built in 1810-11 for John Scandrett Harford, a Bristol banker who wanted accommodation for his retired employees. Rather than the standard-issue almshouses, Nash built nine pastoral cottages, scattered informally around their own green, complete with village pump. “All the cottages are built of the local stonework, but everything else is varied,” says Mike. “Some walls are straight, some are curved. The roofs of thatch and stone slates curl and dip around them. The variety of their shapes and

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chimneys would fill a textbook. Nothing is regular, nothing repeated. Wherever you look, the variety of invention is enchanting and, for an architect, humbling.” Clifton Lido Designed by Bristol architect Richard Shackleton Pope, the Clifton Victoria Baths were opened in July 1850 – when few houses had bathrooms, and municipal baths were still a few decades away. The Baths were operated by a company that offered ‘private baths for the convenience of ladies and gentlemen, a medicated bath for the use of invalids, and a spacious plunging and swimming bath’. They can’t have been wholly successful, though, because in the 1870s a chunk of the building was sold and converted into a pub. The second company to run the baths went into liquidation in 1897. The pool was then run as public baths for nearly a century until its closure in 1990. Not long after, a campaign began to save the building – at one point demolition for flats looked likely, but in 1998 the pool received Listed Building status. It was then bought by Arne Ringner of Bristol’s Glass Boat Company, given a £2m revamp by Bristol architects Marshall and Kendon and reopened in 2008 as a pool, health spa and restaurant. Bold yet sensitive restoration – a mix of the old and the new – is key to the Lido’s appeal. The architects retained and restored much of its dilapidated and indeed collapsing interior; all new work, on the other hand, was deliberately constructed of visibly modern materials. The pool is also spectacular. “Instead of the usual arrangement where the water level is below the surrounding walkway, here it’s raised so that the water isn’t far below the eye level of people sitting beside the pool,” Mike explains. “The effect is of a great sheet of water raised above the floor. It’s a magical sight.” ➜

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feature St Michael’s Hill This broad, graceful incline forms, together with narrow, cobbled Christmas Steps below, one of the oldest routes in and out of Bristol. Mike takes up the story. “The great width of St Michael’s Hill almost certainly arose because, being steep and undoubtedly muddy throughout its early years, the way got wider and wider as vehicles left the track to find less rutted routes on either side. As the first timber-and-thatch houses began to be built on each side, they were set back from the ever-widening thoroughfare. Over the years they were demolished as they became decrepit, were rebuilt on the same plot, and, in many cases, doubtless demolished and rebuilt again. Those we see today are a glorious confusion dating from every century since the 17th, and exhibiting most of the architectural fashions of those years.” Despite the later incursion of the “loutish” concrete Bristol Royal Infirmary, St Michael’s Hill, says Mike, remains the most picturesque Bristol street. “Being curved means that there’s always something hidden out of sight, but about to come into view as one moves up or down. It’s also due to the mixture of sizes, architectural styles, flat parapets and steep gables, to the dozens of building materials, colours and textures, to the pavements that run beside the carriageway and then climb up to look down upon it, to the frontages undulating in and out and, above all, to the glorious view over the city as one comes down the hill.”

St Michael's Hill: “Bristol's most picturesque street.” Inset: Christmas Steps

at that time, and there wasn’t the slightest reason to expect a sudden surge in the population.” Sure enough, in the spring of 1793, building ground to a halt. Within a few months there were over 50 bankruptcies, including several banks. Windsor Terrace represents the most insane speculation of all – and, says Mike, “surely the Windsor Terrace most hopeless building ever started anywhere”. Of “As architecture, Windsor Terrace is a disaster; as its 10 houses, the two at the eastern end are built scenery it’s superlative; as a building speculation, on roughly level ground: to support the other a ghastly warning,” is Mike’s mixed verdict of this eight, a vast man-made cliff had to be built out dramatic Georgian wedge peering out into the Gorge, at colossal expense. It needed to vertiginously over the Avon Gorge. Windsor be broad enough to support the houses, the Terrace’s troubled story includes some bad timing pavement, the road and, for some bizarre reason, – coming at the end of a small house-building a strip of grass as well. mania in the late 1780s and early 1790s – and a The developer was one William Watts, who’d uniquely challenging building environment. made a fortune with his invention for Put simply, Bristol developers were building far manufacturing lead shot. Windsor Terrace proved too many houses at the time. “In April 1791 a Bristol a bottomless pit for his money - richer than the newspaper reported that ‘ground is actually taken other speculators, he lasted a few months longer, for more than 2000 houses’,” Mike explains. “There but finally crashed without having completed a were probably only about 12,000 houses in the city single house. The terrace he had begun was

eventually completed on the cheap, with no attempt to complete the classical features planned by Watts’ architect, John Eveleigh of Bath. “The result is an appalling mess,” says Mike. “Not one house can be looked at without a shudder. But the terrace and its man-made cliff is one of the great and visually indispensable buttresses of Clifton in the famous views from the south and west. Posterity owes a lot to William Watts.” Downleaze This terrace, built in the 1890s by young architect Henry Dare Bryan, is one of a clutch of elegant rows created in the newly desirable suburb of Sneyd Park – prized for its leafy expanses, proximity to the Downs, and for ultimate peace and respectability, lack of pubs. “The houses are all large semi-detached pairs, and every pair is different,” says Mike. “The north side, with houses mostly of stone to catch the sun, is the more conventional of the two, but very delightful. The south side, without much sun, relies on more colourful materials to enliven it. It is stunning. Not only is each pair different, each house in each pair is different. Despite this, the row forms a wonderfully cohesive group, its unity based on a limited range of colours running through all the houses, and a succession of gables of all possible sizes, stepping slowly down the sloping ground. To create so much variety in a street of basically similar houses is wonderful.”


This pic and left: Windsor Terrace - “Surely the most hopeless building ever started anywhere.”

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“Everyone can interpret their own dreams – you are, in fact, your own expert.” Jennifer Parker

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Ever wondered what those strange, often apparently random images that flash through your brain when you're asleep actually mean? Then you need the latest book by UWE academic Jennifer Parker, says Melissa Blease


ver since my encounter with Jennifer Parker – senior lecturer at the University of the West of England, founder of the university’s Dream Research Group, Yahoo!’s official ‘Dream Doctor’ and author of the recently published book ‘Dreams and Nightmares: What the Mind is Trying to Tell you whilst the Body Sleeps’ (Apple Press, £12.99) – I’ve taken my nightlife more seriously than ever before. According to Jennifer, dreams – one of the truly universal shared human experiences, written about since historical records began and enduringly fascinating today – are incredibly important in terms of understanding how the human mind works. And while many of us may think we already know a bit about how our dreams affect our everyday waking lives, there’s far, far more to Jennifer’s perspective on the subject than even those who have made friends with Freud might expect. “The more I learnt about dream research, the more dissatisfied I became with existing descriptions of what dreams are, how they’re formed and what their purpose is,” Jennifer explains. “I became determined to conduct quality, in-depth research into the subject. I am, at heart, a scientist: good dream work needs to be embedded in current scientific knowledge, so I’ve merged my academic research skills with interpretation, from an informed perspective.” Jennifer originally studied psychology and today also lectures on the psychology of addictive behaviours. But dreams became her passion during her second year at university when she experienced a personal ‘Eureka!’ moment. “I attended a lecture on sleep and dreaming and thought, this is it – this is why I’m here,” she recalls. “I figured that I should study something that inspired me, even though I was aware that studying dreams was risky: dreams have always been a bit ‘out there’ in terms of academic life, and most people, psychologists included, don’t recognise that if there is a change in someone’s ➜

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feature psychological state then sleep – and consequently dreams – are one of the first psychological phenomena to be affected.” But what affects our subconscious Jennifer Parker deciphers my dreams hours? “Many, many things affect our dreams, but more often than not, the common denominators are l I’m in a small car with my best (male) issues, exchanges or landmark life experiences that we friend, looking for a supermarket in a vaguely are emotionally attached to,” Jennifer explains. familiar town. Out of the corner of my eye I “Pregnancy, getting married, ending or forming spot an ex-boyfriend from years ago, with attachments, moving house – the list is potentially whom the relationship ended badly. The ex endless, but there may also be less significant factors doesn’t see me, but I want to avoid him. My that we don’t realise have affected us quite deeply.” long-term boyfriend calls me on my mobile Jennifer goes on to acknowledge that, while there and tells me that the supermarket is closing are certain clearly identified typical ‘dream themes’ for the evening. I start feeling panicky and (for example, being chased, being naked in public want to be home. or being late for an important event), she’s keen to Jennifer says: “Any building in a dream is point out that everybody’s dream life is representative of the dreamer’s internal state. multifaceted, diverse and wholly personal to them. A supermarket is associated with buying “If you put hundreds of dreams together and find resources necessary for survival; in this case, the common or most frequently occurring perhaps you were looking for something characters, activities and objects, then yes, there are important to your internal equilibrium that typical dreams. But these are the very themes that you have ‘run out of’? The phone call and the led to my belief in my ongoing research, supermarket both suggest a focus on incorporating the diversity in human conscious intimacy and communication – your dream experience and recognising that the human mind is shows that these are not ‘wants’ or something extraordinarily complex. In my findings, all dreams you would merely like in a relationship, but are given their own voice, relevant to the individual.” that they are ‘necessities’. The social If Jennifer’s perspective has piqued your interest, exchanges between the three known men her new book provides not only a response to the are very interesting: your best friend is with ‘typical’ questions about dreams (how, why, what you in the car, you see an ex but he doesn’t might they mean?) but also dispels some classic see you and your current partner phones (but myths regarding ‘interpretation’, alongside a doesn’t appear personally) to tell you that fascinating insight into how men and women’s the supermarket is shut. One thing is very dreams differ. “I wrote my book with the intelligent clear: you do not want what you had in the reader in mind, but it turned out to be a life-changing past (the ex), and you unconsciously experience for me in a really intimate way,” says recognise, in the dream, that home (yourself) Jennifer. “Initially, it was my chance to present is where you will find the connection that everything I had learnt about dreams in the last 17 you need. I suggest that you take time to years, but while I was writing it I encountered various consider what qualities your best friend may health problems of my own. Instead of thinking too have that you would like to develop in much about those problems and the possible yourself: these qualities are talking a ‘back implications, I carried on writing the book and put all seat’ at the moment – perhaps you should go that ‘anxious’ energy to good use. Some of the dreams on an adventure into the unknown and let in the book are mine, but I won’t tell you which ones those qualities ‘drive’ you for a while.” – that’s way too much information!” In the spirit of journalistic research, I did, l I often dream about dogs. however, share some of my dreams with Jennifer says: “Dogs are one of Jennifer (see panel). While the sceptic in the most commonly me expected to sprinkle the findings "Dogs are one of the most occurring dream animals. with a light pinch of salt, her commonly occurring dream There are certain interpretations resonated very animals." qualities associated deeply, giving me an insight into with dogs – for my own psyche that I’d example, once they previously either failed to bond with you, the acknowledge or not had the bond can last courage to consider. Phew! So, forever; it’s almost as do we all need an expert to if they take the navigate us through our own field feeling of you via a of dreams? “Everyone can type of osmosis. I interpret their own dreams – you wonder if these are are, in fact, your own expert,” says qualities that you also have? Jennifer. “An ‘official’ interpreter merely You indicate that your dreams acts as a reflector to the dreamer’s own feature different breeds. Look at ideas, leading the dreamer to say ‘OK, now I what breed the dogs in your dream may be, get what that dream means’. A colleague of mine as there are characteristics associated with calls a dream ‘a letter to the self’, but even better is each one. For example, if you dream about a the Talmud saying that ‘a dream that isn’t St Bernard, who needs to be rescued? A interpreted is like a letter that isn’t read’. Everyone German Shepherd – who needs protection? should have at least one go at interpreting a dream!” A poodle – are you concerned with image? A Fancy reading the letter that you wrote to yourself Jack Russell – are you tenacious and don’t let last night? Take Jennifer’s book to bed with you before go easily? On from that, if any animal in a you turn off the light, and discover a little bit more about who you really are.

What's that mean then? dream shows human capabilities, this is interpreted as the dreamer moving from one stage of development to another, showing the human capacity for development beyond what was intended.”

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BRISTOL Jingle Bell’s Christmas is a special time of year at Bell’s Diner, tucked away in a former grocery shop in Montpelier. Chef/owner Chris Wicks has devised a Christmas menu bursting with modern, exciting and flavoursome dishes. You may be tempted by quail ballotine, fig, almonds, pedro ximenez or perhaps halibut, hazelnut, artichokes, lemon, langoustine bisque. Meat is sourced down the road in Devon and Somerset, fish is from Cornwall or Scotland and wild produce is picked locally. Its new and extended wine list is worth a mention, with house wines from £15.50 and a more esoteric collection for the connoisseurs. Bell’s Diner 1-3 York Rd, Montpelier, Bristol. Ffi: 0117 924 0357,

Three’s company At Three Coqs Brasserie, the Christmas season is all about sharing. They’d love you to try all their ‘seasonal dishes with a twist’ and, with one of their sharing menus, you won’t have to decide between rare roast beef, fine beans and celeriac remoulade or red wine and venison stew with orange and cloves. Your party will be even more special if you choose their elevated chef’s table – you’ll be tucked away from other diners and can watch the chefs hard at work. What’s more, you’ll even be served by them directly from the kitchen. Three Coqs Brasserie above Clifton Down Shopping Centre, Bristol. Ffi: 0117 949 3030, www.

Japanese wonderland For a Christmas party with a difference why not try something with a far eastern feel? The NOA Japanese restaurant in Clifton, Bristol, has organised a mouthwatering seasonal spread with its NOA Christmas Mikado set meal. Christmas choice doesn’t get much more exotic than this: (appetizers) Honey and ginger glazed roasted duck breast with crispy orange slice; scallops with red wine plum sauce; (starters) royal California roll; wagyu beef negimaki; (mains) fillet mignon with garlic and ginger wafu sauce; grilled Bahamas lobster with miso butter sauce; and (desserts) Japanese Christmas cake (a Japanese soft sponge cake with satsumaimo paste) and fruit anmitso. There’s an equally delicately balanced menu for vegetarians, too. NOA Japanese Restaurant 12-13 Waterloo Street, Clifton, Bristol. Ffi: 0117 973 2881, www.

From top: Bell's Diner, Bristol, Three Coqs, Bristol and Clifton Sausage

Float your boat Christmas on the gorgeous Glassboat is always spectacular - not least of all for party organisers who receive a voucher for an intimate Glassboat dinner for two at a later date as a reward for getting it all together. There’s no extra charge for exclusive use of the lower deck (up to 40 revellers) or even the whole boat (up to 150), and your guests don’t have to preorder from the three-course lunch and dinner menus (£25/£30pp) that run the whole modern Brit/Med-themed gamut, including very proper roast turkey. Glassboat Welsh Back, Bristol. Ffi: 0117 929 0704,

Festive fizz For bringing the true taste (and ambience) of rural northern Italy to the heart of Clifton Village, Gordon Ramsay loves the cheerful, fun and family-run Prosecco and so will you. Spectacular threecourse/£27 Christmas menus include traditional British faves (chicken liver pate, roast turkey, Christmas pud) alongside authentic treats inspired by head chef Diego Da Re’s Italian roots. Fancy feasting on Venetian ‘sgroppino’, homemade ravioli and real Italian cheeses? You’ve come to da right place. Prosecco 25 The Mall, Clifton, Bristol. Ffi: 0117 973 4499,

Reindeer surprise Snuggle up at the Clifton Sausage, who have added some really imaginative festive twists to their already outstanding modern British formula. CS Christmas party menus (lunch £23.50, evening £28.50) include a main course of reindeer (yes, reindeer!) ➜

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Prosecco Christmas Party Menu 2010 Why not dine in style this festive season? Starters Homemade Chicken Liver Pate with chutney and toasted ciabatta Rocket, Pancetta and pumpkin salad with blue cheese dressing Smoked Roast Salmon crushed potatoes and horseradish Spicy celeriac soup, roasted almonds with garlic and pecorino bruschetta

Main courses Homemade ravioli filled with roasted aubergines in a creamy saffron sauce Roast rump of Lamb with Rosemary sauce Mixed Wild Mushroom Risotto Turkey wrapped in ham with shallot and sage stuffing

Dolci Traditional Christmas pudding with brandy cream Rich Chocolate terrine and berry sauce Selection of Sorbet or ice cream Coffee and Cream semi -freddo with pistachios & Caramel sauce

£27 per person for 3 courses • Menu available Monday to Friday lunch and dinner • Sole use of venue available (minimum number required) • Executive food and wine tasting parties by arrangement • Terms and conditions apply

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and cranberry sausages, while the traditional turkey feast comes with Old Spot pigs in blankets. Find similarly dashing options on the flexible buffet menus at the Quadrant Bar, too, and party on in a cosy but cool, atmospheric bar and wine cellar, letting the Euro-beers and international wines flow as you nibble from a grand grazing selection of Mediterranean and traditional treats. Clifton Sausage 7-9 Portland St, Clifton, Bristol. Ffi: 0117 973 1192, Quadrant 2 Princess Victoria St, Clifton, Bristol. Ffi: 0117 974 1025,

Non-stop exotic cabaret Sensual, magical surroundings, evocative atmospherics, private dining options and non-stop entertainment - what’s not to love about Byzantium at Christmas? Three-course Christmas lunches start at £17.50 (four-course dinners from £29.95), inclusive of entertainment including DJs, belly dancers and/or magicians. Party organisers, meanwhile, are rewarded for their efforts with a voucher for dinner for two at a later date. Byzantium 2 Portwall Lane, Bristol. Ffi: 0117 922 1883,

Dive in Celebrate Christmas in a uniquely memorable setting at the beautifully refurbished Victorian Clifton Lido. The elegant Tea Room seats up to 30 guests, the restaurant itself can accommodate up to 80 merrymakers, and spa packages are available throughout the season (a fabulous pre/post-party season treat, perhaps?). On the food front, £29.50pp offers three courses of largely locally sourced, seasonal sumptuousness including seared venison with baby onions slow cooked in Pedro Ximenez, and chocolate and salted caramel tart. Lido Oakfield Place, Clifton, Bristol. Ffi: 0117 933 9530,

Chic ‘n’ cosy Good times are always on the menu at smart neighbourhood eatery Delmonico, and at Christmas the chic but cosy ambience offers major appeal. The Christmas party menu (two/three courses £18.95/£22.95) includes goodies such as smoked mackerel and Byzantium, Bristol

From top: Glassboat, Bristol, The Lido, Clifton and Zen Harbourside, Bristol

cream cheese mousse, confit of duck leg and warm treacle tart (but as you’d expect, turkey and Christmas pud take centre stage, too), and a private dining room can accommodate up to 30 guests at no extra charge. Delmonico 217 Gloucester Rd, Bristol. Ffi: 0117 944 5673,

Chinese whispers For over a decade, Dynasty - an elegant cornerstone of the historic Redcliffe scene - has enjoyed a solid reputation for highquality Far Eastern exotica... the most authentic you’ll find around these parts without taking a gap year. This lovely, lively restaurant offers private dining for up to 100 people, flexible menus based around classic Cantonese, Peking and Szechuan themes, plenty of party/buffet menus to suit all moods and budgets and a karaoke system, too, if that’s your party’s thang! Dynasty 16a St Thomas St, Redcliffe, Bristol. Ffi: 0117 925 0888,

Far Eastern feasts Zen may be a sparkling new kid on the harbourside block, but this glamorous 400-seat restaurant’s ancestry (it’s part of the Dynasty dynasty - see above) guarantees a high-quality, unforgettable experience. Chefs here specialise in regional cuisine drawn from more than 23 provinces in China, and the menu features many dishes you simply won’t find in other Chinese restaurants in England. The aptly-named Explore Lunch (£20pp) is a wonderful way to start your Far Eastern odyssey over the party season, while other festive menus include the Zen Fusion (£28pp), Festive Indulgence (£35pp) and Festive Excite (£42pp). Party organisers are offered free dinner vouchers, and those who book before the end of October receive a 10% discount on the final bill. Zen Harbourside Explore Lane, Harbourside, Bristol. Ffi: 0117 920 9372, ➜

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Clockwise from top left: Bocabar and The Avon Gorge Hotel, Bristol. LochFyne, Bristol and Bath, and Malborough Tavern, Bath

BATH Home from home The Marlborough Tavern offers cosy but chic conviviality, upper-crust modern British menus and the kind of home-fromhome vibe that will make you want to linger long after the prandial part of your celebrations are over. Get together for cocktails and canapés or a full-on Christmas feast, or hire the whole pub for exclusive use. But whatever your decision, make it early - due to a well-deserved illustrious reputation (and wallet-friendly prices that belie the quality on offer), the MT bookings diary fills up fast. Marlborough Tavern 35 Marlborough Buildings, Bath. Ffi: 01225 423731,

Hip hangout Situated at the heart of the lovely, lively Paintworks complex and set within a reclaimed, converted redbrick warehouse, the laidback, all-things-toall-people chill-out zone that is Bocabar guarantees gently buzzing atmospherics throughout the festive season. Christmas party menus for revellers in groups of all sizes weren’t quite ready at the time of going to press, so give them a call for details. DJs and live bands are already on call. Bocabar Paintworks, Bath Rd, Arnos Vale, Bristol. Ffi: 0117 972 8838,

Rooms with a view Swing into Christmas with a party at the Avon Gorge Hotel, one of Bristol’s grandest dames of the celebratory scene. For £25pp you get a suitably sparkling cocktail to put you in the mood for a four-course dinner and disco, while Casino Nights (£35pp) bring the addition of fun money, roulette and

blackjack to the frolics... and it all takes place against the panoramic backdrop of the Clifton Suspension Bridge and beyond. Going large? The hotel’s White Lion Bar can accommodate up to 80 buffet-ing revellers for exclusive use. Avon Gorge Hotel Sion Hill, Clifton, Bristol. Ffi: 0117 973 8955,

Gold rush Choose from three floors of stylish Christmas dining opportunities at Goldbrick House. Flexible spaces offer accommodation for parties from 10-140 guests, whether you’re after drinking, nibbling or full-on fine dining. Christmas lunch menus start at £18.95/ two courses (dinner £28.95), and a myriad of canape/buffet options abound. There’s no charge for room hire and no need to pre-order on behalf of your sit-down party, and there’s free fizz on selected dates. Goldbrick House 69 Park St, Bristol. Ffi: 0117 945 1950,

Best of British Recently refurbished under the auspices of the team already responsible for the glorious Marlborough Tavern (see above), the Chequers boasts the smartest British pub grub for miles around, at (cosy) street level and a subtly elegant, airy but intimate dining room on the first floor, with menus in both distinctly different spaces courtesy of young uber-chef Leigh Evans. Leigh’s Christmas menu (two courses £25pp, three £30) includes an amuse-bouche of roasted squash and chestnut bubbles, roasted freerange Wiltshire turkey, vibrant vegetarian options, a pre-dessert treat of mulled wine sorbet with lemon sherbet, and proper Christmas pud. Chequers 50 Rivers St, Bath. Ffi: 01225 360117,

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£19.95) include Loch Fyne classics such as rope-grown moules marinieres, roast salmon and a Scottish cheese selection alongside plenty of well-sourced meaty/ vegetarian options, too - book now and take advantage of a three-for-two offer on pre-ordered party wine. Loch Fyne 24 Milsom St, Bath. Ffi: 01225 750120, & The Old Granary, Queen Charlotte St, Bristol. Ffi: 0117 930 7160

Classic Cheer Whether you choose to enjoy your festive frolics against a Bath Abbey backdrop or in surroundings modelled on the Doge’s Palace in Venice (Bristol), both branches of Browns will make sure that you and your friends, family or work colleagues swing into Christmas in reliably fine style, where celebratory cocktails go large and the wine list is seemingly endless. Enjoy a three-course Christmas party lunch/dinner for £24.95/£29.95 before or after hitting the stylish bars. Browns 38 Queens Rd, Clifton, Bristol (0117 930 4777) & Orange Grove, Bath (01225 461199). Ffi:

Make a splash Hoorah for Aqua, who have just announced the dates for their legendary Christmas party nights: for an all-inclusive price of £27.95, enjoy dinner, DJs and dancing the night away on 3, 9, 14 & 23 Dec. If a lively but laidback lunch- or dinner-only deal is more your thing, £19.95pp (dinner £26.95) gets you three courses from festive menus infused with la dolce vita in any one of Aqua’s three stunning locations in Bristol and Bath. Aqua Italia Welsh Back, Bristol (0117 915 6060); 153 Whiteladies Rd, Bristol (0117 973 3314) & 88 Walcot St, Bath (01225 471371). Ffi:

CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY Tales from the riverbank The chic, spacious Bathampton Mill offers splendid riverbank/weir views from the glorious garden/patio, and effortless cosy good cheer within. Enjoy three-course festive menus (including tasty delights such as stilton and spiced pear tart, spit roast chicken with all the trimmings, and malted milk pannacotta with winter berries) for £20pp at lunchtime and £25 later on, while early birds who book their party between 1-9 December get a £3 discount per person on either option. Bathampton Mill Mill Lane, Bathampton, Bath. Ffi: 01225 469758,

Picture perfect If the historic village of Marshfield looks like a Christmas card, a visit to the atmospheric, cosy Catherine Wheel is like walking right into the picture. Christmas party menus, meanwhile, are similarly evocative of the spirit of the festive season: luxurious pates and roulades abound, cranberry and thyme stuffed turkey comes

From top: The Wheatsheaf, nr Bath, Browns, Bath & Bristol and The Catherine Wheel, Marshfield.

with pork and apricot cake, and, of course, there’s brandy sauce with the pud (but don’t worry: there’s plenty to keep the nontraditionalists happy too!). It all comes in at £18 for three courses at lunchtime and £25 for dinner. Catherine Wheel High St, Marshfield, Wilts. Ffi: 01225 892220,

Style file Your party, your way - that’s the mantra at the idyllic, romantic country house hideaway that is Bannatyne’s Charlton House Spa Hotel. Bespoke party options start at £40pp, and the services of an experienced events manager come as standard. Christmas lunch menus for parties up to 10 people start at £22 (two courses), while party nights (selected dates: £45pp including three-course dinner, wine and dancing) are suitable for larger groups. Charlton House Spa Hotel Shepton Mallet, Somerset. Ffi: 01749 342008, www.bannatyne.

Destination dining If you agree that there’s something really special about the English countryside at Christmas, there are few more special places in which to indulge your penchant for the pastoral than the Wheatsheaf, head chef Lee Evans’ paradisiacal prandial playground. Christmas party bookings are being taken right now, and plans for a very special Christmas Eve lunch are in the pipeline: enjoy the magic of ‘the night before’ in a properly magical, memorable location. Wheatsheaf Combe Hay, nr Bath. Ffi: 01225 833504,

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The Invisible men l Many of us dream of running away with the circus - but, on first impressions at least, you could be forgiven for deciding that Carny Ville is perhaps not the kind of big top troupe to elope with at a moment’s notice... unless, of course, you have a penchant for all things bizarre. That said, there is something oddly compelling about the weekend spectacle promised by the people behind the Invisible Circus. If you missed the previous incarnations of Carny Ville, just think Victorian England meets Moulin Rouge at Halloween and you might be close to imagining the sinister visual delights they’ve got in store. For two weekends only, the Invisible gang will swarm across ‘The Island’ in Bristol (their de facto HQ - a disused police and fire

into an immersive, participatory fusion of performance art and electrifying stunt work. Boasting a huge in-character population, they merge the real and the unreal, throwing in flames, filth and trapezes for good measure. If you relish the art of fancy dress, Carny Ville is a chance to adorn yourself in Victorian-style finery and flit amid the wideeyed masses as your night spirals ever further into the realms of the surreal. Still fancy running away? Act fast - these events always sell out well in advance. station on Silver Street, complete with creepy corridors and underground cells) for what may be their final show at this particular venue. Established in 1992, the Invisible Circus have swiftly

built a reputation for anarchic, boundary-testing performance with a seedy vaudevillian tang. With shows set against the backdrop of familiar circus, cabaret and sideshow routines, the Carny Ville event mutates

Carny Ville 1-3 & 7-10 Oct, ‘The Island’ (former Bridewell Island Police Station, Silver St), Bristol. Tickets from Bristol Ticket Shop: 0117 929 9008, Ffi:


love's sweet song l “It’s not contrived. It’s just open…” is how Corinne Bailey Rae describes the intimacy of her second album. Fleshing out the most private of moments in her lyrics, The Sea reflects two years of grief, love and loss. Four years on from achieving number one in the UK charts and selling more than four million copies of her self-titled debut album, Corinne has clearly matured in her craft. Co-producing ‘The Sea’ with the friends and musicians she worked with on her first album has ensured that this newest release retains all the elements that contributed to her previous successes. This time round, we’re presented with a collection of songs which lament upon the loss of her husband Jason in 2008.

Soulfully, Corinne presses upon issues of heartache and anguish and arrives at a defiant, optimistic end to an album stripped bare of any pretence about what she’s dealt with in the past two years. The Sea is clearly a therapeutic creation for Corrine, the album’s titular metaphor haunting her lyrics: ‘The majestic sea, breaks everything, cleans everything, crushed everything, takes everything from me’. Such an emotionally strong album makes it easy to get swept in by the tide of her music while you drift among the wreckage of memories past. Corinne Bailey Rae Wed 13 Oct, 02 Academy, Bristol. Ffi: 0844 477 2000, www.o2academybristol.

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Jam sandwich l While researching the UK’s only festival of improvisation, we discovered, fittingly enough, that many of its madcap and multifarious happenings and performances are yet to be decided. Highlights already confirmed on the predictably unpredictable bill include Showstopper, a musical made up from scratch on the night; something very special from chamber ensemble the Sacconi Quartet; mask making, puppetry and spectacle in the foundobject theatre of Animo; LIFEGAME, a show that acts out the lifestory of a different chatshow guest each night to turn purely personal experiences into something universal; a shoethemed skit-show for kids from comedian Phil Kay (pictured); and precisely one hour, six minutes and

35 seconds of podcasted banter, bickering and homoerotic tension from comedic alter-egos Collings and Herrin - one an ‘oatmilk-drinking, woolly liberal with an obsession with the Mitford sisters’, the other ‘a foulmouthed, sex-obsessed, lovelorn fool, who regularly pushes back the boundaries of comedy, only to discover why the boundaries were put there in the first place’. Expect a mass of other on-the-spot silliness, possibly including dance, blank verse, storytelling, tours, tragedy, painting - even origami. They’re quite literally making it up as they go along. The Bristol Jam 26 Oct-6 Nov, Bristol Old Vic. Tickets: 0117 987 7877, www. Ffi:


apple of my eye l Slice ‘em, press ‘em, stew ‘em, bake ‘em… however you like them, you can be sure of an abundance of apples this month. On Sat 9 Oct, the villageowned Eldred’s Orchard on Bath Road, Blagdon invites you to a free fun day (10am-2pm) amid the boughs – help pick, and take part in a longestpeel competition, orchard-themed fancy dress, nature hunts and apple bobbing (01761 463964, sjwynn@aol. com). Apple Day at Westbury Court Garden, Westbury on Severn (9-10 Oct, 10am-4.30pm) lets you taste and buy apples and other fruit from Roman to Edwardian times, grown at Westbury Court and other National Trust gardens. Have a go at using their apple/pear crush and press (01452 760461, westburycourt). You can also make your own juice at Willsbridge Apple Day (Sun 10 Oct, 1-5pm) where, as at Lawrence Weston Moor Apple Day (Sun 17 Oct, Weston Moor Nature Reserve, Weston-in-Gordano), there’s a children’s area, family activities, live performance, apple and fruit juice sales and food (0117 917 7270, www. It all leads up to National Apple Day on Thur 21 Oct.

big ben l Giant 3D horses, Egyptian temptress, legions of Roman soldiers stomping past, battle on the high seas, the thrills and spills of high-speed chariot racing… It can only be Ben Hur, the epic tale of the man who moved from successful merchant to galley slave to daredevil charioteer and Crucifixion eye-witness. It’s brought in mind-boggling scale to Bath Theatre Royal by a huge (130+) cast of volunteers, thanks to a bequest from Margot Boyd, the much-missed Bathraised actress who played Mrs Antrobus in Radio 4’s The Archers.

pic: Toby Farrow


Ben Hur 29–31 Oct, Theatre Royal Bath. Ffi: 01225 448844,

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october diary For full details of entertainment and events in Bristol, Bath, Cheltenham and the surrounding areas, Venue magazine, the region’s only comprehensive what’s on guide, complete with features, interviews and local news, is available, weekly, in all good newsagents. Film 1 OCT Buried High-concept thriller from Spanish director Rodrigo Cortes, with Ryan Reynolds as a US contractor in Iraq who wakes up after an attack to find himself buried alive in a coffin with only a mobile phone and a lighter for company. 1 OCT Made in Dagenham Nigel (Calendar Girls)

Cole directs a dramatisation of the 1968 strike at Ford’s Dagenham car plant, where women walked out in protest against sexual discrimination. Cast includes Rosamund Pike, Miranda Richardson, Bob Hoskins and Sally Hawkins. 1 OCT Takers Yet another bank-robber drama. This one has Matt Dillon as a cop who spots the flaw in a seasoned gang’s meticulous method as the big heist draws near.

The missing word is probably ‘equality’ - sisters are doing it for themselves in Nigel (Calendar Girls) Cole’s new drama, Made in Dagenham. See Film

8 OCT Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Oliver

Stone’s timely sequel to his film that captured the spirit of the ‘Greed is Good’ decade. With the economy on the brink of collapse, a young Wall Street trader (Shia LaBeouf) teams up with our old chum Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas). 8 OCT Mr Nice Rhys Ifans plays Howard Marks in

Bernard Rose’s adaptation of the autobiography of the world’s most likeable drug dealer. 8 OCT Jackboots on Whitehall Satirical

alternative-history puppet animation in which the Nazis seize London. Timothy Spall voices Churchill and Alan Cumming is Hitler. 8 OCT A Town Called Panic Award-winning

Belgian stop-motion animation with a cast of toy figures, three of whom (Cowboy, Indian and Horse) share a house. 8 OCT Charlie St Cloud Zac Efron plays a chap

with the ability to see the dead, which comes in handy when he wants to play with his dead brother. 8 OCT Life As We Know It Comedy about two single adults (Josh Duhamel, Katherine Heigl), who become ‘caregivers’ to an orphaned girl when their mutual best friends die in an accident. 8 OCT New York, I Love You Anthology film in

the style of Paris, Je T’aime. Ten directors, ranging

from Fatih Akin to Brett Ratner, tell short love stories unfolding in New York. 15 OCT Despicable Me CGI animation with

22 OCT The Arbor Clio Barnard’s unconventional

drama-doc about late Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar.

Steve Carell voicing a criminal mastermind who’s planning to steal the moon, but meets his greatest challenge in the form of three little girls.

22 OCT Legend of the Guardians 3D Animated

15 OCT The Social Network David Fincher

22 OCT Red Bruce Willis stars in an action-

directs Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg, the youngest billionaire in history, in the true story of Facebook.

comedy about a retired black ops agent who gets the old team back together after his life is threatened by a high-tech assassin.

15 OCT Vampires Suck ‘Twilight’ parody from

22 OCT Mary & Max The first feature-length

the creators of the mirthless likes of Disaster Movie and Meet the Spartans.

22 OCT Alpha and Omega 3D Animation about a pair of young wolves at opposite ends of their pack’s social order who find themselves thrown together in a foreign land. Voice cast includes Dennis Hopper in his last performance. 22 OCT Africa United Drama about three

Rwandan children who walk 3,000 miles to the World Cup in South Africa. 22 OCT Easy A Teen reworking of The Scarlet

Letter, in which a squeaky clean high-school girl (Emma Stone) allows a little white lie about losing her virginity to spiral out of control.

owl romp, adapted from the novels by Kathryn Lasky. Voice cast includes Helen Mirren, Hugo Weaving and Sam Neill.

animation by Adam Elliot, director of the Oscarwinning Harvie Krumpet. It’s a tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne and Max, a 44-year-old severely obese man living in New York. 22 OCT Carlos Olivier Assayas tells the story of

Venezuelan revolutionary Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, who founded a worldwide terrorist organisation and raided the OPEC headquarters in 1975 before being caught by the French police 22 OCT Paranormal Activity 2 Yep, they’re still

being spooked. And this time they seem to have a baby.

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what’son 29 OCT Burke and Hare Simon Pegg and Andy

28 OCT Lissie Guitar-wielding Midwestern

Serkis are the Edinburgh grave robbers in John Landis’s black comedy.

songstress with surprising vocal talent • Thekla, Bristol (0117 929 3301,

29 OCT The Kids Are All Right Indie romcom

30 OCT The Cosmic Charlies Celebrating the

about the mid-life parenting issues of a lesbian couple (Julianne Moore, Annette Bening), whose teenage children decide to track down their biological father.

music of the Grateful Dead • Southbank, Bristol (0117 966 5552,

SOUNDS THROUGHOUT OCT Jazz at Future Inns Another

cracking month of live jazz and occasional blues in a sophisticated setting. See website for full lineup • Future Inn, Cabot Circus, Bristol (0845 094 5588, 6 OCT Mumford & Sons Mercury Prize-

nominated foursome with gutsy, folksy tunes • O2 Academy Bristol (0117 927 9227, www. 9 OCT Gabby Young and Other Animals

Eclectic redhead who isn’t Florence and the Machine; she’s got a saxophonist, too • Moles, Bath (01225 333423, 11 OCT Plan B Successful rapper and, surprisingly, a pretty good soul artist, too • O2 Academy Bristol (0117 927 9227, www. 12 OCT Groove Armada Big-beat electro duo invade the South West scene • O2 Academy Bristol (0117 927 9227, www.o2academybristol.

31 OCT Yann Tiersen Amelie composer tours an

altogether more rock-centric sound • O2 Academy Bristol (0117 927 9227, www.

THEATRE, COMEDY & MUSICALS 1 OCT 20th Century Foxes Cabaret Vintage-cool cabaret with cocktails and comedy, music and magic – and plenty of lindyhop dancing • Chapel Arts Centre, Lower Borough Walls, Bath (01225 461700, UNTIL 2 OCT Carrie’s War Nina Bawden’s much-

• Bristol Old Vic, King St (0117 987 7877, www. 3-4 OCT Sarah Millican Lovably cheeky Geordie

comedienne • Tobacco Factory Theatre, Southville, Bristol (0117 902 0344, 5-23 OCT Bonnie and Clyde ‘Warped adult

fairytale’ sees the doomed outlaw lovers holed up and awaiting their fate • Brewery Theatre, North St, Southville, Bristol (0117 902 0344, www. 6 OCT Pete Firman: Jokes & Tricks Magic and

comedy skillfully combined • Rondo Theatre, St Saviours Rd, Bath (01225 463362, www. 7-9 OCT All the Great Books (Abridged) Three foolhardy actors attempt to bring 50 hefty bits of Western literature to the stage in 90 frantic minutes • Mission Theatre, Corn St, Bath (01225 428600,

loved wartime family drama, adapted for the stage by Emma Reeves • Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose (01225 448844, uk)

7-9 OCT Henry V Fresh new production of

UNTIL 2 OCT Henry V Andy Burden directs a

10 & 13 OCT Dara O’Brian Irish funnyman and

punchy production of Shakespeare’s portrait of a warmongering monarch • Brewery Theatre, North St, Southville, Bristol (0117 902 0344, www. UNTIL 2 OCT The Author A play within a play,

Shakespeare’s war-wracked tale from local director Andy Burden • Rondo Theatre, St Saviours Rd, Bath (01225 463362, host of BBC’s Mock the Week brings his new tour to Bristol • Bristol Hippodrome, St Augustine’s Parade (0844 847 2325, 11 OCT Off the Wall Climber and comedian

exploring the seductive evil of our mediated world • Bristol Old Vic, King St (0117 987 7877,

Andy Kirkpatrick brings laughter and tales of extreme derring-do, illustrated with photos and live footage • St George’s Bristol, Great George St (0845 402 4001,

UNTIL 2 OCT Oklahoma! A brand new revival of

11-16 OCT Thriller: Live Musical fun featuring the

16 OCT Eliza Doolittle Talk to the animals? She’d

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical • Bristol Hippodrome, St Augustine’s Parade (0844 847 2325,

songs of Wacko Jacko and the Jackson 5 • Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose (01225 448844, www.

rather sing • Thekla, Bristol (0117 929 3301, www.

UNTIL 2 OCT The Persistence of Memory New

12-16 OCT The Sea A small coastal village

drama exploring memory, identity and what happens when we forget the past • Rondo Theatre, St Saviours Rd, Bath (01225 463362,

shudders after a mighty storm just before WWI • Kelvin Studios, 253b Gloucester Rd, Bristol (0117 959 3636,

13 OCT Corinne Bailey Rae See picture story • O2 Academy Bristol (0117 927 9227, www.

19 OCT The Charlatans Don’t be fooled… these

guys are worth watching if you like your alternative rock • O2 Academy Bristol (0117 927 9227, 21 OCT Klaxons Adorn yourself in neon paint

and glow sticks for the nu-rave classics • Anson Rooms, Bristol (0117 954 5830, your-union/anson-rooms) 25 OCT Marina & The Diamonds The off-

the-wall songstress visits Bristol with pop jewels in tow • Anson Rooms, Bristol (0117 954 5830, anson-rooms) 26 OCT Carl Barat Erstwhile Libertine goes solo

on tour with old and new music • Thekla, Bristol (0117 929 3301, 27 OCT Feeder Back with their endless list of

singalong pop-rock anthems • O2 Academy Bristol (0117 927 9227, www.o2academybristol.

1-3 & 7-10 OCT Carny Ville See picture story

• The Island (former Bridewell police and fire station, Silver St, Bristol (0117 929 9008, www.

14 OCT Mark Watson Wry observational comedy

from the Never Mind the Buzzcocks- and Mock The Week-starring stand-up • Bristol Hippodrome, St Augustine’s Parade (0844 847 2325,

1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23 & 30 OCT Krater Comedy Club An evening of quality stand-up, food from River Cottage and a clubnight afterwards • Komedia, Westgate St, Bath (0845 293 8480,

14 OCT Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 & 30 OCT Jesters

Viki Butterfly • Chapel Arts Centre, Lower Borough Walls, Bath (01225 461700, www.

Comedy Club Quality stand-up from four top circuit comedians • Metropolis, Cheltenham Rd, Bristol (0117 909 6655, www.jesterscomedyclub.

UNTIL 23 OCT The Misanthrope Bristol Old Vic

and Shakespeare at The Tobacco Factory unite for a fresh reworking of Moliere’s classic drama

Madcap musical comedy invented before your very eyes • Komedia, Westgate St, Bath (0845 293 8480, 16 OCT Coco Boudoir Cabaret burlesque starring

22 OCT Kent Valentine Chivalry and accidental

shootings abound in the superb stand-up’s new show, Fablemonger • Rondo Theatre, St Saviours Rd, Bath (01225 463362, uk) ➜

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october diary 25 OCT Mark Olver’s Comedy House Local

funnyman Olver hosts a stand-up night with John Robins and Dan Thomas • Metropolis, Cheltenham Rd, Bristol (0117 909 6655, www.jesterscomedyclub. 25-26 OCT Rich Hall Deadpan stand-up brilliance from the Perrier Award-winner • Tobacco Factory Theatre, Southville, Bristol (0117 902 0344, 26-30 OCT Happy Now? Dark comedy about the

complications of modern life and love • Mission Theatre, Corn St, Bath (01225 428600, www. 26 OCT-6 NOV Bristol Jam 2010 A spontaneous

spray of world-class comedy, theatre and music. See picture story. • Bristol Old Vic, King St (0117 987 7877, 27 OCT Hoochie Coochie Kabaret Halloween Show Unsettling cabaret themed around ‘the Bizarre and the Beautiful’ • Metropolis, Cheltenham Rd, Bristol (0117 909 6655, www.jesterscomedyclub. 28 OCT Jenny Eclair: Old Dog New Tricks Canine-

themed comedy from the circuit favourite • Komedia, Westgate St, Bath (0845 293 8480, www. 29 OCT Ministry of Burlesque’s High Tease

Victoriana and saucy variety-show thrills. Fancy dress strongly encouraged • Komedia, Westgate St, Bath (0845 293 8480,

9 OCT-28 NOV Wealth of Nations A group of international artists explore money and its effects on the modern world • Spike Island Studios, Cumberland Rd, Bristol (0117 929 2266, www. 13 OCT-17 DEC We Need to Talk about the Future Video art inspired by work environments, from Ruth MacLennan • ICIA Art Space 2, University of Bath (01225 386777, uk/icia) 24 OCT-12 DEC 158 Autumn Exhibition Over 500

open-submission works, many of which are for sale • Royal West of England Academy, Queens Rd, Bristol (0117 973 5129, RUNNING UNTIL 3 OCT Living Architectures Exhibition exploring architecture as an experience through the people who inhabit, use or maintain iconic buildings • Architecture Centre, Narrow Quay, Bristol (0117 922 1540, 4 OCT Beautiful Again JT Burke’s heady

exploration of the myth of paradise • Grant Bradley Gallery, Bedminster Parade, Bristol (0117 963 7673, 6 OCT Becky Buchanan Colourful works in resin

paint, exploring ‘the physicality of a painting expressing a moment’ • Edgar Modern, Bartlett St, Bath (01225 443746, 10 OCT Marsh and River Ancient landscapes

what’son Quay, Bristol (0117 917 2300, uk) 21 NOV Don McCullin: Shaped by War An

Imperial War Museum touring exhibition, featuring more than 100 moving pictures by the veteran photographer • Victoria Art Gallery, Bridge St, Bath (01225 477233, 21 NOV Coal Fired Computers New work

responding to the shift of coal production to places like India and China after the miners’ strikes of the 1980s • Arnolfini, Narrow Quay, Bristol (0117 917 2300, 28 NOV Flight: 100 Years of the Bristol

Aeroplane Company Exhibition showcasing a century of aviation innovation in the West of England, taking as its starting point the founding in 1910 of the BAC • Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery, Queens Rd (0117 922 3571, www.bristol.

19 JAN The Diana Dresses Special exhibition of 10 frocks that belonged to the late Princess of Wales • Fashion Museum, Assembly Rooms, Bennett St, Bath (01225 477173, 27 FEB White Horses and Hill Figures Vibrant

exploration of the huge chalk figures carved into the hillsides of Wiltshire and beyond • Wiltshire Heritage Museum, Long Street, Devizes (01380 727369, ONGOING Maggie C: Pet Portraits Striking animal portraits undertaken by commission. • Fizz Gallery, Hill Rd, Clevedon (01275 341141, www.

29-31 OCT Ben Hur See picture story • Theatre Royal

from painter James Judge • Adam Gallery, John St, Bath (01225 480406,

Bath, Sawclose (01225 448844, www.theatreroyal.

12 OCT The 2010 Holburne Portrait Prize


Prestigious biennial portrait competition for artists in the South West • Chapel Row Gallery, Bath (01225 480114,

ONGOING Dress of the Year Creations by Mary Quant, Versace, John Galliano and others • Fashion Museum, Assembly Rooms, Bennett St, Bath (01225 477173,


16 OCT Karl Taylor Wildlife artist explores

ONGOING The Art of Giving A celebration of the

1-30 OCT Changing Colours Painting and prints by

Devon’s beaches and rock pools • Alexander Gallery, Whiteladies Rd, Bristol (0117 973 9582,

artwork donated by local people, including a painting by Paul Klee, never previously on public display • Victoria Art Gallery, Bridge St, Bath (01225 477233;

Nick Cudworth depicting autumn in the Cotswolds • Nick Cudworth Gallery, 5 London St, Bath (01225 445221) 2-25 OCT Rick Smith Solo Show Rabbits and hares

frolic through Rick’s gouache and mixed media paintings • Rostra & Rooksmoor Galleries, George St, Bath (01225 448121, 5-9 OCT Expressions 2010 Contemporary arts

event designed to bring out the creativity of visitors as well as artists, with workshops and other handson fun • Paintworks, Arnos Vale, Bath Rd, Bristol (0117 971 4320, 6-31 OCT Louise Boulter Animal- and fairytale-

inspired illustration • Grant Bradley Gallery, Bedminster Parade, Bristol (0117 963 7673, www. 6-31 OCT British Toymakers Guild The UK’s best

toymakers show off their wares • Grant Bradley Gallery, Bedminster Parade, Bristol (0117 963 7673,

24 OCT Matisse: Florilege des Amours de Ronsard Original prints by the ‘Father of Modernism’, Henri Matisse • Bristol Gallery, Millennium Promenade, Harbourside (0117 930 0005, 31 OCT Classic American Quilts Nearly 250

beautiful quilts from the 18th to early 20th centuries • American Museum, Claverton Manor, Bath (01225 460503, www.americanmuseum. org) 31 OCT Treasure and Terror: Discovering the

Americas in the Age of Exploration Lavish exhibition themed around Europe’s discovery of the Americas • American Museum, Claverton Manor, Bath (01225 460503, www. 21 NOV Fun with Software A new multi-artist

show exploring the history of software, and its relation to our amusement • Arnolfini, Narrow

ONGOING Photographing Fashion: British Style in the 1960s Ernestine Carter’s photographs of a famously fashionable decade • Fashion Museum, Assembly Rooms, Bennett St, Bath (01225 477173,

CLASSICAL, OPERA & DANCE 2 OCT City of Bristol Choir & The Bristol

Ensemble The COBC celebrates its 20th birthday with Mozart’s Requiem and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms • Colston Hall, Colston St, Bristol (0117 922 3686, www. 7 OCT Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Charismatic conductor Kirill Karabits leads Bristol’s honorary resident orchestra through Beethoven, Ravel and Shostakovich ➜

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Friday 01 October 20th Century Foxes Cabaret from the age of glamour £13 /12

BAD GIRLS THE MUSICAL is coming to Bristol this Autumn at the Olympus Theatre, Filton College WISE Campus Tuesday 26th to Saturday 30th October


Saturday 02 October Peggy Seeger £15 /13

EVERY MONDAY Groundswell Open Mic Night

Friday 15 October Jazzelation £9 /8

Every Thursday Pepper Your Leopard

Saturday 16 October Coco Boudoir (Starring Viki Butterfly) £12 Sunday 17 October The Johnny Cash Tribute Roadshow £12 /11 Saturday 23 October Chris Wood and Andy Cutting £15.00 Wednesday 03 November Neil Cowley Trio £14.00 Thursday 04 November Eliza Carthy & Norma Waterson - The Gift Band £18

For more information visit

Thursday 11 November Ralph Mctell - sold out

Saturday 13 November Kate Walsh £10.00

or call

Friday 19 November Spiro £12 /10

0759 708 5934

Saturday 27 November Middle Eastern Extravaganza Buffet £5.00 Saturday 27 November Middle Eastern Music and Dance Christmas Extravaga £8/7

Horfield Theatre Company

Chapel Arts Centre Lower Borough Walls, Bath BA1 1QR 01225 461700 Arts Cafe - Mon - Sat 9.30 - 5.30

EVERY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY Top live DJ’s playing the best sounds around. Open until 2am. EVERY SUNDAY Comedy Cavern (see comedy listings for details). HAPPY HOUR 6.30-7-30pm HOUSE DOUBLES £3.50 FREE WI-FI . SKY SPORTS ON HD SCREEN POOL TABLES IN THE CELLAR BAR Food served daily from 11am-9pm. Serving Vegetarian/ Vegan foods. 20% discounts on food to students with NUS card.

15 George Street, Bath, BA1 2QS 01225 424 104

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october diary • Colston Hall, Colston St Bristol (0117 922 3686, www. 10 OCT Bath Philharmonia A special one-off recital of Beethoven and Mozart, with Emma Johnson on clarinet • Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose (01225 448844, uk) 12-23 OCT La Traviata The Opera Project bring

Verdi’s tragic and beautiful work to an intimate setting • Tobacco Factory Theatre, Southville, Bristol (0117 902 0344, 14 OCT Ten A personal exploration of British and

Indian identities, dance, live music and spoken word, brought together by the ancient Indian ten beat time cycle • Arnolfini, Narrow Quay, Bristol (0117 917 2300, 16 OCT New Bristol Sinfonia Tchaikovsky, Da Falla and Stravinsky, with mezzo-soprano Polly May • Victoria Rooms, Queens Rd, Bristol (07796 573869, 16 OCT Bristol Ensemble: Latin American

Classics Soprano Jennifer Walker and guitarist Amanda Cook join the Ensemble to explore the spirit of the Americas • St George’s Bristol, Great George St (0845 402 4001, www.stgeorgesbristol. 16 OCT St Matthew Passion The Chantry

Singers bring hair-standing choral magic to the Abbey as part of Bath Bach Festival • Bath Abbey, Kingston Buildings (01225 463362, www. 16-24 OCT Festival of Song Celebration of the

human voice to launch Bristol as the UK’s first City of Song • Various venues in Bristol including All Saints Church, Circomedia and St George’s ( 17 OCT Philharmonia Orchestra Sibelius’s

Karelia Suite, Grieg’s piano concerto and Rachmaninov’s symphony no.2, with Nikolai Lugansky tinkling the ivories • Colston Hall, Colston St, Bristol (0117 922 3686, www.

19 OCT Ariadne auf Naxos The Welsh National

Opera tackle Strauss’s tragic-comic masterwork • Bristol Hippodrome, St Augustine’s Parade (0844 847 2325, 20 OCT Fidelio In the second show of their brief

stint in Bristol, the WNO let Beethoven’s only opera resound with love, courage and kindness • Bristol Hippodrome, St Augustine’s Parade (0844 847 2325, 21-23 OCT Awakenings New work from

breathtaking contemporary troupe Rambert Dance Company • Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose (01225 448844, 21 & 23 OCT The Magic Flute Fluttery operatic

magic from Mozart and the Welsh National Opera • Bristol Hippodrome, St Augustine’s Parade (0844 847 2325,

23 OCT Mass in B Minor A sumptuous rendition from the Chantry Singers as part of Bath Bach festival • Bath Abbey, Kingston Buildings (01225 463362, 29 OCT The Orchestra of the Age of

Enlightenment: A Grand Tour of Italy Corelli, Handel, Vivaldi and other treats from the golden age of Italian baroque music • St George’s Bristol, Great George St (0845 402 4001, www.

OTHER EVENTS 5 OCT Last Chance to See: Return of the Rhino! Thought-provoking evening with award-winning BBC zoologist Mark Carwardine • QEH Theatre, Berkeley Place, Clifton, Bristol (0117 917 7270, 7 OCT 2010 Annals of Botany Lecture A talk from Simon Pugh-Jones, director of the Writhlington School Orchid Project, which has been developing innovative approaches to conservation • University of Bristol, Department of Chemistry, Cantocks Close (0117 331 4906, www.

what’son 23-31 OCT Halloween Festival Follow Walter

the Wizard’s trail (with yummy treats if you complete it) and on Fri 29 join a fancy dress parade (1pm) and bring a carved or decorated pumpkin for the annual Pumpkin Carving Competition • Bristol Zoo Gardens, Guthrie Rd, Clifton, Bristol (0117 974 7300, www. 25-26 & 29-31 OCT Halloween at Dyrham Park Hunt the bats hidden around the house for Halloween. Enter your pumpkin lantern to try to win a prize (Sun only, 12noon-3pm) and get your face painted, too (£2). Clothes and torch necessary • Dyrham Park, Dyrham, nr Bath (0117 937 2501, uk) 27 OCT Family Volunteering Days Work together to maintain the property – advance booking essential • Tyntesfield, Wraxall, Bristol (01275 461967, tyntesfield) 27-28 & 30 OCT Ratcatcher’s Halloween Spooky

storytelling event in the galley of Britain’s ‘most haunted ship’ • ss Great Britain, Gas Ferry Rd, Bristol (0117 922 3571,

9, 13 & 28 OCT The Big Draw Hands-on drawing

events inspired by the museum’s current Flight exhibition • Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery, Queens Rd (0117 922 3571, museums)

31 OCT Halloween at Tyntesfield Dress ghoulish to win a prize, and take part in all sorts of spooky goings-on and festive crafts • Tyntesfield, Wraxall, Bristol (01275 461967, tyntesfield)

13 & 27 OCT The Battle of Algiers/Land and


Freedom Director Ken Loach introduces and discusses films to run alongside the Don McCullin war photography exhibition • Victoria Art Gallery, Bridge St, Bath (01225 477233, www.victoriagal.

17 OCT Lions of Bath Auction 2010 The popular

UNTIL 28 NOV Flight Multimedia exhibition bringing to life 100 years of aviation innovation in the West of England • Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery, Queens Rd (0117 922 2000, www.bristol.

Lions of Bath public art project ends with an auction of 40 of the famous big cats • Komedia, Westgate St, Bath (0845 293 8480, www.komedia.

UNTIL JAN 2011 The Incredible Journey


18-23 OCT Stick Man Brand new show based on

Celebration of the 40th anniversary of the great ship’s return to Bristol. Listen to memories of those involved in the rescue mission, marvel at a spacehopper invasion, 24 OCT Burgundy Wine Dinner with Alex Gambal and watch a new animated film • ss Great A three-course dinner and plenty of plonk with the Britain, Gas Ferry Rd, Bristol (0117 922 3571, celebrated artisanal winemaker • Hotel du Vin & Bistro, The Sugar House, Narrow Lewins Mead, PERFORMANCE Bristol (0117 925 5577,


the Julia Donaldson/Axel Scheffler picture book. Ages 3+ • The Egg, St John’s Place, Bath (01225 448844,

2-3 OCT Seed Spectacular Discover tree seeds

27-30 OCT Variety in the Factory Vaudeville

through quiz trails, activities and art, then plant your own to take away • Westonbirt Arboretum, nr Tetbury, Glos (01666 880220, uk/westonbirt)

show for all the family, with circus performers, live music and lots of other top turns • Tobacco Factory, Raleigh Rd, Southville, Bristol (0117 902 0344, www.

8-17 OCT Cheltenham Literature Festival Events include: 9 Oct Oxford Word Wizards; 10 Oct Return to the Hundred Acre Wood; 16 Oct The Amazing Lego-tastic Building Event; 17 Oct Olivia • Various venues, Cheltenham (0844 576 7979,

29-30 Oct Scarecrow Music, movement and

puppetry combine in this tale of a scarecrow and the enemies who become friends. Ages 5+ • The Egg, St John’s Place, Bath (01225 448844, www.

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food&drink new chef

On the house l Talented new chef Adam Dwyer is promising to cook up a storm at the Slab House Inn near Wells. Adam, who is 27, gained six years’ invaluable experience working at renowned Wells fish restaurant Goodfellows, not to mention a year under Rick Stein at his restaurant in Padstow. He’s also worked under the Michelinstarred John Campbell at the famous Vineyard at Stockcross in Berkshire. Adam and his team are now aiming to stamp their own style on the Slab House menu. “It’s every chef’s dream to be given free reign to create a new menu,” says Adam. “I want mine to be creative and clever, as well as delicious. I love coming up with exciting combinations of food and

working out the best ways to bring the ideas to life. “The team and I are working on simple, traditional pub food for the lunchtime bar menu,” he continues, “with dishes like

dishes is the slow-cooked fillet of beef with black truffle ravioli, pan-fried foie gras and truffle sauce, which has already proved a hit with customers. At the moment I’m trying out new dishes and constantly improving them. Everything on the menu is made with the freshest local produce I can find - the quality of the food is my main priority.” Some refurbishment work has already been carried out at the Slab House, and there’s now more of a distinction between the bar and restaurant areas. Plans are underway to improve it further in order to make use of the beautiful beer garden.

beer-battered fish & chips and rump steak with mushrooms and vine tomatoes. For the main restaurant, I want to go for a Slab House Inn West Horrington, Wells, Somerset. Ffi: 01749 840310, slightly more sophisticated cuisine - one of my favourite

italian christmas

buon natale! l No one does festive feasting like the Italians, and seeing as Christmas, as we know it, started in Italy, there’s every reason to celebrate it at Aqua Italia. Delicacies such as chicken liver parfait on garlic crostini with sweet balsamic onions or carpaccio of swordfish with chilli peperonata salsa and rocket salad are on the starter menu, while oven-baked salmon, slow-roasted tomato, salsa verde and roasted balsamic vegetables or risotto of apple, walnut, radicchio and gorgonzola are perfect mains for those seeking a taste of Italy. For traditionalists there’s roast Welsh turkey or roast loin of beef with all the trimmings, and the dessert menu is a sweet mix of Anglo-Italian treats, including Christmas pudding, tiramisu, panna cotta with winter berry compote or Aqua sticky toffee pudding. Each one of Aqua’s three restaurants in Bristol and Bath offers uniquely stunning interiors. Lunch is £19.95pp, and dinner £26.95, and for those looking for a little extra entertainment, Aqua’s Welsh Back restaurant hosts legendary Christmas party nights (3, 9, 14 & 23 Dec), including dinner, DJs and dancing till late for £27.95pp. Aqua Italia Welsh Back (0117 915 6060, & 153 Whiteladies Rd (0117 973 3314, clifton@, Bristol; 88 Walcot St, Bath (01225 471371, Web:

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food&drink winter openings

all aboard

fish festival

Bait expectations l The Glassboat Fish Fest will transform Bristol’s Welsh Back into seafood heaven this month, with fun and games and the return of Arne’s infamous Swedish Crayfish & Schnapps stall. Traders include Rockfish (wet fish), Loch Fyne (oysters), Uig (smoked salmon), Masa (sushi), Great Western Wine, Geneva Gin & Roll Mops, Herbifore, Red Mullet Fish & Chips and Crab Shack. Lido head chef

Freddy Bird, who’ll be holding a cooking demo, hopes to be joined by a mystery chef renowned for championing locally caught fish, and there’ll be casting lessons, fish-smoking demos and a fishbased menu served aboard the Glassboat. Glassboat Fish Fest Sun 3 Oct, 10am-4pm, Welsh Back, Bristol. Ffi: www. (click on Events)

l At the end of each summer, the doors of Spyglass usually close – signifying, for many Bristol residents, that winter is well on its way. But not this year. Because of its huge popularity as a destination for food lovers and casual diners alike, the lively, Mediterranean-style waterfront restaurant will remain open, albeit on a slightly restricted timetable (all day Thur-Sat, closed/private hire Sun-Wed), over the winter months. You can still enjoy some of the Spyglass classics, but they’ll also be serving up some good old wintery comfort food, along with a special party menu aimed at parties and office Christmas meals. Spyglass Welsh Back, Bristol. Ffi: 0117 927 7050, www.

new chef

Call of the wild l Legendary Bath restaurant the Hole in the Wall is celebrating the arrival of new head chef Phil Roseblade - a fresh new talent with a passion for quality, provenance and innovation. You can expect all-new menus featuring fresh, local produce, wild foraged ingredients and special dishes inspired by the 1960s recipes of Elizabeth David and George Perry Smith. The Hole in the Wall’s lunch and pre-theatre menu is one of the more surprising options, comprising three options per course and costing just £12.50 for two courses and £16.50 for all three, including a glass of specially selected wine. The a la carte menu is a showcase of the kitchen

team’s talents, and features modern British dishes that are skilfully prepared, with fantastic flavours and unforgettable presentation. As an independent restaurant, the Hole in the Wall prides itself on the level of service provided by its friendly, knowledgeable staff, who are always on hand to provide menu advice, recommend wines from the impressive selection and make each dining experience memorable. Long established as one of Bath’s best-loved restaurants, the Hole in the Wall looks set to return as one of the city’s most celebrated. The Hole in the Wall 16 George St, Bath. Ffi: 01225 425242, www.

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CHIRISTMAS AT FLINTY RED 34 Cotham Hill Bristol The perfect place for a spot of gastronomic good cheer. Flinty Red will be firing on all cylinders in the run up to Christmas. In conjunction with the usual restaurant menu, we will also be offering an especially festive menu for office parties and for large groups (above 8) of the more turkey weary folk!

3 COURSE LUNCH - ÂŁ20.00 3 COURSE SUPPER - ÂŁ30.00 Lunch from 12-3 Tuesday to Saturday Supper from 6:30-10 Monday to Saturday Using the best produce the season has to offer, cooked with flare and creativity and with a brilliant drinks list to rival no other, Seasons, producers and imagination withstanding.

Call 0117 923 8755 || email or better still, pop in


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Melissa Blease celebrates National Baking Week with a round-up of the West’s bread-making heroes

othing beats the fragrance of freshly baked bread, a homemade cake or a tray of fresh brownies pulled straight from the oven - you can taste the homegrown deliciousness before you even take your first bite. And in order to remind the nation of the richly rewarding, simple but satisfying pleasures of baking, National Baking Week (19-25 Oct) aims to get Britain back into the kitchen, encouraging ‘Bake and Share’ schemes across the country and instigating all kinds of related events. “I grew up in a culture where wonderful bread was something everyone would buy from their local bakery,” says awardwinning baker, chef, author and Bertinet Kitchen Cookery School head honcho Richard Bertinet. “I’ve spent the past seven years witnessing the extraordinary response to my books and bread-making classes from people discovering the satisfaction of creating their own bread. Now I’m on a mission to make great bread available to everyone – bread you can trust as much as something you’ve baked yourself, bread so good that you’ll eat every last crumb.” To this end, the Bertinet Bakery has launched a new organic bread range comprising of more than a dozen breads (including sourdough, ciabatta and rustic rye) which will be available in London’s Selfridges Food Hall, Riverford Organic delivery boxes and selected outlets across much of the South West and Wales. You can, of course, enrol for one of Richard’s classes and let an undisputed master of the art teach you how to make your own. Or you could go shopping… Generations of Bristolians have grown up eating bread baked by the Herbert family, who started baking in Cirencester in the ➜

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feature 1920s before going on to establish a veritable dough-based dynasty. Herberts Bakery is a little corner of Montpelier that represents a trip around the yeast-based flavours of the globe - fans claim you could shop at this lively bakery every day for a year without ever tasting the same toast twice. Part of the same family tree, Hobbs House have won countless national awards for their fabulous breads. They supply some of the best-dressed restaurants in the region, and leading HH doughboy Tom Herbert runs several bread-making courses a year. The Bath Bakery, meanwhile, overseen by MD (and granddaughter of Herbert!) Joyce Jones, produce their own distinctly characterful range of yeasty loveliness, waltzing from sandwich loaves and organic variations to lardy cake, Cornish pasties and croissants, taking in malted, spelt, multigrain, oat, olive, rye, pastries and cakes along the way. The bakery’s lovely, lively cafes (including a brand new venture in Bath’s Moorlands Road) are the perfect places to sample the whole range. Still in Bath, The Thoughtful Bread Company is the name of the bakery on every thoughtful breadhead’s lips. “I was brought up to understand and value local and seasonal food long before the terms became fashionable,” says Thoughtful impresario Duncan Glendinning. “Our tasty, healthy bread comes with a strong commitment to tasty, healthy, eco-friendly policies that permeate every last behindthe-scenes crumb.” The TBC produce a satisfying selection that changes with the seasons, available directly from their welcoming Radstock bakery or at their shop in Bath’s Green Park Railway station. Hotfooting it back over to Bristol, Mark Newman, owner of artisan bakery Mark's Bread tells Folio, “My bread is the way it's meant to be: fresh, crusty, simple and delicious.” Mark makes his luscious loaves (including sourdough, malted barley, walnut, spelt and overnight varieties) with organic flour and shapes them by hand before baking them on the stone hearth of Duncan Glendinning of the Thoughtful Bread Company


Hobbs House Bakery's Tom Herbert

his oven. As a growing number of enthusiastic fans will attest, Mark’s methods are clearly a recipe for success, recently endorsed by a visit from celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, who spent a couple of hours baking with Mark before taking a bag of sourdough rolls away with him! CONTACTS Bath Bakery & Cafe 3 Chelsea Rd, Lower Weston (01225 421702) & 37 Moorland Rd, Bath (01225 481477). Also at Weston, Combe Down & Bradford on Avon. Ffi: The Bertinet Kitchen 12 St Andrew’s Terrace, Bath. Ffi: 01225 445531, Herberts Bakery Wellington Ave, Montpelier, Bristol. Ffi: 0117 924 7713, Hobbs House Bakery Shops in Chipping Sodbury, Nailsworth, Tetbury & Cirencester. Call or see website for other local stockists. Ffi: 01454 321629, www. Mark's Bread 291 North St, Southville, Bristol. Ffi: 07910 979384, The Thoughtful Bread Company Shop: Green Park Railway Station, Bath. Bakery: Home Farm, Farrington Gurney, Bristol. Ffi: www.

Recipe for Soda Bread Soda bread is easy to make at home - and even easier to eat. Try it warm from the oven as part of a lazy weekend breakfast or with a wedge of strong cheddar cheese later on. Ingredients 170g/6oz self-raising wholemeal flour 170g/6oz plain flour half tsp salt half tsp bicarbonate of soda 290ml/half pint buttermilk (or semiskimmed milk infused with 1 tbs lemon juice) Method Preheat oven to 400ºF/200ºC/Gas Mark 6. Stir together the flours, salt and bicarbonate of soda in a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre and add the buttermilk (or milk and lemon juice), mixing quickly with a large fork to form a soft dough (add a little bit more milk if the dough seems too stiff). Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly before shaping into a round shape and flattening it slightly. Put the dough on a lightly floured baking sheet, using a sharp knife to cut a cross on the top of the loaf. Bake for about 30 mins, until the loaf sounds hollow when tapped. Cool on a wire rack.

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Lebanese Cuisine 95 Queens Rd, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1LW 0117 9739734

Arabian Nights

Enjoy an evening of Eastern Promise Thursday 28th October £16.95 per person An opportunity to try lots of different dishes in true Lebanese style. A Mezza which includes several hot and cold dishes, followed by a main course. Lebanese sweets and Arabic coffee. Includes Live Belly Dancing.

(don't tell Rudolph) Feast on festive reindeer and cranberry sausages, roast Cotswold turkey and other Christmas delights at the Clifton Sausage bar & restaurant

3 Course Christmas Lunch £23.50 3 Course Christmas Dinner £28.50 Avoid disappointment and dull grub. Book a table today on

0117 973 1192 The Clifton Sausage, 7-9 Portland Street, Clifton Village, Bristol BS8 4JA For full Christmas party menu check our website. folio 47

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food review


The Bathampton Mill Bath’s weirside watering hole saves the day for Melissa Blease


et right on the waterside, overlooking a supremely picturesque weir, the Bathampton Mill is one of Bath’s loveliest edgeof-the-city watering holes, reached either via the cutesy, historic toll bridge (a bargain at 50p) that marks the divide between urban traffic chaos and pastoral paradise or by meandering slowly past the mansions (a bargain at upwards of around £500,000) dotted gracefully throughout the nearby village. Once you’ve arrived at the Mill itself (and it really was once a fully working one, from the 17th century right up until the Second World War), you can almost hear the Tales from the Riverbank theme tune plonking away in the background, especially if you opt for a table down by the rushes - summer lovin’ indeed. But a decent watering hole - and this one is very, very decent indeed - is for life, not just for those lazy, hazy, scantily clad days of summer. Beyond a decked patio (more views! Swoon!), elegant comfort zones decorated in innocuous tones of eau de nil dominate the bar area, with sturdy dining furniture, low beams and smoochy lighting setting the tone in the cosy, atmospheric dining rooms. Inoffensive modern art and neat, chic stylings (candlelit fireplaces, fashionable floral flourishes) are dotted throughout, proving that ancient and modern can form a very happy partnership indeed. Talking of happy partnerships, the usual Folio table for two became, in this instance, a table for three. Having committed myself to cooking dinner for my boyfriend’s brother, I found myself - midcasserole preparation - in the embarrassing situation of having to admit a diary blunder. Casserole off, lipstick on, and away we all went on a trip downstream. Our trio of starters comprised a generous handful of mushrooms in a rich, creamy pinot grigio sauce that begged to be mopped up by the tower of garlicky flatbread accompanying the dish, an intense stilton and spiced pear tart nicely complemented by crunchy hazelnut vinaigrette, and a bundle of asparagus served with silky slivers of serrano ham and crispy poached egg (think Scotch egg but without either the sausagemeat or the boiled-to-oblivion yolk). I absolutely loved my mushrooms. What did the boys think of their choices? “Very good.” Blimey - it’s a good job I can translate boy talk (and am even more adept at helping myself to tasters). Next up, my moist, perfectly roasted guinea fowl (served on a bed of gratifyingly flavoursome puy lentils infused with bacon and baby potatoes) hit the autumnal satisfaction spot with gusto. BF’s glistening, buttery sea bass fillets came on a well-balanced, non-

invasive sweet potato and spinach curry delicately permeated with a lively balance of fresh spices, and BFB’s manly, rugged pork belly had been slow-braised in ginger beer, which brought a sweet piquancy to proceedings, the velvety flesh grounded by earthy roast sweet potato and a vigorously spiced jus. How do I know this? Because their grunts and my own judgment told me so. But just as I’d given up on dragging any descriptive accolades beyond semi-feral satisfied rumbles out of either of them, puddings - which, after two courses so huge, I couldn’t even contemplate - led me to believe there was life in the old boys yet. BF insisted on a second jug of smooth, soporific caramel custard to drench the remains of a splendid fruit crumble, while BFB declared his totally dreamy cheesecake to be the best he’s ever had (and trust me when I tell you that this man knows his puddings). A similarly styled three-course feast for two at the Bathampton Mill could be yours for around £60, including wine from an exceptionally well considered list. However, menus (and portion size) are designed to offer very substantial twocourse suppers, resulting in an absolute bargain for service, quality and surroundings of this standard. But if you really want to debate the food on your plate while you’re there, take my advice and go with the girls.

Contacts The Bathampton Mill Mill Lane, Bathampton, Bath. Tel: 01225 469758 Web: www.thebathamptonmill.

My moist, perfectly roasted guinea fowl hit the autumnal satisfaction spot with gusto.

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“Thank you for vision and genius to bring alive and make sense of complicated ideas, in such an accessible, interesting and fun way.� Arnos Vale Cemetery

bangdesign brand/print/web/publishing/photography contact us venue publishing, 4th floor, bristol news & media, bristol bs99 7hd tel 0117 942 8491 email /

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Xmas party menu Tapas variadas Ocean Café will supply a large spread of authentic

tapas for £17.50 per person Our world famous Sunday roasts will be starting from the end of October

Christmas Menu

The Christmas menu at La Barrique is based around the concept of sharing, creating a unique sociable dining experience.Tapas-style French cuisine is presented as a variety of ‘Petits Plats’ to be passed around and enjoyed by all!

First Wave

Rustic bread with virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar Wild mushroom flan with chive cream sauce Smoked salmon Croquettes with a coriander and chilli dip Caramelised red onion, goat’s cheese and sweet potato tatin Wild Venison Terrine with cranberry compote and toast

Current offers

2 cocktails for £10 10% discount for students 185 Whiteladies Rd, Clifton, Bristol BS8 2RY tel: 0117 946 9825 email:

Second Wave

Prawn, haddock, leek and saffron gratinated pancake Roast chicken with sage and onion stuffing and a honey and sherry vinegar sauce Slow cooked beef with a port and stilton sauce Potato gratin Creamed spinach

Open 7 days from 6:30pm

Larger parties welcome

Third Wave

Vanilla creme brulee with langue de chat biscuit Chocolate tart with an orange mousse Almond bake with mulled wine prune and cinnamon whipped cream


2 course meal £15.00 3 course meal £18.00


2 course meal £17.00 3 course meal £21.00 The menu can be tailor-made to suit individual requirements, e.g larger vegetarian selection or other dietary restrictions. Please call the restaurant with any such requests. The Christmas menu is available for a party of 6 and over,and for parties under 6 the Petits Platsmenu is available.

L a B arrique 225 Gloucester Rd, Bishopston, Bristol BS7 8 N R Te l 0117 9445500 A ls o: 31 Barton Street, Bath BA1 1HG Tel 01225 463861 w ww.bis t rolabarrique

“Over the years the national press has recognised us prodigiously, with the Guardian rating us in the top five Mexican restaurants in the country. The Independent praising us highly and twice featuring in the ‘Best Mexican Restaurant’ in the Sunday Times.” “We don’t do fancy napkins, and silver cutlery just isn’t our style, but we are famous for serving delicious, fresh and authentic Mexican cuisine in a lively, fun atmosphere, and the legions of new and regular customers vote with their mouths!!

Autumn Offer

£15pp, to share: Nachos starter, Fajita main, jug of Sangria (SUNDAY and MONDAYS ONLY) Minimum of 2 people. Requires advanced booking.

Booking recommended

29 - 31 Zetland Road, Redland, Bristol BS6 7AH • Telephone 0117 924 3901 SPECIALS BOARD available

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food review



Mike Gartside discovers a restaurant flying the flag for affordable luxury


nce upon a time in the 1980s, a Bristol restaurant made waves by pioneering top-quality, affordable eating out with the then innovative idea of bring your own (BYO) wine. The restaurant, Melbourne’s, was the watchword in midbudget sophistication and helped form the idea, certainly in this city, that dining out, far from being just an occasional luxury, could be enjoyed regularly without breaking the bank. The restaurant enjoyed a long and happy ascendancy at the top of Park Street before owners Nick Hennessy (chef) and Tony Wilshaw (front of house) decided that perhaps a little of that wine profit would make their lives slightly less hectic. Fast-forward 15 years or so and the pair are now running a bijou little eatery on Gloucester Road, Delmonico, which keeps that accessible yet sophisticated flame alive in a less frenetic atmosphere. My other half and I cross the threshold into Delmonico’s welcoming, New York-influenced dining room, where a busy, prominent chalkboard proclaims that this place takes fresh food seriously. The a la carte menu offers an intriguing selection of French classics and upmarket comfort food (including a butcher’s own bangers and mash) while the specials offer a mouthwatering selection of fresh fish and prime cuts, from grilled tuna and sea bass to medallions of beef. After some truly challenging soul searching, as all these dishes sound wonderful, I plump for the specials, namely fresh asparagus and parma ham baked in filo pastry, followed by a grilled tuna steak with chilli, garlic and coriander butter with potatoes and spinach. My partner goes for the fresh mussels with white wine cream shallots for the starter, with the confit of duck leg from the a la carte. First impressions bode well as the mussels, with winey aromas steaming from a tilted, white ceramic bowl, offer a sensory wow factor, while the filo pastries, stacked in a neat little arrangement, have clearly been plated up with care. The flavours do not disappoint. The asparagus is full of warm earthiness, contrasting with the salty ping of the parma ham and the crunch of the pastry. The fresh, flat-leaf parsley and shavings of mozzarella top off a perfectly balanced starter. Sneaking a mussel from the other side of the table, I taste a sauce with an impeccable blend of creaminess and white wine zing. Meanwhile, we’re quaffing a light, fruity vin de pays, Les Vignes D’oc, which, although a red, is an ideal

accompaniment to the mixture of meat and fish dishes we’ve chosen. Both the specials board and the menu excel when it comes to the mains. The duck is “simply lovely” according to my partner tender on the inside but with a wonderful crispiness. The tuna steak is impeccably grilled, with a soft-centred touch that melts in the mouth, while the chilli and garlic butter adds a delicious tang. The wilted spinach, which we choose for both dishes, adds fibre and juice, making this the perfectly rounded meal. Nick joins us at the table and explains how he’s seen tastes change over the years, and how he’s increasingly working from the specials board at the moment to combine those fresh ingredients (the mussels, he says, are Cornish, and the fish is delivered direct from the coast on the day it’s landed). And so to puds. I dive into a perfectly turned out tiramisu, the enamel surface of the cream topping contrasting beautifully with the powdered chocolate. My other half opts for the mango and banana ice-cream, which, she says, is surprisingly subtle. With our food coming in at considerably under £50 (and with many excellent dishes priced at much less, there are plenty of more inexpensive options), it’s clear that Nick and Tony are keeping the tradition of great-value luxury – which they did so much to create in the first place - very much alive at Delmonico.

Contacts Delmonico 217 Gloucester Rd, Bristol Tel: 0117 944 5673 Web:

“Sneaking a mussel from the other side of the table, I taste a sauce with an impeccable blend of creaminess and white wine zing.”

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Christmas at the Clifton Club Experience the wonderful festive atmosphere at the Clifton Club this Christmas. The air is gently scented with oranges and cinnamon and our rooms are adorned with large real Christmas trees and garlands over our lit fireplaces.

Christmas Party Menu

Christmas Dinner Menu

Christmas Lunch Menu




Tomato, Brie & Mozzarella Soup V

Smoked Salmon & Scallop Soup with Tarragon Pigeon & Duck Parfait with Cognac Jelly. Hot & sour Cherries & Pistachio Bread Grilled Scottish Langoustines with Purple Garlic, Lime & Thyme Dressing Crown of Galia Melon V with Mango & Passion Fruit Sorbet with Angel’s Hair

Parsnip & Apple Soup with Cider Smoked Salmon Terrine with Tiger Prawn, Saffron Brioche & Pistachio & Gooseberry Compote Venison & Black Pudding in Pastry with Port Glaze Syrup & Oatmeal Goats Cheese, Spinach & Sun Blush Tomato Risotto V with Champagne

with crusty bread Selection of Smoked Fish with Champagne Prawns and Galia Melon with Bloody Mary Creme Fraiche Duck & Chicken Liver Parfait with Cherry Compote & Buttered Brioche

Main Courses Roast Turkey with all the Trimmings Chestnut Stuffing & Roast Gravy Roast Sirloin of Beef with Port Wine Shallots & Garlic Smoked Haddock with Welsh Rarebit Creamed Leeks, Spinach & Chives Ratatouille Tartlet V with French Brie & Oatmeal Crust All main courses served with a selection of Chef’s market vegetables

Desserts Chocolate Truffle Torte with Honeycomb Gelato & Toffee Sauce

Main Courses Roast Norfolk Turkey with all the Trimmings & Cranberry & Chestnut Stuffing Lamb in Butter & Rosemary Pastry with Game Parfait, Lyonnais Onions & Redcurrant Glaze Sea Trout Poached in Red Wine Vinegar Stock served with Smoked Salmon Fritters & Truffle Sabayon Garlic Polenta & Aubergine Gateau V with Sweet & Sour Vegetables & Feta Cheese

Twice Baked Lemon Tart


with Red Fruits and Mango Coulis

Traditional Christmas Pudding with Brandy & Cinnamon Sauce Sticky Toffee Pudding with Dates, Plum & Caramel Vanilla & Raspberry Creme Brulee with White Chocolate Biscuits Selection of Cheese with Biscuits & Fresh Fruit Coffee & Petit Fours

Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce Cheese & Biscuits with Chutney Coffee & Petit Fours

£28.95 per head inc. VAT For parties from 8 to 80, joining a party night or hiring the club for a private celebration. Guests may have a choice from this selection which must be pre-ordered. Hats and crackers included.

Dates available: December 15th, 22nd and 23rd

To make your booking or to enquire about available dates, call John Stevens or Sonia Hughes

0117 974 5039

or email:

£33.45 per head inc. VAT For groups from 25 to 80, hiring one of our rooms for a private celebration, guests may have a choice from this selection which must be pre-ordered

Main Courses Roast Norfolk Turkey with all the Trimmings & Roast Gravy Beef in Red Wine with Smoked Bacon, Shallots, Flat Mushrooms & Rice Pilaf Grilled Red Mullet with Crab & Thyme Dumplings & Scallop Bisque Slow Roasted Rosemary Vegetable Tartlet V with Tomato Fondue, Hazelnut Crunch & Black olive Tapenade All mains courses served with a selection of Chefs market vegetables

Desserts Chocolate Truffle Torte with White Chocolate Curls & Ganache Christmas Pudding with Brandy Butter Sugar-Glazed Citrus Tart with Mango Sorbet Local Brie with Chutney & Biscuits Coffee & Petit Fours

£19.85 per head inc VAT


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wORDS melissa blease

he recently revamped Chequers in Bath - now under the same ownership as the acclaimed Marlborough Tavern - is one of the city’s smartest gastropubs: chic but cosy at street level, with an elegant fine-dining room upstairs. And despite his age (he’s only 22!), Chequers head chef Leigh Evans is quickly gaining an illustrious reputation for his imaginative modern British menus built around locally sourced, seasonal produce. Tell us a little bit about your career to date Between the ages of seven and 18, I grew up in a family-run pub near Cheddar. I started cooking at the age of 10 and I was running my own service by the time I was 13! Later on, when I was at catering college, I won the City of Bath College Chef vs Chef competition [an annual event aimed at promoting modern cuisine that explores the use of local seasonal produce, allowing young chefs to highlight both their classical and innovative kitchen skills in their search for culinary excellence] and got offered a job by Steven Blake, who was at that time head chef of the Dower House restaurant at the Royal Crescent Hotel in Bath. I worked at the Royal Crescent for four years, eventually becoming sous chef under BBC ‘celebrity chef’ Gordon Jones, who today presents the BBC3 TV series Virgin Cooks.

around me, and we all get a lot of support from owners Joe Cussens and Justin Sleath. I wouldn’t say that the two menus create double pressure, either - just one big one! I try to balance the pressure and spread my energy equally between the two menus.

For someone so young, you’ve come a long way already. Would you call yourself ambitious? I suppose I’m very ambitious in as much as I set myself clear goals and targets, many of which I’d say I’m well on my way to achieving! I’m aiming to have two AA rosettes by the time I’m 25 years old.

What aspects of your work do you most enjoy? Just cooking, and getting on with the job in hand on a busy service. I love working with local, seasonal produce - Bath is an epicentre for an abundance of fantastic ingredients, and I do my best to showcase the superstar producers on our doorstep.

The role of head chef is a notoriously stressful one, and you’re responsible for two sets of menus at Chequers: gastropub and fine dining. How do you cope with the demands of the job? At Chequers, keeping your staff happy and keeping everyone involved isn’t just a oneman show. I’m lucky to have a great team

Which other chefs inspire you in your work? The head chefs I’ve worked for in the past, Steven Blake and Gordon Jones, have definitely been an inspiration. I also once did two days’ work for David Everitt-Matthias, head chef and owner of Le Champignon Sauvage in Cheltenham (and holder of two Michelin stars) - that was a memorable experience, too.

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What advice would you give to young chefs who are trying to establish their own career? Work hard, put your social life on hold for a couple of years and soak up every bit of knowledge that you can! What’s your overall aim for Chequers? I want to help make it one of the best foodie places to go in Bath - and earn those rosettes! The Chequers 50 Rivers St, Bath. Ffi: 01225 360117 Last issue we attributed an incorrect image to Leigh Evans. We apologise for any confusion we may have caused.

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recipe Tom Lockyer Age: 25 Nationality: British Restaurant: The Nineteenth House l On 1

October the Nineteenth House in Bath opens its dining room for business with the launch of its new seasonal lunch and evening menus. With the winter months fast approaching, it will be chef Tom Lockyer who’ll be serving up the heart-warming comfort food. Tom, 25, trained in London at Crondon Park under Brian Emmons, and most notably served as head chef at Hartham Park in 2009. More recently Tom has been in high demand throughout the West Country, freelancing for events catering company Pepperpot at high-end private functions. So why the move to the Nineteenth House? Tom, who uses quality local produce to create simple traditional dishes to which he adds his own twist and flair, explains: “When owners David Rolfe and Andy Thomas told me their vision for The Nineteenth House - to serve up seasonal British dishes with a twist - it seemed to fit with my style of cooking and I really wanted to come on board.”

Tom Lockyer at

The Nineteenth House Address: 19 St James’s Parade, Bath BA1 1UL Tel: 01225 447728 Web: Open: Restaurant: Lunchtime, Mon-Sat 12 noon – 2.30pm, Sun 12 noon – 4pm Evening, Tues-Sat 6pm 9.30pm. Bar: Mon-Wed 12 noon - 11pm, Thur-Sat 12 noon - 12 midnight, Sun 12 noon - 10.30pm.


f you love a bit of nostalgia and long for the good old days of comforting, great traditional British food, then the Nineteenth House will be just up your memory lane. The Nineteenth House opened its bar and lounge in spring of this year, offering a relaxed, inviting bar area with lunches, tea and cakes for busy shoppers taking a break from the new Southgate development, and a cool contemporary lounge for evening drinks. And now, with the revamping of its upper-floor restaurant the Nineteenth House has unleashed its bulldog of a menu on the diners of Bath. Chef Tom Lockyer dishes up familiar favourites such as steak and ale pie, Lancashire hotpot and a succulent pork belly, as well as retro classics like bubble and squeak and toad in the hole. As with the main dishes, the puddings are hearty and seasonal, with the crumble changing its fruit throughout the year, and comforting winter sponges being complemented by lighter choices like bakewell tart and

“A bit of nostalgia, and the good old days of comforting, great traditional British food” champagne-jelly and ice-cream. The Nineteenth House occupies a full townhouse on St James’s Parade and, being a traditional Georgian Townhouse, the idea of opening the doors to the public with an inviting, relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy a drink, eat good food or chill in the lounge just seems to make sense – it is, after all, a ‘public house’.

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The pork belly stack

Pork belly with rosemary mash, cider sauce and deep-fried leek garnish Ingredients 2 carrots 1 onion 2 leeks bunch of fresh rosemary 4-5 potatoes 1 lemon pint of water 4 cardamom seeds 3 star anise 1.5 pints cider pork belly To make Preheat oven to 140ºC. Halve the lemon, rub over pork skin to flavour crackling, then sprinkle with salt. Repeat twice. Place pork in a deep roasting tray, skin side up. Pour in water and cider, cover with tin foil, place in oven for 2 hrs or more until pork is tender and juices run clear. Strain juices from roasting tray into a pan. Reduce down to either half its amount or till it coats the back of a spoon.

Place pork under grill to crisp up the crackling. Keep an eye on it and do not burn. Dice carrots, onion, and one of the leeks. Brown off in deepish roasting tray. Add cardamom, star anise and a quarter of the rosemary. Peel potatoes and place in salt water. When cooked, mash the potato, adding the rosemary, butter and season to your taste. Chop the other leek very finely, place in a bowl with a little salt, leave for 10 mins. Place leeks in middle of a clean towel and ring out, allowing the salt to draw the moisture from the leeks. Fry the leek strips for 2-3 mins. To serve Place a large spoon of mash in centre of a plate or shallow bowl. Stack the pork belly, crackling side up, on top of the mash. Top off with the fried leek strips. Pour cider sauce in a circle around base of the mash. Serve with seasonal vegetables, and enjoy!

Recommended... There are a few wines on The Nineteenth House's list that could offer up a delicious food pairing; including the Errázuriz Chardonnay, a grape that produces very pork-friendly wines. However, the apple fruit flavours from the cider and aromatic nature of the rosemary mash push the Pavillion Chenin Blanc-Viognier blend to take centre stage. This straw-gold South African shows ripe tropical and peach fruit with a twist of lemon peel on the aromatic finish. It beautifully complements this rich and full-flavoured belly pork dish. The blend is 80% Chenin Blanc and 20% Viognier and the wine is unoaked. Ffi:

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29/09/2010 09:46:56

lifestyle skiing holidays

The Big Chill l All you skiers out there will be dusting off your salopettes with glee at the news that VIP Ski have now introduced flights from Bristol. Planes depart on Sundays (at a sensible time of day) to avoid airport crowds, and with VIP Ski chartering their own aircraft directly from BMI and Flybe, they can offer a dependable service. On arrival, transfers are arranged to avoid waiting around at the airport for other flights to arrive. VIP Ski serve up stylish chalets in the popular resorts of Val d’Isere, Meribel, La Plagne, Alpe d’Huez, Morzine, Les Gets and Zermatt. Many of the chalets – from boutiquehotel chic to chocolate-box charm - have been built, designed and furnished by VIP Ski themselves. With imaginative menus and fine wine, flexible childcare, outstanding personal service,

hot tubs, masseurs and state of the art entertainment systems with flatscreens, iPod leads, surround-sound and free WiFi, this is stylish, family-friendly and supremely comfortable accommodation.

Chalet Madrisah, for example, offers the authentic ambience of an old stone chalet with the very best modern-day comfort. To the smooth stone fireplaces, weathered oak floors and

seasoned timbers, VIP Ski have added cool contemporary styling including marble bathrooms, handmade squashy sofas, antique furniture, goosedown duvets and original art. There’s a glorious open fireplace, towering central staircase and enchanting dining area with terrace. Seven nights here start from £919pp (based on two sharing), including flights from Bristol, coach transfers and catered accommodation. A chauffeured vehicle service to and from the piste until 8pm daily is also included. VIP do their best to get you to your chalet with the minimum of fuss. Flights from Bristol are available throughout December, and from 13 February 2011 for the rest of the season. VIP Ski Ffi: 0844 557 3119,

vintage fair

Bringing it all back home l For some, dressing up in their mother’s old dresses and pearls is a dream long lost in the distant memories of childhood. For others, the chance to play dress-up is made possible all over again by the people behind the Gimme Shelter! Vintage Fair held at The Lanes in Bristol on the second Sunday of each month. Inspired by the boutique of the same name, the Gimme Shelter! Vintage Fair is back with vintage stalls selling men's and women’s retro clothing, records and CDs, collectables, cult movies, jewellery and accessories. There will be buskers and a BBQ outside in the courtyard, weather permitting. And there are usually one-off food offers up for grabs from The Lanes Diner, which will keep you fed and watered, come rain or shine. Last but not least, there’s also a spot of retro bowling on offer once you’ve filled your boots with all things oldschool. Gimme Shelter! Vintage Fair Sun 10 Oct, 11am-5pm, The Lanes, 22 Nelson St, Bristol. Ffi: 0117 325 1979, Gimme Shelter! Vintage Boutique open Wed-Sat 12noon-5.30pm

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lifestyle charity news

path of life l To celebrate its

new shop

Going for gold l Goldsmith and jeweller Nicholas Wylde, who has established his reputation as a unique craftsman in Bath, has now transformed no.6 The Mall in Clifton Village. “We’ve had lots of people through the doors already,” says James Sellar, manager of the new Clifton store, “and they’ve commented on how stunning the actual shop is - before they’ve even got to the jewellery counter! It’s proving to be a real shopping experience.” The distinctive fixtures and fittings are

symbolic of Nicholas’ eye for detail, with each cabinet containing jewellery to suit people of all ages and taste. “Nicholas and his staff can’t do enough for you,” says Wylde fan Heather Sharland. “He wants you to walk out of his shop feeling happy. I always have that ‘wow’ factor when he’s made a piece of jewellery for me.” Nicholas Wylde 6 The Mall, Clifton Village, Bristol (0117 974 3582) & 12 Northumberland Place, Bath (01225 462826). Ffi

30th anniversary, the Penny Brohn Cancer Care Centre at Pill (offering free physical, emotional and spiritual support for people with cancer and their loved ones) is asking people to sponsor individual pavers (from £50-£500) in their names or dedicated to loved ones as part of a new ‘celebration pathway’, to be unveiled on Thur 14 Oct. The pathway will wind through the scenic grounds of the centre’s Ham Green House, dating back to the 18th century. “I saw the pathway as a great opportunity to celebrate life,” says sponsor Ashley AkinSmith (pictured), a garden volunteer whose husband was diagnosed with cancer. Ffi 01275 370073,,

neighbourhood consultations

Right up your street l Award-winning Will Lakin isn’t your average architect. Supported by the Royal Institute of British Architects, he’s offering Bristol neighbourhood groups and homeowners the chance to benefit from free, one-to-one, 30-minute design consultations, making neighbourhood and home improvement dreams a reality while raising funds for housing and homelessness charity Shelter. These ‘Architect in the Gallery’ consultations follow on from the RIBA’s Architect in the House scheme, which has already raised more than £1m for Shelter. Alternatively, for a minimum donation of £40 to Shelter, you can upgrade to an hour-long consultation at your home between October and Christmas. Will, who also lectures at university, started out as a technician in a Hong Kong architects practice, when he became inspired by Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, who designed the Tate Modern conversion. “They were

linking architecture to community projects, thinking about the whole social environment rather than just the building,” says Will. He worked with a London architect who shared a similar ideal, before setting up his own Bristol practice, where he specialises in innovative new architecture and urban design in historic and conservation environments. “Everyone has a dream project for their home or community,” says Will. “This is a great opportunity to sit down with an expert and explore the options together.” Architect in the Gallery Register for free consultations at Will Lakin Architects 3 Cornwallis Ave, Clifton, Bristol. Ffi: 07971 263976, www. ‘Bristol’ Lecture presented by Will Lakin, Wed 13 Oct (1pm), Spike Island, Cumberland Rd, Bristol. Free admission but limited places – email admin@spikedesign. to register interest

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Shop of the month Simon Fry discovers designs on his doorstep at Portishead’s 7dials


espite being only a 20-minute spin from Bristol, Portishead’s Harbour Road reminds me very much of Lisbon, so there’s a pleasing, holiday feel when you enter 7dials. Owners Fenella Harper and partner Alastair Pride chose the name partly in homage to the Covent Garden district and partly to emphasise the seven elements to shopping here – namely: him, her, children, home, garden, lifestyle and occasions. They opened up on 14 November 2009, so their shop can expect some presents of its own when they celebrate its first birthday next month. Most of 7dials’ customers are women, drawn by jewellery, beauty products, hen party and wedding gifts and other similar treats, but chaps will find plenty of interest here too, with football, cars, golf and boating all represented classily. Fenella and Alastair, both enthusiastic shoppers, source many of their regularly changing lines from smaller suppliers, with Jan Constantine’s cushions indicative of the funky, functional styling that should beautify any selfrespecting home. Olympic-themed items will arrive next year - perfect for inspiring young

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ones into sporty lifestyles. Waitrose (complete with cafe) is next door, so you can pick up your food when you pick up your pressies. If you’d rather shop online, the website, which is currently being developed, will include wrapping and delivery services. Special offer Folio readers receive a 10% discount when ordering online – input code DIA312 when placing your order. 7dials Horatio House, Harbour Rd, Portishead. Ffi: 01275 390776,

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Parish Wharf leisure centre is situated in the beautiful setting of Portisheads Marina front. With classes, clubs and daily activities, this centre is the hub of the community and its infmaous kids pirate pool is a real find and well worth the trip from outside the area.

Soft Play Area

Centre Catering

Leisure Pool

A great way for pre-school children to release energy in a safe environment. Enjoy the large ball pit with slide, wall of sounds, seesaws and soft play equipment. Parental supervision required.

Parish Wharf Leisure Centre Cafe is open seven days a week, offering good quality snacks and meals at reasonable prices. Whether you want a quick coffee or hot meal, we can cater for you.

Experience Parish Wharf’s unique Pirate themed leisure pool with interactive water features for families with under 8’s.


Kinetika Gym Our Kinetika Gym is open to all ages and abilities offering a range of cardiovascular and strength equipment to help you improve your fitness and work towards a healthier lifestyle. Various membership options are available. Please contact a customer advisor for more details.

Give yourself a well earned break! Let us look after your children in our excellent creche while you exercise or just relax.

Main Pool Enjoy our 25m 4 lane deck level main pool. Whether your a beginner, social or competitive swimmer there’s a session for you. kids can enjoy the amazing pirate themed indoor pool.

Indoor Sports Whether it be Badminton, Five-a-side football, basketball or Table tennis. With a 4 Court Sports Hall and 2 Multi Purpose Rooms available for hire Parish Wharf Leisure Centre provides an environment that will make your visit an enjoyable one.

Bowls Hall Come and enjoy a game in our 2 rink Indoor Bowls Hall. All equipment is included

Harbour Road, Portishead, Somerset, BS20 7DD Tel: 01275 848494 Fax: 01275 848495 Monday to Friday 7.00am - 10.00pm Saturday & Sunday 8.00am - 6.00pm

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After the fall

Niki Whittle picks out the new season’s key looks for your wardrobe




love this time of year. The new collections are firmly under way and tired stock from the previous season is finally out of sight. Everything looks fresh and exciting, and I start to take my clients shopping for their autumn/ winter wardrobes. There’s an abundance of mini trends this year – fur, maxi-skirts, leopard print. But don’t worry if you can’t make head or tail of what’s out there and come out in cold sweats just thinking about how you’re going to wear the latest trends. We’ve picked what we think are the three main trends this season, and have pulled together some items to suit everyone. Here’s how to update your wardrobe, no matter what your age.

Land girl


Think… aviator jackets, utility-esque accessories, chunky knits, military details and lots of leather and khaki. Sassy & Boo: Belle & Bunty frill dress with belt tie £225 (1). 20somethings An aviator jacket is one of the must-have items this autumn/ winter. This one from Matalan, £30 (2), looks great over a grungy dress or worn with jeans. A tan bag goes with everything, and this one from Miss Selfridge, £22 (3), not only looks great, but is practical, too. This quirky jumper from Pale Blue, £59 (4), is perfect with skirts or skinny jeans. Throw an army surplus jacket on top for true utility chic. 40somethings A military-style coat like this from M&S, £99 (5), will instantly update your outfits. The subtle military detailing works with both smart and casual outfits, making it a versatile choice. A good pair of boots is a must for every wardrobe – these ones from Duo, £140 (6), nod to the military trend and will walk your wardrobe straight through the next few seasons.

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lifestyle LADYLIKE Think… A-line skirts and dresses that nip in at the waist, or pencil skirts, fitted tops and belt-cinched waists. This is the sexy, grown-up version of spring/summer’s romantic girly trend (7 House of Fraser: Untold ivory pleated silk blouse £60, Untold champagne pearl necklace £25, Therapy dusty pink tiered faux fur jacket £75, Episode metallic tweed pencil skirt £120, Michael Michael Kors snake-print ‘Moxley’ zip clutch £150, Wolford black sheer tights £15). 20somethings Ladylike doesn’t have to be girly. Go edgy with this leather skirt from M&S, £99 (8), and add a pop of colour with this stylish cropped pink jumper from Next, £35 (9). 40somethings Take your classic jeans and cashmere combo into the next season with this stylish bag from John Lewis, £35 (10). These shoes, £369 (11), from British Designers @ FashionCapital Boutique are by Gwendolyn Carrie and are a sexy way to add some ladylike glamour to your wardrobe. A pencil skirt doesn’t just have to be for the office or a night out - a cord one like this from M&S, £15 (12), will slot seamlessly into any wardrobe.

SIMPLICITY Think… clean lines, beautiful tailoring and lots and lots of camel shades (13 Hobbs: Iden coat £349, Lara roll-neck £55, Camel trousers £159).







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fashion 20somethings Leather is huge this season, so why not do two trends in one with this simple but perfectly formed dress from Dorothy Perkins, £120 (14)? And this season it’s all about the gold – this seal initial pendant from Clifton Rocks, by Jessica de Lotz, £235 (15), is perfect for adding drama to any simple outfit. 40somethings If your wardrobe is lacking a fabulous winter coat, then this is the season to find one. This coat from M&S, £69 (16), is a classic tailored piece that will last for years to come. This dress from Wallis, £65 (17), meanwhile, is simply luxurious and perfect for day or night.

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British Designers @ FashionCapital 14-15 Milsom Place, Milsom St, Bath. Ffi: 01225 489009, Clifton Rocks 100 Queens Rd, Clifton, Bristol. Ffi: 0117 973 1342, www. Dorothy Perkins Cabot Circus, Bristol & Stall St, Bath. Ffi: www.dorothyperkins. com Duo 33 Milsom St, Bath. Ffi: 01225 460745, Hobbs Cabot Circus, Bristol & Milsom St, Bath. Ffi: House of Fraser Cabot Circus, Bristol & Milsom St, Bath. Ffi: www.houseoffraser. John Lewis The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, Bristol. Ffi: M&S The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, Bristol & Stall St, Bath. Ffi: www.marksandspencer. com

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handmade childrens clothes Also...

Fly, ART, & Rocket Dog

Also - Fly, ART, & Rocket Dog

Boots, Shoes and Sandals

10 The Podium, Bath BA1 5BG t: 01225 422 333

203a Cheltenham Rd. Bristol BS6 5QX Tel: (0117) 924 3707

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Shop of the month Simon Fry puts us in the picture at The Framing Workshop


s we go to press, Bath's Framing Workshop are celebrating their 21st birthday. “Whilst we made a bit of a fuss when we reached 20,” says proprietor Martin Tracy, “it goes without saying that our coming of age shouldn’t go unnoticed. This year we’ve worked flat out, culminating in the framing of over 70 of the Theatre Royal’s archival production photographs as part of the theatre’s refurbishment.” Always keen to add a sense of humour and fun to Walcot Street, Martin’s innovative “installation” of three cherubs in enormous frames above the workshop drew much comment, exchange of good humour and huge smiles - all testimony to 21 years of contributing to Bath’s cultural make-up. “We won our 14th national trade award this year, fundamentally as a result of our high commitment to the sponsorship of the Bath Festivals Box Office,” Martin continues. “We also won Bath and North East Somerset’s Chairman’s Business Award, recognising businesses that help contribute to creating a sustainable community.” What they do best, however, is the framing of memorabilia – anything from medals, coins, masks and fans to sports shirts and fossils. Don’t leave beautiful memories sitting hidden in a draw… “You name it, we’ll frame it!”

Framing Workshop owner Martin Tracy receives a National Art and Framing award from Annabelle Ruston, editor of Art Business Today

Framing at the newly renovated Theatre Royal Bath

The Framing Workshop 80 Walcot St, Bath. Ffi: 01225 482748, icting the Framed pottery vase depus Lady Margaret mo infa 's atre Natural The

Framed Venetian Mask

It’s Valentine’s Day, and the Natural Theatre Company’s Cherubs perform on the roof of the Framing Workshop

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298 Two Mile Hill Road, Kingswood, Bristol BS15 1AT Tel: 0117 9671278

Rapid Access Joint Injury Service The Bristol Knee Clinic is offering an exciting new service to provide rapid access to the combined diagnostic skills of chartered physiotherapists and a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon. Patients will be provided with a diagnosis and advice as to what route of treatment would be appropriate. Clinics will be held on Friday mornings at Spire Bristol Hospital The “Glen”, and cost £50.

Appointments Tel 0117 980 4022

Spire Bristol Hospital, The Glen, Redland Hill, Bristol, BS6 6UT. Tel: 0117 980 4022

Superb Autumn Winter Collection of Faber Knitwear Made in Germany. Size 10-26

Also stockist of Michael H of Ireland and Loft Coats of Denmark Hours 10.00am - 5.00pm Monday to Saturday Closed all day Wednesday and Sunday

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salon spy


Becky Davis gets the princess treatment for an afternoon First impressions? Every time I book a hair appointment, the skies turn grey and it starts to rain. Today was no different. When I arrived at SeanHanna, the heavens had well and truly opened. But from the minute I stepped into the brightly lit salon, my day brightened up. I was greeted by senior partner Adam Vincent. As I sat down, he handed me a price list of every treatment available. It also listed all the refreshments on offer, from hot and cold drinks to cheeky tipples, and a list of DVDs to watch, though I think this was aimed more at children. Adam then did an informal yet thorough consultation to find out, among other things, what lifestyle I led, in order to see which cut would be most practical for me. Who goes there? For a Tuesday afternoon, it was really busy, with different types of people from all walks of life, from older women and men to children, all enjoying the VIP treatment that’s doled out there. What are the salon’s USPs? All the unique little extras, like the different massage treatments, and the friendly, highly qualified staff. Nothing has been overlooked. What did we try? We decided on the Vintage Cut, exclusive to SeanHanna salons, and on blonde again. I was quite prepared to have everything chopped off but wanted to let them decide. The colour technician went through all the different shades available, and I also opted for some brown foils through the top. This would take 40 minutes, so I was offered another drink and some entertainment. While waiting for my colour to develop I was offered a very relaxing hand massage. Next came the part I always hate - the basins. I can’t be the only person who finds them, literally, a pain in the neck. But here, as you sit back, the chair lifts you into a horizontal position while massaging rollers run up and down your back. Above, you’re treated to a fabulous array of mood lighting. They wrapped me up and I returned to the cutting chair. While waiting for

Adam to begin, I was given one of the best head and neck massages I’ve received in a long while. Adam had told me that the cut would encourage volume and movement on the crown. The overall feel of the style is soft and sexy, while keeping the weight on the ends perfect for longer hair, with or without a fringe. And while Adam was working his magic, there was none of that ‘Have you booked your holiday?’ or ‘Are you off out tonight?’ conversation. He seemed genuinely interested in everything we spoke about, and I really got a sense of how creative he is, and how passionate he is about the industry. As he cut and styled my hair, he explained everything he was doing so that I’d be able to recreate the style myself at home. He used Tigi products from the Your Highness range to create volume and hold, but didn’t try to push the products on me like some salons do. I was so pleased with the final result, and can’t wait to go back there for my next cut and colour. Any special offers? SeanHanna operate a rebooking rewards loyalty scheme, and you can join the SeanHanna inner circle via the website to get regular offers and emails with hot tips and new styles, which I’ve already found really helpful. They’re currently offering 30% off a Vintage Cut and colour if you sign up online – as good an excuse as any to book your next appointment with them.

Contacts SeanHanna 13 Quakers Friars Square, Cabot Circus, Bristol. Ffi: 0117 934 9393, www.

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health & beauty


And the world smiles with you

Philippa Page asks Folio competition winner Clare Bourke if the tooth-whitening treatment she won lived up to her expectations


ack in August we teamed up with Clifton-based James Hull Dental Care to offer Folio readers the chance to win a BriteSmile tooth-whitening treatment. The lucky winner of this fantastic prize was Clare Bourke, who was delighted with the prospect of receiving the treatment. “I’d been thinking about having my teeth whitened for some time,” says Clare. “Having smoked for several years, my teeth had become yellow and aged. I’d noticed that a lot of people had been having their teeth professionally whitened and thought that the results were amazing. My favourite celebrity is famous for having a brilliant white smile, so I was really excited when I won the Folio prize.” First impressions do count, and with a dazzling smile you can guarantee that you’ll be remembered for all the right reasons. Every day the front covers of magazines show celebrities flashing their beautiful, glistening smiles, but having a great smile isn’t only reserved for the rich and famous - it can be anyone’s. So if you’d like a whiter, brighter smile, one visit to James Hull could work wonders. Clare was invited to the practice where she enjoyed a wonderful welcome from staff members and met Dr Paul Wilson, who would be carrying out the treatment. Dr Wilson’s main interest is dental cosmetics, and as a member of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD) he has significant experience in tooth whitening. He’s noticed a change in people’s attitudes towards the treatment: “There’s no doubt that people are more interested in tooth-whitening treatments these days. I’d definitely say that it’s patient demand pushing this field of dentistry forward.” For many people, tooth-whitening treatments can have an amazing impact on their life, giving them greater selfconfidence and personal satisfaction. So how did Clare expect to feel after her treatment? “I felt sure that having my teeth professionally whitened would

A warm welcome at reception

Careful work

Dr. Wilson explains all

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health & beauty Where the magic happens

lifestyle Before


boost my self-confidence a lot. I’m known for always having a smile on my face, so I felt that it would be wonderful to really have something to show off.” James Hull offers a wide range of toothwhitening treatments, with its dentists taking great pleasure in sending patients home with bright, white, happy smiles and added confidence. Patients can relax in the caring, professional atmosphere of the practice, safe in the knowledge that they’re in the best possible hands. Clare’s experience highlights this. “As soon as I entered the practice,” she says, “I felt really relaxed and welcome. Dr Wilson was attentive throughout, constantly checking that I was OK and talking me through the procedure. The practice is absolutely lovely. All the staff were incredibly friendly and dispelled any nervousness that I may have arrived with – I can’t recommend the practice enough.” And after the treatment was complete, did the results live up to Clare’s expectations? “As soon as the treatment was over,” she says, “I smiled into a mirror and couldn’t believe the difference – I felt absolutely amazing. Even though the procedure was short, the results were just incredible.” Prior to the tooth-whitening procedure, Dr Wilson carried out a whitening assessment to ensure that Clare’s teeth and gums were healthy and that she was suitable for the

whitening procedure. “Although most people are suitable for tooth-whitening treatments, there can be occasions when it may not be ideal,” explains Dr Wilson. “If you have a lot of crowns and veneers, you might not get the desired effect as they won’t change colour. Filling materials are unlikely to change colour.” Clare’s gums and lips were protected from the bleaching agent during the treatment, in order to reduce the risk of sensitivity following the procedure. “Dr Wilson had warned me that I might experience some sensitivity after my treatment,” she says, “but I haven’t had any. The mouthguard was mildly uncomfortable, but there was no pain at all.” Tooth-whitening treatments are becoming increasingly popular, but it’s essential that they’re carried out by qualified dental professionals. “As dentists, we have to follow a strict regulatory code,” explains Dr Wilson. “We use scientifically backed products and understand the pros and cons of the procedure, which we will always explain to the patient beforehand. Moreover, we are fully trained and insured.” So, now that Clare has experienced the treatment, how does she feel? “I’m delighted! I’d recommend this treatment to anyone considering it. I really didn’t expect such a fantastic result from just one hour of whitening. I’m so grateful to Dr Wilson and

his team - they run a wonderful practice and deserve their excellent reputation.” Contacts James Hull Dental Care 40-42 Regent St, Clifton, Bristol. Ffi: 0117 946 7990,

A winning smile

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For more information call Simon Wellby your certified Rolfer: 0117 946 6374

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Zetland Road Dental Practice ● A wedding is one of life’s singularly most important events, and the photographs of the day are treasured for ever and on display in the homes of all those involved. So it comes as no surprise that one of the most common requests that dentists get is to improve the appearance of people’s teeth in preparation for the big day. This doesn’t just mean the bride herself, but all those in the wedding party who are going to have to put on their widest smiles and cheesiest grins! Tooth whitening is the most sought-after treatment and can be predictably and safely carried out either in the dental surgery or with a custom-made kit to be used at home. The next request is normally the use of white fillings and veneers to replace unsightly

Zetland Road Dental Practice 30 Zetland Rd, Redland, Bristol BS6 7AB Tel: 0117 942 4126 Web:

old dark fillings and crowns, where the join to the underlying tooth is visible as a black line. The important point to remember is that all of this treatment takes time and careful preparation and should not be left to the last minute. It’s always possible to improve someone’s smile in the week or two before a wedding, but planning well in advance means that all options can be fully explored. Zetland Road Dental Practice is a long-established private practice that offers a full range of cosmetic dental treatments that can transform a person’s smile. Indeed, several of the staff have been brides themselves in the past couple of years and completely understand the importance of getting everything right for the wedding day.

Clifton Medi Spa Non-surgical Cosmetic and Health Treatments from highly qualified and experienced Doctors and Practitioners. Available treatments include: • Dermal Fillers • Sculptra • Peels • Microdermabrasion • Wrinkle relaxing treatment

• Fat Reducing Injections • Sclerotherapy • IPL hair reduction & photo rejuvenation • Radiage Radio Frequency skin tightening • Skinceuticals & Agera Rx treatments and products

Care Quality Commission Registered. For a professional consultation contact us at: Tel: 0117

9734 594

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All fired up

Can Audi’s RS5 blow away the competition? Steve Walker investigates


aunched in 1980, the Audi Quattro propelled Audi to the pinnacle of the prestige car market. Thirty years on, pride of place at the 2010 Geneva Motorshow went to the Audi RS5. Yup, we’re dealing with another twodoor Audi coupe with breathtaking performance, bags of attitude and, unavoidably, four-wheel-drive. Audi have been increasingly turning to turbocharged powerplants in their faster cars, but the RS5 sticks with good old cubic capacity. Mounted at the front of its quattro all-wheel-drive chassis, its 4.2-litre V8 can blast to 62mph in 4.6s and would comfortably exceed 155mph were the artificial limiter to doze off on the job. The S-tronic dual-clutch gearbox unit is a sevenspeed transmission specially strengthened to cope with that formidable engine, with lightening-fast shifting. With aggressive air intakes, bulging wheelarches and two huge exhausts, the RS5 certainly isn’t understated. The cabin is based around the black leather/exposed

carbon fibre theme we’ve seen before on RS models. Electrically adjustable sports seats, a 180-watt CD sound system, threezone climate control, tyre pressure monitoring and the like all come as standard. The RS5 chassis is way more than just advanced - think the latest quattro all-wheeldrive technology with a crown-gear centre differential and Audi’s sport differential between the rear wheels. Dynamic Ride Control interlinks each shock absorber with its counterpart on the opposite corner – you can select Comfort, Dynamic and Sport

modes according to the firmness of the damping required. The work Audi did on the RS5’s exhaust system and aerodynamics to enhance performance also helped improve fuel economy. The entire drive train has been designed to minimise friction losses, and there’s a brake energy recovery system. The car comes laden with advanced technology to help you get the most from its blistering performance. If the intention was to shake things up in the performance coupe world, the RS5’s success looks guaranteed. Bristol Audi Pioneer Park, Whitby Rd, Bristol. Ffi: 0117 316 0600, Car Audi RS5 Price £57,480 CO2 emissions 252g/km Performance 0-62mph 4.6s/top speed 155mph Fuel consumption (combined) 26.2mpg Standard safety features ABS, ESP, 7 airbags

Flexible friend

An MPV you can afford to run? Talk to Vauxhall, says Josh Arnew


ith the Zafira ecoFLEX, Vauxhall can lay claim to one of the most efficient compact seven-seater MPV vehicles around. Boasting 108bhp, the 1.7litre CDTi engine isn’t massively powerful, but a 0-60mph sprint of 12.6s and 112mph top speed should be plenty in a sector where comfort and costs usually take priority. The first-generation model would have been hideously cramped with all seven seats in use but this version offers more breathing space. And the seating system is so versatile that it can be configured in anything from two- to seven-seat guises in seconds. Most buyers will run in five-seat format, which can cope with 620 litres of luggage – 20 more than the old car. Depending on the trim level, it can also boast up to 30 storage compartments. The Flex Organiser luggage bay stowage system that’s proved a success with Astra Estate buyers is also available on the Zafira. The

optional panorama roof offers a light, airy atmosphere in the back, while tinted glass and a powered shade protect against dazzle. All models feature six airbags, antilock brakes and a CD stereo for just £100 more than an equivalently specified 1.9litre CDTi version. Ultimately, the ecoFLEX is all about economy and emissions. With a combined-cycle economy figure of 53.3mpg, it puts in a glowing

performance for a big seven-seater, and emissions of 138g/km will give major tax advantages to company car users. The 118bhp 1.9-litre engine returns 47.1mpg with emissions of 159g/km. However, the Zafira ecoFLEX will only make financial sense for those who cover medium to large annual mileages. The entry-level 1.6-litre petrol Zafira returns 39mpg and is some £4,000 cheaper to buy than the ecoFLEX. Clawing that back in fuel and tax savings will take a while if all you’re doing is shopping trips and the school run. As always, it pays to do your sums before signing on the dotted line. Car Vauxhall Zafira ecoFLEX Price £19,029-£23,925 CO2 emissions 138g/km Performance Max speed 112mph/0-60mph 12.6s Fuel consumption (combined) 53.3mpg Standard safety features Twin front & side airbags, ABS

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homefront built in hi-fi

Notes from abroad l Music fans with a penchant for the high life are in for a sensory treat thanks to the newly launched ‘Sound’ armchair from those superstylish designers at Natuzzi. The chair’s contemporary design gorgeously unites style with audio for the ultimate in hi-fi luxury. Just sit yourself down, plug in your MP3 player and soak up your favourite tunes in the comfort of this seriously enticing seat, equipped with its own internal audio system. Lovingly crafted by designers and technicians from the Natuzzi Research and Development Centre, the Sound armchair surely elevates the concept of hi-fi into a whole new listening dimension. With built-in loudspeakers that can be connected to any device equipped with a mini-jack plug, the chair is Natuzzi’s first foray into comfortable, stylish listening. Italy’s largest furniture manufacturer, Natuzzi are

one of the world’s leading names in leather upholstery. They’ve spent more than 50 years dedicated to design and Italian craftsmanship, striving

to produce beautiful upholstery without compromise on comfort or quality. Inspired by their origins as Mediterranean

artisans, the 120-strong team of Natuzzi design experts at the company’s ‘style centre’ create countless combinations of styles, upholstery, colours and functions, conjuring up covetable solutions to best suit your lifestyle – their furniture and accessories are all harmoniously coordinated to create what they call the ‘total living room look’. “Space evolves, just as we do,” muses company founder Pasquale Natuzzi. “Home is more than ever ‘our place’, the place we want to be to find ourselves. Values like beauty, long-lasting quality and harmony with the objects around us are more important than ever. All this is what we call ‘personal living’ - an advanced concept of space that reflects our way of being down to the smallest details.” Natuzzi Bristol Clifton Pavilion, 85 Queens Rd, Bristol. Ffi: 0117 929

windows, doors & conservatories

Glazed and confused? l Founded in 1999, Crystal Clear specialises in a complete supply and fit service for all windows, doors and conservatories in PVCu, aluminum and hardwood. With over 50 years of combined experience in the home improvement industry, owners James and Tony pride themselves on their attention to detail and high standards of customer service. Now the team has even more to be proud of, as the founding member of the DGCOS (Double Glazing and Conservatory Ombudsman Scheme), which provides comprehensive protection for homeowners and installers. DGCOS, the ombudsman scheme for the UK double glazing and conservatory industry, gives consumers extensive safeguards and protection. As a DGCOS accredited installer, Crystal Clear offer customers deposit

protection, a 10-year guarantee, a work-in-progress guarantee, a free advice line and ombudsman protection, in addition to the assurance that they use ethical practices, deliver quality workmanship and offer excellent value for money. At the new showroom at their Brislington HQ, customers can view the range of windows, composite doors, folding sliding doors and conservatories. Crystal Clear are also a Fensa registered company - the leading body providing homeowner protection in the double-glazing industry. Crystal Clear 22a Emery Rd, Brislington, Bristol, BS4. Ffi: 0117 971 7880, www. Showroom open Mon-Fri 7.30am-4.30pm, Sat 8.30am-12.30pm

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makeover magic l One business that looks set to beat the recession is Dream Doors, who’ve just added a Bristol showroom to their roster of 30-plus branches nationwide, including Bath, Cheltenham and Taunton. With the ribbon at last month’s official opening cut by Bristol's Lord Mayor, owner John Joyce says: “The Lord Mayor’s presence and warm personality really made the event. We also appreciate all the help and support from our fellow traders.” With their ‘New Life for Old Kitchens’ mantra, Dream Doors are on to a winner. While they’ll happily carry out total

kitchen refits, they also offer a creditcrunching facelift solution: “Very often, while kitchen door-fronts and plinths take the brunt of the wear and tear, the supporting drawer units and carcasses are still in fine fettle. It makes economic and environmental sense to simply change doors and surfaces without ripping everything out and starting from scratch.” Dream Doors 11-12 The Promenade, Gloucester Rd, Bristol. Ffi: 0117 944 3223, www.

l Here’s a good idea for today’s independent woman who may still feel uneasy either at home, in an unfamiliar hotel or in student accommodation. Literally ‘wedge’ the ila Wedge Doorstop Alarm (£14.95) underneath the door and this innovative personal safety device makes it more difficult for potential intruders to open the door, emitting a piercing 130dB siren if they try. As well as scaring off intruders, the Wedge warns its owner that they have an unwanted visitor and alerts others in the building of a security breach. And, like all products from ila Security, it’s pretty and stylish, too! Ffi Available at House of Fraser from 20 Oct

vintage design fair

Golden oldies l If you love sniffing around for British, Scandinavian, European and American vintage design, here’s a date for your diary. The Midcentury Show comes to Bristol’s Paintworks next month with a home vintage design fair at which 28 top dealers will be offering up mid-century bargains throughout the day. Buy on the spot from household names like Charles and Ray Eames, Arne Jacobsen, Hans Wegner and George Nelson. See Knoll and Saarinen jostling for space with original film posters, fabrics, lighting and collectable ceramics and glass from the post-war period to the late 1970s. With a 1950s theme, free entertainment and a diner serving the likes of blueberry pancakes and maple syrup, a fun day should be had by all. Your browsing will be accompanied by the delightful Tricity Vogue, a treasure of

London’s cabaret scene, who will take you on an acoustic journey through her colourful history of romantic misadventure (and expect some other surprise entertainment, too). With her beloved ukulele, Tricity Vogue has been dubbed ‘a very special talent’ by Time Out magazine - ‘a recipe for one of the finest shows you’ll see … kooky, quirky and ever so sweet, a cabaret to run down sidestreets for’. Be aware that, while all the traders will deliver goods, not all of them will have a credit-card facility, so you may need to bring cash or a chequebook to purchase or make deposits on the day. The Midcentury Show Sun 28 Nov (10am-4pm), Paintworks, Bath Rd, Bristol. Tickets: £5, £4 adv (visit www., under-14s free, free parking. Ffi: 0117 971 4320, www.

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Ask the Experts

Revamping is the new relocation, say Folio’s design gurus RENOVATION, RENOVATION, RENOVATION! Tell us a bit about Homeworx We offer a flexible service, from architectural assistance to help and advice with planning regulations and full construction services. We design, supply and install kitchens and bathrooms, and we’ve also done offices, dressing rooms and playrooms! We organise all aspects of work including plumbing, heating, electrics, plastering, tiling, decorating, lighting and interior design. Our clients can use some or all of our services, as required, for their project. Starting a home renovation project feels overwhelming. Where do I start? Our free consultation service can ascertain what you want to achieve, what work is required and a ballpark figure for how much the project might cost. If you then agree to take the project forward with us, we’ll agree an accurate budget, estimate how long the work will take and decide on a convenient start date – and then you’re on your way! What refurbishment options are available for readers who want to give their home a makeover on a limited budget? We’re happy to work on a room-to-room basis, but if you’re unsure about what improvements to make, we recommend a session with Naomi, our interior designer. For a one-off fee, Naomi can offer help, guidance, inspiration and a list of resources. For those looking to add value to their home, a small extension can be a really worthwhile investment, especially if it falls within the ‘permitted development’ guidelines and doesn’t require planning permission. If you’re looking to add ‘saleability’ to your property, then a new kitchen is often a winner. What elements are in/out in the world of home improvements and renovations at the moment? That’s a tricky question, as people’s tastes vary so much. Loft and basement conversions and small extensions are definitely in right now, as people look for ways to get the maximum value out of their properties, but the best advice is to go with what you like - something distinctive and unique, whether that be contemporary, traditional, retro, kitsch or deco stylings. Be brave - and go bespoke! If, however, you’re thinking of selling your property, we wouldn’t recommend using particularly bold colours or styles.

Homeworx can make the most of your kitchen with clever storage solutions like this pull-out herb and oil basket

If it's 'saleability' you're after, a new kitchen can work wonders

Contacts Homeworx Design & Build 1a Channel View Rd, Portishead. Ffi: 01275 845011,

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In the garden Ideas and inspiration from Trish Gibson to help you make the most of your garden this month

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hese grasses include some of the most dramatic ones you can find. It’s not just the large size of some of them but the elegant sweep and movement of their plume-like flower and seed heads above darker clumps of leaves. Use as screens, focal points or in a mixed border. Miscanthus sinensis ‘Malepartus’ is one of the best of the larger varieties and looks particularly good in autumn. It has large, deep red flowers and grows to about 2.5m tall. Growing tips About the only aftercare needed is cutting the plants down to the ground in the spring before new growth starts. Every five or so years you can divide them by lifting and splitting the clumps.

Miscanthus sinensis ‘Malepartus’ – one of the best of these dramatic grasses

Others to Try Miscanthus zebrinus You’ll need a bit of space for this attractive miscanthus as it can form quite large clumps. The yellow bands on the leaves make it a good match for planting with hot autumn colours. It doesn’t always flower but, when it does, it’s a stunner that stands through the winter. Miscanthus s. ‘Silberspinne’ Taking up far less space is this compact plant with very narrow, silvery leaves. Dark red-brown plumes appear in late summer and last well through winter. It’s an ideal plant for the smaller garden. Miscanthus s. ‘Gracillimus’ Another smaller miscanthus, this very old variety has very slender arching leaves with silvery midribs. It remains pale until autumn, when it colours with yellow and orange, and its flowers come rather late. Maximum height around a metre.

Cut pumpkins and Time to cut pumpkins squashes and and squashes leave them to ‘cure’ – for their skins to harden – in the sun for a few days. Rake up leaves from paths and lawns and compost them in a wire netting bin or black plastic bags pierced with a garden fork. Plant paperwhite narcissus in bulb fibre in pots late this month. Keep them in the dark for a couple of weeks until shoots are showing, then move them into the light. They should be in flower for Christmas or just soon after – a great Christmas present.

We’ll be buying… This traditional-style stainless steel lawn and leaf rake so that we can keep tidy through the autumn. Ffi £22.99. Order online at www.crocus. (delivery £5.99)

This month we’ll be visiting… Westonbirt Arboretum to explore all the spectacular autumn colour –there’s much more than just the worldfamous maples. Ffi Westonbirt Arboretum, nr Tetbury, Glos. Open daily 9am-8pm, adult £9, concs £8, child £4, under-5s free. Oct family events: 2-3: Seed Spectacular and 25th-29th Autumnal Highlights, both 10.30am-6pm (www.forestry.

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Simply the best Folio reports on the ultimate vote of confidence for one local agency


t the prestigious Estate and Letting Agent Awards 2010, South West-based agency House-Hut won both Gold for the South West region and one of the national Grand Prix awards for the whole UK. For the third year running, House-Hut were recognised for their excellent customer service, as voted for by their clients. “By entering the awards, agents have put their reputation on the line,” said Phil Spencer, presenter of Channel 4’s Location, Location, Location, who announced the awards at a lavish luncheon and ceremony in London attended by 450 of the UK’s top estate and letting agents. “They’ve done what others are afraid to do. They’ve said to their customers and their

Location, Location, Location presenter Phil Spencer (right) presents House Hut’s Damian Merritt with the award.

competitors that they believe in providing the best possible service, and they want to prove it. They’ve been recognised for their bravery and all that hard work involved in getting to the

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nyone in the market for a five-storey waterside house next to Bristol’s historic floating harbour…? As part of Crest Nicholson’s Harbourside development, and forming the centrepiece of The Crescent, townhouse properties The Villas are Crest Nicholson’s most exclusive properties to date at Harbourside. “The size and quality of the homes are unlike anything else in the city,” says sales and marketing director Susan Young. And thanks to the houses’ glorious location on the edge of the quayside, their lucky owners will be bagging themselves a unique position in the heart of Bristol, within walking distance of the city centre. Each of these distinctive new homes has a rooftop sunroom with views of the harbour, SS Great Britain and surrounding countryside. With floorto-ceiling windows, natural light floods the living spaces, while, on the ground floor, the open-plan kitchens lead to a spacious dining area. On the first floor you’ll find the living room, main bathroom and a further room which could be used as a study or bedroom. The second floor includes the master bedroom with dressing room and ensuite plus a second bedroom.

final shortlist.” The awards were determined by research carried out among customers, who were asked a series of questions about the service they’d received from their agent. Over

19,000 votes were received, making the awards hugely important and valuable within the industry. “Winning these awards justifies our claim that we offer the best service in the UK, and at half the price of most other estate agents,” says House-Hut’s managing director. “What makes these awards so special is that they’re voted for by our customers surely our greatest critics. Our thanks go to all our loyal customers who’ve voted for us over the past year. This is the third year we’ve been recognised at the awards, which underlines our commitment to consistent high quality service.” House-Hut Estate Agents Bristol (0117 975 8636, & Bath (01373 473782, Ffi:

Property of the issue Wyck Beck Road, Henbury, £325,000 This spacious homely bungalow simply exudes character at every turn. Immaculate inside, and surrounded by elegant gardens outside, its beams, original leaded light windows and fireplaces add to the warm ambiance of this beautiful home. The visitor will find two double bedrooms and upstairs guest suite comprising double bedroom with sitting area and ensuite. There is also a paved sheltered front porch approaching the oak front door, large reception hall, lounge, dining room and kitchen, bathroom, cloakroom and double garage. The property is bordered to the front by a brick wall with high hedge tumbling over, where entrance is via double gates. House and garage are approached by a gravel driveway with parking for numerous cars and bordered by high fencing, high hedging, conifers and trees. Henbury is located on the North-West side of Bristol and this property is close to post office and shops, Cribbs Causeway shopping mall, restaurants and cinema, highly rated schools and an easy route to Bristol City Centre. Additionally, it has no onward chain. House-Hut Estate Agents (see main story for contact details)

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Simon Fry finds out what you’re wearing in and around Cabot Circus this month – and why “Colour is my overriding clothes philosophy – I’m quite muted today! I’m wearing this cardigan as I need to buy a button for it. I never wear black, high heels or nylon but prefer cotton as a material and ballet-type shoes.” Name Glenn Eastman Age 63 From Southville Job Artist Wears H&M jacket, home-knitted cardigan from Southville charity shop, top “handed up from my daughter!”, skirt from charity shop, Keds shoes, Yak Pak bag

“The weather has dictated how I’m dressed today – it’s rainy so I’ve gone for a country look. I like to keep my clothes simple but sharp. My style isn’t about labels but what works for me.”

“I dress for myself, mixing goodquality, timeless items I can pass on to my children with cheap stuff. I mainly shop in thrift stores for bargains, although I like H&M for bikinis..” Name Jules Mazza-Coates Age 19 From Redland Job Studying Spanish and Italian Wears Dress and leggings from Primark, Reiss strap top, Topshop shoes, Nike hoody, jewellery bought by friends in Rajasthan and Calcutta

Name Warren Jacob Age 39 From Fishponds Job Works at John Anthony Wears Moss hat, Barbour jacket, Bolongaro Trevor top, Nudie jeans, Diesel belt, Hudson shoes

“I wear whatever makes me look good, and prefer skinny jeans as they’re a bit dressier than normal ones. I love the way Sienna Miller never looks as though she’s made too much of an effort!” Name Ellie Lilley Age 24 From Weston in Gordano Job Full-time mum Wears M&S jacket, New Look top and shoes, River Island trousers, Mulberry bag, Dior watch

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