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20 Shipshape 19 autumn 2014 Published by thegroupofseven.co.uk Advertising enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org Past issues & galleries: shipshapebristol.co.uk @shipshapemag Cover image: Sunset viewing over the Avon Gorge by Benedict Young (benedictyoung.co.uk) – taken as part of the 24 Hours in Bristol photography competition (24hoursinbristol.co.uk). See page 32 Disclaimer The information contained in this publication is provided as a general guide only. While every care is taken to ensure that the details are as accurate as possible, we make no warranty or representation, express or implied, about the accuracy or completeness of the information contained in this publication. The views or opinions expressed in this publication are strictly those of the authors. The publishers and/or any of its associated companies or business partners accept no responsibility for damage or loss, howsoever caused, arising directly or indirectly from reliance upon any information obtained from this publication. © The Group of Seven Ltd 2014 Archive images Shipshape regularly features photographs from Bristol Record Office, which is based at B Bond Warehouse on the Floating Harbour. For more information, visit www.bristol.gov.uk/recordoffice
07 28 Archibald Leach was born in Horfield in 1904. The only surviving son of a tailor’s presser, he was expelled from school and ran away to join a troupe of acrobats. After that, he went on to become one of the greatest screen actors who ever lived. We are, of course, talking about Cary Grant and this issue, ahead of the Cary Grant Comes Home for the Weekend festival, we take a look at some of the lesser-known facts about the Hollywood legend (page 28). Elsewhere, we speak to Sam Finney at Wriggle (page 31), interview pianist James Rhodes (page 10) and get curious about Bristol Doors Open Day (page 27). 04 Street food map The finest food establishments where seating is not on the menu…
28 Cary Grant 10 things every Bristolian needs to know about the Hollywood legend
06 Tickets The best music, comedy, theatre and art events to attend this autumn
32 Shot in the dark The second annual 24 Hours in Bristol photography competition
10 Details People, performers and points of view
35 Shopping with the Bristol Pound In celebration of the West End
24 City map Ways to navigate the city
38 Eating & drinking Restaurants, cafés, bars and pubs
27 Doors Open Day Take a snoop around some of Bristol's best-loved buildings and landmarks
46 My favourite things We get up close and personal with Bristol's five best intimate venues
Bristol’s global street food guide If starched linen and polished glassware leave you colder than a gazpacho popsicle, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve worked with the clever folks at Wriggle to bring you the finest food establishments where seating is most certainly not on the menu Bristol Sausage Shop American Kitchen
Gourmet bangers served up with mash or in a sandwich at St Nick’s Market.
Authentic pies (key lime, sweet cherry) and brownies, y’all. Temple Quay Market, every 2nd and 4th Thursday.
The Spotless Leopard Chomp Grill Burgers and some bacon sarnies served from a van at Cathedral Walk (Tue/Thu) & Temple Meads (Wed).
100% vegan dishes made using mostly organic veggies and served in biodegradable and/or recycled boxes – take yours back and get 5p off your next order!
Grillstock Pulled pork, brisket, burnt ends, 18-hour smoked lamb shoulder and ribs served straight from the hickory pit. St Nick’s Market, MonSat 11am-4pm & 41 Triangle West, Mon-Sat 11.30am-11pm, Sun 11.30am-10pm
Pastilla House Moroccan dish somewhere between a pasty and a meat pie. Available at local markets and events.
Agnes Spencer’s Jamacian food like their grandmother used to make. Find them at Tobacco Factory and Temple Quay markets.
Caribbean Wrap Authentic Caribbean fare (jerk chicken and pork a favourite) served up at St Nick’s Market.
Eat a Pitta Fresh, home-made falafal, hummus, salads and sauces all wrapped up in a toasted pitta. St Nick’s Market.
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BEATS Street Food Market Street food from Bristol and beyond. Temple Quay, every second and fourth Thursday, 12-2.30pm, @Bristol_Eats Eat.Drink.Dance Night market comprising street food, installations, art and music. The Island, BS1 2LE, @eatdrinkdanceuk Bristol Farmers’ Market Wednesdays 9:30am to 2:30pm, Corn Street and Wine Street. bristol.gov.uk/page/business/st-nicholas-market Sunday Brunch Market Vietnamese banh mi, Indian spiced breakfasts and more. Narrow Quay, every Sunday, 10am-4pm, @HarbourMarket Temple Quay Market Bimonthly celebration of global food. Temple Quay, every first and third Thursday, 11.30am-2.30pm, @TempleQMarket Friday Food Market Friday 10am to 4pm, Wine Street. bristol.gov.uk/ page/business/st-nicholas-market
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Bertha’s Find a range of tasty sourdough pizzas at Temple Quay and Tobacco Factory markets, as well as local events.
Ah-Ma’s Delicious handmade Cantonese dim sum at Harbourside and Temple Quay markets.
Global trio bring the taste of Asia to pop-up venues and markets around the city, among them Eat.Drink.Dance.
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Viet Vite Healthy, tasty Vietnamese cuisine with a twist served up at the likes of Eat.Drink.Dance (see above).
Wriggle app gives you on-the-day opportunities for food, drink and fun from lovely local, independent businesses. Download free from the app store to start discovering and saving! getawriggleon.com
Myristica Spice up your lunch hour and pick up a tiffin box for a fiver from this British Curry Awardwinning restaurant.
Gopal’s Curry Shack Veggie/vegan street popping up around town, from Temple Quay to Whiteladies Road.
Bristol Chai Guy Serving hot and cold drinks and food from his converted tricycle, Hyacinth – usually on Bristol Bridge.
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The Promise to 9 Nov, pictured. Examining how cities’ designs impact on our lives.
Little Stars Planetarium Show Weekends and school holidays, 2pm. For under fives.
Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival 16-21 Sep. Several events including a visit from author/commentator Will Self.
Autumn in the Greenhouse 10 Sep-12 Nov. Investigate the science behind plants.
Waterside Wildlife 21 Sep/5 Oct/15 Nov. Local wildlife expert Ed Drewitt leads this spectacular cruise down the Avon Gorge. Autumn is a brilliant time for spotting wading birds and much more. 3.5 hours with commentary. £17/£14 concs/£55 family.
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Bristol Bike Ride: Leigh Woods to The Downs 21 Sep. Guided ride and barbecue. 2.30pm, free. Off The Page 26-28 Sep. Literary festival. Family Film Screenings 27 Sep/25 Oct/29-31 Oct/ 29 Nov. Monthly film screenings for families. 11am, free (donations welcome).
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Toddler Takeover: Fantastic Feast 26 Sep. Fun-packed day of foodie activities for the under fives. Dissection Lab 30 Sep-10 Nov. Expert-led hands-on dissections, using real animal organs. Ages 7+. World Space Week 4-10 Oct, pictured. Hold meteorites, launch a rocket and sample space ice-cream.
We Are Family 27 Sep/25 Oct/29 Nov. Family activities.
Meet the Expert: Apple Pressing 29 Oct. Transform your apples into juice using traditional methods.
Screening: Radio On 17 Oct. Late 1970s road movie, following a trip from London to Bristol.
Invention Lab 11 Nov-1 Dec. Unleash your inner inventor with tinkering, tools and things to take home.
5Hz Labs 8-30 Nov. Imagining an alternative evolution of speech.
Toddler Takeover: Colour Spectacular 21 Nov. Colourful toddler day full of fun, simple science experiments.
Josephine Pryde 21 Nov-22 Feb. Major exhibition for the photographic artist.
Scheduled ferry services and special interest trips
Sunday Riverside Roast 14 Sep. Head upriver for Sunday lunch at Beese’s Tea Gardens, with its lawns stretching down to the water. £21/£15 concs (includes roast dinner). Classic Gorge 18 Oct. Cruise down Avon Gorge, under the Suspension Bridge and beyond. 2.5 hrs, with commentary. £12/£10 concs/£30 family. Departs ss Great Britain. Private Trips Works do, birthday, wedding, quiz night, hen party… Catering and packages for all seasons available, on Bristol Ferries’ comfortable heated boats. Prices from £290 for 2 hours. Educational Trips One-hour harbour tour, with full commentary tailored to each group’s interests. From £120. Ferry services run every day.
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City Sightseeing Bristol
Entertaining, informative opentop bus tours around our historic city. Local guides provide a unique tour with informed, personal and interactive commentary. The tour takes you around the Harbourside stopping at the ss Great Britain, then out under Clifton Suspension Bridge and onto the Downs. You can also enjoy a variety of shopping experiences: elegant Clifton Village; eclectic Park Street; and the bustling Bristol Shopping Quarter (which includes Cabot Circus) with its high-end department stores and St. Nicholas Market with its independent stalls.
Kinshasa Symphony Orchestra 16 Sep. Africa’s only symphony orchestra makes its first UK visit.
Jesus Jones 14 Sep. Return of the indie-dance fusioneers and International Bright Young Things.
Bridget Christie 21 Sep. Bright, sharp comic with plenty to say on the gender imbalance and more.
The Carny Villains 26 Sep. Bristol circus show band play swing and ska.
Explorer Ticket £13/£11 concs/£5 child/£30 family/under 5s free. Bus/Boat Combo £17/£10 child/£47 family. All tickets are valid for 2 days and allow you to hop on/hop off at any one of 20 stops. Use your ticket for a huge array of discounts.
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings 28 Oct. One of the most vibrant stage presences in R‘n’B returns.
Killing Joke: In Dub 30 Oct. Braincrushing dub from KJ stalwart Youth, joined by The Orb’s Alex Paterson.
Philip Glass Ensemble 8 Nov. A ‘greatest hits’ retrospective.
The Wedding Present 6 Nov. ‘80s/’90s indie darlings play tracks from cult LP Watusi and others.
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Informative open-top bus tours
Tickets are now on sale for the Twilight and Illuminations tour, running every Saturday evening in December before Christmas.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo in INALA 28 Sep. Choral legends collaborate with world-class dancers. Cold Specks 28 Sep, pictured. Canadian singer-songwriter showcases her second album Neuroplasticity. Simple Things 25 Oct. Post-rock instrumentalists Mogwai headline the musically diverse festival.
Soul II Soul 22 Nov. Dance/reggae fusioneers celebrate 25th anniversary. John Grant with Royal Northern Sinfonia 25 Nov. Former Czars frontman is joined by full orchestra.
Negative Approach 29 Sep. Veteran Detroit outfit, considered among the pioneers of hardcore punk. Jan Wobble’s Invaders of the Heart 13 Oct. Bassist, singer, poet, composer and Public Image Ltd co-founder. Dizraeli & The Small Gods 17 Oct. Seven-piece band playing a melodic, heartfelt reinvention of hip-hop. Spear of Destiny 19 Oct. Kirk Brandon’s post-punkers return.
Thurston Moore 8 Nov. Sonic Youth frontman is joined by special guests. Kate Tempest 12 Nov, pictured. Hiphop poet tours album Everybody Down.
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Historic Walk: M Shed to Victoria Park 10 Sep. Discover how Bedminster evolved from a rural Somerset parish to a bustling industrial town.
James Rhodes 12 Sep. See page 10.
Local history and art exhibitions
World-class music, just off Park Street
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Free live music venue
Radio Nasties 6 Sep. Old-school rock’n’rollers get things bouncing from the off. Molinga with Tango Con Fuoco and Tango Note 7 Sep, 26 Oct, 23 Nov, 7 Dec. Tango Con Fuoco transport you to the backstreets of Buenos Aires while Tango Note teachers get you up and moving. DJ Mariposa also features. Swing night with Emily Wright and The Royals 21 Sep, pictured. Sophie Sheldrake leads the dancing while Emily Wright and The Royals provide the soundtrack and launch their new album. Zurich Aura 18 Oct. Soulful grooves and skankin’ reggae with elements of hip-hop and D&B. Toyface 23 Oct. Singer-songwriter shares eloquent, confessional lyrics. Antelope 22 Nov. Live blend of soul, jazz, D&B, dubstep and deep house sounds by this vibrant eight-piece.
Bristol Harbour Railway 13-14 Sep/27-28 Sep/11-12 Oct/25-26 Oct/ 1-2 Nov. Ride along the harbour on the Henbury Steam Locomotive. 12-5pm. £1-£4: under 6s free. Pyronaut 20-21 Sep/18-19 Oct. Watch the powerful water cannon at work on Bristol’s former fire boat. £5/£3 children. John King 6-7 Sep/4-5 Oct. Trips aboard this diesel tug, built to tow cargo ships from Bristol City Docks to the mouth of the Avon. Crane Visits 13-14 Sep/4-5 Oct. Experience a working crane on the dockside. Moved by Conflict 11 Oct-1 Mar. Exhibition using Bristolians’ stories to chart Bristol’s history from the 1900s via the Great War to today’s global conflicts. See page 15.
An Evening with Roger McGuinn 25 Sep. Byrds founder performs. Brahms Experience 6-10 Oct. Week-long Brahms festival with live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3. Nic Jones with Joe Jones 13 Oct. Rare gig by much-loved contemporary folk pioneer. Eddi Reader 14 Oct. Singersongwriter and former Fairground Attraction frontwoman tours. Seckou Keita & Catrin Finch 15 Oct. Classical harpist and Malian kora master join forces. Shostakovich Cycle with Brodsky Quartet 17-18 Oct. Four concerts over two days. See website for details. Hot Club of Cowtown 31 Oct, pictured. Halloween hoedown with the US country/rockabilly band. GlassFest 6-8 Nov. Three nights of music by composer Philip Glass, featuring the man himself. Ketil Bjornstad/Norway Day 22 Nov. Norwegian pianist headlines.
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Contemporary art and design exhibitions and events
I Am Making Art 6 Sep/4 Oct/1 Nov. Bristol Drawing Club host an afternoon of drawing exercises and workshops for all ages and abilities. 12-4pm: free, no need to book. Artist’s Talk: Patrick Staff 11 Sep. Spike resident introduces his work with video, installation, performance and publishing. Bristol Doors Open Day 13 Sep. Learn about Spike’s history as a teapacking factory and its current uses. Tours on the hour from 12-4pm. Novel Writers: Zoe Pilger 25 Sep, pictured. Art critic and debut author reads from and discusses her debut novel Eat My Heart Out. Paperwork Magazine Launch 30 Sep. Self-published art magazine launches its second issue. Contributors present live interpretations and performances of their work in the magazine. Anna Franceschini from 4 Oct. Exhibition by this Italian film and video artist. See also page 20.
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Macbeth 3-20 Sep. See page 22.
Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival 16-21 Sep. Exploring the dissolving boundaries between film, technology, media and art through debates, live performances and cutting-edge research labs.
Nationally renowned theatres
Strawberry and Chocolate to 13 Sep. Oscar-nominated story set in 1970s Cuba. Elizabeth I: Virgin on the Ridiculous 16 Sep-4 Oct. Latest slice of historical comedy by the hilarious Living Spit. My Perfect Mind 30 Sep-4 Oct. Told By An Idiot present King Lear through the eyes of an actor who has suffered a debilitating stroke. Coastal Defences 7-18 Oct. Intriguing look into the country of Bulgaria, its past, present and future. Madame Butterfly 8-25 Oct. TF regulars and ‘chamber-opera’ specialists Opera Project return. Arabian Nights 28 Oct-2 Nov, pictured. Music, puppetry and theatrical magic for ages 5 and above. Mmm Hmmm 18-29 Nov. Bristol composer Verity Standen explores everyday life and sounds. An Elephant in the Garden 4-15 Nov. 1945, Dresden: Lizzie, her mother and an elephant flee the Allied bombing.
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Afrofuturism Oct and Nov. Season devoted to this re-imagining of Black identity in the present and future, spanning spirituality to hip-hop via art, fashion, comic books, science and film. Sci Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder Oct and Nov. Season of film, music, events and workshops dedicated to the world’s most popular film genre. Fun Palaces 4-5 Oct. Weekend of sci-fi themed events, curated by Watershed audiences. E.T. 25 Oct. Steven Spielberg’s all time classic sci-fi adventure. Terminator 2: Judgment Day 2 Nov. With a new live soundtrack by Bronnt Industries Kapital. Wildscreen 19-24 Oct. Festival of natural history film-making.
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music James Rhodes After a traumatic childhood, pianist James Rhodes found his salvation through classical music. Now a writer, presenter and renowned concert pianist, Rhodes performs in his trademark ‘stand-up’ style, mixing musical excerpts with insights and anecdotes. The programme for his latest tour, which looks in at St George’s Bristol on 12 September, will include pieces by Schubert, Chopin and Blumenfeld. Rhodes has also crusaded, in writing and on television, for classical music to become more accessible to the uninitiated. His memoir Instrumental is a tribute to the therapeutic powers of music, and a fascinating insight into the lives of some of the great composers.
and the Bach-Busoni Chaconne are both, quite literally, awesome. The Emperor was one of the first pieces I ever heard. It is the most Tell us how a James Rhodes bombastic, visceral, virtuoso roller concert works… coaster with a middle movement During my concerts I break off to of utter beauty. The Chaconne, explain a little about the pieces I’m going to play and why I’m going to play meanwhile, contains in 15 minutes everything there is to know about life, them. There’s no dress code, no pomp love and the universe. Immortal stuff. and no weirdness. You can simply sit back with some low lighting and switch off for an hour or two listening to some Your playing style is often described as unique and individual. How so? great music. It’s as simple as that. Are you given to longer pauses, more Through a difficult childhood, mental expression and body language? Oh God, no! I hope not. I’m sure health issues and drug addiction, music has acted as a kind of salvation I pull various pretentious faces and Why do you think classical music still for you. Can you say more? look a bit odd at times, but the best retains this aura of inaccessibility? concerts are when I get as far out of It’s the one thing that has consistently It’s definitely about the presentation. the way as possible and simply let the never let me down. It’s always There’s nothing impenetrable about music do its thing. Beyond practising, available, unfailingly restorative – the music at all. But there is this preparing and staying as true as and has no negative side effects. misconception that you have to possible to what the composers wrote, follow a bunch of rules – such as, the rest isn’t up to me at all. Which pieces of music have listen actively, understand the format, affected you most profoundly? structure and history – in order to Beethoven’s Emperor piano concerto more stgeorgesbristol.co.uk really ‘get’ classical music. I don’t believe that’s true at all.
theatre Macbeth The wildly inventive Filter Theatre takes its adventurous take on the Scottish play to Tobacco Factory Theatres. Co-Artistic Director Oliver Dimsdale sets the scene…
How would you describe the Filter style? Our ethos is all about collaboration. We often work with regular Filter collaborators with whom we have developed an artistic shorthand. The only constants are that we always start with a text and a strong musical angle. Inspiration usually comes in the rehearsal room, rather than discussions beforehand. When it comes to a classic text like Macbeth we allow ourselves the freedom to explore, play and innovate. We strive to honour the playwright’s original intentions, as well as making shows that are scrupulously 21st century in their own right. Macbeth is a powerful story. What can you add to it? The only thing we’ve promised ourselves is to create a Macbeth that is playful and funny, as well as engaging with Shakespeare’s dark, psychological thriller. Using sound design by composer Tom Haines, we’re looking at how character and audience can be drawn inexorably into the epicentre of the ‘heat-oppressed brain’. We’re seeking to portray just how profoundly psychologically disturbing Shakespeare’s text can be. How faithful are you to the world of the original play? We’re more interested in how we approach the heart of Shakespeare’s plays, rather than getting too sidetracked by historical or textual details.
It’s a delicate balancing act between honouring a playwright’s original intentions and making something that resonates deeply with you as a contemporary theatre-maker. Any past productions of Macbeth that linger in the memory? I saw a production at the Edinburgh Festival years ago, performed by just three actors. The simplicity of their staging and delivery of Shakespeare’s language transported me to places that may have been muddied by a fuller production. I’ve also seen well-funded, more traditional dress productions that have been unable to break out of the stylistic or period straitjacket that they have made for themselves. You’ve developed this show in partnership with Tobacco Factory Theatres. You seem to like working together… We have always felt very much at home here. We’ve opened UK tours of Twelfth Night here, and we’ve used the space and dressing rooms as locations for the filming of our debut feature film, What You Will. There’s nothing quite like the electricity that flows between performers and audiences in the Tobacco Factory space, and it’s this thrilling and dangerous complicity between artist and spectator that makes the space so perfect for Macbeth. more tobaccofactorytheatres.com
B r i s t o l F e s t i va l o f S o n g The annual event returns from 10-19 October, featuring performances, interactive workshops, vocal masterclasses and impromptu walkabout performances in venues across town. The latter range from St George’s Bristol and Colston Hall to more unusual places such as City Sightseeing open-top buses, Bristol Ferry Boats and the Harbourside steam locomotives. Aimed squarely at families, the majority of festival events are either free of charge or under £10 for a family of four. more www.festivalofsong.org.uk 12 shipshapebristol.co.uk
art 162 Annual Open Exhibition Autumn is an exciting time for art lovers in Bristol, as it heralds the return of the city’s largest and, arguably, most eclectic annual exhibition The Royal West of England Academy’s Autumn Exhibition (12 Oct-17 Dec) typically contains some 500 works – ranging from paintings, prints and illustrations to sculptures, photographs and multimedia works – all created within the past three years by hundreds of the UK’s very best contemporary artists. The final 500 are selected from a vast pool of around 2,000 submissions, via a rigorous selection process that involves several days and an expert panel of judges. In an additional coup for this year’s show, the RWA have announced that pop art pioneer Sir Peter Blake will be showing work as one of the annual invited artists.
Perhaps best known for his iconic cover design for The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album, Blake’s work hangs in galleries around the world including the Tate, who staged a major retrospective of his work in 2007. “We are beyond delighted to be showcasing the work of Sir Peter Blake, a distinguished artist who shares a long history with both the Academy and the Annual Open Exhibition,” says RWA Director Alison Bevan. “The annual show is all about encouraging diversity – from subject matter to medium, and from age to ambition – and Blake’s work has always embraced this philosophy.” more
No. 1 Harbourside limbers up for a season of dancing with free Sunday tango sessions and a special swing night. Running until Christmas, the tango sessions will feature live music by talented trio Tango Con Fuoco as teachers from Tango Note dispense expert instruction for novice dancers. DJ Mariposa will keep the party flowing between sets. On Sunday 21 September, the venue hosts Swing Night with Emily Wright and The Royals. The band will be playing bright new arrangements of classic songs (and launching their new album) while Sophie Sheldrake of Swing Dance Bristol will lead the dancing. more Tango
nights take place on Sun 7 Sep/26 Oct/23 Nov/7 Dec, Swing Night takes place on Sun 21 Sep, no1harbourside.co.uk
Yoga Fancy trying a spot of yoga, but bewildered by the array of styles on offer? The Bristol Yoga Trail (Sat 13 Sep) sees eight different yoga studios opening their doors, each allowing punters to sample a different style from ashtanga to vinyasa, at studios in Bishopston, Montpelier, St Pauls, Easton and the city centre. more
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family matters Another sizzling selection of stuff to do with your offspring this coming season – for autumn, we focus on food, festivals and fun in the forest Farming Windmill Hill City Farm’s Young Farmers (6, 13, 20 & 27 Sep: ages 8-12) is a term-time opportunity for children to help around the farmyard. Kids will be working alongside farmers – feeding, grooming, handling and generally making friends with all the animal residents, including pigs, cows, sheep, goats, chickens and geese. Sessions run from 9-11am, and you can do all four for £30. more windmillhillcityfarm.org.uk
Beatboxing Limber up the vocal cords as Tobacco Factory Theatres welcome beatboxer extraordinaire Shlomo (left) for two shows (28 Sep). A world record-breaking beatboxer, we’ll have you know, Shlomo creates an astonishing repertoire of music and sound effects using just his mouth and a mic. Join this sonic superhero and become one of his sidekicks in a world of funny sounds, brilliant noises and cool music. “He’s like a one-man Hollywood action film soundtrack,” enthused The Times. more tobaccofactorytheatres.com
Interactive play As part of Arnolfini’s The Promise (see page 23), architect and artist collective Assemble present an interactive play project in Leigh Woods. Conceived in conjunction with the National Trust, Spirit of Play investigates how children can be encouraged to get the most from the site via play that promotes freedom and self-direction. The weekend of 2021 September is devoted to Tree Play, while on 25 and 26 October Mud Play is the name of the game (we hardly need to say this, but come prepared to get messy). Both sessions are free.
Arts The Family Arts Festival returns this autumn half term (17 Oct-2 Nov) with a packed programme of theatre, art, music, dance, literature, film, storytelling and more – and many of the all-ages events are free. Highlights include Arnolfini’s Big Family Arts Picnic (1 Nov), featuring Big Draw activities that imagine what the city would look like if families were in charge. At Brunel’s ss Great Britain, Crew Capers storytelling sessions (29 & 31 Oct) feature tall tales of life on board for the ss Great Britain’s crew. Expect mischief, practical joking, fun and games galore.
Boat trips Take a boat trip aboard Bristol docks’ former fire-boat Pyronaut, which plied the harbour putting out fires from 1934 to 1973. During the 30-minute trip around the docks (20-21 Sep and 18-19 Oct), you’ll get to watch the Pyronaut’s powerful water cannon at work. The latter’s busiest time was undoubtedly during the Bristol Blitz of 1940-41, as German bombers damaged and destroyed countless warehouses, factories, shops and homes around the harbour. more mshed.org
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Science At-Bristol’s Incredible Edible show (until 5 Oct) explores the science of food via the very enticing medium of cake. Younger visitors will explore the chemistry of cake, looking at classic ingredients like flour and eggs and testing them for stretchiness, foaminess and more. Discover more about the science behind smell by recreating bakery aromas, then find out what happens to food once you’ve swallowed it… more at-bristol.org.uk
events get sporty Across two weekends this autumn, Bristol’s streets will be bedecked with runners and cyclists. Here are the facts and figures behind an intriguing autumn of sport…
Bristol Half Marathon When: Sunday 21 September The first Bristol Half Marathon was held in 1989 and attracted 1,000 runners. By 2010 this had grown to 16,000 entrants. The race celebrated its silver (25th) anniversary last year. 15 of the 25 men’s races have been won by a Kenyan. The 2001 race doubled as the 10th IAAF World Half Marathon Championships, and featured legends Paula Radcliffe and Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia. Both course records were set that year – Radcliffe with 1:06:47, Gebrselassie with 1:00:03.
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25, 60 or 100 miles through rolling countryside... Bristol 100 Bike Ride When: Sunday 28 September The charity bike ride follows a 100-mile course through the Cotswolds and Severn Vale. For the less ambitious, 60- and 25-mile routes will head through Wotton-under-Edge and Thornbury respectively. All rides start from Blaise Castle Estate. Entry is £24 (100 mile) / £19.50 (60 mile) / £17.50 (25 mile). Riders will raise funds for the Stroke Association. The rides are among 40 UK events planned across this year by Bike Events. more bike-events.com
Exhibition Moved by Conflict Exploring the effect of the First World War on Bristol Moved by Conflict (11 Oct-1 Mar), a new exhibition at M Shed, uses hundreds of original objects and archives to explore the physical, social and personal changes made by the First World War. The exhibition explores Bristol in the early 1900s and its position in the British Empire, takes us through the 1914 to 1918 conflict then turns its attention to people in the city today affected by current global conflicts.
Neighbourhood art trails Find no less than five brilliant events taking place across the city between now and November St Werburghs Arts Trail (27-28 Sep) sees over 50 artists, musicians, choirs, dancers, singers, performers, puppet shows, bakers and others showing off and sharing their skills in houses and venues across the neighbourhood. The following weekend, head south of the river for Art on the Hill (4-5 Oct), the annual art trail for the highly creative BS3 suburbs of Windmill Hill and Victoria Park. Once more, you can expect an appetising mix of locally based visual and performing arts, plus workshops, pop-up cafés and more. A week later (11-12 Oct) the West Bristol Arts Trail returns to Clifton, Cliftonwood and Hotwells. Over 100 Bristol artists will show work in
homes, studios and public venues. November brings the annual visit of Bristol’s two biggest neighbourhood trails. Totterdown’s Front Room (14-16 Nov) – Bristol’s oldest trail and, with 180 artists across 60 venues, one of its biggest – returns for its 15th instalment. Last but not least, the North Bristol Art Trail (29-30 Nov) showcases the talents of a huge range of creative folk across St Andrews, Bishopston and beyond, from jewellery and sculpture to prints, paintings and much more.
The events programme includes monthly sessions allowing visitors to research their First World War ancestors with help from the Bristol and Avon Family History Society. On Sunday 9 November the Forest of Dean’s internationally renowned Lydbrook Brass Band premieres Silver Rose, a new work by composer Liz Lane inspired by the Bristol-born war poet Isaac Rosenberg, specially commissioned by Bristol2014 to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. more
Pics: © Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives
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Agnes Spencer’s Amazing Jamaican Cuisine Miles Chambers’ popular Jamaican food stall can be found at markets and events around Bristol including the Tobacco Factory Market, every Sunday from 10am-2.30pm
My mother came to the West Country from Jamaica in her early twenties. I grew up in a Jamaican household with five siblings. Meals were the focal point of the day and everything was cooked from scratch, with the appropriate herbs and spices. Jamaican food is like the people: spicy, fun, interesting and, at times, fiery! My mother taught me to cook, and her mother, Agnes, taught her, so it’s with Agnes that everything starts. Jamaican cuisine deserves to be better known in this country. The first takeaways and restaurants started in West Indian areas of cities and many have stayed there, but if you don’t know where to look, you may not find them. Levi Roots and his sauces have helped to promote Jamaican cuisine, while Usain Bolt attributes his super speed to Jamaican yams. A good recipe for a newcomer to Jamaican cuisine would be jerk chicken. Ackee and saltfish is the national dish of Jamaica, but jerk
chicken has become the signature dish of Jamaican cuisine. It gets its name from the custom of roasting or ‘jerking’ the meat over pimento logs marinated with herbs and spices. The practice was first started by the Maroons, runaway slaves who were never caught by the British Army. They first started jerking wild boars in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica, and they buried the fires underground so the British Army could not see the smoke. The Tobacco Factory Market has a unique feel. It’s a specialist food market with a great atmosphere and some fine traditional stalls – butcher, greengrocer, fishmonger – alongside food from around the world. It’s a great day out, milling around, meeting people, tasting, talking and being entertained – and there’s some amazing jerk chicken and curry goat in the top corner!
The wonderful Thali Café invites you to party Bollywood-style this Christmas with a vibrant blend of authentic Indian food, signature cocktails and live music. Bhangra favourites RSVP will perform at the Southville restaurant on Thursday and Saturday evenings throughout the season while, elsewhere, Mankala will play their trademark high-energy pan-African sounds and Aji Pa’ Ti will bring a mixture of Cuban-Colombian music to proceedings. Each of the five restaurants (Montpelier, Clifton, Easton, Totterdown and Southville) will be decorated in its own unique style and every guest will be given a traditional Indian flower garland to take home as a memento of the night. Prices start from £17.95 for two courses and £19.95 for three. more
Spike Island This autumn (from 4 Oct) Spike Island hosts an exhibition by the Italian artist Anna Franceschini, whose films and videos are the result of a meticulous observation of reality. Franceschini, who celebrates the poetics of everyday objects and processes, will be presenting a series of works from the past five years. Her work aspires to a ‘pure cinema’, paying homage to the early days of motion pictures, and to experimental film. more
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people Carrie Hitchcock Ferry boat skipper and eco-build pioneer You might know Carrie Hitchcock from her day job as a skipper on Bristol Ferry Boats. Away from the water, though, Carrie is a resident and founder member of The Yard, an eco self-build project in St Werburghs. Her book The Story of the Yard is out now.
stressful moments. It’s also endlessly varied: I mainly do trips so a single day could feature a docks tour, booze cruise and a trip upriver. Most booze cruises are fine – a bit rowdy perhaps, but [most people are] friendly. A few are rude and disrespectful, though – and some get so drunk that they are a danger on board.
How did you get involved with the ferries? Twenty years ago I was burnt out after managing a community arts project. My friend, who was managing the ferries, hired me as crew. She later encouraged me to take my skipper’s ticket. There were no other female skippers then and I felt judged by everyone. One skipper even told me that it was ‘a man’s job’. It took me a long time to feel confident and competent, but I do now.
Who’s your favourite fleet member? Margaret is the most fun, and the boat you want to be piloting on a sunny day. Brigantia is good for booze cruises because you’re in the wheelhouse, removed from the mayhem!
Highs and lows of the job? The people I work with feel like another family to me. And being on the water is so relaxing, even if the job has its
Favourite harbour landmarks? I love the old industrial buildings – Robinson’s oil mills, the Granary, the gasworks, the old tram power station: all built with pride and an eye for beauty. They put the modern office blocks to shame. Tell us the story of The Yard. Back in 1999, a group of neighbours
got together to see off a property developer’s plans to build on a disused scaffolding yard. Their success led to an ambitious plan to develop the site themselves by parcelling it up into 26 self-build plots. I was one of the people who bought a piece of concrete without planning permission and eventually built a low-impact timber frame house on it. We all agreed to abide by principles of ecological building. Where is your favourite place to be in Bristol? I love walking from the CREATE Centre along the Avon Gorge, up Nightingale Valley, over the Suspension Bridge, stopping for a pint on the White Lion terrace and back down again. I also love cycling along the Bristol to Bath cycle path to The Jolly Sailor at Saltford for lunch and a swim. more bit.ly/1qM4aHf
small is... In a tribute to our city’s green and sustainable ethos, Bristol has been chosen to host the fifth annual instalment of the Small Is… Festival, featuring workshops, debates, lectures, live music and more. The festival is inspired by the philosophies of radical economist EF Schumacher, whose book Small is Beautiful argued for a fairer and more sustainable future for our planet. Decamping for the first time from its native Warwickshire, this year’s Small is… will take over St George’s Bristol (13-14 Sep) with an array of activities, colourful stalls, openair demos, music, workshops and family fun. more smallisfestival.org 19 @shipshapemag
film Encounters Bristol’s world-renowned short film and animation festival, hosted by Watershed and Arnolfini, celebrates its 20th anniversary
To mark the milestone, this year’s programme features screenings of 20 outstanding short films from the festival’s two decades. You can see the 20 films for free at Watershed’s unique, drop-in Perpetual Cinema running from Wed 17–Sun 21 Sep (evenings and all-day weekends). Here Mark Cosgrove, Encounters’ Film Consultant and Watershed’s Head of Programme, nominates his own personal top five from that illustrious 20…
Filmed in the West Country during an Indian summer, Esther May Campbell’s September follows Marvin, a man seeking a change in his life and dreaming of something more at summer’s end. A BAFTA winner in 2008, it’s an intimate short story told by a small crew of friends, actors and circus performers.
Elida Schogt’s moving short contrasts fond family memories with the brutality of the Nazi Party. In this harrowing tale an unnamed narrator describes Zyklon B, a pesticide that became the weapon of choice in the regime’s infamous death camps. The film is a fitting testament to the unspeakable nature of these horrors, told in a delicate style.
Jomeo And Ruliet
A quirky modern retelling of the Bard’s classic tale (pictured), this will have you laughing from start to finish. The eloquence of Shakespearean English is replaced by a lackadaisical London dialect in this short and snappy piece that turns the classic on its head.
Voted 2010 Best Short Film by the European Film Academy, Katarzyna Klimkiewicz’s film is an uncomfortable commentary on immigration. Mai Anh, a Vietnamese girl who sets out to find her boyfriend in Poland’s capital, finds that the journey is fraught with danger after entering the country illegally. Humiliation and violence ensue as the protagonist’s human limits are tested.
A showcase for the emotive power of music and film, John Smith’s original piece documents the creation of the M11 link road in East London, which created upset and bitterness by displacing members of the local community. An emotive soundtrack by Jocelyn Pook is a key element to the film’s capturing of a moment in time. more encounters-festival.org.uk / watershed.co.uk
A f f o r d a b l e A r t Fa i r The 12th annual Affordable Art Fair takes place at Brunel’s Old Station across the weekend of 19-21 September. Some 55 galleries from around the country will exhibit work across various media by both emerging and established talent, with prices ranging from £40 to £4,000 – and the majority under £1,000. Bristol galleries exhibiting at this year’s fair include Antlers, Lime Tree, Bristol Contemporary Art, Clifton Fine Art and street-art purveyors See No Evil. more affordableartfair.com/bristol 20 shipshapebristol.co.uk
comedy Jo Caulfield A moment with the sharp, acerbic stand-up Caulfield visits Colston Hall on Saturday 11 October, as part of a bumper autumn season for female comedians that also includes visits from Bridget Christie, Shappi Khorsandi and Joan Rivers. Not known for her Zen-like calm, Caulfield’s latest show is the delightfully-titled Celebration of Anger. Does anger really need celebrating? I’ve always wondered why anger is seen as such a bad thing. Surely there’s nothing more satisfying than having a good rant about everything that’s annoying you? Anger releases all the same endorphins as exercise, but you can do it sitting in a chair with a drink in your hand. So what gets your goat, then? I’m basically an idiot railing against the little things that drive us all crazy: vacuous celebrities, fake corporate friendliness, arrogant shop assistants, drunken girlfriends who always pick the wrong partner, and men who continually quote Mafia movies. How would you describe your stand-up style? I come from a family where the cutting remark was always more valued than getting a Brownie Badge. But I only do it to make people laugh. In truth, I’m a lot more friendly and approachable in the bar after the show. In fact, if anyone would like to test that theory, I’ll no doubt be in the bar after the show –
mine’s a gin and tonic. And a lager. And another gin and tonic, please. Colston Hall’s packed with female talent this autumn. What are your thoughts on the current landscape for women in comedy? It’s great to see more and more women in comedy. I hope it means that, eventually, journalists will stop asking about it. The worst thing for female comics is being constantly asked how it feels to be female comics. We’re just self-centred show-offs like male comics. Having said that, it’s true that if you go to comedy clubs around the country there’s usually only one female act on the bill. And it’s still not uncommon for some MCs to introduce female acts as ‘the lovely…’ or by referring to their looks. Male comics simply don’t get that. Which current circuit comics do you rate most highly Me, obviously! I would love to go and see me. Seriously though, there are some great acts on the circuit at the moment. Janey Godley is a favourite of mine – she’s a Glaswegian comedian who tells amazing stories and who swears in a way you can only marvel at. I’m also a huge fan of Jack Dee and Lloyd Langford – both very different in terms of style, but both hugely funny performers. But I still prefer Jo Caulfield. more
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The Bristol Pound
Launched in September 2012, the Bristol Pound is the UK’s first citywide local currency, accepted (nay, encouraged) at a growing number of local businesses. We take a look at the figures for this not-for-profit social enterprise. You can spend Bristol Pounds using: £B
Around 1,500 people are £B account holders
in £B has been issued since its launch
More than 700 traders now accept £Bs
traders signed up at the £B launch in 2012
THE GO LOCAL! CHALLENGE AIMED TO CONVERT £25,000 OF STERLING INTO £B OVER THE SUMMER
of £B members have increased the amount they spend in local indies since joining £B
of £s spent in a chain supermarket stays in the local economy compared to 63% of £Bs
TYPES OF BUSINESSES NOW ACCEPTING THE £BS INCLUDE: accountants
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Arnolfini Five cultural gems from the art centre’s programme for the coming season, as chosen by Arnolfini Head of Programme Helen Davies
The Promise until Sun 9 Nov, Arnolfini and locations across Bristol, free
The Promise is an exhibition of international contemporary art with a focus on Bristol. Installations and sculptures around town explore the relationship between the city and its residents, inspiring you to view Bristol from new perspectives. Our own exhibition includes architectural models and other materials related to Bristol’s history – including a futuristic plan for a museum in Castle Park. These fascinating items give an overview of the diverse ways in which Bristol has been imagined but not always realised.
Barbeque on The Downs Sun 21 Sep, The Downs, free
As part of The Promise, artist Oscar Tuazon has created a 20-foot high sculpture that doubles as a large fire pit. Tuazon’s sculpture, which plays with the tradition of architectural follies in landscape parks, will host a barbeque with food from The Cowshed cooked on the sculpture.
Off The Page Fri 26-Sun 28 Sep
This literary festival will focus on contemporary sound and music. The weekend will feature talks, presentations and conversations with, among others, renowned singer/songwriter Robert Wyatt, musical prankster Dean Blunt,
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academic and film-maker Julian Henriques and Mississippi Records’ Eric Isaacson. You’ll also find film screenings and family activities, a pub quiz hosted by The Wire, and a closing night concert featuring musicians associated with Mississippi Records.
5Hz Labs Sat 8-Sun 30 Nov, free
5Hz is a collaborative project by artist Emma Smith, psychologist Laurence White, cognitive neuroscientist Nina Kazanina and musicologist Emma Hornby. Exploring the power of the voice to connect us to one another, the project imagines an alternative evolution of speech specifically for the purpose of social bonding. Visitors can take part in language evolution workshops, talks and laboratory demonstrations by eminent scientists, all contributing to an artwork and interactive installation to be presented at Arnolfini next year.
20th Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival Tue 16-Sun 21 Sep
Encounters events at Arnolfini include Desert Island Flicks, in which Will Self (pictured) discusses the films he couldn’t live without; a series of events exploring the legacy of animator Norman McLaren (1914-1987); and Cinema Live!, four nights of live experiences in sound and image. more arnolfini.org.uk
Wapping Wharf will be ready for residents from early next year 194 apartments are being built in phase one of the development, 26 of these are affordable homes
900 individuals registered their interest in the properties 50% of the properties were reserved within 10 days
square metres of retail and leisure space is also being developed
Total number of homes in the entire development more wappingwharf.co.uk
Hop on a bus, ferry or bike – or use your own two feet – for a different view of the city
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City Sightseeing Bristol runs open-top bus tours around the city with interactive commentary. The tour takes you around the Harbourside stopping at the ss Great Britain, then out under Clifton Suspension Bridge and onto the Downs. You can also visit the shopping districts of Clifton Village, Park Street, Bristol Shopping Quarter and St Nicholas Market.
Bristol Ferry Boats operate regular ferry services around the Harbourside, as well as public trips and excursions. The ferry stops are illustrated on the map or visit the operators’ websites for timetable information. A cross-harbour ferry also operates from Brunel’s ss Great Britain to the Harbourside (Hotwells).
The Harbourside Market takes place every Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm. Find local produce and creativity at the fore with books, music, art, food, children’s toys and more. The market has recently expanded and now runs from Narrow Quay to Bordeaux Quay to help “revitalise the city-centre waterside in celebration of Bristol’s independent spirit”. Retroville takes place at the Tobacco Factory every first Sunday of the month, 10am-2.30pm, in conjunction with the regular market (below). Vintage and retro clothing, records, furniture and more. Sunday Brunch Market runs alongside the Harbourside Market (above) every week with street food stalls selling Vietnamese banh mi and Indian spiced breakfasts. Live music, face painting and performance too. Temple Quay Market runs every Thursday, 11.30am-2.30pm. Hot and speciality foods take centre stage on the first, third and fifth Thursday and the BEATS street food market every second and fourth. Tobacco Factory Market takes place every Sunday, 10am-2.30pm, with 40 food and craft stalls selling ethical, ecofriendly, fair trade, organic and local produce. Live music too.
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open sesame! Snoop around some of Bristol’s bestloved buildings and landmarks at the 21st annual Doors Open Day
Taking place on Saturday 13 September, Bristol Doors Open Day offers curious cats the chance to get under the skin of the city’s landmarks old and new – for free. This year more than 60 venues are taking part, from the high profile (Wills Memorial Building, Royal West of England Academy, BBC Broadcasting House) to the lesser known (Brunel’s other bridge, Benjamin Perry Boathouse, the slipper baths at Bristol South Swimming Pool) to fascinating new additions (the newly refurbished Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre). “Bristol Doors Open Day gives everyone the chance to experience architecture, culture and history firsthand,” says Christine Davis, Centre Manager at the Architecture Centre, which is coordinating the festival for the very first time. “As well as offering special free access to over 60 venues, we have lined up a great programme of tours and activities for all ages, so everyone can enjoy and learn about the buildings that make Bristol special.” Highlights from the weekend include a tour of the art deco-style bathing cubicles at Bristol South Swimming Pool, which have been closed to the public since the 1960s; a visit to the Central Health Clinic, where you can learn about past medical treatments including sun-ray therapy; a trip around 117 Wilder Street, a cutting-edge ‘carbon neutral’ building with solar panels and airtight construction; and the Glenside Hospital Museum’s exhibit about the 26,000 WWI soldiers who were treated at this former asylum. And if you can’t make it through the door of your favourite venue, fear not – visitors are being asked to share their experiences on Facebook and Twitter. MORE
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Bristol Central Library Tours include the Bristol Room, home to 18thcentury bookcases and a Grinling Gibbons fireplace (over 12s only).
Colston Hall Sneak around backstage, visit the spooky cellars and enjoy an open rehearsal of the youth ensemble.
Spike Island Hear the history of this former Brooke Bond teapacking factory and see work going on behind the scenes.
St Paul’s Church & Circomedia Beautifully-restored Georgian church now home to Circomedia’ circus school and performance space (over 4s only).
Underfall Yard & Old Stable Block Visit the Victorian engineers’ workshops and cart horse stables (over 12s).
10 things every Bristolian needs to know about Cary Grant He was one of the greatest screen actors who ever lived and one of the leading style icons of the 20th century. His career spanned Hollywood’s golden years and he lived out his life in the public eye. Yet many aspects of his life and personality remain a huge enigma. Eugene Byrne gives us some fascinating facts about Bristol’s boy done good…
feature From left: Grant at the Avon Gorge Hotel pointing out Bristol’s famous landmark, strolling on College Green and hailing a bus in Horfield
Archibald Alexander Leach was born at 15 Hughenden Road in Horfield on 18 January 1904. He was the only surviving son of Elsie Marie and Elias James Leach, a tailor’s presser. His mother suffered from depression and Elias had her placed in the Bristol Lunatic Asylum, telling Archie she’d gone away on a long holiday. His father took up with another woman and Archie, then 10, was mostly brought up by his grandmother in Picton Street. He later assumed his mother was dead.
He was expelled from school
Leach attended Fairfield Secondary and Higher Grade School. He described his education here as ‘sketchy’, though one of the staff changed his life by taking him backstage at the Bristol Hippodrome. He ran away to join Bob Pender’s troupe of acrobats and comedians, but his father tracked him to Ipswich and took him home. He was expelled from Fairfield aged 14 – allegedly because he and another boy sneaked into the girls’ toilets.
Acrobatic training was his secret weapon Leach returned to the Bob
Pender troupe and toured America. When they returned home, he opted to stay in the US. This long apprenticeship as a stage acrobat is what gave him his physical grace and sense of comic timing.
Mae West didn’t launch his career
Leach was told to change his name when he signed with Paramount Pictures in 1931. His first big role was opposite Marlene Dietrich in Blonde Venus, but it was two films with Mae
living for many years with fellow actor Randolph Scott at Malibu. Then again, he married five times and had a string of affairs with some of the world’s most beautiful women. Many who knew He didn’t really become Cary him said he was definitely homosexual, Grant until he left Paramount many said definitely not, and a fair Moving to Columbia, he made The few said he was bisexual. His only Awful Truth, a comedy in which he and child, Jennifer, claimed her dad was Irene Dunne play a divorcing couple straight but did nothing to discourage trying to sabotage one another’s new the rumours as it made him even more love-lives. This established him as the attractive to women. suave lead in a succession of glittering He was a big fan of LSD Having comedies, including The Philadelphia been introduced to it by third wife Story and His Girl Friday. In the latter Betsy Drake, he reckoned that he ad-libbed a rare reference to his past, dropping acid (not illegal at the time) quipping: “The last man who said that sorted a lot of his personal issues. In the to me was Archie Leach, just a week late 1950s, while married to Betsy Drake, before he cut his throat.” and having an affair with Sophia Loren, It was never just about the suave he was also carrying on with Ljubica While his screwball comedies Otašević, a Yugoslav actress and athlete were packing them in, Grant also 23 years his junior. This affair seems to appeared in adventure films and dramas, have amounted to a single dirty weekend. most notably Suspicion, the first of five But where? Paris? Rome? Nope. Westonhugely successful collaborations with super-Mare. Classy or what? Alfred Hitchcock in which he plays a His mother wasn’t dead Elias bloke who may or may not be a killer… Leach died an alcoholic in 1935 The Bristol Blitz affected him and made a deathbed confession deeply Even though he wasn’t that he had Elsie in Fishponds Asylum here at the time. Many relatives for 23 years. Grant would return to were killed by German bombing over Bristol regularly to visit her, and bought the winter of 1940-41, and the loss her a house. All his wives met her, and of family, and childhood memories, would be treated to fish and chips from prompted him to meticulously collect the chippie at the bottom of Christmas all manner of things from his own Steps. He died in 1986, and a life-size daughter’s childhood and keep them in statue of him was unveiled in Bristol’s a strongroom in his house. Millennium Square in December 2001. West, She Done Him Wrong and I’m No Angel, that established him. She later claimed these two films ‘made’ Grant, something which irritated him.
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Cary Grant Comes Home for the Weekend takes place on 11-12 Oct. carycomeshome.co.uk
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Q&A Sam Finney We speak to Sam from Wriggle, the Bristol-based phone app and website that brings you guidance and on-the-day offers for independent restaurants, bars, cafes and venues
Hello Sam, how are you today? Today is a good day. Chomp Grill is pitched just outside Wriggle HQ. Lunch is soon. Tell us the Wriggle story. Our founder, Rob Hall, came up with Wriggle while a frustrated lawyer in London. Originally a scheme to tackle food waste, the idea developed to incorporate helping local independent businesses to reach capacity at the last minute and connect them with discerning and spontaneous young people. Rob gave up his legal career to come down to Bristol and give it a go. With the help of the Bristol start-up scene and our early partners, Wriggle came into the world as a fully functional mobile-app in May this year. How’s it going so far? Just swell. We’re growing every day, offering our app users more variety and introducing many of them to the great array of independent bars, restaurants and venues around town by giving them on-the-day opportunities. One hundred per cent of Wrigglers recommend their experiences in their feedback. Likewise, we’re helping the same businesses shift excess stock or fill seats by bringing them shiny new customers. It seems like a new restaurant pops up every week: why is Bristol such a foodie city? Good question. There are a remarkable number of restaurants per person here. Economically, the disproportionately high GDP per capita and low unemployment rate are certainly factors, but that’s just the surface. Many people in Bristol aren’t just passionate about food as a product, they care where it comes from, how it was produced and processed, and where and by whom it’s served.
The successes of establishments such as Poco are testimony to this, and the work of the Bristol Food Policy Council is a factor. Historically, there’s long been a spirit of independence and a sense of difference here; this is also clear in our contemporary food culture. Street food is clearly having a moment… Street food is nothing new, but it’s certainly undergone a revolution in the UK during recent years. I think it’s the ethos: it’s grass roots, it’s finding a comfortable spot nearby instead of sitting rigidly opposite one another, and it’s driven by popular demand rather than by a haughty imposition of standards. Additionally, due to limitations of scale, the produce involved is typically fresh and local. Oh, and the variety is great! New food trends to look out for? American-style street food is far from peaking. Beyond that and superfoods, I’d love to see a boom of the vegetarian and vegan scenes. It ties in with the rise of flexitarianism (part-time veggies), an appreciation of the versatility and flavour of meat-free dishes and an awareness of ethical food systems. Similarly, I also hope to see a growth of craft and local, small-scale production. Favourite restaurants in Bristol? This is by far the hardest question. It would have to be Katie & Kim’s Kitchen and Poco. I had the brunch of a lifetime in the former; the latter can’t be faulted. I also have a lot of love for The Runcible Spoon, Roll for the Soul and Hart’s Bakery, and am really excited about going to Birch at some point. Anything else you’d like to add? We love Shipshape! Support local independents! Get a Wriggle on! MORE
“We went out one night and came across a couple having a spectacular row. We asked them if they’d mind us taking a photograph of their argument. They looked at each other and said: ‘Shall we do it?’ The next minute the girl started walking away and we wondered what on earth was going on. Suddenly, she turned around, began sprinting towards the man, did a somersault in the air and the man caught her. Turned out they were circus performers.” For Mike Porter, director of Art Ventures, this incident summed up what Bristol is all about: a city that’s friendly, creative and has a surprise (and circus performer) around every corner. To celebrate its unique spirit, Porter decided to launch an annual photography competition that challenged “anyone with a camera” to capture the very best of the city. Called 24 Hours in Bristol, the competition was first held in 2013 and saw hundreds of photographers scouring the streets of Bristol in a single 24-hour period looking for that winning snap. (Porter came upon the acrobatic couple while participating in last year’s comp.) Entrants flooded in from London, Yorkshire, Spain and Germany. “There were over 10,000 images taken last year and there was not a bad one among them,” says Porter. Entries of note included a black and white shot of Clifton Suspension Bridge (which was used on the front cover of Destination Bristol’s Venues & Conference Guides 2014), the gorgeous Old Dock Cottages illuminated by arc lights and – inevitably, perhaps – a graffiti artist at work on his latest creation (this is Bristol, after all). This year’s competition, which took place from noon on Saturday 23 to noon on Sunday 24 August, came with a twist: photographers were allocated a specific hour during the 24-hour period in which they’d have to take at least one entry photograph. Importantly, insists Porter, the competition was open to anyone and everyone (he even tried to convince Shipshape to enter). “This is a truly egalitarian photography competition,” he says. “I’m not interested in aperture or lens quality – I switch off when people start talking about stuff like that. It’s all about the image. You don’t have to be an artist or a professional photographer: it’s about your personal view of what Bristol means to you.” The winner will be announced at an awards evening and private view to be held at the new Harbourside Arts Centre on Friday 10 October (the venue also acted as competition HQ with pies brought in to feed flagging photogs). Members of the public will be able to see the photographers’ efforts from Saturday 11 October, when the exhibit opens.
shot in the dark In August, Art Ventures launched its second annual 24 Hours in Bristol photography competition. Rebecca Ewing speaks to director Mike Porter about what sets this competition apart
Main pic: Claas Moeller’s Mudguy won a prize for one of the best photos taken in his allocated hour. Moeller saved the man’s life as he had fallen into the river and was stuck in the mud at three o’clock in the morning. He called an ambulance, but, being the true professional he is, made sure he took a photograph before he was taken off to hospital. (The man was discharged after he warmed up.) From top: Light Graffiti by Hampshirebased graphic designer Rich Perrin; Paul Smith’s I Love the Lido was one of the judges’ favourites; Andy Coffin’s Temple Meads Station was the overall winner of last year’s competition.
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This hip and happening quarter has it all If you want fancy boutiques, buzzing bars, cosy cafés and cultural hang outs, head to the West End – home to Park Street, The Triangle and Christmas Steps. At the heart of it all lies Park Street, a vertiginous strip where high-end high-street names (Reiss, Whistles) sit happily aside muchloved independents (Cooshti, The Boot Room, Love From Random). It’s not for nothing that this spot was nominated for the UK’s hippest street in the Google awards. It’s been home to the famous Park and Slide and transformed into a pop-up park, complete with artificial grass, plants and an ice cream van.
meet the maker jenny life
Dining options are varied and plentiful and include charming tea rooms (The Tea Birds), bustling coffee shops (Boston Tea Party, Workhouse Café, Folk House Café and Bar), hip eateries (Grillstock, Jamie’s Italian) and fine dining institutions (Goldbrick House). For cultural nourishment, visitors can get their fill at the Royal West of England Academy and Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. Once you’re done, recuperate with a cup of coffee on College Green at the bottom of the hill or Brandon Hill at the top. more @BrisParkStreet, @ParkStBristol, @ParkStreetEvent
When did you open the studio? Just over three years ago. I’d been a potter in Bristol for a while and saw a shop for rent while walking up Christmas Steps, so impulsively I asked to look around. I adored the little gallery and studio space, and the gorgeous courtyard garden – perfect for displaying sculptures. So I went for it and haven’t looked back since. Who or what most inspires you? I’m inspired by the sea, particularly holidays to Devon and Cornwall. I also love flowers, the human figure and am crazy about colour. I’ve just been to the Matisse Cut-Outs exhibition at Tate Modern and found that truly inspirational. Who’s your favourite artist/maker? I admire Grayson Perry, not just for his pots but also his sense of humour and ability to make art so accessible. Tell us a secret. I’m writing a novel. more
The Bristol Pound, the not-for-profit community interest company, has launched its first mobile phone app. Available for Apple and Android phones, the free £B app will simplify the £B mobile phone text payment system (called TXT2PAY), notify users of nearby £B businesses, track users’ spending and highlight discounts offered by traders. “People have been nagging us for an app since we launched,” says Stephen Clarke, director of Bristol Pound. “We hope that our members try it out and let us know how it goes!” more bristolpound.org, @BristolPound 35 @shipshapemag
shopping: the west end
Bristol cider shop
This artists’ cooperative create beautiful handmade objects, including furniture, quirky jewellery, cards, ceramics and more. You’ll also find vintage items (from suitcases to sewing machines), books and a constantly evolving gallery art space.
Bristol’s specialist cider shop stocks over 100 varieties of quality draught and bottled cider. All ciders are sourced from small, independent producers within 50 miles of the city. Tastings and events run throughout the year. Hampers also available.
Chilli Daddy is the first Szechuan street food stall in the UK and a BBC Food and Farming Awards 2014 finalist. Find them at the Friday Food Market (Wine St, 10am-4pm) and the their own Szechuan Food Market on Sundays (Perry Rd, 11am-6pm).
84 Colston St, BS1 5BB, 0117 904 7067 blazestudio.co.uk @blazeshop txt2pay: blaze
7 Christmas Steps, BS1 5BS, 0117 382 1679 bristolcidershop.co.uk @cidershop
17 Perry Rd, BS1 5BG, 07914 538539 chillidaddy.com @chillidaddy txt2pay: chillidaddy
Ceramics and hand-made curios
For everything cider!
Szechuan street food stall
Antique furniture, taxidermy and lighting
folk house café & bar
Individual, hand-picked pieces of antique furniture (think gorgeous metal filing cabinets, bistro chairs and foxed mirrors) alongside vintage lamps, taxidermy and limited edition prints. Taxidermy courses available.
Serving up freshly made, delicious food using organic and local ingredients, to eat in or take away. Also runs a vibrant programme of evening events, pop-up cookery demos and film and live music nights.
Jenny Life’s studio and gallery features ceramic wall pieces, sculptures and pots by Jenny herself, alongside work in various media by visiting artists. Find a range of ceramics, textiles, glass, prints and paintings at affordable prices.
51 Colston St, BS1 5AX, 07789 145175 dig-haushizzle.co.uk @DigHaushizzle txt2pay: shizzle
40a Park St, BS1 5JG, 0117 908 5035 folkhousecafe.co.uk @FolkHouseCafe txt2pay: fhc1
15 Christmas Steps, BS1 5BS, 0117 302 0003 jennylifegallery.co.uk txt2pay: jennylife
Studio and gallery
Much-loved Park Street café & venue
shopping: the west end
love from random
Kitsch collectables and vintage gifts
park street local Convenience store
royal west of england academy
National and international artists
Find all manner of kitsch and retro gifts on offer, including vintage homeware and collectables. In addition, find a great range of greeting cards, books, prints and journals.
Great local convenience store which prides itself on excellent customer service, stock range and good prices. The store is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and stocks everything you need for a big night out or a quiet night in.
England’s only Royal Academy of Art is housed in a stunning Grade II-listed building and features a permanent fine art collection, exhibitions and events. The 162nd Annual Open Exhibition (12 Oct-17 Dec) includes work by the UK’s best contemporary artists.
59 Park St, BS1 5NU, 0117 929 8566 lovefromrandom.co.uk @lovefromrandom
42 Park St, BS1 5JG, 0117 925 1790 txt2pay: parkstlocal @parkstlocal
Queen’s Rd, BS8 1PX, 0117 973 5129 rwa.org.uk @RWABristol txt2pay: rwa1
the tea birds
Independent tea room serving up a reviving selection of loose leaf tea and fresh coffee alongside a range of delectable home-baked cakes and sandwiches. Keep an eye out for their own take on the Great British Bake Off technical recipes.
An innovative and ever-changing menu awaits at this lovely local café, which grows many of the ingredients on its own allotments. Find a changing selection of paninis, soup, tarts, salads and more alongside a range of puddings, smoothies, tea and coffee.
Contemporary jewellery workshop & gallery, showcasing a beautiful range of handcrafted jewellery, glass, ceramics, textiles & prints, designed & made in the UK. Courses, bespoke sessions & Make Your Own Wedding Rings Days offered all year round.
20 Park St, BS1 5JA, 0117 922 6003 theteabirdsbristol.com @TheTeaBirds7 txt2pay: teabirds
19-20 Perry Rd, BS1 5BG, 0117 329 0889 workhousecafe.co.uk @cafeWorkhouse txt2pay: workhouse82
22 Upper Maudlin St, BS2 8DJ, 0117 329 0393 workshop22.co.uk @workshop_22 txt2pay: workshop22
Vintage tea room
Serving local, seasonal dishes
Gallery, workshop & teaching studio
Eating & drinking A guide to our favourite restaurants, cafés, bars and pubs
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The Grace Small plates, Sunday roasts, cocktails, craft beers and real ales from the team behind Zazu’s Kitchen and Easton’s The Greenbank. 197 Gloucester Rd, thegracebristol.uk
Rosemarino Wonderful Clifton neighbourhood eatery (thrice winner of Bristol Good Food Awards’ Best Italian) opens a sister restaurant in the centre of town with delicious Italian fare at the fore. 90 Colston St, colston.rosemarino.co.uk
Spitfire Lip-smacking dishes (baby back Texan ribs, boerewors rolls) cooked up over a wood-burning barbecue in one of the most picturesque spots on the harbour. 1 Hannover Quay
ZeroDegrees This craft-brewing institution has undergone a £350k refurb to mark a successful decade in the business. Find a modern European menu, cocktails, tapas and shared plates alongside their famed selection of craft beers. Open from 11 September. 53 Colston St, zerodegrees.co.uk/bristol
Love thy neighbour Thinking of a day trip to Bath? Let The Pig be your guide… Bath punches well above it’s weight in terms of eating out options: this dinky little metropolis is estimated to offer more restaurant covers per capita than Bristol, cooking up bums-on-seat statistics that are almost on par with central London. But hey, who cares about the maths? The fact that a beautiful city plus a really good meal equals a memorable night out is the only equation that really matters to us. Autumn in Bath is likely to be dominated by the Great Bath Feast (1-31 Oct), an annual festival that celebrates the Heritage City food scene, from street food to upper-crust eating out (and Bath has plenty of both to shout about). But the city’s foodie grapevine tends to buzz all year round. In recent months, Turtle Bay and Grillstock (already both strongly established on the Bristol scene) have brought tastes of the Caribbean and the Deep South respectively to Bath. Superstar
chef Martin Blunos has brought an exceedingly glamorous fish restaurant to the formerly careworn County Hotel. And the historic Crystal Palace, Huntsman, Porter and Boater pubs (the latter offering the best weir view in Bath) have been totally revamped. As autumn rolls along, two brand new branches of Hotcha will bolster Bath’s fledgling reputation for authentic non-stop exotica, while the Cowshed will attempt to steak (ahem) a claim on the cool carnivore hit list. Will Hotcha say gotcha to long-standing fans of Hoi Faan, Hon Fusion or the Peking? Will Cowshed prove to be as popular as enduringly popular local indie steakhouses the Hudson Steakhouse and Herd? You tell us! more visit
thepigguide.com for Bathrelated news, reviews and foodie gossip, or follow The Pig on Twitter @ThePigGuide / greatbathfeast.co.uk
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Cathay Rendezvous Questions for Richard Bao, the new director of much-loved Chinese restaurant Cathay Rendezvous How would you describe the cuisine at Cathay Rendezvous?
Waterside Christmas Three venues
High-quality, tasty and traditional. We focus on traditional Canton, Peking and Szechuan formal dinner cuisine, not dim sum, so our flavour, quality, size and presentation all have to be of the highest standard.
Lido Take your festive outing poolside in Lido’s new terrace building, where a tapas and mezze menu offers a laidback vibe.
What makes you different from other Chinese restaurants?
Our building is different to that of other restaurants. It was built in 1738 and was the first purposebuilt library in England. We pride ourselves on our service, which is a combination of Western and Chinese traditions. We try our best to provide a relaxing and enjoyable experience to costumers. And our food is of a consistently high standard. What is your favourite dish?
I have a variety, but one of my favourites is squid peppercorn.
Glassboat Christmas is served from 1-30 Dec at this elegant waterside destination that can cater for up to 150 party animals.
What is your most popular menu?
Our most popular menu is still the set menu. Our lunch menu is amazing value, but our most regular costumers all pop in at dinner time so the set menu is designed to present customers with the most popular and best value dishes. more
Three Brothers Burgers A wonderful waterside location and lip-smacking menu of burgers, subs, dogs and wings make for a vibrant festive party destination.
B ee r , B ee r ! The city goes hop happy with two fests dedicated to the humble pint. First up is Bristol Beer Factory and Tobacco Factory’s annual beer festival, Factoberfest, which returns for a weekend’s worth of ale-based revelry (12-14 Sep). Held in the café bar, yard and terrace, it will feature BBF’s award-winning beers alongside some of the best craft beers from around the world. Find live music on the indoor and outdoor stages, craft making, face painting and Chomp Grill serving up tasty burgers from their vintage Citroën van. Hot on its heels is Bristol Beer Week (12-21 Sep). Meet-the-brewer events, food and beer tastings, education sessions, brewing demos and more take place across the city. You’ll also get to sample specially brewed beers by the likes of Ashley Down Brewery and Arbor Ales. more bristolbeerfactory.com, @brisbeerfactory 39 @shipshapemag
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The barley mow
This stylish, buzzing eatery serves up a Mediterranean-inspired menu using locally sourced ingredients: find slates of antipasti, pizzas and sandwiches, as well as delicious home-made cakes and pastries – available to eat in or take home. To drink, try expertly made coffee from Extract Coffee Roasters or choose from a small but perfectly balanced global wine list, made by small, independent producers. Beers and ciders come from Somerset and beyond. Find outdoor seating right on the Harbourside.
One of Bristol’s best craft beer pubs blends traditional with modern through its cosy interior, open fire and courtyard garden. Located between Temple Meads and Old Market, the Barley Mow’s location away from the hubbub of the centre makes it a pub that’s worth seeking out. The menu changes daily and is designed to complement the beers, using fresh, seasonal produce. A German beer festival in September will bring the spirit of Oktoberfest to Bristol. Plus there’s a Monday Quiz night, Wednesday dinner deal and music nights at weekends.
Established in 1986 in an 18thcentury former public library (the first in England), Cathay Rendezvous has earned a reputation as one of the leading Chinese restaurants in Bristol. Now under new ownership, the restaurant serves up authentic Oriental cuisine spanning the main gastronomic regions of China. The express lunch menu, served between noon and 3.30pm, is great value at £7.90/two courses or £9.90/three courses while the Sunday buffet gives you the chance to enjoy a variety of freshly cooked dishes served at your table. The restaurant also offers pretheatre, à la carte and set menus.
Bright, buzzing café-bar
Dishes: Little pizzas: home-made dough topped with fresh ingredients (from £5.75); smoked mackerel & pickled walnut salad with Severn Project leaves, seven-minute eggs & toasted sourdough croutons (small £4.25, large £8); home-made cakes; brunch served every day 10am-4pm Times: from 10am daily Book: email@example.com 0117 917 2305
Bristol Beer Factory’s beer paradise
Dishes: Beef chilli cheese fries & jalapeños (£5); buffalo wings & blue cheese dip (£4.50); chilli, garlic and lime chicken supreme & couscous (£9.50); halloumi salad & mediterranean vegetables (£8.50) Times: Mon-Thu 12-11pm, Fri-Sat 1211.30pm, Sun 12-10pm; food served: Mon-Sat 12-3pm and 5-9pm, Sun roasts from 12pm Book: firstname.lastname@example.org
16 Narrow Quay, BS1 4QA 0117 917 2305
39 Barton Road, St Philips, BS2 0LF 0117 930 4709
Authentic Oriental cuisine
Dishes: Squid peppercorn (£6.50); aromatic crispy duck (£10); sweet and sour pork (£9.20); scallops and prawns in a bird’s nest (£11.90); beef a la Szechuan (£9.90) Times: Mon-Thu 12-2.30pm, 6-11pm; Fri-Sat 12-2.30pm, 6-11.30pm; Sun 12-3pm, 6-10.30pm Book: 0117 922 6161
30 King St, BS1 4DZ 0117 922 6161
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complement these fantastic products we have a drinks list that has been influenced by Spain: 12 wines all available by the glass, a selection of sherries, ports and bottled beers reminiscent of your last beach holiday. @gorditobristol email@example.com Tel: 0117 204 7130 Mon-Sat 4pm-11pm
colston st bar & kitchen
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Located on the floating harbour in the heart of Bristol, Glassboat affords spectacular views of the city and Harbourside. Head chef Charlie Hurrell has created a menu that has wide appeal – a mix of sophisticated bistro classics inspired by the very best of British and French dishes. Glassboat is a restaurant to suit any occasion – whether it’s for lunch or dinner with friends, a business breakfast or lunch, or to celebrate a special occasion, Glassboat is a unique and versatile choice.
With its panoramic views from the upper two decks, great food and excellent range of craft beers, Bristol Beer Factory’s Grain Barge is one of the harbour’s best venues. There’s lots going on with a quiz night every Monday, free pint with a pie on Wednesdays, steak night on Thursday and live music in the hold bar on Friday nights, plus many events throughout the year. The specials menu is updated daily using fresh local produce, bread and pies are made on the premises and there’s a top-notch Sunday roast. It’s a great venue for Christmas parties of all sizes, with the large hold bar available for hire.
Sophisticated bistro classics
Hearty meals and craft beers
Brand-new venture from Bath Ales
Fantastic new café-bar from local independent brewer Bath Ales, located in the bright and airy nd terrace barssurroundings open one hour before Hall. shows of Colston n throughout. WeKnown serve a range drinks and lovedoffor theirinflagship gs, the highlight beer being our Bath third Ales ﬂoor runs terrace bar. Gem, 10 pubs, bars and restaurants in the South West – including Graze and The Hare On The Hill in Bristol – and has forged a reputation for the high quality of its venues. Colston St. Bar and Kitchen is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Choose from an American and Europeaninspired menu alongside a range of Bath Ales beers, wine list and hot and cold drinks. Times: Mon-Sat 8am-11pm, Sun 10am-10.30pm, food served all day, every day Book: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dishes: violet artichoke tartlet (£6.50); turbot, fresh Dorset crab, cucumber salsa (£22); lavender panna cotta, strawberry curd (£6) Times: breakfast: Mon-Sun 8-11am; lunch: Mon-Sun 12-4pm; dinner: Mon-Sat 5.30-10pm Book: email@example.com Offer: Early Bird Dinner, available Monday to Saturday from 5.30-7pm, offers two-courses for £15 or three courses for £20
Dishes: Roasted duck breast, balsamic & honey figs, hazelnut, chicory & orange salad (£13.50); sweet potato, mushroom, blue cheese & truffle pie (£8.90); dark choclolate delice (£4.50) Times: Mon-Thu 12-11pm, Fri-Sat 12-11.30pm, Sun 12-11pm Book: firstname.lastname@example.org
Colston Hall, Colston St, BS1 5AR 0117 204 7131
Welsh Back, BS1 4SB 0117 332 3971
Mardyke Wharf, BS8 4RU 0117 929 9347
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lido restaurant, spa & pool
The Lido is an oasis of calm in the heart of Bristol, where chef Freddy Bird presides over two floors of poolside dining. It’s the only choice for great food and relaxation. As well as lunch and dinner the poolside bar serves breakfast from 8am-11.30am, tapas from noon until 10pm.
Voted the Best Curry House at the British Curry Awards 2013 and named one of the top 20 Indian restaurants in Britain by The Telegraph, Myristica is one of the highlights of the harbour’s impressive dining landscape. The menu features a range of beautifully crafted dishes from across the Indian subcontinent. Kick off with baby squid deep-fried and tossed with bell peppers, chilli flakes and honey, and move on to pista murgh (breast of chicken in a mild cream sauce with ground pistachios and saffron). Then round things off with a luxuriant chocolate samosa dessert and ice cream.
Rather wonderful restaurant, bar, music venue and birthplace of the weekend Harbourside market. The restaurant offers a delicious small plates menu and was recently awarded the Sustainable Restaurant Association’s highest rating. The bar serves a wide range of brewedin-Bristol craft beers, Somerset ciders, specialist spirits and a European wine list featuring some great English whites from just down the road. If live music is your thing, catch the best of Bristol’s musical talent on the little stage on Wednesday to Saturday nights – visit no1harbourside.co.uk/ music for listings and current menu.
Dishes: Rabbit varuval (£6.95); achari venison (£12.95); okra stir fry (£4.95); chocolate samosas (£3.45) Times: lunch: Mon-Fri 12-2pm; dinner: Mon-Sat 5.30-11.30pm, Sun 5.30-10.30pm (last orders at 10pm) Book: myristica.co.uk
Dishes: Ewe’s cheese with caramelised pears and Severn Project leaves (£6); smoked Cornish mackerel with chicory & home-made salad cream (£6) Times: Mon-Thu 12-3pm & 5-10pm, Fri 12-3pm & 5-9pm, Sat 12-4pm & 5-9pm; Sun 12-7pm Book: email@example.com
Oakfield Place, BS8 2BJ 0117 933 9530
51 Welsh Back, BS1 4AN 0117 927 2277
1 Canons Road, BS1 5UH 0117 929 1100
Fine Indian dining
Colourful and friendly dockside venue
Dishes: Crab, apple, tarragon & paprika on toast (£8); Iberico pig’s cheeks, cooked in Asturian cider, parsnip and vanilla purée, watercress, apple (£17.50); Amaretto cherry and pistachio tart, or freshly churned Lido ice cream Times: restaurant: 12-3pm and 6-10pm, closed Sun evening; spa: 7am-10pm; poolside bar: Mon-Sat from 8am, Sun from 9am Book: firstname.lastname@example.org
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three brothers burgers
Named runner up in last year’s Observer Food Monthly Best Cheap Eats Awards (as chosen by OFM readers), Thali Café was launched nearly 15 years ago by owner Jim Pizer. Inspired by his travels in India and disappointed with the Indian food found back home, Jim decided to introduce authentic Indian street food to the UK. The first restaurant opened in Montpelier and was the launching pad for the famous ecofriendly tiffin take-away scheme (there are now 10,000 tiffins in homes all over Bristol). Four further restaurants have since opened in Clifton, Easton, Totterdown and Southville.
The longest-serving ale house in Bristol serves up an appetising mix of good-value food and quality beers for Harbourside regulars. Great deals include a sandwich, side and drink for £5.99, burger, fries and a drink for £8.29 and a sharing platter and two drinks for £12.49. Behind the bar, choose from seven cask ales (including the pub’s very own Shakespeare ale), draught cider and lager and more than 15 types of wine. Guest ales this season come courtesy of Twisted Oak (Sep) and Great Western (Oct). And don’t miss the popular brewery contest, in which you can help decide the winter’s best ales.
After opening in the summer, Three Brothers Burgers is now fully established in its picturesque Harbourside spot, the former site of Spyglass. Sister venue The Lido’s chef Freddy Bird and head chef Joey MacGibbon (who cut his teeth at acclaimed London restaurants Moro and Trullo) have worked together to create a lip-smacking menu of handpressed burgers (using 28-day aged prime Herefordshire beef), subs, dogs, wings and achingly-good sides (chilli cheese fries, pickles).
Dishes: Southern tiffin (Goan fish curry) (£9.50); Mogul chicken (tomato and coconut sauce) (£9.95); lamb, mint and chickpea samosas (£3.50); Bombay potato chips (£2.95) Times: details vary, see website Book: details vary, see website
Dishes: Cheesy garlic ciabatta (£3.29); hunter’s chicken (£6.49); mac ‘n’ cheese (£5.49); Sunday roast (£8.99) Times: Mon-Thu 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11am-12am, Sun 11am-11pm Book: @shakespearestav, facebook.com/theshakespearetavern
68 Prince Street, BS1 4QD 0117 929 7695
Authentic Indian street food
Traditional Harbourside pub
thethalicafe.co.uk thethalicafe @thethalicafe
Menu highlights: Burgers, deep fried
pickles, hot dogs grilled to order and Philly cheese steak. Drinks: a range of craft beers, cocktails, picklebacks (a shot of bourbon followed by a shot of pickle brine, if you don’t know), milkshakes Times: Mon-Sat 12pm-late, Sun 12-4pm
Welsh Back, BS1 4SB
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Large café bar and social hub for the Southville and Bedminster communities. With its ongoing art exhibitions, live music, life drawing classes, quiz nights and many events throughout the year, including the annual Factoberfest beer festival in September, it has a great atmosphere. The kitchen serves a British/Mediterranean-inspired menu with seasonal evening and weekend specials and many gluten-free options. There’s a covered terrace and large, sunny open-air yard. The weekly Sunday market has up to 40 stalls offering locally produced food and crafts. With its nationally acclaimed theatre, The Tobacco Factory is one of Bristol’s leading cultural centres.
Open every day from early in the morning to late at night, Watershed Café/Bar offers breakfast, lunch and evening meals all following a simple policy: stay fresh, local and seasonal. The ‘plot to plate’ policy means all ingredients are sourced from local suppliers, so you can eat a healthy, balanced menu while supporting the local economy. The bar stocks local favourites like Cotswold Lager and Cider, Arbor Ales and Bath Ales alongside a range of bottled drinks (which can be taken into the cinema), spirits, wines and hot and cold drinks. Free Wi-Fi is available to use throughout the Café/Bar.
Menu highlights: Chargrilled rump steak with chilli & garlic butter & mixed grilled vegetables (£11); arancini stuffed with Camembert & mozzarella (£9); summer tapas from £5 including mussels, falafal and trio of dips Times: Mon-Thu 12-11pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 10am-11pm Book: 0117 902 0060
Menu highlights: Charcuterie board (£8); seasonal vegetable tart (£5); slow-roasted belly of pork baguette (£7); Watershed fish and chips (£11); hot chocolate brownie (£3.50) Times: Mon 10am-11pm, Tue-Fri 9.30am-11pm, Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-10.30pm Book: email@example.com
Bristol craft brewing institution Zerodegrees reopens following a £350,000 refurbishment. The dining room is now located on the top floor, creating an expansive, flexible drinking space below, with expanded seating in the walled garden and a new awning and sliding glass doors on the roof terrace. The menu will feature modern European dishes alongside tapas and sharing plates. At the heart of the operating is the craft brewery, which serves up the sights, smells and sounds of a working brewery. Try Zerodegrees’ own pilsner, pale ale, black lager and wheat ale alongside wines, ‘beertails’ and cocktails.
Raleigh Road, BS3 1TF 0117 902 0060
1 Canons Road, BS1 5TX 0117 927 5101
53 Colston St, BS1 5BA 0117 925 2706
Social space serving seasonal food
Social space serving seasonal food
Menu highlights: Crostini with Parma ham, goat’s cheese, mascarpone and smoked salmon (£7.25); seafood linguine (£12.50); wood-roasted vegetables pizza (£9.95) Times: Mon-Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 12pm-11pm Book: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Bijou venues From gigs in former bookshops to theatre productions in wardrobes (OK, that last one’s not strictly accurate…) we count down the five most intimate venues in Bristol 1. The Old Bookshop
65 North St, BS3 1ES, @theoldbookshop Cute little café, bar and music venue in Bedminster serving up a lively roster of gigs and events alongside delicious food. Nip next door to Cocktails at Number 63 for a pre-gig pick-me-up.
2. The Birdcage
28 Clare St, BS1 1YE, @BirdcageBristol The clever Birdcage covers all bases acting as a vintage clothing paradise, delightful café and hip evening venue, hosting up-and-coming musical talent from across a variety of genres. 3. The Golden Lion
244 Gloucester Rd, BS7 8NZ, @goldenlionbriz If you love live music, you’ll be intimately familiar with this fantastic pub where gigs take place most days. Hear anything from jazz, funk and folk to soul, blues and beyond. 4. The Bristol Fringe
32 Princess Victoria Street, BS8 4BZ, @BFringecafebar A bustling calendar of entertainment awaits at this Clifton bar where music, comedy and art share centre stage. Events include live Q&As with local musicians as well as regular jazz and blues nights.
5. Wardrobe Theatre
Above the White Bear, 133 St Michael’s Hill, BS2 8BS, @WardrobeTheatre It’s a pub, Jim, but not as we know it with theatre and comedy getting served alongside the Butcombe and Bristol Beer Factory pints, German beers and organic ciders downstairs (the elderflower cider has caught our attention).
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