Bill asked me for a piece on Bristol. I never say no to requests, though to be honest I’ve no real appetite for raking over old posts. But it’s Bristol !
So here’s my highlights from 4 years of Brizzle blogging, which frankly could have been out of date even before last Friday.
2 hours 54 mins says Bing Maps, that’s the quickest it’s ever been. Shame I won’t be going for a while, and shame they’ve banned diesel vehicles too.
In happier times I’d have been there about now, finishing off Gloucester with my lovely but now chronically underused pinkie.
The 3 Guide ticks I need are a good cross-section of Brizzle GBG entries; traditional local, modern craft bar, micropub.
The other good thing is they’re spread evenly around the inner suburbs. I reckon it’ll take me 3 hours to walk from Temple Meads to those three and back.
And you should walk, the hilly streets will do you good.
And you’ll see the best of the street art.
And you’ll find great ethnic food.
And there’s definitely music even I haven’t heard of.
And the pubs ? Hundreds of them, or there were, till last week.
“Being picky, the Beer Guide pubs can seem dominated by students” I wrote in 2016.
And “I’ve had the odd bit of average beer in places with far too many handpumps.”
I know my place. Boak & Bailey are your port of call for Bristol knowledge, as they live there and have been visiting every pub in an Alan Winfield style. They can even guide you to flat Bass, which makes them heroes.
But these were the pubs that impressed me.
Proper seats, waving sooty charity box, friendly staff, strong beer.
Bag o’ Nails
Err, cats. And more cats. and great beer. And Bass at the Myrtle Tree next door.
Proper local. Proper seating. Tiny Rebel. Upmarket Brizzle.
The Seven Stars
Unfussy, outside drinking, top beer, next door to the Fleece.
A DECENT MICRO OR TWO
Draper’s (see Boak & Bailey)
Great city, and of course you can always get the train to Bath nd drink Bass in the Star if you’re bored.