So last week I was lucky enough to be invited by Visit Bristol to spend a day discovering all the lovely things that Bristol has to offer this festive season. It was a such a treat of a day, full of fun and delicious things to eat and drink and a chance to have a lovely wander around the Christmas markets.
It was a gorgeous day, one of those lovely crisp cold winter days when the sun shines and everything just looks glorious. Before I met up with everyone, I took the chance to walk around one of my favourite spots, Bathurst Basin and enjoyed walking in the sunshine amongst my favourite sights of brightly coloured painted terraces and being near the water.
Our first stop of the day was Pieminister in Broad Quay in the centre of Bristol. There I met up with my fellow blogger friends for the day and we were treated to a delicious lunch from the Pieminister Christmas menu – I chose the MistleMoo pie which was made with beef steak, bacon, port & chestnuts. It was accompanied by the most delicious mash & braised red cabbage and super tasty veggie sticks made from stuffing and mini yorkshire puddings. There is a lovely atmosphere in the Pieminister on Broad Quay and it was full of lots of people enjoying their festive grub.
Following our super tasty lunch we headed into Broadmead to discover the Bristol Christmas Market which stretches from the centre of Broadmead through to Cabot Circus in the Bristol Shopping Quarter. Here you can try lots of tasty continental foodie delights including Gluwhein, which is an Austrian mulled wine and it was the perfect drink on a cold Winter’s day. Spend some time at the Bristol German market and it won’t take you long to get into the festive spirit and it’s a good place to stop and rest your feet if you are in town Christmas shopping.
On our next stop on our Bristol Christmas day out, Natacha and I decided to head to The Christmas Steps. This is an utterly charming part of the city and I have been told that it may well have been the inspiration for JK Rowling’s Diageon Alley in the Harry Potter novels. It is a wonderful winding alley that takes you from St. Augustine’s Parade all the way up to Colston Street. You feel like you could be in a Dicken’s novel.
On the journey up you will find some lovely places to do your Christmas shopping, including a shop that Natacha and I could have spent all afternoon in, a gorgeous shop dedicated to candles, Osmology. It smelled amazing in there!
Then we strolled to our next destination, to the fabulous Swoon gelato emporium at the bottom of Park Street opposite College Green. Here we met back up with all the gang and we were treated to the most amazing feast of festive gelato which included mince pie gelato, biscotti gelato, chocolate orange gelato and my personal favourite the mulled wine gelato. We also got to try the most amazing hot chocolate that was so thick and just delicious. Finally we were all given the most beautiful piece of gelato cake – it almost looked too beautiful to eat.
Next up we headed to We The Curious in Millennium Square & took a ride in the Skyline – this was a super fun way to get to see amazing views of the city. I definitely want to head back & for another ride as it was really exciting being that high up above the city.
Then we took a stroll around the Harbourside back to where I started my day in Bathurst Basin and we headed to the fabulous Pi Shop Pizzeria . Pi Shop is one of three restaurants, at the old Bristol General Hospital site, that is owned by the Sanchez-Iglesias family, the others of course being the Michelin starred Casa Mia & Paco Tapas. I had only eaten here once before so I was really excited to go back. Everything about Pi Shop is perfect, the restaurant looks beautiful with its pared down elegance & the touches of copper everywhere, the service is excellent and the pizzas, well, the pizzas are outstanding.
We got to try so many delicious pizzas, but my favourite was definitely the Carbonara – with the egg yolk in the middle. Absolutely divine!
Our final destination of the night was to head back to Millennium Square & discover the We The Curious Ice Skating rink – it’s so much fun watching all the skaters big & small having fun on the ice. It’s open until 16th Jan so loads of time for you to go have a go too.
There is so much in Bristol to get you feeling festive this Christmas – I hope you have has much fun as I did sampling some of the things the city has on offer this year.
Have a very Merry Christmas one and all!