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Food, Lifestyle

Brunching in Bristol with Cox and Baloney

March 16, 2017

Bristol is into Brunch. We’ve got bottomless brunch, boozy brunch and budget brunch options galore.

Along with a few other Bristol Bloggers, I was recently invited to Cox and Baloney in Stokes Croft to sample their new brunch menu. Obviously I jumped at the chance and had the best Sunday morning ever drinking copious amounts of tea and eating some wonderful food.

Shamefully, I hadn’t heard of Cox and Baloney before but this one visit has cemented itself in my top brunch locations in Bristol. The interior is BEAUTIFUL. The owners must have had so much fun shopping for all the vintage teapots and accessories. They even had a cuckoo clock which actually worked! I fell in love with the gold wall and am pretty tempted to rethink some of my ideas for my house now.

Before I talk about the delicious food that we were served, a special mention has to go to the tea. Cox and Baloney make their own tea bags so they have an amazing selection of brews including a prosecco tea (definitely designed with me in mind!). Each time a tea pot came out we were told how long we should allow it to brew for and given a little sand timer to keep track. It was little touches like this that made the whole experience at Cox and Baloney so special.

Now, THE FOOD.

Whether you’re into your porridge or your pancakes, Cox and Baloney have you covered. Every dish was presented beautifully and tasted just as good as they looked. They even challenged my view on tofu by serving us scrambled tofu on toast. This sounded so weird to me and looked like a slightly more green scrambled eggs when it came out. I was a bit hesitant but pleasantly surprised when I tasted it. It was incredible! Who knew?! The chef wouldn’t tell us how to make it (who can blame her?) so I’ll have to visit again to get my scrambled tofu fix. Now, that’s a sentence I never thought I would write…

My favourite dish was probably the pancakes which come served with seasonal toppings. I love a fluffy pancake and these came close to being as good as Stu’s homemade ones. Obviously the brunch menu also includes crushed avocado and poached egg on toast because what’s the point in having  brunch if you can’t take a video of the perfect runny egg?

I left Cox and Baloney feeling very full of tea and food but had the best morning with some fellow bloggers. If you’re ever in the mood for brunch (and when would you not be?) and in the Bristol area, I definitely recommend checking out Cox and Baloney. I’m sure I’ll be a regular now!

Health & Fitness, Lifestyle

Running, again.

August 26, 2016

Regular readers of this blog (Hi Grandma and Grandad!) will remember that I ran the London Marathon earlier this year. I can no longer remember any of the pain and only look back at London with fond memories. I can’t imagine ever doing a race like that again. I am still running though and next month I’m taking part in the Bristol Half Marathon for the 4th time.

This will be my 5th half and so far each one has been faster than the last. I’m not sure if that is a good or a bad thing. So much pressure! When I was training for London, I found that I was beating my half marathon PB by a couple of minutes in my training runs. These runs were over 13 miles so I wasn’t pushing myself to beat the time, it just happened. This has made me determined to run faster again come Sunday 25th September. My ultimate aim is to go under 2 hours but that involves taking 6 minutes off my PB which is a big ask.

I’ve found my mindset has changed during my training this time around. Usually I really build up the big 10 or 11 mile training runs in my head because they’ll be the longest I run before race day. But a few months ago I running over 20 miles as a training run so these runs seem so much shorter in comparison. I even find myself saying that I *only* ran 10 miles! There is nothing only about running 10 miles! This change in mindset has made me more determined than ever to run faster. I feel really strong at the moment so touch wood that I don’t get injured and I’m happy with my time next month!

Stu is also running the race and this will be his first half marathon! He’s really tall which means his stride is a lot longer than mine so will probably beat me which is frustrating!

Wish us both luck and I’ll let you know how we get on!

Europe, Travel, UK

An Evening with Brooks Hotels Ltd

July 11, 2016

I was recently invited to Brooks Guesthouse Bristol to celebrate the launch of their newest hotel – Brooks Country House in Hereford. This will be the fourth for the Brooks Hotels Ltd brand, with the other two in Bath and Edinburgh.


Carla Brooks, who runs this fantastic chain with her husband, invited some local Bristol bloggers along for an evening of local wines and cheeses and to give us a chance to have a nosy around the Bristol Guesthouse. It’s always nice to meet other bloggers and we all fell in love with this hidden gem of a guesthouse. It definitely helped that we were all crazy about the free cheese on offer too!

The kitchen and dining area was furnished to a traditional country style and I liked the fact that the kitchen was all open so you’re able to see your food being prepared as you wait. It gives the whole place a very homely feel.


The dining area opens out to a lovely garden area with plenty of plants and places to sit. In keeping with Bristol style, Carla had some street art commissioned which gives the outside a very quirky feel.


The street art isn’t the only surprising aspect of this guesthouse though. Situated on the rooftop are these incredible retro rocket caravans! These must be the coolest place to sleep in Bristol! We had a sneak peak inside one and they’re fitted with colourful LED lights which make them even cooler in my opinion. They’re so big that they had to be lifted up from the street to the rooftop on a crane. Can you imagine how crazy that must have looked?!


The new Brooks Country House is going to have quite a different vibe but it still looks like somewhere amazing to stay. It’s a stunning Georgian Manor House and from the pictures, it looks like its been beautifully decorated. I asked Carla and the wallpaper is all from Cole and Son so no expense has been spared!


On the evening, Katharine from bristoletc won a free stay at the Country House so I’m looking forward to reading her blog post after her visit.

Thank you so much to everyone involved in making this evening happen. I had a lovely time and hope to stay in one of the Brooks Hotels soon!

Europe, Travel, UK

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

August 11, 2015

It’s official. Bristol loves balloons. The whole city went balloon mad last week. Facebook and Instagram were full of arty shots of the Clifton Suspension Bridge and some balloons in the sky.

To be fair, when the weathers good, the Balloon Fiesta is a good day out. We went to Ashton Court on Saturday afternoon with some friends so we managed to watch the balloons go up, have a few drinks in the sun and then watch the night glow and fireworks afterwards. There’s also lots of fairground rides and stalls to keep you entertained if you spend the whole day there.

You don’t have to go in to Ashton Court, lots of people sit in the Clifton area and just watch the balloons take flight which can be a much nicer experience than battling the crowds to get a good spot to watch the night glow.


If you haven’t been before the night glow is basically the balloons being lit up in time to music – it looks much better than it sounds, trust me! The balloons are all different shapes and sizes, from Minions to Penguins and everything in between. What was your favourite this year?

The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is yet another reason why this city is so great! Did you enjoy the balloon fiesta this year?

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My Life

The Footman James Bristol Classic Car Show

June 16, 2015

Last weekend, Stu and I were invited to the Bristol Classic Car Show by Footman James. Now I appreciate what I call a ‘nice’ car but I don’t really know anything about them so I didn’t really know what to expect when we arrived.


The show was held at Bath and West showground in Shepton Mallett which has both outside and inside areas to display the car collections. And there were a lot of cars!

  
 The cars ranged from old police vehicles to VW campers to original Minis and everything in between. Some where in beautiful condition and really made you appreciate just how much love and attention went into that vehicle, my little Clio really does not compare!

  
 As well as the standard manufacturers, we saw makes and models that have long stopped being produced. Stu was glad to see a Triumph as his Grandad used to work there!

  

My favourite was this lilac Morris minor which was beautiful! I always wanted a VW Beetle when I was younger so I think I was reminded of that.

  

 Stu and I would love one of these campervans to continue our travels – they are the best form of transport for a backpacker. Nothing compares to that freedom!


As to be expected at a classic car show, you could buy every car part imaginable. What looks like junk to you and I, is a car enthusiast’s treasure!


Stu and I visited the show on Saturday but on the Sunday they were auctioning off some of the cars – I would have loved to have seen how much some of them went for, they must be worth so much!

  
 We both really enjoyed our day at the Bristol Classic car show, it was something different to do on a weekend and I would recommend going next year. Thank you very much for having us Footman James!

  
    

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