14.10.19

72 HOURS IN BRISTOL

Well it certainly has been a year of adventures and I might say that this has been the best!? At the very beginning of our relationship (all those 11 months ago), me and J used to chat for hours about previous weekend breaks and discussed lil' trips we both wanted to do to see more of the UK. 

So being able to look forward to this trip but us both in a little love bubble. 

We booked tickets to friendsfest earlier this year and have been eagerly awaiting this weekend since. J tends to do all the hotel bookings through booking.com and yet again, what a solid choice! We tried to keep costs as low as possible and decided to travel via megabus and from Birmingham to Bristol cost £12 each way or something; so obviously I'll be using this form of transport again in the future. 

72 HOURS IN BRISTOL - SARAHLAUBLOGS
72 HOURS IN BRISTOL - SARAHLAUBLOGS

When we initially arrived in the city centre I was completely thrown, I'd imagined this really picturesque city and it was far from it. We walked around the city until check-in and was so concerned about the rest of the weekend...Thankfully my cousin lives in the area and came to our rescue with recommendations and completely changed my mind. 

Luckily we were staying at the Hilton Garden Inn and they allowed us to check-in a little earlier than expected...it's always a good shout to ring your hotel just incase. We found our room, freshened up and headed out with our recommendation. 

After such a disappointing start I didn't want to let this dampen my spirits and guys, I've got to tell you...Bristol is actually beautiful! 

72 HOURS IN BRISTOL - SARAHLAUBLOGS
72 HOURS IN BRISTOL - SARAHLAUBLOGS
72 HOURS IN BRISTOL - SARAHLAUBLOGS
72 HOURS IN BRISTOL - SARAHLAUBLOGS

PLACES TO SEE:

Like I said I was already really lucky to have my cousin give us a list of recommendations and everyone on Instagram were more than happy to send some over too. We started with the little trip around the shops but I then wanted to head back in a similar direction and check out stokes croft, the area itself is a little 'eh' but the graffiti artwork was amazing and I was completely mesmerised. Afterwards we continued towards the harbour and omg, discovered so much more of the city. 

We walked along the harbour side and spotted so many places to eat & drink, we spotted a gin boat which looked like so much fun, it was just so pricey. We then looked at wandering round We The Curious the science museum...but again too pricey. And so we headed down towards the SS Great Britain we saw some beautiful sites along the way, but we were in the completely wrong side of the harbour to actually visit. We did travel back on our final day and had lunch just outside (we were on a time restriction and missed out), we did manage to look round the Bristol Museum which gave us such an insight to the history of the city and the people. The museum also had an exhibition for the Ardman Studios which was something I was really interested in seeing; its just tickets were like £16 and ya girl was broke. We wanted more time to be able to go see the Clifton Suspension Bridge, which got to see a glimpse but it would've been so cool to see more. 

My cousin also let me know that around Bristol you can hire bikes which is a really cheap and fun way to look around the city...I'm not sure why we didn't take up this opportunity and instead walked EVERYWHERE. I was knackered. 

72 HOURS IN BRISTOL - SARAHLAUBLOGS
72 HOURS IN BRISTOL - SARAHLAUBLOGS
72 HOURS IN BRISTOL - SARAHLAUBLOGS

PLACES TO EAT.

When we head into a new city we do tend to test out as many individually ran places or just places I know we can't find in Birmingham. It wasn't until we got closer to the harbour we realised how many places weren't chain restaurants; obviously we came across all the typically places but they were more in and around the shopping centres. 

Our general food choices are pub grub, burgers or just meaty foods, so I searched online and found places like Firewood Grill, The Assembly and Rocotilos all places with good reviews and lots of burger options. One of our favourite places we ate at was The Three Brothers it was a burger and beer restaurant on the canal side and oh.my.god. It was delicious, we both went for a classic cheeseburger with fries and a side of gravy and neither of us are ashamed to admit we completely devoured it within minutes...I'm actually really sad we don't have one closer to us! 

We looked at places like Wapping Wharf and Arnolfini cafe bar and even looked at going to Chance & Counters which is a cafe with so many board games for you to play whilst there...but I'm not a boardgames kind of girl, so we skipped it. 

My cousin also let me know of an app called Wriggle it allows you to find restaurants and bars around the town which you can get 2-for-1 offers or just discounted prices - we were going to use this and head towards The Ox after it was highly recommended. 

72 HOURS IN BRISTOL - SARAHLAUBLOGS
72 HOURS IN BRISTOL - SARAHLAUBLOGS
72 HOURS IN BRISTOL - SARAHLAUBLOGS

We found there was so many cute lil' cafes spotted around the city too, we actually popped into a Tesco on our first day and picked up some lil' bits and bobs - biscuits, pastries etc etc for breakfast the morning of friendsfest. 

On our final day however, we dropped into Friska for breakfast; it had such a industrial vibe to it, there was plenty of food options available and so much coffee too (I opted for a almond iced mocha). 

72 HOURS IN BRISTOL - SARAHLAUBLOGS

PLACE TO DRINK.

Ah yes, my favourite part, the drinks! 

Very similar to Friska we spent a couple of hours at The Society Cafe, it's just along the harbour side with outdoor seating and it was a beautiful day so we easily spent a couple hours sat taking in the surroundings, drinking all da coffee (flat whites and mocha's are our go-to options) and we used it as a day to chat, plan and organise our creative ideas...it was bloody perfect. 

I think were basically a couple who live off coffee and alcohol; that evening we met up with my cousin at The Apple which also had the option of outdoor seating area we spent a couple hours drinking homemade ciders...all of which has a pretty high alcohol volume and it was just lovely to take in the last of the summer, catch up with my cousin who I hadn't seen in what felt like forever and for her to finally meet J - overall a bloody good experience at the Apple! We continue to try more homemade ciders when we popped for food at Three Brothers just next door, oh my days I was so grateful we didn't wake up with hangovers the next morning. 

We took the opportunity of being away to celebrate the fact that J was going to be graduating, so we headed to slug & lettuce to take advantage of 2-for-1 cocktails before we found Loose Canon which completely blew my mind... again the vibe was very industrial, all cocktails were themed and created specifically for the bar and they came to us looking SO good. The owners also allowed their pals dog into the bar so we got to fuss the most beautiful lil' pupper. 

72 HOURS IN BRISTOL - SARAHLAUBLOGS
72 HOURS IN BRISTOL - SARAHLAUBLOGS
72 HOURS IN BRISTOL - SARAHLAUBLOGS

Overall I was surprised with Bristol - it was such a rollercoaster of emotions at the beginning but ended up being one of our favourite trips...personally I think it was our time at The Three Brothers and Loose Canon that did it!? We were both so impressed, I think we'd travel back just for those places! 

I realise we also have so much more of the city to experience; due to weather conditions, money or just lack of time we missed out on so many bits so I can't wait to head back again. 

Is there anywhere in Bristol I missed? Where would you recommend we visit on our next trip? 

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