A specially curated guide to help you enjoy the next 48 hours (or more) in Bristol
COMING SOON |LIVE PERFORMANCES
The Alfresco Theatre
From the Creators of Pub in the Park and Drive & Dine Theatre, The Alfresco Theatre arrives in Bath for the weekend of 6 to 9 May with a tasty mix of big-screen movies, comedy gigs, live theatre and exciting music acts. Pull-up, pop the handbrake on, turn your car radio up to the max and enjoy your show from the safety and comfort of your own private patch. Enjoy live shows and feel-good movies, all served alongside one-off dishes from some of the UK’s finest chefs; Tom Kerridge, Rick Stein, Jason Atherton, Paul Ainsworth and Atul Kochhar. The events take place in the glorious surroundings of Warleigh Lodge Farm near Bathford.
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FROM OUR MAY ISSUE |ADJOA ANDOH
Lady in red (and purple)
Since its debut on 25 December, 82 million households have streamed Bridgerton – the new period drama has held the number one slot on the top 10 list in over 70 countries and has made the fifth biggest original series debut on Netflix. Melissa Blease speaks the force of nature that is Bristol-born Adjoa Andoh, also known as Lady Danbury.
Four by Four, Clifton Contemporary Art, throughout May
The May show at Clifton Contemporary Art brings together four artists whose work is defined, shaped and inspired by nature and its elements.
Hannah Woodman's visceral, dynamic paintings use outline, texture, layers, confident mark making and pure accident to evoke the raw Atlantic coast and light dappled farmland close to her studio.
Parastoo Ganjei's powerful, emotive acrylics capture the restless wash of sunlight and cloud over her local Wiltshire landscapes, but are equally expressions of feeling and imagination.
The gently enigmatic abstracts of Masako Tobita are an intensely personal creative response to the wild places she explores and knows. They evoke space, movement and form, but are layered too with feelings about the past, present and future.
Rosie Musgrave has been mesmerised by the beauty and quiet presence of stone since she was a child, but has more recently also explored the charismatic forms and exquisite colours revealed by bronze casting. Her sculptures have a timeless, universal quality, balanced with subtly harnessed intimacy.
Four by Four is an exploration of difference: of how artists find the utterly unique and diverse in shared environments and common themes.
Enjoy a spa experience at St Michaels Resort in Falmouth, or at home with ishga
Perhaps you’ve already booked your UK break for the summer or are still tearing your hair out as you try and find the one week of the summer when the stars align and the various branches of the family are available to meet up for the perfect getaway together.
St Michaels Resort, overlooking Gyllyngvase beach in Falmouth still reports good availability from August to October and offers something for everyone. Family friendly accommodation is on offer, with the very welcome bonus of award winning full-service spa and wellness facilities including the world’s first sea salt steam room, hot tub, saunas, indoor pool, hydrothermal and Rhassoul mud experiences, tennis and gym.
For those who are taking a ‘wait and see’ approach, then perhaps just create your own ‘spathroom’ at home using the St Michael’s Spa products from British Brand ishga. Pictured here is the Spa at Home collection featuring Invigorating Organic Body Oil, Hebridean Sea Salt Scrub, Hebridean Dreams Candle and Relaxing Bath Salts. £39.00
Apple have introduced a new slimmer, flat-back iMac - measuring just 11.5mm thick, it features a 24-inch, bright 4.5K display and is now packing in the punchy Apple Silicon M1 chip for super-fast performance.
There’s also an approving nod to the early colourful all-in ones AppleMacs - as the new generation will be available in seven colours to brighten up your work and personal computing.
Alongside the new iMac, Apple is also introducing a keyboard, mouse, and trackpad in matching colours - and just like your smart phone, there’s a Touch ID button on the keyboard to log in.
What’s more, a desperately needed update to the iMac’s camera and microphone - It now has a larger sensor with 1080p resolution - so you’ll look and sound better on zoom calls.
Lots of configuration options and the basic entry model starts at £1,249. You can order from today. Delivery mid-May.
More ‘hairy conservationists’ arrive in Avon Gorge
Visitors are being urged to play their part in preserving Avon Gorge’s wildlife after the arrival of four rare-breed goats boosted a conservation project to save the site’s rare plants and habitats.
Gorge users have been asked to stay on the main paths, keep their dogs under control or away from the area and avoid approaching or attempting to feed the quartet of Bagot goats that have now joined the herd in the area of the gorge known as the Gully.
Joining two older Kashmir goats already in place, the herd are making a vital contribution to the eco-system in the Gully, with their nibbling of invasive scrub and bramble allowing the opportunity for rare plants to flourish instead.
The Avon Gorge and Downs Wildlife Project - a partnership of organisations including Bristol City Council, Bristol Zoo Gardens, Natural England, University of Bristol, the Society of Merchant Venturers, the Downs Committee, Bristol Zoological Society, the National Trust and Forestry - are behind the initiative to restore wildflower-rich grasslands in the Avon Gorge.
The year-old Bagot goats arrived earlier this month from the Bristol-based ‘Street Goat’ project, which also runs herd conservation projects with the city council and South Gloucestershire authorities in other areas of the city.
The herd are monitored and cared for every day by Bristol City Council’s Downs team, and at weekends by volunteers from the Friends of the Downs and Avon Gorge, with Bristol Zoo Gardens also offering additional veterinary advice and care if required - but the public are also being encouraged to play their part by giving the goats a wide berth to avoid erosion and damage to their habitat.
The Innocent is a Spanish television thriller miniseries directed by Oriol Paulo and based on the Harlan Coben novel of the same name. The show stars Mario Casas, Alexandra Jiménez, Aura Garrido and José Coronado.
An accidental killing leads a man down a dark hole of intrigue and murder; just as he finds love and freedom, a phone call brings back the nightmare.
Having a barbecue this weekend? Then use the hot embers to create a deliciously decadent dessert that pretty much makes itself while you feast on your burgers.
I've suggested using giant chocolate buttons here because they melt beautifully, but if you only have a slab of chocolate (of any flavour – use your imagination!) to hand, just chop the chunks finely. And if you're not a fan of fudge, marshmallows or even crumbled chocolate, brownies work really well too. And, for an extra-added adults-only bonus, add a splash of spiced rum or brandy to your filling of choice before wrapping up.
The prepared Banana Fudge Sundaes can be assembled and kept in the fridge, in their foil wrappers, for up to 4 hours before serving.
Ingredients (serves 4) 4 large bananas 1 pack giant chocolate buttons 8 pieces vanilla fudge, cut into chunks Optional (for grown ups only!): splash of spiced rum or brandy
1. Cut a deep slit down the middle of each unpeeled banana, leaving the skins intact. Stuff the slit with the chocolate buttons and fudge. Wrap the bananas in foil, keeping the cut side upright, and place them in the hot embers of the barbecue for 20–25 mins, by which time both the chocolate and the fudge will have softened and the bananas will have gently caramelised.
2. Carefully unwrap the bananas using oven gloves (they will be very hot!) and place on individual plates. Top with with scoops of ice cream, whipped cream, glacé cherries and nuts... and dive in!
WINE TASTERS | SPECIAL OFFER
Newsletter special. Grab a bargain, grab an Everyday Selection 12 bottle case, £62.58
With reds, whites and rosés, there's something for everyone in this selection of great everyday wines.
1 x 2017 Chardonnay, Roller Girl 1 x 2018 Pinot Grigio, Green Park 1 x 2018 Viña Pinto Sauvignon Blanc, Vinedos Puertas 1 x 2018 Vineyards Pinot Grigio, Trapiche 1 x 2017 Hanwood Chardonnay, McWilliams 1 x 2017 White Zinfandel, Canyon Road 1 x 2017 White Zinfandel, Roller Girl 1 x 2018 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Poggio della Quercia, Corte Viola 1 x 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Animos 1 x 2018 Vineyards Malbec, Trapiche 1 x 2018 Nero D'Avola Shiraz, Inycon Estate 1 x 2018 Heredad de Altillo Rioja Tempranillo, Felix Solis Avantis
The Great Wine Company trade arm sold this wine to a customer who asked for them in pre-mixed cases. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the order was cancelled.
To avoid the waste of opening the boxes to take the bottles out, The Great Wine Co are instead offering them to customers at a knock-down price.
Local Bristol girl, Charlie, who having battled through the pandemic as a frontline doctor in A&E, is now planning to race across the Atlantic battling 30ft waves to raise money for frontline medical charities.
Charlie is teaming up with fellow doctor, Adam, to become "The Emergensea Duo". The two full-time NHS A&E doctors will row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, raising money for frontline medical charities: Devon Air Ambulance, RD&E hospital charity, RNLI & Mind.
The duo are attempting attempting to break the world mixed pair record of 43 days 15 hours and 23 minutes. They will spend over 40 days at sea in a 24 foot rowing boat, rowing two hours on and two hours off 24/7.
If you would like to support and sponsor them or promote your business with a logo on their boat please see their website: emergenseaduo.com
And follow their progress on: @emergensea_duo (Instagram) or @emergenseaduo (Twitter and Facebook)
OBJECT OF DESIRE |THE HANDBAG FOR ALL OCCASIONS
Her Majesty's tote
With over 70 years of heritage, producing the very best in understated luxury handbags and small leather goods, British brand Launer is recognised the world over for employing time honoured craftsmanship and traditions that has earned the proud distinction of a Royal Warrant.
The Launer is the handbag of choice for HM The Queen; its iconic structured style and 'twisted rope' hero signature emblem as well as being a small but practical size, will usually be seen on the arm of her Majesty, and a fit for any occasion.
The Launer offers many colours combination and the signature collection comes in three style sizes the Traviata , Juliet and Judi. Shown here are two from the Judi range currently found at Mallory. Launer Judi Handbag in pink patent leather, £1,355 and in dove grey, £1,230.
These beautifully crafted mini-totes will be an investment piece to be cherished but also promises to stand the test of time.
Chop 1 x 300g block of paneer into 2cm square cubes and set to one side. Whisk 2 tbsp Greek yogurt with 1 tsp fresh ginger (grated,) 1 crushed garlic clove, 1 tsp garam masala, ½ tsp paprika and ½ tsp turmeric. Season well. Coat the paneer in the marinade, cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour (top tip: marinating overnight will intensify the flavours.) Thread the marinated paneer cubes on to skewers, alternating each cube with slices of roughly chopped red onion and roughly chopped red peppers. Grill or barbecue until both the paneer and the vegetables, turning regularly until nicely browned (about 10–12 minutes). Serve hot, in wraps or pitta bread, spritzed with fresh lemon juice.
Vegan; makes 4 steaks
In a small saucepan, mix 300g tomato ketchup with 75ml cider or white wine vinegar, 50g soft dark brown sugar, 20g butter, 1 tsp English mustard and 1 tsp smoked paprika. Bring to the boil and simmer briskly for around 6–8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has reduced to a thick, glossy consistency. Set aside to cool. Slice the head of 1 trimmed cauliflower into 1 inch thick slices. Brush both sides of each slice with olive oil, season well and barbecue for around 5 minutes per side. Liberally coat each side of the cauliflower steaks with barbecue sauce and continue to barbecue for another 3–5 minutes on each side (or roast in a hot oven for around 30 minutes, turning once). Serve with roasted Mediterranean vegetables and sweet potato wedges. Any leftover barbecue sauce will keep well in a covered container in the fridge for up to one week.
Vegetarian/vegan; serves 4
Slice 1 x 250g halloumi cheese (really good vegan halloumi is readily available in supermarkets) into 8 equal slices. Brush each slice with with olive oil and grill or barbecue on each side for 3–4 mins or until golden (or roast on a foil-lined baking tray in a medium-hot oven for 8–10 minutes, turning once). Serve in lightly toasted brioche buns with lettuce, tomato salsa and a dollop of hummus.
Cheesy Spinach Burgers
Vegetarian; makes 4 burgers
Sauté 1 large, peeled, chopped onion in olive oil until translucent (10 mins approx). Tip the cooked onions into the bowl of a food processor or blender with 125g spinach, 75g white breadcrumbs, 50g mature Cheddar cheese (grated), 25g Parmesan (grated), 1 heaped tbsp plain flour, a pinch of fresh nutmeg and 1 large beaten egg and process until thoroughly combined. Divide the mixture into 4 patties, dip in seasoned flour and allow to rest in the fridge for at least 1 hour before grilling, frying or barbecuing for around 6 minutes on each side until a golden crust has formed. Serve in burger buns with all the trimmings.
ON THE BOOKSHELF | LOCAL PERSPECTIVES
Local mums feature in beautiful new poetry anthology
In May 2021, The Mum Poem Press, a poetry publishing venture focusing on work that explores all aspects of motherhood, will publish Songs of Love and Strength, its first full length anthology of poetry about motherhood written by a mixture of published and previously unpublished poets.
There are over 100 poems from an array of first-time writers and established poets from all over the world, including poems by not one, but six local mums.
Profits from sales of the anthology will be donated to the PANDAS Foundation, who aim to make sure no parent, family or carer feels alone.
The Mum Poem Press supports and connects mums who write, or would like to try writing poetry through its Mum Poet Club; encouraging parents to write as a way to express, process and share experiences.
This is a superb duplex penthouse apartment; with 3 bedrooms, two bathrooms and three reception rooms arranged over the fourth and fifth floors of The Custom House.
While the internal floor space is an incredible 1100 sq. ft, it is the front and rear roof terraces with views across to St Marys Redcliff (from the rear), to the floating harbour and up to the rooftops of Clifton that give the penthouse added wow factor.
Accessed from a lift or stairs the property offers a versatile and sociable layout; with stripped wooden floors in the hall and reception spaces and carpets to both bedrooms. Double doors open into the dramatic, light-filled open-plan kitchen and dining room, spanning 24' with access to a charming balcony space with extensive harbour views.
The kitchen is fully fitted with an expanse of floor and wall mounted storage, granite work tops and a top of the range SMEG range cooker and an integrated MIELE coffee machine. There’s also a breakfast bar to enjoy morning views over the floating harbour.
On the opposite side of the entrance hall are both double bedrooms, each benefitting from built-in wardrobes. The master bedroom has a generous en-suite providing a state-of-the-art shower. From the hall there is also a separate family bathroom.
A handsome wooden staircase leads up to the top floor; currently comprising of a sun-filled sitting room and a separate fitted office suite - which could easily become a third bedroom. Both rooms have the benefit of doors opening out onto the spacious south-west facing roof terrace; while the sitting room also opens out to the rear paved terrace.
Over the fifth floor, is a wrap-around paved roof terrace enjoying all day sun and spectacular panoramic views
Accessed from Redcliff Backs via a remote-controlled shutter door is the under-croft parking with an allocated off-street covered parking space.
There is also a generous bike store and waste and recycling facilities for residents.
On sale with Rupert Oliver estate agents at £685,000.
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