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NEW OPENING | EXPERIENCE LUXURY
Townhouse Nails opens in Clifton
Townhouse, the ultimate destination for luxurious nail care, has opened a new salon in Clifton. This opening signifies a significant milestone for Townhouse as they further expand their presence in Bristol, alongside Townhouse Cribbs Causeway, located in H Beauty at The Mall.
The new salon nestled in the heart of Clifton and just a short stroll from The Ivy Clifton, opened earlier this month, bringing Townhouse's industry-leading technology, chic interiors, and impeccable manicures and pedicures to the area.
Featuring articles on the best of Bristol's film and creative arts, all the things to do and see this month, and great writing about the culture and history of the city, our August issue has something for everyone. Enjoy!
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It's sweetcorn season! Make the most of it while it lasts...
Sweetcorn Chowder (serves 4)
Gently sauté 1 small onion (peeled and chopped) in a medium-sized saucepan over a medium heat until translucent. Add 300g new potatoes (chopped/halved if large) and 2 large carrots (peeled and sliced) and continue to sauté for around 6-8 minutes, or until the potatoes and carrots have softened without browning. Add 1L vegetable stock and bring to the boil before turning the heat down and simmering for around 15 minutes or until the potatoes yield to the prod of a fork. Add 200ml whole milk and 500g fresh sweetcorn kernels (from 4-6 cobs, depending on the size of the cob) and simmer for a further 3-5 minutes. Season to taste and either serve the Chowder chunky or blitz with a hand blender to your preferred consistency. Divide the Chowder between 4 warm bowls, scatter with freshly-chopped chives and serve with crusty bread on the side (sourdough works well here).
Mexican Sweetcorn Salad (serves 4)
Blanch the kernels from 4 cobs of fresh sweetcorn in boiling, salted water for 2 minutes. Rinse in cold water and drain well. Set to one side. Tumble 1 small red onion (peeled and chopped), 1 red pepper (deseeded and chopped), ½ cucumber (diced) and 2 sticks of celery (sliced) together in a large bowl. Add 1 clove of garlic (peeled and crushed), 1 tsp dried cumin, the juice of 2 limes and a pinch of salt and allow to stand for 10 minutes. Add the sweetcorn kernels, 2 tbsp pickled jalapeños (from a jar), 4-5 tbsp soured cream and a generous handful of freshly-chopped coriander, stir well to combine and top with 150g crumbled feta cheese and extra coriander. Serve with salsa, guacamole and flatbreads.
Baked sweetcorn fritters (makes 8 fritters)
Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 5 and line a large baking tray with baking parchment. Heat around 1 tbsp vegetable or sunflower oil in a small pan and fry 1 peeled, finely-chopped red onion with 1 deseeded, chopped red pepper for around 5 minutes or until tender, adding 350g sweetcorn kernels (from 3-4 cobs, depending on the size of the cob) for the last 1-2 minutes. Take the pan off the heat and, in a large bowl, combine 100g self-raising flour with 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp smoked paprika and 1 tsp ground coriander. Add the onion/pepper/sweetcorn combo and 2 large, beaten eggs and mix well to form a chunky batter. Spoon 8 equal mounds of the batter onto the baking tray, flatten each mound slightly with the back of the spoon and bake for 20 minutes until golden. Serve topped with poached eggs and a sprinkling of fresh chives for a lazy brunch.
Chicken and Sweetcorn Soup (serves 4; easily adapted to vegetarian)
Bring 1l chicken stock to the boil in a large pan. Add 350g fresh sweetcorn kernels (from 3-4 cobs, depending on the size of the cob), 200g cooked, skinless, shredded chicken and a small knob of fresh ginger (grated) and simmer gently for 3 minutes, stirring regularly. Mix 1 tbsp cornflour with 2 tbsp cold water to form a paste and add to the pan along with 6 peeled, sliced spring onions. Stir constantly for 3-4 minutes (or until thickened), season to taste with salt and plenty of white pepper and remove the pan from the heat. Pour one large beaten egg over the hot soup and stir very lightly with a fork to distribute the egg strands. Serve immediately, topped with a sprinkle of freshly-chopped coriander and dashes of soy sauce. To make a vegetarian version, use vegetable stock instead of chicken stock and replace the chicken with 200g assorted sliced mushrooms (eg. button, shitake and oyster).
WEEKEND WINES | SWEET TREATS
Indulge in Dessert Wines
Fancy something sweet? Then check out The Great Wine Co.'s selection of tasty and intriguing dessert wines to accompany your post-dinner treat, or just if you want a glass of something extra-special.
Dessert wines are generally high in both natural sugars and alcohol content, but can encompass a vast range of flavours, notes, and aromas. We've chosen a range of bottles, produced everywhere from Hungary to South Africa, to show you the breadth of different dessert wine experiences on offer.
Late Harvest Tokaji Katinka - Patricius Our first pick is a light golden, medium-bodied Hungarian wine, reflecting its 12 months in barriques with appealing vanilla and caramel notes. Lightly sweet, showing dried orange, tobacco and white chocolate on a lightly spicy background. | £12
Vin De Hel Dessert Muscat - Thelema Mountain Vineyards Next up is a South African dessert wine with very typical Muscat characters on the nose. The wine shows upfront aromas of pineapple, citrus, apricots, a touch of honey and subtle floral notes | £15.95
I Capitelli IGT - Anselmi This Italian tipple is a deep, golden yellow with hints of amber. Stunningly rich and complex, packed with apricot, honey and pear aromas. Richly textured and full bodied, packed with juicy apricots, honeycomb and fresh pear characteristics, this is smooth, subtle and velvety | £29.50
Riesling Icewine Gift Pack - Peller Family Estates Looking to celebrate? This Canadian Riesling gift pack has notes of ripe peach marmalade, layers of sweet and fresh tropical fruit, honey and hints of white peppers, and is finished with cardamom spice, lemon drops and spicy oak | £55
Rare Rutherglen Muscadelle - Chambers Last up is a rare, deep red Australian dessert wine demonstrating exotic coffee, malt, vanilla bean and lingering mocha aromas and flavours. Once opened the wine can be enjoyed over many months | £199
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JEWELLERY | OCEAN TREASURES
Sarah Brown 9ct Yellow Gold Seaforest Archipelago Ring | £2,300
Fascinated by the vast waters that surround her home; the patterns colours – and romantic landscape are the main source of inspiration for Sarah’s Ocean treasures. Over the past 15 years Sarah has cultivated her signature wax-carving techniques, working with precious metals, predominantly gold, and delights in selecting distinctive gemstones whose facets tell a tale in themselves. Each piece is crafted by hand and finished in Sarah’s beautiful island studio.
William Penhaligon laboured for his legacy to be delightful. One to cure all ills, one that he and future generations would be rightly proud! You are about to discover the result of his travails… Discover five new fragrances filled to the brim with miraculous ingredients to boost your mood.
Kids can show their support for the Lionesses with this pure cotton t-shirt. Regular fit. The front shows the Three Lions badge, as well as an 'England' slogan. Part of M&S's Mini Me range, with an adult-sized version available.
This is a tribute to OMEGA’s maritime heritage, which has been a part of the brand since its first dive watch was released in 1932. The collection achieves the perfect balance between a sophisticated dress watch and the rugged ocean spirit of a sports watch.
This new and unique Seamaster Aqua Terra collection of luxury watches is all about colour, each dial is crafted from a brass plate which has been sun-brushed and lacquered with a range of shades that follow the spectrum from ocean to earth.
Two different sizes are available, with entirely polished stainless steel cases either in 38 mm or 34 mm, The 38m models feature a trapezoidal date window at 6 o’clock, while the 24mm case models have a circular window - shown here.
Perfect for all wrist sizes the watches are defined by their coloured dial styling: the 38 mm selection, includes sun‑brushed dials in Atlantic Blue, Bay Green, Sandstone, Saffron and Terracotta.
In the 34 mm range, are sun‑brushed pastel colours; Sea Blue, Lagoon Green, Sandstone, Shell Pink and Lavender.
Water resistant, the watches are equipped with self winding Co-Axial, Master Chronometer calibre movement.
Worn on a stainless steel bracelet, the Seamaster Aqua Terra Shades are the perfect way to match the mood you’re in.
Which one matches your style? Prices for the new Seamster Aqua Terra 150M Shades collection start at £6,100
South Korean graphic design magazine IdN has devoted its latest release to a humble object, but an enormously popular subject – the business card. These seem to have been around forever and don’t seem to have changed greatly over time, but even a quick browse through the current business card designs from around the world showcased in this issue would indicate that there's still a multitude of new differentiations that can be applied to their appearance. Also, given that a card should display the important details of your business or service, there’s a suggestion here that it’s useful to revisit what is actually essential on your card in today’s fast-moving, fast-changing world | £19.95
Celebrating a whopping 20 years of ground breaking vegan festivals in the UK, Bristol based VegfestUK is delighted to be celebrating in their home town with a huge free party, and everyone is welcome!
The two-day free event at Document on the Pennywell Lane features a super indoor space with around 80 stallholders, including 10 caterers, and a host of talks and entertainment plus a sweet little outside area for DJ's and a dance zone.
There's also a space for workshops, a kids area, a licensed bar and plenty of seating, whilst the main talks room seats around 150 and plays host to a programme of inspirational speakers, uplifting performers, and intriguing panels.
2 - 3 September | Document, 30-64 Pennywell Rd, St Jude's, Bristol BS5 0TL Tickets are required in advance and available from the website free of charge at vegfest.co.uk
LOVE TO LEARN | NURTURE YOUR KNOWLEDGE
Clifton Wine School
Why not check out the award winning Clifton Wine School? Engage in fun, interactive classes where you'll learn to identify aromas, appreciate the complexities of taste, and perfect the art of food and wine pairing. Ruth will nurture your love for wine, whether you dream of becoming a qualified sommelier or simply wish to impress friends at your next dinner party. Unleash your inner wine enthusiast and embark on a journey of the senses (it's also really good for your brain). Whether you're a seasoned wine aficionado or a curious novice, Clifton Wine School promises an unforgettable experience that will leave you confident in your knowledge.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a theatrical triumph that will remind you what the stage was made for.
Based on Neil Gaiman’s novella of the same name, The Ocean at the End of the Lane (adapted for stage by Joel Horwood, directed by Katy Rudd) tells the tale of a bookish, unnamed ‘boy’ (Keir Ogilvy) living with his widower father and argumentative little sister. When the family lodger is found dead in tragic, but not suspicious, circumstances, the boy is invited to spend the morning with his kooky neighbour, Lettie (Aimee McGoldrick). A few bowls of porridge and several uncanny instances later (50p coins are found inside pond fish, inter-dimensional worms find their way inside of people – and so on) our hero discovers that the lodger’s actions have roused a monstrous ‘flea’ from another dimension, who will stop at nothing to cross from her world into ours.
Ocean is a show that embraces its theatricality with open, loving arms. Actors appear in two places at once; bloody hands emerge from bathtub plug holes; a series of enormous, otherworldly puppets clamber about a stage framed by willow structures all-aglimmer with LED lights.
We’re often told we must ‘suspend our disbelief’ when watching shows of this ilk. But for Ocean, such suspension hardly seems necessary. We just believe – from the moment our boy tumbles onto stage – that we too are in this world of ‘fleas’, and shapeshifting monsters, and magical oceans. It is, in this sense, a spellbinding production in the truest meaning of the word. On our way out, my companion suggests that the show could have been even better had some of the puppets been taken out for a second spin. What better criticism could an audience member give? To simply want more of what they’ve already had.
Ocean is a glittering, joyous treat that will remind you why we go to the theatre.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane is playing at Bristol Hippodrome until Saturday 19th August. Tickets available at atgtickets.com
LOVE TO LEARN | MASTER THE ART OF PRINT
Little Leaf Press Printmaking Workshop
Fully immerse yourself in the bold and playful world of printmaking!
Under the gentle guidance of tutor and professional printmaker Kate Miller, learn the techniques and tools involved in your chosen printmaking method. Options for adults and children include linoprinting, drypoint etching, monoprinting and fabric relied printing. Create artwork that you're proud of. One-day and four-week workshops run from the end of August throughout Autumn and Winter.
Taking place at venues across Bristol including Clifton Suspension Bridge Learning Annexe, Prior Shop in Cabot Circus and Creative Space in Bedminster.
Another iconic harbourside business faces closure in a turbulent year for Bristol Floating Harbour. SUP Bristol, the city's paddleboarding company, are losing their storage in Underfall Yard, putting the future of paddleboarding in Bristol at risk.
Many businesses within the harbour, its residents and leisure users, have faced multiple challenges this year, including the increased Harbour Fees introduced by Bristol City Council in April and the devastating fire at Underfall Yard in May. Many are now fearful that Bristol will see fewer boats and leisure users as a result.
SUP Bristol is on the water daily, with groups enjoying the physical and wellbeing benefits of outdoor activity. Operating since 2014, they are now as much a part of the harbour's personality as the boats within the harbour themselves.
SUP Bristol are currently seeking statements of support in aid of their goal to source a new storage space. Submissions can be posted and read at save.supbristol.com.
This is an elegant and spacious (63 square metres) 1 bedroom, top-floor flat set within a fine Grade II listed building on leafy and tranquil Buckingham Vale just off Pembroke Road in Clifton.
This beautiful property has attractive open views to front and rear, sash windows, ceiling cornicing, natural light to all rooms, loft storage and is very conveniently positioned for Whiteladies Road, Clifton Village, and walks on the Downs.
The well-proportioned accommodation provides a 16ft x 14ft rear facing living room with period style fireplace and sash window, a spacious front facing double bedroom with large built in wardrobe, there’s a wonderful front facing separate kitchen/diner with Carrara marble worktops, double Belfast sink, integrated appliances (oven, hob, dishwasher, washer dryer) and space for fridge freezer. There is a spacious walk-in shower with side window and steps down to a separate WC with floor to ceiling sash window. The current owner installed a Worcester Greenstar boiler in 2018 and LED ceiling lights throughout.
The owner is offering a first come first served off-street parking and the property is set within the Clifton Residents Parking Zone, there is also a private shed/store.
Offers in excess of £325,000
For further image and details click here to see the apartment on the Ocean Home website.