A specially curated guide to help you enjoy the next 48 hours (or more) in Bristol
BRAND NEW DRAMA |FILMED IN BRISTOL
A first look at The Bottle Yard Studios' latest BBC drama
The BBC has released the first images of Tracy Ifeachor (playing Cleo Roberts) and Celine Buckens (playing Talitha Campbell) in upcoming original drama Showtrial, written by Ben Richards (The Tunnel, Cobra, Strike) and directed by Zara Hayes (Poms, Dian Fossey: Secrets In The Mist).
Set and filmed in Bristol, the five-part series’ production team based itself at The Bottle Yard Studios earlier this year and shot on location in the city, with assistance from Bristol Film Office.
When Talitha Campbell, the estranged daughter of a wealthy property developer, is charged with conspiring to murder fellow university student Hannah Ellis, the trial that follows places victim and accused – and their families – in the eye of a media storm. Into that storm enters Cleo Roberts, the duty solicitor on the night of Talitha’s arrest. Refusing her father’s help, Talitha wants Cleo to lead her defence against a prosecution that is weaponising Talitha’s gender – as well as her social privilege – against her.
From arrest to verdict, Cleo and the defence vie with the prosecution to convince us of the truth about Talitha: damaged scapegoat, or cold-blooded killer?
Showtrial explores how prejudice, politics and the media distort the legal process, in a timely legal drama full of dark humour.
Showtrial is coming later this year on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
AUGUST ISSUE – OUT AND ABOUT!
As always, we've curated a collection of great reading by our team of wonderful writers as well as beautifully presented advertising by Bristol's best businesses. We hope you'll enjoy the read.
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Once you've assembled the readily available ingredients for this classic French bistro dish, you're less than half an hour away from tucking into a très élégant plat de délice.
With a subtly gamey taste and a texture that satisfies fans of both white and dark meat, duck breast is a fascinatingly flavoursome alternative to chicken or turkey. When cooked properly (and you really can't go wrong with this recipe), it's a moist, tender treat with a crispy skin that carnivores find irresistibly luxurious.
I've specified cannellini beans here because they offer a softer, creamier result than butter beans, and their mild flavour works really well with the nutty smoked bacon and the astringent blast of rosemary. The spinach, meanwhile, adds an extra dimension of silkiness to what is, overall, a supremely sophisticated supper... in 20 minutes flat.
Ingredients (serves 2)
2 plump, free-range duck breasts (skin on) 125g smoked bacon lardons 2 cloves of garlic, crushed 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary, finely chopped 1 generous splash of red wine vinegar 1 x 400g can cannellini beans 150g spinach
1. Score the skin of the duck breasts at 2cm intervals (for extra-added prettiness, score in a diamond pattern).
2. Season well, and place skin-side down in a cold, non-stick frying pan before turning the heat up to medium-high. Allow the heat to build and the duck breasts to cook without any interference for around 6-8 minutes until the fat has rendered down and the skin has turned crisp and golden. Turn the duck breasts over and continue cooking for 4 minutes before taking them out of the pan and putting to one side on a plate, to rest, covering the breasts with another plate (this resting period is crucial to a juicy end result).
3. Add the lardons, garlic and chopped fresh rosemary to the hot fat in the pan and sauté for 2-3 minutes until just turning golden. Deglaze the pan with a generous splash of red wine vinegar, then add the cannellini beans, plus the juices from the can. Stir and simmer for 2-3 minutes before adding the spinach leaves and allowing to cook until just wilted.
4. Divide the bean and spinach mixture between two warm plates and top with the duck breasts, sliced at an angle, before topping with the resting juices form the plate. Et voila!
FOUR WAYS WITH... |CHERRIES
The sweet treat: cherry clafoutis (serves 4)
Preheat the oven to 180ºC/gas mark 5. Using a food processor or a whisk, blend 60g plain flour with 3 large eggs, 300ml semi-skimmed milk and 1 tsp vanilla extract to make a smooth batter; set aside for 20-30 minutes. Meanwhile, generously grease a 25cm baking dish with butter and sprinkle it with 1 tbsp caster sugar followed by 300g pitted cherries. Place the dish in the oven for 5 minutes to allow the fruit to soften before covering with the batter and putting back in the oven for 30-35 minutes, until golden and puffy. Serve warm with cream or crème fraiche.
The far-flung feast: Chinese cherry chicken (serves 4)
Preheat the oven to 180ºC/gas mark 5. Combine 1 sliced onion, 2 crushed garlic cloves, a 3cm nub of root ginger (peeled and grated), 4 tbsp dark soy sauce, 2 tbsp dry sherry, 2 tsp soft brown sugar and 4 star anise with 450ml cold chicken stock. Add 4 plump chicken breast fillets and allow to marinate for 30 minutes. Tumble 400g baby new potatoes into a roasting tin, drizzle with olive oil, season well and roast for 15-20 minutes. Lay the marinaded chicken fillets (reserving the marinade) on top of the potatoes and slide back into the oven for a further 20 minutes while you gently simmer the remaining marinade until reduced by half. Add the cherries to the chicken and potatoes, drizzle with the thickened marinade and roast for another 10 minutes. Serve with steamed pak choi.
The tastebud tantaliser: easy cherry pickle (makes 1 large jar)
Pour 200ml water, 150ml Moscatel or sherry vinegar, 50ml white wine vinegar, 75g caster sugar, 1 tsp salt and around a dozen whole black peppercorns into a pan. Bring to the boil (stirring to dissolve the sugar and salt) and allow to simmer for around 5 minutes. Pack 500g pitted cherries into a sterilised 1-litre jar (a Kilner jar works well) and cover with the warm pickling liquid. Seal well, allow to cool then chill in the fridge for around a week, to allow the flavours to mingle and mellow; enjoy with charcuterie or cheese.
The fruity milkshake: cherry smoothies
Blitz or blend 300g pitted cherries with 150g natural yogurt (or vegetarian/vegan substitute), 1 large sliced banana and 1 tsp vanilla extract until smooth and creamy. Adjust the texture to taste with cold water, almond or coconut milk. Drink immediately, or store in the fridge for up to 24 hours, giving it a good stir before serving.
WEEKEND WINE |MEDITERRANEAN HOT SPOTS
A taste of southern Italy
Five wines, best served chilled – perfect, easy drinking for sunny days in August.
Malvasia del Salento - Varvaglione From southern Italy this lip-smackingly good white wine is rich in aromas and flavours with scents of tropical fruit and a touch of vanilla. Balanced and elegant with a dry, aromatic finish. An excellent accompaniment to grilled fish or pasta with fresh pesto or white sauces. Delicious and excellent value for money. £12.95
Salice Salentino Rosato Le Pozzelle - Francesco Candido This is one of the Salento region's famous rosè wines, which are among the world's absolute finest. Bright coral pink in colour, rich, opulent and floral with fine fruit on the nose. On the palate it is harmonious, rich and delicious with a pleasantly bitter aftertaste. Good alcohol content at 13.5% and perfect with grilled chicken dishes or pizzas. £12.95 Gravina Bianco - Botromagno This is a sparkling straw-yellow colour, with greenish highlights. Fragrant and fruity, with appie, peach, apricot and pineapple on the nose. The palate is crisp and delicious, with a tangy vein of acidity and long, leisurely progression. Enjoy with either delicate shellfish dishes but this great wine also balances out some spicier Asian cuisines too. £13.95
Organic Primitivo - Vigne e Vini Is it wrong to chill a good Italian red? In the winter, yes, but we are talking summer so it’s okay – not too much though. On the nose, fruity notes of currants and blackberries elegantly join an aromatic bouquet of nutmeg, liquorice, chocolate and vanilla, released after a brief refinement in French oak. Its low alcoholic degree is supported by a slightly acid structure that makes it balanced and long, leaving the palate full of coconut and fruity notes. Will go very well with barbecued sausages, marinated pork ribs or soft cheese and biscuit platters. £12.95
Fiano di Avellino 'Bechar' - Antonio Caggiano A great quality wine with an intense gold colour. On the nose it presents aromas of apple, pears and banana. On the palate it has a full-bodied rich and persistent flavours of tropical fruit and a refreshing acidity. Perfect for small plates, starters and salads. £19.95
Explore the wines of southern Italy at The Great Wine Co
Launched in 1997, The DolceVita range of timepieces by Longines has classic, nostalgic-looking rectangular steel case designs given a very contemporary styling, characterised by elegantly decorative dials with steel hands and either batons or Roman numeral hour markers. Moving up through the range there’s a choice of a date window or seconds sub-dial at the six o’clock marker. Bracelet options are leather or steel – depending on the model as well as either a reliable self-winding or quartz movement. All watches are water resistant to 30 metres. Evocative, pretty and very understated, the DolceVita watches are eye catching and the perfect piece for everyday wear as well as every good life occasion.
Shown here, left to right:
Longines DolceVita steel white baton dial watch on an orange calfskin leather strap, £1,000
Longines DolceVita steel blue baton dial with a steel polished bezel watch on a brushed and polished steel bracelet, £1,100
Longines DolceVita steel silver Roman dial with a steel polished bezel watch on a burgundy alligator strap, £1,100
Longines DolceVita Steel Silver Arabic and Baton Dial Watch with a Steel Polished Bezel on a Tan Alligator Strap £1,350
L'Occitane self-care essentials beauty box in collaboration with Next
Relax and unwind with L’Occitane’s self-care essentials. Including ultra-nourishing shea butter and the award-winning 'immortelle' skincare, this box – worth over £90 – has all of your pampering must-haves.
Since opening the doors of the Benedict Raven store in Quakers Friars back in June, Bristol entrepreneur James Kingston has made serious inroads into achieving his aim of challenging the mainstream high street menswear brands. The 'home-grown' collection is not driven by seasonal trends or fashion but aims to be a timeless range, made in limited numbers with care and superb attention to detail. The approach is all about quality over quantity.
An American tourist goes on the run in Greece after a tragic accident plunges him into a political conspiracy that makes him a target for assassination.
Starring John David Washington, Alicia Vikander, Yorgos Pirpassopoulos and Filippos Ioannidis, this political crime thriller is the perfect Friday night viewing.
You can watch it on Netflix now.
THE MAGAZINE KIOSK |PRINT IS READ
By Daniel McCabe, Magalleria
Nomad is a Munich-based magazine focused on creative and innovative entrepreneurship. While there are plenty of other magazines mining the same area, most notably Courier in the UK, Nomad’s quest is filtered through an ethical lens that examines those activities it sees as harmonious and sustainable rather disruptive in this world. If that sounds a bit bland and worn, Nomad has an impressive grip on new technologies and societal trends, not to mention a keen eye for alternative ways of living. If you’re looking for an illuminating, wide-screen take on the evolving challenges facing us all, this is probably it. £15
Magalleria is a Bath-based shop and online retailer, selling fine and interesting magazines from independent and selected publishers from all over the globe. Visit the website to find out more: magalleria.co.uk
• WHAT'S ON •
LET THE GAMES BEGIN | EVER-POPULAR SHOWS
Wiltshire Game and Country Fair, 14 & 15 August, at Bowood
Wiltshire Game and Country Fair is returning to Bowood for 14 and 15 August with a redesigned show layout to cater for any remaining Covid restrictions, all designed to bring back the good times.
Organisers are welcoming back jousting to the arena entertainment – go and watch the evil Black Knight meet his comeuppance. Also new this year is a lumberjack competition organised by the British Lumberjack Sports Association – a fast-moving competition that is complemented by the ever-popular chainsaw carving competitions.
The moon has finally landed at Bristol Cathedral! Over its lifetime, the Museum of the Moon is being presented in a number of different ways both indoors and outdoors, so as to alter the experience and interpretation of Luke Jerram's artwork. As it travels from place to place, it gathers new musical compositions and an ongoing collection of personal responses, stories and mythologies, as well as highlighting the latest moon science.
Image: Museum of the Moon at Ely Cathedral 2019. Photo: James Billings
• NEWS FROM THE CITY •
NEW TRIAL |CLEANER AIR FOR CLIFTON
Popular Clifton high street to be pedestrianised in new trial
A small section of Princess Victoria Street in Clifton is to be pedestrianised next week as part of work to deliver cleaner air and make walking and cycling easier.
The road will be closed to motorists from 11am to 5pm every day, including weekends, between Waterloo Road and Regent Street, in response to a recent survey that showed local support for reducing traffic in Clifton Village.
Planters, outdoor seating, cycle parking, and ramps for wheelchairs and pushchairs will be installed as part of the scheme, which has been requested by the Clifton ward councillors in response to the survey feedback.
The scheme will reduce rat-running through traffic on the road, allow businesses to trade outdoors, improve walking and cycling journeys and provide people with more places to stop and rest.
The timed closure is being implemented on 21 August using an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order that can be in place for a maximum of 18 months. During the first six months, people will have the chance to make comments on the proposals.
The affected area will also be closed from 16 August to 20 August to allow for installation of the pedestrianisation scheme. Officers will be on the ground to arrange access for businesses for deliveries and loading.
Lockable bollards will be used to block the road between Waterloo Street and Regent Street from 11am to 5pm. Motorists will be able to access the rest of Princess Victoria Street via Sion Hill.
Parking will be removed in pedestrianised zone to enable outdoor trading and the installation of outdoor facilities. Double yellow lines will also be installed between the Mall and Waterloo Street to ensure safety for all users.
The one-way system between the Mall and Regent Street will also be reversed to enable the scheme. This means traffic will travel eastbound, towards Regent Street, when the road is open to motorists between 5pm and 11am.
The council will be closely monitoring the impact of the scheme, including traffic levels on adjacent and alternative roads, and changes to walking and cycling levels in the area.
The consultation will be open for comments for six months starting 21 August on the council’s Traffic Regulation Orders webpage.
This squishy friend will practically swallow you up when you flop down. So, best not make too many plans for the rest of your morning, afternoon or evening. But don't worry, you'll look gorgeous and your living room will too.
It's from the 'ready to go' collection by Loaf and you can choose from 147 fabrics and six sizes – shown here in extra large in tawny pink brushed cotton with room enough for four sitting pretty or just a couple of loafers lounging.
See the range of Squishmasters and many more sofas for loafers at: loaf.com
PROPERTY |ESCAPE TO THE (NEAR) COUNTRYSIDE
Clevedon Road, Failand, BS8
5 BEDS | 3 BATHS | 3 RECEPTIONS
This is an impressive property in Failand; an ideal location that has plenty of countryside benefits and yet is just a short five-minute trip to the heart of Clifton. There are great schools, sports grounds and golfing to be found nearby too.
The property is substantial so offers much versatility, decorated and finished to a very high contemporary standard throughout.
In brief the accommodation is as follows: the porch is a generous open space with built-in cloakroom and leads to the main entrance hall which has a high ceiling with a magnificent chandelier. The dining room area features integrated wine racks and opens out into an exceptionally impressive kitchen/breakfast room packed with plenty of integrated appliances, high-quality fittings, spectacular lighting and a kitchen island with breakfast bar seating for six people. Bi-fold doors open out to a courtyard area that has been created with entertainment and leisurely relaxation in mind.
Also on the ground floor is: a utility space, a reception/play room, a large and inviting main lounge, beautifully presented.
The hallway stairs lead up to the first floor, where there are three double bedrooms and a family bathroom. The master bedroom is spacious and has fitted wardrobes and an en-suite shower room.
On the second floor are two more generously sized dormer bedrooms and a shower room.
Outside the property is a nicely landscaped garden to the front, and there is a large patio area with decking. One of the more impressive features of the property is the rear courtyard, which is covered by a timber gazebo – perfect for entertaining in all weathers with sheltered seating, LED lighting, a hot tub and barbecue facility. There’s also a car port and handy store room.
The house is accessed by electric gates and set back from the front driveway and garden, offering security and a great deal of privacy. Guide price of £1,250,000.