A specially curated guide to help you enjoy the next 48 hours (or more) in Bristol
BRISTOL'S ART SCENE |BOUNCING BACK
We’ve spent a while wishing for the day we could say we did something other than go for a walk at the weekend. Now that our usually brimming arts scene is picking up again, a little helpful signposting might be in order.
The great white of Santorini, transplanted to Amyndeon in northern Greece. Aromas of lemon zest, white peach and honeysuckle. On the palate, it displays beautiful balance between Assyrtiko's hallmark long, lean, stony, salty character and more rounded, fleshier, fruitier, generous traits. An excellent wine.
Alvarinho Pouco Comum - Quinta da Lixa £12.95 Portugal
A fantastic display of both the fruit and floral character of the Alvarinho grape. Notes of peach, lemon and grapefruit with floral tones and a generous, full texture on the palate.
Chianti Riserva DOCG - Castellani £11.50 Italy
Extremely perfumed and aromatic nose, with fresh fruit (cherry and raspberry) and floral flavours. A medium body with a dry and harmonious taste complimented by fruity notes of raspberry and blackberry.
A straw yellow colour wine. Ripe fruit, dates and banana notes stand out on the nose in combination with the nuances of a crianza, making it an interesting and complex wine.
Le Petit Pas, Côtes du Roussillon - François Lurton - Mas Janeil £12.95 France
Beautiful garnet red. Intense aromas of fresh fruit and spice, gradually developing hints of liquorice and smoke. On the palate, the intense flavours mingle with plump, well-integrated tannins. The supple structure, good length and freshness make this an extremely drinkable wine.
Few people can refuse a steamed pudding – but then again, few people want to put the time and effort into making one. But this comforting, straightforward little dessert offers similar results in very little time at all, and comes laden with a big surprise: what looks like a bit of a gloopy batter going into the oven comes out around 50 minutes later as a light, airy lemon sponge (with that intrinsic steamed pudding consistency) magically resting on a layer of thick, creamy, lemony custard; magic, yes?
If you want to add a cheffy edge of yet more magic, sprinkle the pudding with a handful of fresh lemon thyme leaves before baking (yes, really!).
Ingredients (serves 6)
100g room temperature butter 175g caster sugar The juice of 3 lemons (plus the finely grated zest of 2 lemons) 4 large eggs, separated 50g plain flour 500ml whole milk A scant handful of fresh lemon thyme (optional)
1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/gas mark 4 and butter a 2-litre ovenproof dish.
2. Cream the butter with the sugar until the mixture is pale and fluffy (an electric whisk really helps here.) Add the lemon juice and zest and whisk again, but don't worry if the mixture appears to curdle a bit – it won't make any difference to the end result. Beat in the egg yolks one at a time, then add the flour and the milk to create a smooth-ish batter (again, don't worry too much about a slightly curdled appearance).
3. Rinse your whisk and beat the egg yolks until they turn into soft, snowy peaks before folding them into the lemon batter with a metal spoon. Pour the batter into the buttered dish and sit it in a roasting tin deep enough to add enough cold water to come halfway up the sides of the dish.
4. Bake for 45–50 minutes until the sponge has risen and a thick, lemon-infused custard has appeared underneath it. Serve warm, with cream.
CITY FOOD |A HIDDEN GEM
Focusing on food pop-ups, supper clubs and private events, with a carefully curated drinks menu sourced from local suppliers featuring natural wine and craft beers, The Scrandit is a new multi-functional venue located on The Christmas Steps. It’s home to resident pop-up Chori Bandits, which is run by co-owners Josh Dickinson and Max Laird-Hopkins. The aim is to create a space for opportunity, especially for those who are just starting out. The venue has a front bar, upstairs seating area/private hire space, fully equipped kitchen and a suntrap terrace at the rear, with cover if needed. Many thanks to one of our readers Nat Chadwick for finding this hidden gem!
With comfort becoming a priority for lots of us over the past year, we know that a more versatile wardrobe is a necessity for many as we begin to return to the office. In the last week of April, searches for men’s shirts were up by almost 30% vs the previous week, while searches for jackets rose by over 70% indicating that customers are looking to update their wardrobes with smarter pieces.
As the shift towards hi-lo dressing continues, and the trend towards a more casual approach to formal dressing remains, the new Smart, Redefined edit from M&S answers all your needs for a stylish, easy-to-wear look for any occasion. With 50% of M&S customers saying they will dress more casually in the office than before the pandemic, the edit brings together smart-separates playing into the trend for relaxed tailoring.
The classic bomber jacket is given an update in a smart fabric finished with shower-resistant Stormwear, while more traditional formal pieces such as the staple suit have been updated in easier, more fluid fabrics. Relaxed knitted polo-shirts are teamed with smart trousers to strike the perfect balance between smart and casual, while padded gilets add a sporty edge to a more formal look.
What’s more is Father’s Day is just around the corner so what better time than now to pick up some new stylish pieces for Dad!
In just ten years, BLEU DE CHANEL has established itself as a masculine fragrance icon. Now, it is putting its unique signature on a travel-friendly body spray and a limited-edition shaving set.
BLEU DE CHANEL ALL-OVER SPRAY
BLEU DE CHANEL ALL-OVER SPRAY offers a portable alternative to traditional fragrance. Misted onto the body or clothing, this fragrance body spray reveals the ultra-fresh side of the BLEU DE CHANEL line.
BLEU DE CHANEL SHAVING SET
CHANEL offers a grooming companion in the BLEU DE CHANEL shaving set, comprising a shaving cream, a shaving brush, and a travel pouch. The kit includes a felt toiletry bag in navy blue — the “other” colour of chic, according to Gabrielle Chanel — so you can take the limited-edition BLEU DE CHANEL shaving set everywhere you go.
COCO AND EVE Like A Virgin Nourishing Coconut & Fig Hair Masque
Packed full of conditioning ingredients, Coco & Eve’s Like A Virgin Nourishing Coconut & Fig Hair Masque promises to strengthen, repair, tame, treat, condition, soften and shine the hair for full replenishment. £32.90
In 1893, Kokichi Mikimoto successfully created the world's first cultured pearls.
His obsessive love for these precious organic gems has become known world over as Mikimoto - the Japanese jewellery house associated for with cultivating the finest quality cultured Akoya, South Sea, Tahitia and freshwater pearls and turning them into sophisticated and iconic pieces of beautiful jewellery. Highly sought-after, a Mikimoto piece is a pleasure to wear and a timeless statement of elegance. Here are just a few from the Mikimoto display at Mallory:
Above: Mikimoto Classic. 18ct yellow gold Akoya cultured pearl stud earrings with a post and scroll fitting. Pearl size: 7 - 7.75mm.£520.
Mikimoto Bubble. 18ct yellow gold Akoya cultured pearl and diamond ring. Pearl size: 4.75 - 6.25mm. £1,400
Below: Mikimoto Pearls in Motion. 18ct white gold Akoya cultured pearl necklace with a signature Mikimoto clasp. Pearl size: 5.5 -7.5mm Necklace length: 45cm. £1,850.
Mikimoto Infinity. 18ct white gold Akoya cultured pearl and diamond necklace with a diamond set clasp. Pearl size: 6.5 - 7mm. Necklace length: 48cm £7,150.
Did you catch Before We Die on Channel 4 on Wednesday night? The series follows Bristol-based Detective Inspector Hannah Laing, played by Lesley Sharp (Scott & Bailey) and her off-the-rails son, played by Patrick Gibson (The OA, Tolkein, The Spanish Princess).
A remake of the Swedish original, this six-part crime thriller is packed full of twists and the turns. The synopsis of the first episode reads: When her married lover and fellow police officer Sean Hardacre goes missing, Detective Inspector Hannah Laing launches an urgent manhunt. Can she find Sean before it's too late?
Bristol Zoo Gardens is the perfect fresh-air destination this bank holiday weekend and half-term with over 12 acres of outdoor space and the chance to see animals from all over the globe.
Meet the babies, Hasani, (shown here, so cute) is one of two western lowland gorillas, a sloth and tiny mouse deer, among 400 incredible species. Run around the adventure playground, climb the high ropes course ZooRopia, rediscover Bug World, the Aquarium, and Seal & Penguin Coasts, and eat-in or takeaway at The Hide restaurant.
Bristol Zoo has a one-way system, social distancing measures and additional hand washing facilities in place to ensure a fun and safe day out.
Kaiser Chief's Ricky Wilson to narrate Bristol-bred animation
A new animated school-based original comedy series, Dodo, narrated by singer-songwriter Ricky Wilson and starring Dylan Llewellyn (Derry Girls) as the voice of the lead character, is set to air on Sky Kids next month (June 14).
The 20-episode British comedy animation, produced by Bristol-based, BAFTA-winning Wildseed Studios, is a funny, relatable and heart-warming portrayal of everyday school life in the UK as experienced by 11 year-old Joe Connolly.
The series follows Joe as he navigates the dramas and pitfalls of his first year at secondary school. With new situations and embarrassments around every corner, small events mean big drama for Joe, as he tries to fit in, make new friends, girlfriends and even loses his school trousers. But Joe has best friends Frisbo, Pete and Lily at his side, helping him realise that each challenge is really not the end of the world as he triumphs over adversity and survives another school day.
The series is based on the graduation film of Jack Bennett, which he showed to Wildseed whilst during work experience there whilst doing an animation MA at UWE. When he put his original film on YouTube, it got a million views in a week!
Comedian Mark Watson voices the character of Joe’s Dad and Connor Swindells (Sex Education) Joe’s older brother Jamie, with Ellie Kendrick (Game of Thrones, The Diary of Anne Frank), Kadiff Kirwan (Chewing Gum, Fleabag) and Frankie Fox (Small Axe, Blinded by the Light), voicing Joe’s friends Lily, Pete and Frisbo.
Streaming from 14 June, catch it on Sky Kids!
Image: courtesy of Sky Kids
NEWS FROM THE CITY |A HISTORIC MOMENT
BBC Studios announce new home
BBC Studios, the principal commercial subsidiary of the BBC Group has announced it is leaving its Bristol site on Whiteladies Road in Clifton and moving to a new home in the city centre.
Staff from the world-renowned Natural History Unit (NHU) and Factual Entertainment Bristol, which make some of the BBC's most popular programmes, including Antiques Roadshow, Countryfile, Gardeners' World and Bafta-award winning DIY SOS, will move to Bridgewater House in Finzels Reach, close to Temple Meads railway station.
BBC Studios Natural History Unit currently has more than 25 projects in production for clients such as BBC, Apple, Discovery, Nat Geo and NBCUniversal. It has been based on Whiteladies Road since its formation in 1957. During that time, the NHU has made pioneering series and awarding winning programmes such as Planet Earth and Blue Planet II, which have transformed the way global audiences see the natural world.
Also moving to the new production base is Factual Entertainment Bristol, which alongside long-running TV favourites is also the creative force behind BBC One's Countryfile, Nigella: Cook, Eat, Repeat for BBC Two, Inside the Duchy for ITV, Party at the Plaza for Channel 4 and a growing digital business producing content for clients including Pinch of Nom and YouTube.
BBC Studios Bristol will lease three floors of Bridgewater House in Finzels Reach. A refit of the office will begin as soon as possible, and staff will start to move at the end of the year or early 2022.
The rest of the BBC's staff in the city, including teams working on Radio Bristol, Points West and programmes for Radio 4, will remain at Whiteladies Road while future options are explored.
Image: BBC Studios on Whiteladies Road. Courtesy of BBC Studios.
THE KIOSK |MAGAZINE MOMENTS
By Daniel McNabe, Magalleria
Published by the South Korean brand journal Magazine B, this is the magazine that profiles business ‘brands’ and it has a sibling: Magazine F, which applies the same scrutiny to food and drink. So far it’s examined everyday foodstuffs such as rice, cheese, vinegar, chocolate (a bestseller with us) curry and the like. Now we’re on to beer. This popular beverage, it says, has a long history yet as an industry it’s achieved astonishingly fast growth compared to other food items. As a result, everyone from conglomerate breweries to regional communities to small craft businesses all the way down to the home brewers are now getting involved. Personally... I'm just happy to drink it. £22.50
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. Visit: Magalleria.co.uk
CITY ART |BIG VISIONS
What’s the largest art statement in your home?
"Attracted to the stillness and quiet presence of stone laid down hundreds of millions of years ago, Rosie skilfully and subtly carves to reveal the intimate beauty of her chosen material." – Clifton Contemporary Art; cliftoncontemporaryart.co.uk
In our latest issue, a selection of the city's artists and designers gave their expert advice on featuring art in the interior that has a sizeable impact.
Image: WAYMARK II by Rosie Musgrave – Purbeck Pond Freestone on a slate base with wooden plinth.
INTERIORS |STUNNING DESIGNS
Shutters are not just a stunning addition to your home, but indeed a very practical one, which is why they have become such a popular window solution to homeowners and interior designers.
Just Shutters' products are made-to-measure and expertly fitted, adding another layer of security to your windows. With adjustable louvres giving protection from the sun without compromising light, they offer privacy from passers-by, who will undoubtedly be looking at your windows!
Beautiful designs, colours and styles to fit any size or shape window, it's no wonder shutters are the first choice for windows. Curtains are an investment, nobody ever said.
Formerly the original W.D and H.O Wills tobacco factory, Factory No.1 is a new residential development located in East Street, Bedminster. It offers a wide variety of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments for sale, including stylish conversion and contemporary new build homes. All apartments boast light-filled interiors and a premium, fully-inclusive specification.
This historic building, alongside five new build apartment blocks, is a gated development which includes an on-site concierge service as well as private landscaped gardens for residents to enjoy, providing a tranquil space away from the hustle and bustle of busy city life.
This spacious two bedroom, two bathroom, newly-built apartment is located on the first floor of Tobacco Store.
It features a stylish duel-aspect, open plan living, kitchen and dining area, the kitchen has fully integrated with SMEG appliances and Quartz stone worktops.
The master bedroom features a luxurious en suite shower room and a separate dressing room. Adjacent to the generously sized second bedroom there is a contemporary bathroom. Both bedrooms have sumptuous wool carpets and the bathrooms are fitted to high standards and are stylishly presented.