A specially curated guide to help you enjoy the next 48 hours (or more) in Bristol
STYLE & FUNCTION | INTRODUCING THE BENDY BRAND
Bristol bods are in for a treat
This week we've been checking out a lovely new local clothing brand specialising in sportswear, stretching equipment and educational books on flexibility training, handstands and injury prevention. Bendy Brand products combine style with function, love and care as they are made by athletes themselves. The Bristol company also works with local artists to create custom-made prints for clothing and yoga mats, and is hoping to do a limited edition Bristol print next year. We reckon the double layer dance skirts are pretty gorgeous, don't you? They can be worn for performing, dancing or going out, their soft chiffon gliding through the air to accentuate movement.
The sizing guide is designed for athletic female bodies, taking musculature into consideration. You can find the size guide for each garment on the product listing, including both inch and cm measurements, international size guide comparisons and numerical and worded descriptions.
The team also try to do their bit for the environment in different ways including re-using and recycling all the packaging they receive, and minimising the plastic waste created.
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Mild, fresh, milky paneer cheese is an oft-spotted star of many Indian dishes such as the popular saag paneer side dish and the centre-stage superstar that is paneer tikka. As a stand-alone ingredient, it's pretty bland; you wouldn't, for example, want to eat it in a sandwich. But once cooked and teamed with plenty of spices or a rich, thick sauce, paneer takes on a different personality altogether, absorbing flavours without sacrificing its characteristically soft bite.
This speedy little paneer dish – perfect as a light starter, a satisfying side or just a with-drinks nibble (if opting for the latter, serve with cocktail sticks as it's quite sticky) – takes just 15 minutes to rustle up and puts caramelised paneer cubes in the spotlight, glazed with a moreish combination of earthy cumin, sweet honey and a satisfying hit of chilli, finished off with a sprinkle of lively fresh mint and crisp red onion.
Ingredients (serves 2 as a starter, 4 as a side dish, or 6 as a with-drinks nibble)
1 x 250g pack paneer, cut into 2cm cubes
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp medium curry powder
1 level tsp chilli flakes
2 tbsp cornflour
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp malt vinegar
1 tbsp runny honey
1 generous handful chopped fresh mint
1 red onion, finely diced
½ red or green chilli, seeded and sliced
Toss the paneer cubes (or strips) with the cumin, curry powder, chilli flakes and cornflour.
Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add the paneer and shallow fry, turning frequently, until golden on all sides.
Add the vinegar and honey to the pan and swirl the mixture around until the paneer is thoroughly coated and beginning to turn sticky.
Tumble the paneer and pan juices onto a warm serving plate and scatter with the fresh mint, red onion and chilli.
WEEKEND WINE |THE MEDALISTS
The Decanter World Wine Awards 2021 -
and the medals go to…
Here are some of the star performers at the Decanter awards 2021: wines that have been specially accredited as best in class. If you haven't tried an award winner before then you have been missing out on some seriously great tastes. Surprisingly good prices too.
Argent Rose Brut Nature Organic - Gramona
A subtle and complex sparkling wine, made from pure Pinot Noir. Very pale pink in appearance, this could easily be top notch rosé Champagne, absolutely delicious and a well-integrated mousse of super-fine bubbles. £55
Zweigelt Vom Haus - Pfaffl
Deep, vibrant colour, soft and light-bodied with delicious crunchy fruit, crisp acidity and just a tiny nip of tannin. Reminiscent of a Barbera d'Alba – yumwohl! Weingut Pfaffl was awarded Wine Enthusiast European Winery of the Year in 2016 and now a silver at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2021. £14.95
Masterfully understated and nuanced on the nose, with citrus and greengage, sesame oil, flint and a suggestion of oak. Fresh and zesty in the mouth, with a richness that gradually builds on the palate. This is great to drink now, and it will gain further roundness and complexity over the next 3-5 years. Fantastic!£14.40
Côtes du Rhône 'Élément Terra’- Maison Sinnae
What! A French red award-winning medalist for under a tenner? This bright and elegant red from the southern Rhône, offering a perfume of herb- and pepper-tinged cherries and a mouthful of strawberry fruit. Very easy-drinking, with soft tannins. £9.95
Côtes de Provence 'Symphonie’- Château Sainte Marguerite
This stunner from Château Sainte Marguerite is one of the ultimate expressions of this famous region's rosé wines. Finesse, elegance and aromatic pleasure and the most delicate taste on the palate. Comes in a rather stylish shaped bottle to boot... This could easily be the best rosé in the world. £25
Pinot Grigio DOC - Colterenzio
Forget the mass market Southern Italian Pinot Grigio, this cooler Alto Adige wine is what proper Pinot Grigio should taste like. Sourced from the foothills of the Dolomites, it is full bodied with a lightly floral bouquet, notes of lime, melon and pineapple with a rich, fabulous finish. Superb! £14.95
Explore these and a many more award-winning wines on sale at The Great Wine Co.
How can one rock band be successful, underrated, hugely influential and criminally overlooked all at the same time? Take a musical odyssey through five weird and wonderful decades with brothers Ron and Russell Mael, celebrating the inspiring legacy of Sparks: your favourite band's favourite band.
Directed by Edgar Wright, this wonderfully entertaining film mixes documentary, animation, original footage and commentary from the brothers as well as interviews from many celebrities they inspired.
A new BBC documentary is to show the daredevil grit and determination of one of Britain’s top high wire walkers.
The observational BBC documentary series Our Lives features Chris Bullzini from Evercreech in Somerset, who is one of Britain’s top high wire artists.
The film reveals why he is prepared to risk his life to perform, and just what it takes to walk the wire with no safety net.
After running away and joining the circus as a teenager, Chris turned his love of street performance into a hugely successful career resulting in high demand for him, right across the world. Since the summer of 2019, BBC cameras have followed Chris as he faces what could be his greatest ever challenge.
The documentary takes viewers up on the wire as he stages an astounding 230-metre tightrope walk, 20 metres over Norwich city centre. But as the pandemic hits, his future as a high wire performer hangs in the balance, as all his acts are cancelled. With a daughter to raise, bills to pay and his wire walking career at stake, Chris is determined to keep pushing the limits and find new ways to perform, as cameras follow his journey right through to 2021.
With his life and livelihood literally up in the air, walking the tight rope high above towns and cities with no safety net or harness makes him feel alive, but with no crowds allowed to see him, could this be a challenge too far?
This documentary reveals what it takes to be a high wire walker, risking life and limb for the ultimate performance art.
Our Lives: Life On The High Wire, directed by Dave Lowder and produced by Eye Film and TV for BBC One, airs on Wednesday 11 August at 7.30pm.
THE MAGAZINE KIOSK |PRINT IS READ
By Daniel McCabe, Magalleria
BRICK is a landmark UK hip-hop magazine founded in 2015 by Hayley Louisa Brown as ‘an intelligent union between fashion and music’. It’s a seemingly simple blend many magazines have strived for, yet few have managed it as successfully as BRICK. That said, we’ve only seen 10 issues so far and the last was a digital version because of the pandemic, so #10 is something special and celebrated with 10 cover stars: Lil Durk, Slowthai, Flo Milli, Lil Baby, Chika, Grandmaster Flash, Berwyn, Ray BLK, Coi Leray and Ian Isiah. It’s packed with in-depth features, exclusive articles and wrapped inside a protective sleeve to make it last forever. £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 •
GRAND OPENING |HOME-FROM-HOME EXPERIENCE
Welcome to Bristol, Coppa Club
Coppa Clifton Village has breathed new life into a giant Regent Street restaurant space and opened its doors to the Bristol public, offering an all-day destination aiming to provide a home-from-home experience.
With a bar, restaurant, workspace, snug and café, Coppa lends itself to all the occasions and daily needs. It provides a flexible space which can be used to meet, eat, drink, or relax; a private members club experience but without the membership fees.
Its all-day menu focuses on uncomplicated dishes, from small plates to main courses, healthy salads and a weekend brunch. It offers a carefully curated drinks menu, including Bristolian favourites, such as 6 O'clock Gin cocktails.
Keen to stay in the know? Sign up to their newsletter via the Coppa Club website to be the first to hear about offers, events and updates.
Bristol Shakespeare Festival is bringing its Shakespearean summer spectacular to a venue near you. With a line-up for August that includes His & Hers Theatre Company's Marcus Antonius, Quantum Theatre's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Three Inch Fools' Romeo and Juliet, Quandary Collective's Richard II and its very own King Lear: The Musical, you can watch a traditional performance or a brand new take on Shakespeare's work.
There's a range of indoor and outdoor performances at venues including Brandon Hill Bowling Green, Almondsbury Creative, Loco Klub and Eastville Park Swimming Pool. Take advantage of the carefully curated line-up to find your new favourite show to share with family and friends.
To the oche! A new darts joint swings open its doors
Flight Club has expanded into the South West with the opening of its Bristol venue. The new Corn Street space has a total guest capacity of 200 and seven oches (darts playing areas), as well as a feature bar with tables for drinks and food. Ideal for a spontaneous night out, eh?
Located in the heart of Old City's hospitality scene, Flight Club Bristol adds another layer to the vibrant nightlife that already exists in the area.
The interior couples the nostalgia and warmth of a British pub with the energy and excitement of a fairground, and Flight Club's supercharged version of the traditional sport involves a series of multiplayer games using patented dart-tracking technology designed by Flight Club's very own astrophysicist.
Tournament tech can connect up to 120 players within the venue. Instant scoring eliminates any need for counting and reimagines matches into fast-paced, exciting social experiences.
For those who aren't after a game, the brunch menu is a bit of a bullseye. Like the sound of bottomless pizza and a bottle of prosecco each? Then Flight Club's Brunch Social, which runs Thursday to Sunday (12pm-2pm and 2.30pm-4.30pm), is for you.
For the best experience, it's recommended that you book a 90-minute slot for a game (£10 per person).
Bookings are now open at the Bristol branch. Oches at Flight Club's established venues are regularly reserved up to three months in advance so be sure to book if you're planning to try your hand at the game.
Fancy a pleasant trip outside of the city for some food and music?
The Trowbridge Craft Beer and Cider Festival will be held at Innox Mills from 27 – 30 August, featuring up to 60 regional beers and ciders, plus street food and live music.
DeCanter Mobile bar will be providing a range of different alcoholic drinks including gins and wines, plus a selection of soft drinks to make sure no one is left thirsty.
Set against the backdrop of the historic buildings at Innox Mills, the festival will be hosted within the courtyard, set to become the Innox Quarter once development has been completed.
A strictly over-18s event, there will be eight sessions across four days over the bank holiday weekend. The earlier sessions will run each day from 11.30am – 4pm, with the later sessions running from 6pm – 10.30pm. Tickets cost £12.50, including two beer tokens.
The Downs Preparatory School: National Garden Scheme
High on a hill, nestling in the beautiful North Somerset countryside, is The Downs School, a Grade II listed mansion formerly part of the Tyntesfield estate (now National Trust). The Downs enjoys a wonderful setting – a mix of formal gardens and woodland all set against a spectacular backdrop of 65 acres of ancient parkland – and is now warmly welcoming visitors.
Head gardener Jamie Capern, who joined the school from Tyntesfield in 2018, is responsible for keeping the beautiful gardens looking immaculate all year. A passionate horticulturalist, Jamie has an eye for detail and a passion for development.
“Summer really is the perfect time to discover the gardens, whether you’re into country acres, bee-friendly meadows, stumpery, ponds or prefer more formal spaces such as our medicinal bed, and ornate annual bedding displays.
"The garden is a classroom in itself. We appreciate the difference that spending time outside, among nature, makes to our pupils’ lives, and understand that connecting with nature contributes to wellbeing and improved mental health. The events of the last 12 months have meant that our beautiful landscape has never been more cherished."
The Downs is delighted to have joined the NGS and be part of a wonderful like-minded community of fellow garden owners, helping to raise money for some great charities.
Admission: £6 per adult, free for children Refreshments available
• HOMES & INTERIORS •
NEW LAUNCH |PERFECT PANS
Cookware by SMEG
SMEG has introduced its first cookware collection designed in the Milan studio @deepdesign by Raffaella Mangiarotti and Matteo Bazzicalupo and entirely made in Italy.
The range is intended for healthy and diversified cooking. The non-stick coating on all cookware allows for a reduction in the amount of oils and greases used, and the range consists of models suitable for all types of cooking, with various sizes.
There are three new frying pans (24, 26 or 28cm in diameter), two casserole dishes (24 or 26cm diameter), a shallow casserole pan (28cm diameter) and a wok (30cm diameter) available in various colours.
One of the rarely available, larger linked-semi detached double bay-fronted homes located on Sefton Park Road. The property has been extended to five bedrooms by way of a loft conversion and retains many period features associated with the Victorian era.
Throughout the property there is an abundance of space, light and character. The entrance hall is generously sized and gives you a good indication of what is to come. The front reception features everything a buyer would hope to see: a handsome open fireplace, cornicing, picture rails and wonderful stained glass detailing above the large sash windows. The stripped floor rounds off what is an exceptional living space.
The rear receptions can be used as a separate formal dining room and a breakfast room or one open space as the space is divided by an internal folding door. French doors lead from the dining room to a garden room. To the rear of the property is a well-appointed kitchen with utility and toilet beyond.
On the first floor, the front bedroom is every bit as impressive as the lounge it sits above with the added bonus of a fifth bedroom/dressing area. There are two further generously sized double bedrooms and a well-appointed bathroom. The loft space has been extended into but could easily be improved as a master suite.
Outside there is a beautiful, south-easterly facing garden with mature shrubs and trees along with a secluded patio area. It's a tranquil space to enjoy in the summer months. At the rear of the garden is a substantial brick-built workshop that could be easily be converted into a home office or studio. £775,000.