A specially curated guide to help you enjoy the next 48 hours (or more) in Bristol
FILMED IN BRISTOL |COMING SOON
Manhunt: The Night Stalker: locally filmed ITV drama begins on Monday
BAFTA-winning actor Martin Clunes will once again star as former London Metropolitan Police Detective Chief Inspector Colin Sutton in new crime series Manhunt: The Night Stalker, premiering on ITV on Monday 20 September following an extensive Bristol shoot supported by the city’s film office last year. The old Bank of England building, next to St Mary le Port Church on Bridge Street, was transformed into a London police station for the four-part drama, while numerous other Bristol locations were also used, including the A Bond warehouse on the Floating Harbour, the Lord Mayor’s reception room in City Hall, and a host of residential streets in the Stoke Bishop, Westbury on Trym, Easton, St Paul’s, Henbury and Knowle areas.
The sequel to ITV’s critically acclaimed Manhunt, which followed the police pursuit of serial killer Levi Bellfield, Manhunt: The Night Stalker is based on the diaries of Colin Sutton and documents the true story of the police investigation of a series of rapes, sexual assaults and burglaries which took place in South East London between 1992 and 2009. A dedicated unit, Operation Minstead, was established to hunt down the notorious serial burglar and rapist, known as the Night Stalker, whose 17-year reign of terror left thousands of elderly people living in fear.
Devised by Colin Sutton and Ed Whitmore, the drama is written by Ed Whitmore (Viewpoint, Silent Witness, Rillington Place, Strike Back) who also wrote the first series, which told the real-life story of how the murder of Amelie Delagrange on Twickenham Green in 2004 was eventually linked to the murder of Marsha McDonnell in 2003 and the abduction and murder of Milly Dowler in 2002.
The first series attracted an average audience of nine million viewers and was the highest rated new drama on any channel during 2019. The drama also won many plaudits for Martin Clunes’ portrayal of the dedicated detective.
Manhunt: The Night Stalker begins on ITV on Monday 20 September at 9pm.
SEPTEMBER ISSUE – OUT NOW!
As always, our current issue has a collection of great features by our team of wonderful writers as well as beautifully presented advertising by Bristol's best businesses. We hope you'll enjoy the read!
15,000 copies are delivered door to door, and you can pick up a copy at many places around town – including our stands at Waitrose, John Lewis, House of Fraser and Harvey Nichols.
And if you would like to have a copy sent in the post every month, then we offer a postal subscription for just £30 for 12 issues, £15 for six issues or buy a copy for just £3.95. UK mainland prices. For Euro and World zone subscription prices - see our website.
Apples, Cheddar cheese and cider: such is the produce that exemplifies the taste of the West – and they're at their very best right now.
For the apples, if you can find Worcester Pearmains or Egremont Russets they're perfect here, but most varieties of dessert apples will do (note that Granny Smiths or Bramleys tend to be a bit too tart for this recipe). On the cheese front, any strong Cheddar will do a grand job but you can't beat the smooth, flavoursome tang of Westcombe Cheddar for this sauce – paired with the apples, the cider and the mustard, it turns into something really, really special. As for the cider: keep it local, make sure it's dry, and make sure you have plenty left in the bottle to pair with this luxurious, indulgent taste of autumn in the West Country on a plate; ooo-arr!
If you're not a fan of pork chops this recipe could easily convert you, but it works equally well with plump, skin-on chicken breasts too.
Ingredients (serves 4)
4 thick, locally sourced, free range pork chops (bone-in), seasoned with salt and pepper 75g butter plus 2 tbsp olive oil 2 onions, peeled and sliced 2 heaped tbsp plain flour 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard 2 dessert apples, cored, peeled and sliced 125g chestnut mushrooms, chopped 200ml chicken stock 200ml dry cider 1 tbsp fresh sage, finely chopped 200ml double cream or full-fat crème fraiche 200g Cheddar cheese, grated To serve: mashed potato; steamed savoy cabbage
1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/gas mark 5.
2. Heat half the butter and olive oil in a large frying pan. Using kitchen tongs, hold each chop vertically and fry the rind until the fat starts to render down and the edges turn a crisp, golden brown before browning the chops on both sides. Transfer the chops to a deep-sided roasting tray and roast in the oven for around 20 minutes or until the chops are cooked through.
3. Meanwhile, return the frying pan to the heat, add the remaining butter and oil and sauté the onions for 4-5 minutes until translucent. Stir in the flour and cook for a further 1-2 minutes before adding the apples, mushrooms and mustard. Sauté the mixture for a further couple of minutes, add the chicken stock and cider and bring to the boil (stirring continuously) before adding the cream (or crème fraiche) and the sage.
4. Turn the heat down, simmer the sauce for 5-6 minutes and season to taste. If the sauce is ready before the chops are fully cooked, keep warm in the pan, stirring occasionally.
5. Pour the sauce over the chops in the hot roasting tray followed by the Cheddar cheese. Return to the oven or place under a hot grill for around 5 minutes (grilling will result in a satisfyingly crispy finish) until the cheese melts into the sauce and browns on top.
6. Serve immediately with mashed potatoes, steamed, buttered savoy cabbage... and a big jug of that lovely cider.
WEEKEND WINE |BANGING BOX OF SIX
The weekender mixed six
This mixed six-bottle case (two whites and four reds) features some of The Great Wine Co's stand-out wines from the last 12 months. It's a really good selection to be drinking from at the weekend – wines from great estates with no compromise on quality. £85 (Was £105.40)
1 x 2019 Organic Sauvignon Blanc, Seresin Estate
1 x 2019 Etna Bianco DOC, Planeta
1 x 2018 Collioure Rouge Clos de Paulilles Organic, Domaine Cazes
Estrella Galicia Gastronomy Month in full swing at Bar 44
For those feeling the absence of Spanish holidays, Estrella Galicia has launched a special gastronomy month by way of delicious compensation. The Iberian beer brand has partnered up with over 30 restaurants across the UK to offer a special menu or tapas paired with its refreshing premium tipples throughout September. For Bristolians, Bar 44 in Clifton is our go-to. Last night, we were lucky enough to escape to the continent – even if just for an hour or two.
Nestled into one of the squishiest of booths, we were presented with the first tapas pairings within moments. We started with tuna tartare, mojama, ajo blanco, almond and sesame crackers alongside a second dish of chipirones, cockles and sea herbs; the light plates complemented by smooth Estrella Galicia classic and Estrella Galicia gluten free, which eased us in comfortably to the tastes of Madrid.
The next tapas paring was the stuff of dreams: confit duck and smoked morcilla burger, piquillo pepper ketchup, apple and fennel coupled with Estrella Galicia 1906 Reserva, whose dark amber hue and pleasant roasted notes perfectly brought out the character of the smoky small bites. These also included confit roast artichoke, smoked Idiazabal, dried cornicabra olive and miel de caña – a supremely flavoursome dish which, despite its size, filled us to the brim.
To finish, Bar 44 spoiled us with a generous plateload of aged Payoyo cheese – its rind dark with sherry which really enhanced the rich flavour – along with rosemary sea salt crackers and sweet quince to offset the savoury. This was soon followed by a dark chocolate mousse with a dollop of delicious olive oil ice cream and a divine jug of liquid beer caramel accompanied by an Estrella Galicia Black Coupage and with liquorice and cocoa notes to round off the evening nicely.
A delightful evening of indulgence – and one that can be enjoyed on either on a weekend or a school night. Take a closer look at Estrella Galicia and Bar 44's website to book a table: bar44.co.uk; estrellagaliciabeer.co.uk
• SHOPPING •
OBJECTS OF DESIRE |BREITLING’S DARK MATERIALS
Superocean Heritage ’57 Limited Edition - Black dial
We’ve seen a number of limited edition variations to Breitling’s Superocean Heritage ’57 Capsule collection over the last 12 months as the brand pays tribute to the original 1957 SuperOcean model that became the watch of choice to the surfing community of the Sixties. Many of the collection have been colourful and fun with a laid-back styling but these black dial versions stand out as something seriously special and have to be some of the coolest.
Available in a variety of materials including stainless steel and 18k rose gold, the 42mm case features two signature elements of the original SuperOcean: a concave bidirectional ceramic bezel and a dial featuring oversized indices.
Paired with the black or brown calfskin leather strap that fits both a stainless-steel pin or folding buckle (there’s also mesh bracelet or Nato strap options) the Superocean Heritage ‘57 is powered by the Breitling Caliber 10 automatic self-winding movement and is water resistant to 100m.
Shown here are: Breitling Superocean Heritage '57 steel black baton dial watch with a black ceramic rotating bezel on a black calfskin leather strap. £3,400; and on the right is the `Superocean Heritage '57 18ct rose gold and steel black baton dial watch with a black ceramic bezel on a tan calfskin leather strap. £4,150.
Red Pepper Super Serum – £46 – (80% red pepper extracts) – to illuminate and even the texture of the skin
Containing natural exfoliating agents, this serum works on the skin's surface to reveal a more even-toned and luminous complexion. Red pepper extract is used for its radiance and antioxidant properties while red pepper aqueous extracts contain minerals necessary for the balance and hydration of the skin.
Ginseng Super Serum – £60 – 80% ginseng extracts – to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
This serum helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles thanks to its smoothing and skin-tightening effects. The combination of the ginseng complex and peptides helps to make the skin smoother and more elastic.
Yuza Super Serum – £46 – 80% yuza extracts – to protect against external aggressors
Enriched with vitamin C, known for its antioxidant properties, this serum acts as a veil for your skin to protect it from external aggressors while nourishing the skin at the same time. Skin is left stronger, more beautiful and more radiant thanks to yuza fruit extracts which contain ceramide C24 to strengthen the skin barrier function.
Bamboo Super Serum – £40 – 80% bamboo extracts – to add moisture and hydration
Enriched with two types of hyaluronic acid, this serum intensively and durably recharges the skin with moisture and provides a feeling of comfort throughout the day. Skin is left looking plumped with moisture and a fresh and glowy complexion thanks to 80% bamboo extracts and a prebiotic, which maintains the skins eco-system for hydrated skin.
Alex (Winslow Fegley) is a boy with a strong passion for writing scary stories. But when he's labelled 'weird' and rejected, he swears he'll never write again. That's when an evil witch (Krysten Ritter), captures him in her magical apartment in New York City and demands that he tell her a new tale every night if he wants to stay alive. Trapped inside with Lenore, the witch's spiteful cat watching his every move, Alex meets Yasmin (Lidya Jewett) – another young prisoner who has learned how to survive the witch's wicked whims. With Yasmin's help, Alex must learn to embrace what makes him unique – his love for scary stories – and rewrite his own destiny to break them free.
Director: David Yarovesky and starring Winslow Fegley, Lidya Jewett and Krysten Ritter
Now in its ninth year, Bristol Food Network’s Get Growing Trail returns for a harvest-themed weekend with 22 of Bristol’s fruit and vegetable gardens throwing open their gates on 18 and 19 September. The trail offers the perfect opportunity for families and friends to explore the city’s community allotments, orchards, smallholdings, mini market gardens, city farms and productive parks in a safe way.
As in previous years, gardens on the trail will be highlighting their nature-friendly growing methods and approaches with a wealth of tips, ideas and insights for visitors to take back and share at their own plot, garden or even window box. All in a bid to support and encourage more nature-friendly growing in the city.
As well as garden tours, this year’s September trail includes seed sowing, fun games for kids, apple juice-making, the opportunity to pick up some new plants and fresh produce, delicious lunch and snack stops, wildlife-friendly gardening tips, and Bristol’s first fully wheelchair-accessible dementia-friendly allotment.
Full details of all 22 garden openings can be found at bristolfoodnetwork.org. Trail maps are available across the city, or view the PDFhere.
ONLINE AUCTION |SECRET POSTCARD
Bidding now underway on RWA's 2021 Secret Postcard Auction
Now a major event in the national art calendar, the Secret Postcard Auction
offers collectors and first-time buyers the chance to purchase unique works of art by leading figures from the art and cultural world, from as little as £40.
This year the RWA has 398 postcards on offer and artists include Turner Prize winners Antony Gormley, Grayson Perry, Alison Wilding and Sir Richard Long.
The event is being held online again this year as the building is temporarily closed while the RWA work on a major heritage capital project. Unfortunately, due to the extraordinary situation RWA presently find themselves in, and despite prudent financial management of the project, RWA are facing escalating costs and a significant delay that will result in a loss of over £100,000 from next year’s income.
Combined with the impact of Covid-19, this means that the income from the Secret Postcard Auction – always important – is even more crucial now. It is also essential for RWA to continue to work in partnership with communities to deliver life-enhancing creativity across Bristol and beyond.
Audiences are encouraged to bid from the comfort of their own home this year with bids closing between 9pm and 9.30pm on 23 September. The identities of artists – in terms of who did which postcard – will remain secret until the auction ends.
If you’re considering weight management treatment and would like to find out more about the options available, Nuffield Health Bristol Hospital is holding a series of free online events with its specialist team:
What you need to know about bariatric (weight loss) surgery – Tuesday 21 September, 6.30pm
What you need to know about the Allurion Balloon – Wednesday 22 September, 6.30pm
What you need to know about weight management, emotional eating and binge eating – Thursday 23 September, 6.30pm
These events – which will be held online – will give you the opportunity to hear virtual presentations by weight management experts (pictured), including consultant bariatric surgeons, a specialist clinical psychologist, and a dietician, who will discuss options and outcomes. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you might have.
For more information or to book your place, visit nuffieldhealth.com. Once you have registered for the event, you will be emailed a link which you can use to join the session from your own computer or phone.
THE SEASON BEGINS |CELEBRATING HARVEST
Thatchers Cider partners with British Food Fortnight to celebrate harvest
As the first trailers of apples start to arrive at Thatchers' Myrtle Farm for the annual apple pressing, the Somerset cider maker is celebrating British farming through its partnership with British Food Fortnight.
It's the biggest annual, national celebration of British Food and Drink, organised by Love British Food, taking place from 18 September to 3 October.
Throughout its Somerset orchards, Thatchers is expecting a good harvest with apples of high quality. The family cider maker is also anticipating an increasingly substantial crop of apples from new orchards planted five years ago.
As well as 500 acres of its own orchards, Thatchers has apple growers throughout the West Country. All family businesses, some have worked with Thatchers for many years, others are much newer, but they all have one thing in common, and that's taking great care of their apples with high expectations of quality. Their commitment plays a huge part in Thatchers' journey of creating innovative, high-quality ciders for today's rapidly changing consumer tastes and demands.
Cancer survivor 'stomps' Snowdon in support of Penny Brohn UK
A Keynsham man, in rehab from a very rare form of cancer, is taking on Snowdon as part of his recovery and urging others to adopt their own fundraising ‘stomp’ in support of cancer charity Penny Brohn UK.
James Lovell, 40, father of two and head of water recycling with Wessex Water, was diagnosed in June 2020 with primary mediastinal lymphoma, a form of cancer which usually only affects women aged 35 or more, but for which – caught early enough – there is a good prognosis.
James has now been given the all-clear after a successful course of treatment at the Royal United Hospital in Bath and, as part of his physical recovery, is taking on Snowdon with a small group of friends and family. He is using the opportunity to raise money for Penny Brohn UK, as part of STOMP – the charity’s annual sponsored walk – which takes place this year on Saturday 2 October along any route the participants choose.
Walkers in Bristol may join the Covid-safe eight-mile group walk, starting from Penny Brohn UK’s picturesque national centre in Pill, or they may participate anywhere they choose, even from home, by completing the distance wherever suits them on the same day.
This is a delightful two-bedroom, first-floor apartment in an excellent location just off Whiteladies Road. The whole building was transformed around four years ago to a very high standard – this apartment benefits also from a private roof terrace and good views from both the front and rear elevations.
From the communal hall, stairs rise to the first floor. The apartment has an L-shaped entrance hall with sash window to the front, a video entry phone system and handy storage space.
The front living room has a large (five-sash) bay window enjoying an open view along Oakfield Road. French doors open out to the private terrace. The fully fitted, modern kitchen area has built-in fridge freezer, space for a free-standing washer dryer, dishwasher, oven, hob with extractor over, double drainer sink unit, ample work surface. Both bedrooms are to the rear with views of the surrounding area and grass-covered reservoir, and have built-in wardrobes. The bathroom is very well presented with high-quality fixtures, and has a luxurious feel.
The private roof terrace is a lovely place to enjoy the views over Oakfield Road and a good space for dining table and chairs.