I love to travel and visit new places, I mean who doesn’t?! Typically, when it comes to accommodation, I research Airbnb’s for their affordability and knowledge of the local area. Whilst hosts can be a wealth of information my recent experience at The Bristol Hotel, with Supal, opened my eyes to impeccable, family run, boutique accommodations. The Bristol Hotel is located a short 10-minute walk from Temple Meads station and is a fine example of Brutalist architecture. The easy stroll takes you through Queen Square, a beautiful example of a Georgian park, with cobbled streets and magnificent town houses.
Arriving and check in was incredibly quick and whilst Supal dealt with the paperwork I sampled the flavoured water! This was changed regularly throughout our weekend stay with my favourite being the redberry. Hearing we were there to explore Bristol we had a fantastic conversation with Jane about the history of Bristol, current attractions and restaurant tips. Bristol is a destination for business during the week, supporting the banking and defence industry, and corporate workers seeking a quick city weekend break like Supal and I.
Once we had checked into our room we headed outside to walk around the immediate area. The Bristol Hotel’s location is central and on the harbour. It is easy to access the Clifton and Stokes Croft areas as well as the old town area. Upon our return we had dinner in The River Grille and I haven’t enjoyed a meal like that for a long time! Wanting to taste more than one dish we choose differently for each course. Spiced pumpkin soup and seared scallops were delicious for our starters. It had been a bit chilly as we walked and the soup warmed me up perfectly!
For mains there was duck leg confit, and spinach and ricotta gnocchi. Both divine and we added some green beans and roasted cauliflower for added vegie sides. Feeling extremely full we chose to share a chocolate fondant that we couldn’t finish! I would have loved to also try the oreo cheesecake. But it would have been wasteful and allows me to go again! Unlike other hotel restaurants I have patroned, The River Grille’s clientele was mainly locals. Everyone was enjoying the fine dining experience with views of the harbour. I was secretly hoping to witness a proposal but no such luck!
Our room had fantastic views of canal boats dotted along the harbour leading across Bristol to the distant green hills of the Ashton Court Estate. The room had ameneties from Temple Spa and a desk area for corporate travellers. Falling into the plush red arm chair was delightful. Perfect to plan our venture outside from.
In the morning we had breakfast in bed. My preferred option as I truly dislike getting ready, going downstairs and then returning to the room again. I would rather lounge in the towelling robe as I eat from my preferred food selection!
Bristol is such a fantastic west country city that I have returned three times in six months. I have a Bristol locals food guide here and a 48 hours in Clifton guide here. Let me know if you go and stay at The Bristol Hotel. I’d love to hear about your trip! PF xo