The Ethicurean - Girlglobalising

The Ethicurean - Girlglobalising

Is there a more perfect way to launch yourself into autumn than with a Sunday lunch? I think not.

Last Sunday, on a beautiful sunny day that had just about enough crisp-ness to count as autumnal, Dom and I headed out of Bristol to the Ethicurean.

Based in the pretty little village of Wrington, the Ethicurean has been building quite the name for themselves, producing some of the freshest, seasonal meals around.

The Ethicurean - Girlglobalising

The Ethicurean - Girlglobalising

And really, words don’t do it justice, so I’ll just let you look at the photos for a while.

We had some lovely pork, with varies purees (I’ve got all the lingo…), with roast potatoes that have been in my dreams every night since.

Just joking… 

The Ethicurean - Girlglobalising

The Ethicurean - Girlglobalising

We sat in the little conservatory, basking in late afternoon sunshine, content that we’s chosen the best way to end the weekend.

Then pottered around their walled garden, taking in all the hundreds of vegetable delights that they are growing for autumn.

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You can even buy some should you be needing anything for the week. One thing I love about autumn is a great bowl of soup at lunchtime. The only thing that spices up the day spend at my office desk, and the Ethicurean had some cracking winter squash available for just that.

The Ethicurean - Girlglobalising

Make sure you swing by before the menu changes to something more wintery – or just pop back again for round two! I’m not judging, I’ll probably see you there…

I am in full autumn mode now, where most of my time will be spent under a blanket watching Escape to the Chateau, or crunching through autumn leaves if you believe all that happens on Instagram… The only thing I can hope is that I haven’t hit peak autumn just yet.

 

It’s been quite a while since I shared any local places with you. My Bristol coffee guide was so long ago now that it definitely needs some updating. Trendy new places seem to pop up all the time in Bristol, we are certainly slightly over run with specialty coffee, flatwhites, avocado on sourdough and all the other super popular dishes of the moment. I’ve gathered a few of my favourites, all of which are well worth a visit if you’re ever in the area.

Anna Cake Couture, Bristol

Anna Cake Couture – Clifton Village

Starting with the prettiest, Anna Cake Coutour. Primarily this is a cake shop where you can order anything from a box of macarons to your wedding cake. Dom ordered a salted caramel banana cake for his Mum’s birthday and all I can say is I hope I get the same treatment come my birthday! They also have a small cafe, plus some tables outside, where you can enjoy a nice coffee and any of their baked treats.

Pinkmans Bakery, Bristol

Pinkmans Bakery – Park Street

I have the willpower of a saint since Pinkmans arrived on Park Street. I walk past it literally everyday on my way to and from work and I can tell you their products get better looking everyday. We popped in for an amazing iced coffee on a very warm day and Dom also tried one of their Peach Melba Doughnuts. I couldn’t resist having a try myself. Their bread also is baked fresh every day in the open kitchen at the back of the cafe. Check out Kym’s post for a bit more detail.

Roll for the Soul, Bristol

Roll For The Soul – Quay Street

Roll for the Soul is practically a Bristol institution now. It’s very popular with cyclists, mainly because of their bike workshop upstairs, but probably also because of the bike paraphernalia dotted around the place. They are very reasonably priced, especially considering portion size and they do a cracking halloumi wrap to either have in or take away.

The Mockingbird Cafe, Bristol

The Mockingbird – Alma Road, Clifton

This is the only American inspired coffee shop that I have been to and it’s now one of my favourites in Bristol. They offer a few American treats such as chocolate mud pie and a coffee made from condensed milk, but they also make really good regular coffee. The interior is just beautiful and I’ve also seen photos of thier avocado on toast from Lyzi of the Being Little blog. Watch out for their opening times though, as they tend to close earlier than most others.

Mokoko coffee, Bristol

Mokoko – Wapping Wharf

Mokoko is the latest coffee shop I’ve tried and is based in the newly delevloped Wapping Wharf area. Once they’ve finished the work down there it’s looking like it will be a very nice new area. But for now I’ll stick to Mokoko and I have to say I’m obsessed! The coffee was beautiful, but more then that they had a large selection of salads and tarts for savoury choices and some truely amazing looking cakes to choose from. We tried the vegan banana and chocolate loaf which almost made me consider becoming vegan. But what I’ll be going back to next time are the danish pastries that were the size of my face. You may also recognize this photo from a recent post, but I couldn’t resist using it again!

 

If anyone has any other recommendations then please let me know! Discoving new places on the weekend is one of my favourite things to do. You can follow me on Instagram for plenty more photos of cute cafes, and on Bloglovin to keep up with all the new content on here.

 

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Since I’ve been living in Bristol, for almost a year and a half now(!) I’ve made my way around a fair few eateries over that time. If one thing was clear when I moved here, it’s that there is an abundance of food options literally on your doorstep, so much so that you can slip into the habit of going to the same places each time, rather than trying a new place, because you know that it’ll be good. So I’ve created a little list of the top lunch spots in Bristol, just in case you’re in any doubt of where to go this coming weekend.

  1. Bagel Boy – this is a local chain that’s fast expanding across Bristol at the moment. With their original branch just down the road from St Nicks market, they now have ideal locations on Gloucester Road and North Street too. You can get pretty much any combination of bagel that your heart desires, but I thoroughly recommend the Plough Boy (cheddar, ham, pickle) and the New York Boy (salt beef, mustard, gherkins).
  2. Boston Tea Party – Another little chain that started in Bristol but is swiftly expanding across the west country. My favourites are the Clifton Village location and Stokes Croft, both of which I have lived about five minutes away from! Depending on the branch their menu expands across breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, but I fully recommend any of their eggs and toasties (which are HUGE).
  3. The Stock Exchange – I stumbled across this little gem when the Bagel Boy on the opposite side of the road was too full to get a table. The Stock Exchange is a bakery and coffee shop that’s well worth stopping by at lunchtime. Not to mention their amazing homemade bagels (is there a theme here…?) but they also have a huge selection of tasty pastries and there’s plenty of freshly baked bread to take home with you.
  4. St Nicks Market – This wouldn’t be a list of Bristol’s best lunch spots if I didn’t include this melting pot of different cuisines. St Nicks market is an absolute hive of activity and a place where you can find whatever it is you fancy. My recommendation would be Matina who serve up freshly baked and filled flatbreads, but Eat-a-Pitta is also very popular, as is the ‘sausage man’, whose name I’m not quite sure of, but sells amazing sausage sandwiches.
  5. Spicer & Cole – I was so close to including this little gem in my Bristol Coffee Guide, but as they’re a firm favourite when it comes the lunch offerings too I thought they were better off in this list. There are always some good looking salads, a huge seletion of sandwiches and paninis and I had some of the best soup ever here. Again they have a number of locations and while I live very close to the Clifton spot, their slightly quieter riverside location is my favourite.

There are so many places that I could have included in this list, but for the sake of not keeping you too long I have narrowed it down to just the top five. If you’d like to see more then by all means just let me know in the comments below – I have a lot more recommendations that I’m dying to share with someone! You can also follow me on Instagram and Bloglovin to keep up with the places I visit on a daily basis.

 

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Originally this post was supposed to feature my big fluffy winter coat. It’s furry and yellow (in a good way) and I lovingly refer to it as my Honey Monster coat. I look slightly like Big Bird in it, but I kinda really like that. But as you can see that did not happen, as despite it looking rather gloomy in these photos it’s only a tad bit chillier than it was a few weeks ago and just didn’t warrant such a large and warm coat.

Instead I bring you my ‘inbetween’ coat. This is a fairly recent purchase, spurred on by the fact that from my leather jacket and honey moster coat I had nothing, well inbetween. My saviour of this ‘it’s December, why is it so warm’ weather is this slightly military inspired number from New Look. A few years ago I had such a big thing about military inspired clothing and I guess it hasn’t completely left me as I have not taken this off since buying it. The fit is right, the colour is right, it goes with my bobble hat and makes my tartan scarf pop – not to mention it’s the perfect weight. Not heavy and thick, but more substancial than a jacket. On top of all that my Dad referred to it as ‘very smart’ which is about as big a compliment as you get from my Papa.

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Thanks to Dom John for the photos.

 

 

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Are you sick of Autumn based posts yet? I know I’ve read my fair share of them, but since this is only my second seasonal post I figured you’d all forgive me, right? I always feel that the weekends in Autumn are slightly different to other seasons of the year, especially now that the clocks have changed. Having a shorter amount of daylight makes me want to get up and run around trying to fit everything in, because once it gets to four o’clock it’s just a race to get home and into the warm before it’s dark once again. So I’ve come up with a few ideas to help make the most of the shorter hours and of course, the colder air and crispy orange leaves.

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  1. Lunchin’ and Brunchin’

Brunch is actually one of my favourite mealtimes, if it even counts as an official mealtime. Man, I just love anything where eggs on toast is a firm favourite. And possibly pancakes too. But soon it wont be getting light until about eight thirty in the morning, which on a weekday is more OH MA GAAD WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME, but on a weekend simply means you’re not allowed to get up until you can see sun in the sky. The next appropriate meal after that is brunch; one to enjoy while catching up with friends and coffee just tastes so much better when you don’t have to throw in back and run back to the office.

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2. Countryside Walks

Lets be clear here – I’m not a hiker. In terms of exercise I like it to be short and sweet and I tend to be in and out of the gym in about 45mins. So a long, drawn out climb up a mountain is not really the one for me. BUT who doesn’t want to run like a child through piles of fallen leaves? Autumn is the perfect time to really enjoy what the countryside has to offer. There’s no high sun turning you into a sweaty mess after the first mile, and the leaves are still around rather than the spindle-y stumps that are left in winter.

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3. Carve a lil Pumpkin

Whether you have embraced Halloween into your life as a full on holiday to celebrate, or you aren’t really that bothered about the scariest day of the year there’s no way to avoid the mountains of pumpkins dotted around every supermarket in the country. It’s the perfect way to dip a toe in the day if your not that bothered, and get a little craft action going on. One year when I was still a student, my friends and I left it too late for a pumpkin and had to resort to carving a face in a melon instead. Has to be said, it was a lot tastier…

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4. Pay a Visit

This is not strictly an Autumn weekend activity but I get excited about day trips at any time of the year. I tend to get a bit restless by the end of the day if I haven’t got out for some air and seen a few things, so day trips are a regular feature for me. My recent one to London included the Ai Weiwei exhibition at the Royal Academy. I would highly recommend a visit and it’s right across the street from Fortnum & Maison, perfect for a little post-exhibition snoop around their pretty displays.

These are just a few ideas of what I like to get up to while it’s not so cold you need five layers on before leaving the house. I’m always up for trying something new though, so let me know if there’s something to add!