A Weekend in Bristol

You may have read my Edinburgh post where CLB gifted me a trip to be Scottish capital. Funnily enough, one of his Christmas presents from me was also a trip, this one to Bristol. We both have much love for Bristol; CLB having lived there for university and beyond and me for a summer for a work contract. It might not be where we met but it was where we really got to know each other ❤️

Now that we are wed and settling into married life I decided that we should go back for a surprise trip, and not only that, but surprise the hubby with it. On this occasion I decided to look at Secret Escapes and to my surprise Berwick Lodge (one on my hotel wish list) was available, offering a dinner, bed and breakfast deal.

Berwick Lodge is located on the outskirts of Bristol in the countryside but nonetheless with our new Two Together railcard we decided to get the train and just cab it to/from the city centre when needed. Bristol is only a 2hr journey from London Paddington and we arrived at Temple Meads around 11.30 and took the bus straight up to beautiful Clifton for brunch at The Ivy Clifton Brasserie.

After a lovely afternoon walk around Clifton mooching around in independent shops we jumped in an Uber to the hotel to check in. The exterior was so grand and despite having seen images on the web I felt so excited as we approached to see what the building had inside; sure enough the entrance lobby featured an open fire (a fav of mine) and I immediately felt at home.

The reason the hotel is on the wish list is down to one suite, Troya, but unfortunately on this trip is was just too far out of my price range. I therefore opted for a Feature Double instead so on arrival we were shown to our room – Galatia – which in all honesty wasn’t quite as nice as I’d hoped; the bed was against the wall and it was incredibly squeaky, the room was fairly small and only had a blind instead of curtains.

I mean one can live with all of these, I’m not that precious, just a bit of a shame that the room wasn’t on the same scale as the bathroom which housed the most amazing free standing roll top bath with ornate taps – now that’s my kind of bathroom 😍

Berwick Lodge offer an in-room massage service where a therapist from comes by and sets up a table in your room. CLB treated me to a one hour full body massage and it was heavenly, I nodded off a couple times (and that sure is a compliment!)

Before dinner we had a drink in the sitting room which houses a lovely real fire and feels all cosy and homely. Dinner consisted of a three course meal in the dining room plus a bottle of house wine which we polished off then hit the hay.

The next morning after some confusion about breakfast times the staff kindly delivered a couple of full English’s to our room before a late checkout at midday.

We booked a car to get back into Bristol centre and dropped our bags off at the Bristol Tourist Information Centre (£5 per bag all day) as we didn’t want to be dragging those around with us, especially as the weather was so awful. With this weather in mind we thought it best to stay indoors and opted for a hot chocolate at the Tobacco Factory Cafe Bar before hot footing it across town to see the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition at the M Shed.

After a quick pizza at The Stable it was time to head to the station and bid farewell to Bristol. We’ll be back when the weather improves, it was honestly quite sad seeing it without it’s shine ☹️

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  • Reply simondana1985 February 20, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    That looks so beautiful! Might have to go there too!

    • Reply lpowell321 February 21, 2018 at 10:01 am

      I’m sure it barely compares to NZ but I suggested visiting when you return!

  • Reply Mel & Suan February 21, 2018 at 7:33 am

    Oh yeah. Hope that summer would be nice in Bristol

    • Reply lpowell321 February 21, 2018 at 10:00 am

      If previous years are to go by I’m sure it will 🙂

  • Reply Zoe | Together In Transit March 24, 2018 at 9:21 am

    Very nice for a weekend to Bristol! I’ve been once but definitely wasn’t as nice as your experience!

  • Reply Greta March 24, 2018 at 10:26 am

    I’ve been living in the UK for 6 years now and have never actually got round to visiting Bristol! Looks like there’s lots of fun stuff to do, I’ll have to add it to my list!

    • Reply lpowell321 March 24, 2018 at 10:46 am

      You should…it’s a great place with lots to do although I recommend going in the summer, then you can sit out around Harbourside which is lovely!

  • Reply tanyatravels March 24, 2018 at 11:26 am

    That looks magical even in the winter, especially being able to sit by the fire. Sounds lovely.

    • Reply lpowell321 March 24, 2018 at 11:28 am

      I love a real fire so anywhere with one get the thumbs up from me!!

  • Reply Lauren March 24, 2018 at 11:27 am

    I love Bristol! That hotel building is so beautiful and the fireplace looks so cosy. I’ve always wanted to try Ivy Clifton Brasserie, maybe next time I visit!

    • Reply lpowell321 March 24, 2018 at 11:29 am

      Definitely do, just remember to book ahead if you are going on a weekend – it’s still the new kid on the block and super popular by all accounts!

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