I’ve been visiting Redwood Farm, Cribbs Causeway for a while now. I’m always sharing photos of the food I have on my various social medias but realised I’m yet to do an in-depth review on here. Redwood Farm is part of Farmhouse Inns, a sister company of Greene King. They currently have two pubs/restaurants local to Bristol, Redwood Farm and Winter Stream Farm, but have others all over the country. You can find your ‘local pub’ here. Redwood Farm is only 15 minutes from my work so we tend to go here on a Saturday, we’re always starving and know we’re going to be well fed. The portions are huge!

Redwood Farm is traditionally a carvery. They have many different meats to choose from, usually including Chicken, Beef and Pork and sometimes Turkey, Gammon and other meats. They also do a Vegetarian option of Chestnut, Brie and Mushroom Pie and often Cauliflower Cheese Tart too – this is always the option I’ve been offered anyway. There’s always plenty of vegetables to choose from too.

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Sam and I don’t often go for a carvery, instead we choose from their vast selection of dishes on the menu. We’ve tried quite a few between us now. Sam is a burger man, he’d have a burger for breakfast, lunch and dinner if he could so he’s working his way through the burgers on the Redwood Farm menu. These include the Cheese and Jalapeno Melt Burger, the Tex Mex Chicken Burger and his favourite, the Giant Mixed Grill Burger. Of course there’s also the Spicy Veg Burger. But alongside burgers, there’s also a couple of Hot Dogs, the Farmhouse Dog and the Sloppy Mac and Cheese Dog (pictured above).

My favourite meal on the menu is the Smoky Bean Chilli – they also do Smoky Bean Nachos as a starter (divine). I’ve had this chilli around 4 times now and it never disappoints. I’ve got to the point of ordering it every time I visit as I’m worried that nothing else will compare. I’m dying to try the Cheese, Onion and Potato Pie and the Luxury Homemade Macaroni Cheese though.

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It’s their desserts that they’re famous for. I always take friends/family to Redwood Farm and show them the desserts before we order. Just so they know how much room they have to save. Sam and I are making our way through the selection of desserts, we’ll be able to recommend them all soon – oops. They have Classics, School Day Favourites and Sundaes. They are ginormous! I’m sure there must have been about 600g of soft cheese in one slice of the Toffee Waffle Cheesecake. It tasted lovely though! The Chocolate Crunch and Pink Custard also took me back to my primary school years. I’m definitely going to try one of the sundaes next, the Crunchie Munchie one sounds amazing.

As far as price is concerned, each and every meal/dessert is excellent value for money. My Smoky Bean Chilli was just £7.25 and the desserts start at £4.15.  The only thing I’d say lets this pub down is the service. We’ve always had lovely food but always left feeling unsatisfied with the service. You need to go to the bar to order your food, sometimes wait 10 minutes in a queue to order. A pub this good, with food as nice as it is should definitely have waitress service. But the food most definitely makes up for the service. And I look forward to visiting each and every time.

Have you visited Redwood Farm or another of the Farmhouse Inns? What did you order?

Until next time,

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PegasusLife have challenged me to write about my Top Places in Bristol. And this has got to be one of my favourite posts that I’ve been asked to write in the 9 years I’ve been blogging. I’m currently at Butlins, with my Mother, Grandma, Fiancé and Brother and we spent yesterday evening reminiscing about our childhood, over a game (or ten) of cards until 1am and have decided upon these 8 Places in Bristol. I wasn’t sure whether to stick with childhood favourites or current favourites so I’ve mixed them up a little.

Favourite Places In Bristol

A walk around Vassels

 

Favourite Places In Bristol

In Bath after cycling along the Avon and Somerset Railway

 

Favourite Places In Bristol

Searching for Gromits

Firstly Cabot Circus, if I go to Bristol now it’s almost always to visit Cabot Circus whether it’s shopping, a meal with friends or a blog event. It’s one of the main ‘attractions’ in Bristol. You wouldn’t think it seeing as it’s one of the newest but 9 out of 10 times, I’ve come to Bristol for Cabot, or soley Primark.

Clifton Suspension Bridge and Downs, this is a childhood and current favourite. I spent many weekends having picnics and collecting conkers on the downs, I even went to many ‘picnic in the park’ themed Birthday parties when I was younger. That’s what us country children do, picnics for Birthdays, I think we were all 8 going on 80. But aside from the childhood memories, this is somewhere Sam and I like to visit when we have a little time off. Which is rare these days. We just like to have a wander around, the views are beautiful, and it’s perfect on a summer day.

Vassels is another for the walks, views and scenery but another for the children too. No exaggeration, every time we visited my Grandma and the weather was nice, we ended up here. The play area is something from a child’s dreams and it’s only got better over the years. I try to forget that it was about 15 years ago I used to ‘play’ there. Where does to time go? Sam and I visited with Milo recently, it’s a nice place for a walk if you’re local.

Avon and Somerset Railway, I spend a lot of time on the Avon and Somerset Railway Path, probably the same now as I did when I was a child. This is a 20 mile (I think) cycle path running from Bristol to Bath. We often park at my Grandma’s or the Avon Valley Railway and cycle right into Bath. Then spend the day there and cycle all the way back. It’s a fantastic route as it’s so flat, off the road and enjoyable with trails, footpaths, activities and other things to see and do along the way.

I couldn’t write a Bristol Favourites without including Bristol Zoo, I visited so much as a child. Although when I go back now I always wonder how my parents afforded it, the price seems to keep going up. It’s a great zoo though and a lovely day out. I’m going to a wedding fair there in a few months time, how amazing would it be to get married in a zoo.

@Bristol is somewhere I visited a lot when I was younger. My Dad used to take us there and I also went for Birthday parties and school/Brownie trips. It’s an interactive science centre which is fun for all ages. I still thoroughly enjoy going now. I went to a blog event in one of the upstairs conference rooms last year and had a wonder around the science centre on my own afterwards, I couldn’t resist.

The Bristol Waterfront, mainly Zaza Bazaar is another place we travel to Bristol for. We have cravings to stuff our faces every month or so and Zaza Bazaar is THE place to do that. It’s an ‘all you can eat’ buffet but the biggest all you can eat buffet you’ll probably ever see in your life. The food is lovely too and it’s all cooked right in front of you. The Waterfront has many other gorgeous places to eat. And many cocktail bars. All with gorgeous views of the Bristol Waterfront.

Last but not least, Cribbs Causeway, I couldn’t not include this one, although I often forget it’s Bristol as it’s the other direction from the main area. This is where Sam and I go to shop, buy work supplies, food shop, eat, drink everything. It’s our closest town other than Yate and we visit here a couple of times a week.

Thank you PegasusLife for giving me this challenge and giving me a chance to reminisce on my childhood years.

Do you live in Bristol? Do you have any favourite places that I haven’t mentioned here?

Ami xxxxx

*in collaboration with PegasusLife

 

 

I loved last year’s Bristol Foodies Festival so I was pleased to get the opportunity to attend this year’s. Foodie Festivals are carried out throughout the year (mainly in the summer months) at various locations around the UK. The next one is at Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham on 3rd-5th June and then Blackheath Common, London 8th-10th July. You can buy tickets in advance here. I’ve got a post all about the Foodie Festivals here if you’d like to find out more information.

Sam and I attended on the Sunday this year and the weather was lovely. We got stuck into the samples right away. Healthy eating is completely forgotten about on days like these, I want to try absolutely everything. We had a quick wonder around but we arrived at lunchtime so wanted to have something substantial before filling up on samples. You can tell how hungry we were as I didn’t get a chance to photograph any of our food. Sam had a chicken wrap and I had a vegetarian chilli quesadilla, they were both around £6.5o.

Once we’d had our lunch it was sample trying time, you always end up eating foods in such a strange order at shows like these. It’ll be crisps, then a little fudge, then cheese then maybe some jerk chicken and a dessert of chorizo.

Bristol Foodies Festival

Bristol Foodies Festival

Bristol Foodies Festival

We started off with chilli, yep straight into the hot stuff, I loved the Chilli Alchemist stand. I’m one of these people that think they can handle anything so I went straight for the hottest one and my mouth was on fire, oops. We then went and tried some cheese from one of many cheese stands, Great British Cheese, which we’d tried at previous shows. They had some lovely cheese on offer, even chocolate orange and sticky toffee pudding which were strangely nice. We bought 3 cheeses for £10, Piri Piri, The Drunken Monk and Mature Cheddar with Smokey Peppadew Peppers and Garlic. Sam really enjoyed the crisps at the Taste Of Game stand.

Bristol Foodies Festival

Bristol Foodies Festival

It was then onto the sweet stuff, I mentioned in last week’s post that I’m so fussy with chocolate. I’m always amazed when I find something I like and I never expect to love it as much as I loved the Brocs Chocs Chocolate. The Chilli, Strawberry and Honey flavours were my favourites. The fudge was just as lovely, we ended up buying Country Classic, Baileys, Salted Caramel, Caramel and Orange Chocolate from the Black Cat Fudge Stand, it wasn’t all for us, promise.

Bristol Foodies Festival

Bristol Foodies Festival

Bristol Foodies Festival

Bristol Foodies Festival

There was so much to choose from in terms of more substantial food at the Foodies Festival. I took these photos of my favourites. How fantastic is this ‘Pizza Bike’, I’m sad I didn’t spot this before I had my quesadilla as I would have loved to try one of these. I also loved the Mini Bean Coffee mini. All of the stands had tried so hard to be different and quirky which made them really stand out.

Bristol Foodies Festival

Bristol Foodies Festival

The last stand we visited was Seeds Of Change, selling a range of organic goods from cooking sauces to rice products. They had a spinach pasta in a tomato sauce with basil for us to try, it was gorgeous. They were also handing out vegetable and herb seeds so I’m going to plant those when I get a chance.

Thank you Foodies Festival for the tickets, we had a lovely day, as always. We’re already looking forward to the next one.

Have you been to a Foodies Festival this year or do you plan to?

Ami xxxxx

After spending a while walking around Cabot Circus, Bristol aimlessly trying to decide on what to fill our bellies with for my birthday dinner we ended up in Frankie and Bennys. Frankie and Bennys has always been one of my favourite places to eat out. I’m sure it was the first place I ate out without my parents too. Oh gone are the days where you actually felt grown up paying for your own food. I used to go just for their Cajun Chicken Pasta Bake (amazing) and almost ordered it this time too until Sam spotted the Frankie and Bennys Family Feast and his decision was made.

Frankie and Bennys Family Feast

The Frankie and Bennys Family Feast consisted of a 15 inch pizza with a choice of 4 toppings (or a bit of all of them), a sharing pasta platter from a choice of 3 dishes and either unlimited chips or a side salad. This is meant to serve 3-4 people but who doesn’t like a challenge? Especially where food is involved.

The toppings you could choose from for the pizza were Margherita, BBQ Chicken, American Hot and Hawaiian. We wanted to try a bit of each but weren’t too fussed about the Margherita so went for half BBQ Chicken (Sam’s favourite) then a quarter American Hot and a quarter Hawaiian. The pastas to chose from were Frankie and Bennys Meatballs, Chicken Penne Romana and Spaghetti Pomodoro. We went for the Chicken Penne Romana along with a side of unlimited chips, I mean honestly, who would choose a side salad?

 Frankie and Bennys Family Feast

Frankie and Bennys Family Feast

Frankie and Bennys Family Feast

The Frankie and Bennys Family Feast (everything that you see in this photo) cost just £24.95. Such a good price for so much food. They actually had to move us to a four person table because they couldn’t fit everything on ours. Just look at all that food, we were certain we were going to be eating it for breakfast and lunch for the next week. My favourite pizza was the American Hot, I love hot, spicy foods and this didn’t disappoint. Sam loved the BBQ Chicken and polished off each and every slice of this one. I’d been craving Hawaiian pizza for a while but it always seems to plain to order out so it was nice that we could have a slice each of this one. Anyway, before we knew it, this pizza had disappeared.
The pasta was lovely, the only thing I could say contrary to that was that it wasn’t very hot, warm hot not spicy hot but the flavour was gorgeous and the chicken was cooked to perfection. The photo below speaks for itself – this was polished off too. We even had two bowls of chips between us. I feel so naughty writing this now but if you can’t go crazy on your birthday, when can you?

The Louisiana Hot Sauce made this meal for me. I asked our waiter Jamie if he had any spicy sauces to go with my chips and he brought out this one. I mean, I would probably go back for just a portion of chips and this dip. This is the sauce that’s in their Louisiana Hot Wrap. Another favourite of mine that I would usually have if I go to Frankie and Bennys for lunch.

 Frankie and Bennys Family Feast

So all in all, two hungry (or maybe greedy, oops) people could easily defeat but it’s also perfect for a Family Feast. It would be a perfect treat for two adults and two children and wouldn’t break the bank either. I’m sure my parents would have loved something like this when I was younger. I was always begging to go to Frankie and Bennys.

Also I have to emphasise this, Frankie and Bennys now do unlimited chips, unlimited! Finish all your chips but still hungry, ask for some more and you’ll get them free of charge. And even more if you’re still hungry. And more after that…

Have you tried the Frankie and Bennys Family Feast yet? I’d love to know what you think.

Until next time,

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I’ve gone to Bristol Balloon Fiesta every year for as long as I can remember. It was a sort of ‘tradition’ in our family, something to look forward to. I actually feel guilty going without my parents and Grandma now and kind of sad about growing up too. Do we really have to? Although you know what they say, ‘everyone has to grow older but it’s a choice to grow up’. I like to think I stick to this rule as anyone that knows me knows I’m such a child at heart.

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Bristol Balloon Fiesta

You’ll get the idea of Bristol Balloon Fiesta from the photos. I’m not sure whether these events happen in different parts of the country or other countries. Anyone that owns a hot air balloon can launch from the festival and they try and beat the record of balloons launched each year. The current record is 110 (I think). They always have live music, shops/stalls, bars, catering, activities, fairground rides etc etc so you can see how perfect this event is for both children and adults. There’s almost too much though which can cost parents a fortune. I can always remember saying ‘can I… can I’ to almost anything I passed.

This year wasn’t great, many people moaned and moaned but what can you expect from a free event on one of the hottest days of the year. It was the first time in the 37 years that Bristol Balloon Fiesta has been running that they reached capacity and had to turn people away. Although they probably should have done that a while before they did as we were packed in like sardines with a 45 minute queue for a porta loo and the decision to go to McDonald’s on the way home instead of queuing the 100+ people queues for a crepe. Sorry, I’ll stop moaning myself now because life is what you make it. We had a lovely time, found a spot to plonk our bums and have a few ciders. Sun, cider and great views, what more can you ask for really?

Bristol Balloon Fiesta
Bristol Balloon Fiesta
Bristol Balloon Fiesta

 

We decided to go in the late afternoon so we could catch both the mass balloon launch and the night glow (my favourite part of the fiesta) and for anybody local – park at the Long Ashton Pub, it was only £5 for the day and no queues to get in or out, such a smug feeling when you know others queued for up to four hours to get out the car park (sorry). We had a slush puppy (like I said, child at heart) and wondered round the many shops and stalls, mainly handmade crafts and clothing but didn’t buy anything. It was then time to grab a Thatchers and watch the mass launch, as you can see, Milo loved it too, he’s such a cutie and got so much attention, especially when he fell asleep in Sam’s arms.

 

Bristol Balloon Fiesta
Bristol Balloon Fiesta

 

Once all the balloons had launched it was almost 8pm and we only had an hour to wait until the night glow which seemed to fly by. This is probably the most popular aspect of the event and it’s so beautiful to watch live. The balloons ignite their fire to the beat of the music but obviously because it’s dark it all looks so pretty (I can’t think of a good way to explain it). They always do classic songs too such as Mariah Carey or Somerset classics such as the Wurzels although they did add a bit of Taylor Swift in this year. We went on the Saturday which was the last day of the fiesta so they finished off with some lovely fireworks.

Have you visited the Bristol Balloon Fiesta before? Have you been to anything similar to this?

Until next time,

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