As you walk towards the busy Bristol Waterfront, opposite the fountains and the Bristol Hippodrome you will find Aluna. A Bar and Restaurant priding themselves on providing a truly unique experience. We headed to the Bar Entrance and were met with a thriving yet relaxed atmosphere. It seemed the perfect place to let off steam from a manic week.

We were shown through to our cosy table, tucked away in the corner of the restaurant. I honestly couldn’t get over the gorgeous, unusual design of Aluna. I was definitely taking tips for my own interiors. The velvet seats were so comfortable and the lighting was perfect, giving it that much needed relaxed atmosphere. The walls are filled with copper/golden mirrors and old-fashioned prints. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before so it’s hard to describe. You’ll just have to go and see for yourself.

Aluna Bristol Review

Aluna Bristol Review

Aluna Bristol Review

After reading through the extensive menu we settled on our first drinks. Sam had the Lava Lamp, an orange based cocktail and I went for the Raspberry Sling from the Mocktail menu. The mixologists really live up to their name of ‘Social Scientists’. Sam’s Lava Lamp cocktail arrived bubbling away, like its name would suggest, and stayed that way for a good 15 minutes. Absolutely fascinating to someone like me that doesn’t have a clue how these things work. My Raspberry Sling was divine, it was a sweet, but mildly bitter homemade lemonade.

Whilst we were enjoying our cocktails, we browsed the menu and decided on our food. There was a vast menu, with things from pasta dishes, to burgers, to Thai curry and Lobster to choose from. There was plenty of choice on the Asian and European inspired menu. Even for a fussy vegetarian like myself. I chose the Bruschetta Pomadoro to start and Sam had Nachos topped with chicken. Although I was tempted to ask for a vegetarian version of the Nachos which I’m sure they would have done but I always get Nachos so I thought I’d try something different. I was pleased I did, the Bruschetta was lovely, a perfect combination of flavours with the tomatoes, rocket and olive oil. But I must say the couple of Nachos I stole from Sam’s plate were pretty good too.

Aluna Bristol Review

Aluna Bristol Review

For our mains, I had a tough choice between the Thai Vegetable Curry and the Jerk Vegetable Wrap. I chose the latter but swapped my chips for sweet potato fries [of course]. Sam had the Aluna Burger but was tempted by the Lobster. My wrap was thoroughly enjoyable considering some of the fillings were those that I wouldn’t usually go for, such as courgettes and olives. The only thing I would say is that it wasn’t very spicy, which is ideal if you’re not too keen on spicy foods. But I would have liked a bit more of a kick to mine. The sweet potato fries were divine, they made the meal for me.

Aluna Bristol Review

Aluna Bristol Review

We were both absolutely stuffed, but in true us style, we couldn’t resist dessert. Especially where chocolate brownies and cheesecake are concerned. Sam and I are almost identical with our dessert choices which is strange considering we’re polar opposites when it comes to most other foods. Both cheesecake and chocolate brownie are our favourites so we just had to order both and go halves on each. And oh my they were gorgeous.  My mouth is watering thinking of that chocolate brownie, absolutely delicious, melt in the mouth, rich chocolate. But if I thought that was dreamy, the cheesecake was even better. A perfect creamy cheesecake, with the perfect crunchy base and a bittersweet mango topping.

It was time for one last cocktail before heading home. Sam wanted to try the Aluna Secret Concoction as he was told this one was set on fire. I had the Mixed Berry Mojito, again from the Mocktails menu. Honestly who needs alcohol when the mocktails taste this divine? The Aluna Secret Concoction lived up to expectations and filled the restaurant with fire as it was bought over to our table. I tried to get a photo but it all happened so quickly. This one smelt of roasted marshmallows and tasted like strawberry milkshake apparently. Different to any cocktail Sam had ever had before, he was really fond of this one.

One of the main things worth noting about Aluna is the price. Aluna has the looks and feels of quite a luxury restaurant. The atmosphere is wonderful – despite it being Saturday night, their busiest time of the week, we were really able to sit back and relax. And the staff were second to none. All of this considered, I was more than impressed with the prices at Aluna. My wrap was only £9.95 and Sam’s burger was £11.95. Desserts started from £4.95 and starters the same. They even have a 2-course lunch menu for just £9.95 so I’ll definitely be going back to try some of the other things on the menu.

Have you eaten at Aluna before? Would you pick any of the foods/drinks we tried?

Until next time,

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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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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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Bristol Foodies Festival

 

Last Sunday Sam and I attended the Bristol Foodies Festival. I’ve written a lot about the festival in my preview post here so I’m going to stick with telling you about my day in this post. Rather than telling you lots about the festival itself. As you’ll all know by now, regular readers anyway, I’m a massive foodie. I love going to the shows and trying samples of lots of new things. It’s amazing how much samples can fill you up. I almost never want lunch at Food Festivals. I often travel into London for festivals so it was lovely to attend one that was almost on my doorstep. Thank you to Foodies Festival and Lanyard Media for kindly giving Sam and I the tickets* to attend.

 

Bristol Foodies Festival

 

We arrived at around 12pm, we were planning on arriving earlier but time seemed to fly that morning. I’m glad we didn’t though as it had just stopped raining by the time we got there. Outdoor festivals are never much fun in the rain. We were immediately greeted by the Stella Cidre van and given their new Elderflower and Peach ciders to try. I LOVED the Elderflower one but wasn’t too keen on the Peach. We were given a couple of vouchers for 50p off bottles so I’m going to grab a couple on my next shopping trip. I’m a big cider lover and it really was the perfect summer drink.

 

Bristol Foodies Festival
Bristol Foodies Festival
Bristol Foodies Festival

 

We had a wonder around the ‘lunch’ area but neither of us were ready for food quite yet, it’s nice to see what’s available though and I think we’d all (Sam’s brother and his girlfriend came along too) decided what we were going to have for lunch once we were hungry enough for it. We then tried some liquorice from the Liquorice Heaven; there was so many different types, my favourite was the caramel flavoured one and I also liked the liquorice in the shape of a cat too, it was much harder than usual, I don’t think you can see it very well in this picture though.

 

Bristol Foodies Festival
Bristol Foodies Festival
Bristol Foodies Festival
Bristol Foodies Festival

 

How cute are these Macarons? I went to buy some towards the end but they’d all sold out so they must have been popular. I tried some different flavoured fudges from Treats With A Twist. And loved the Cornish Sea Salt flavour. I think there’s something about Sea Salt flavoured confectionery at the moment. It’s one of my favourite treats. We then tried a selection of Chorizo’s. Even Milo sampled a couple of the milder ones and loved them. I’m sure he would have said so himself if he could talk. That’s one thing I loved about the Bristol Foodies Festival is that is was outdoors and allowed dogs so we could bring out little Milo along too.

 

Bristol Foodies Festival

 

I went to Lilo’s for lunch which had a selection of Mexican foods all served from within a little converted campervan. This is right up my street so I think I’d decided to eat here before I even knew what they were selling. I had the chicken fajita pasta which was chicken strips in a spicy fajita dressing mixed with pasta. This was served with a full salad including jalapeños (my favourite) and nachos. All for just £4 which is a fantastic price. Sam had a sausage wrapped in garlic bread that he thoroughly enjoyed.

 

Bristol Foodies Festival
Bristol Foodies Festival

 

After lunch we made our way round the rest of the show. We headed straight for the Cheshire Tea Company‘s stall. They had both their Mint Chocolate and Cherry Sencha Loose Leaf Green Tea’s to try. The Cherry was gorgeous and they kindly gifted me a sachet which I’ve been loving as an afternoon tea over the last week or so. Perfect for that mid afternoon ‘pick me up’. I then spotted these Nova Colour Changing Pans. It was the pastel colour that drew me in originally but we were then given a demonstration and shown how they change colour once the pan is hot. What a clever idea, definitely something I haven’t seen before anyway.

We were handed lots of goodies when we left the show including PG Tips Green Tea, Jacobs Crispbreads, Big Babol Gum, Rice Bran Oil, Scheckter’s Organic Energy Drink, a £25 Hello Fresh Gift Card and a colour of Stella Cidre Glasses. I think these ‘goodies’ are worth the £13 ticket price alone.

 

Have you been to a Foodies Festival? What did you think?

Ami xxxxx