Stop for a cuppa or a refreshing cold drink along the Frome Valley?
Bristol Harbourside is possibly the best range of bars and cafés in the West of England, certainly far too many to share here and ever changing with new openings as well, it’s really a matter of finding them all and exploring. Here’s 25 minutes of pictures to music showing where so many are. Since this was created in 2017 other venues have opened or they’ve been revamped, especially near Castle Bridge across from Castle Park at Finzels Reach and at Gaol Ferry Steps near the SS Great Britain and M Shed at Wapping Wharf.
At the end of the Harbour is Number 1 Harbourside .no1harbourside.co.uk for great beers by Bristol Beer Factory, coffees, food and late live music, a great pub throughout the year. Across the harbour is also Under the Stars underthestarsbar.co.uk for deck top drinks, again wonderful experiences and a great start to walking around the harbour.
At the fountains over Bristol’s covered over Harbourside you have Park Street, Corn Street, Christmas Steps and so much more before arriving at Cabot Circus.
Leaving Bristol’s city central areas from the back of Cabot Circus also full with cafés you will find a number of cafés and eateries along Stapleton Road in Easton (the historic route to historic Stapleton Village with 1000 years of heritage) and across the M32 in St Werburghs via a footbridge after passing through Junction 3 where there’s a library and cafés nearby. Very popular along this section of the Frome Valley is St Marks Road with Bristol Sweet Mart, Thali Café and pubs nearby such as The Greenbank and a short walk from The Whitehall Tavern if you feel like venturing towards St George.
IKEA café, M&S, Tesco and ASDA Living are found in Eastgate Retail Park and Subway opposite Eastville Park at the Shell Garage are close for affordable refreshment choices as well.
Venturing in to Stapleton Village you have Park One Coffee & Kitchen opposite Holy Trinity Church & Colston School
and a bit further in to Stapleton is The Masons Arms Pub with Guest Ales for £2.50 a pint and a super pub garden in the summer.
You are also now in the heart of some historic parkland estates as well so just minutes from Eastville Park, Snuff Mills and Stoke Park Estate all around.
In 2010 we looked at ways to improve the Frome Valley experience in Fishponds, the route from Half Penny Bridge in Snuff Mills and Oldbury Court Estate leading to Fishponds shopping centre was terribly damaged and needed completely renewing and not just for visitors of the Frome Valley for leisure but as a very important educational route for various schools and the UWE and a route for local people trying to avoid vehicle pollution. Our work over several years can be found on our old parish council style website www.fishpondspeople.co.uk and by 2015 things were really coming together watch a film here
It took ten years to have this new path in place but we also managed to get Coffee #1 to open in Fishponds nearby during the time of helping Fishponds as well so from Half Penny Bridge a nice ten minutes walk up the hill using our new path takes you to Portó Lounge, Grounded Café, Kingfisher Café, Morrisons Café, Concorde Café and a number of pubs and restaurants including much loved La Piazza 1, The Old Post Office, The Railway Tavern, Wetherspoons and The Cross Hands and another ten minutes walk to Staple Hill.
In the opposite direction to Fishponds from Stapleton is Lockleaze and Stoke Gifford via Stoke Park Estate and offering one of Bristol’s hidden gems for parkland views especially during the spring, summer and autumn for members of the Lockleaze Community Centre which looks out across the parkland,
Picture here by SteveEngland.co.uk for local events as well.
However for non members of the Lockleaze social club there’s much loved Boston Tea Party in Cheswick Village Square nearby and Buzz Lockleaze in Gainsborough Square. New members are always welcome though. Boston Tea Party website for Cheswick Village Square.
In the Frenchay area of the Frome Valley you have Starbucks in Bristol Golf Centre and The White Lion on Frenchay Common and further along the Frome Valley you have The White Horse in Hambrook.
After Hambrook is Winterbourne for great curry at The Royal Raj royalrajrestaurant.co.uk, convenience stores including Coop Food and cafés or pubs for refreshments. The jewel pub with great food in Winterbourne is The Golden Heart at Winterbourne Down thegoldenheartwinterbourne.co.uk which is close to the River Frome itself.
The Royal Raj could well be Bristol’s best curry? It’s perfect and really good quality meat as well. royalrajrestaurant.co.uk
A lovely walk from here to Frampton Cotterill