A Very Modern Tea Room

Last weekend, as previously posted, a few girls and I took a delightful stroll around Clifton Village in pursuit of cake. I loved all the stops along the way, but the final stop at Cordial and Grace blew me away.

I really like tea, I really like cake, and I really like crafting. So its amazing to find somewhere in Bristol that not only does these things, but does them well. As so many of us mentioned, the cakes we tried were amazing -  I could only manage a few of the huge platter that was put together for us, but I would make the trek to Clifton for the peanut butter brownie alone – like a cakey Marathon (er, Snickers…showing my age there)

There’s a good range of teas and coffee available, or if you’re feeling a bit decadent/have something to celebrate/just like fizzy wine, there’s prosecco available too.
Downstairs, there are sewing machines and different fabrics, ribbons, etc for sale. Besides having the sewing machines available to hire by the hour, there’s also various workshops for all skill levels and ages.

I could tell you more about my favourite new find, but its so much easier to show you some photos…

Definitely one to visit if you’re in the Clifton area!

#cliftoncakecrawl

A few weeks ago, there was talk of cake on Twitter. I know, I’m just as shocked as you. A few tweets flew about, and the #cliftoncakecrawl was born.

Organised by Bonny of Hi Street, there was seven of us in total – Rachael, Sam, Emily, Sarah, and Helen. Thankfully, Sunday was such a beautiful day, as one of the stops didn’t have a huge seating area and we would have had to picnic in Victoria Square!

We met at our first stop, Lahloo Pantry which had a gorgeous array of cakes on the counter, along with their salad bar. Just looking at those bottom two photos is making me hungry!

I started off with a macaron and a lemon ice tea – so delicious and probably the best way to start the crawl. Lahloo has such a great range of tea to drink in or to buy to take home, along with teapots and brewing things.

Next was Arch House Deli, where we decided to share 4 slices between the 7 of us to cut down on trying to decide on what to have – when the slices appeared, we realised that was a pretty good strategy, since the slices were huge! Clockwise from the cherry at the top, we had a cherry and coconut polenta, chocolate and star anise, banana and honey polenta, and jasmine tea and lemon (I think!) cake. My favourites were a split between the chocolate and star anise, and the cherry and coconut polenta cake.

Arch House Deli is (of course) mostly taken up with the deli side, with a few tables hidden in the back. I had to avoid the cheese counter otherwise I would have bought it all!

Next, we headed over the way to Primrose Cafe. Primrose Cafe is one of those places that seems like its been around forever, but it’s actually not that old. I just had a little chocolatey flapjack here, but it was still too rich and I ended up leaving some (boo!)

Next was Zazu’s Kitchen, a recent arrival in the village from their old location in Stokes Croft. I avoided the cakes this time, since by the time we arrived, there was just little Portuguese custard tarts left and I don’t like egg custards things.

Saving the best for last, we staggered into Cordial and Grace on a total sugar high. Maria, the owner, had prepared a plate full of different cakes ready for us to taste, which we washed down with some fizz (always a win!). Most of us ended up choosing the pesto scone with cream cheese and chutney since we were craving something savoury! I’ll be sharing more about Cordial and Grace soon, I love it!

Thank you so much Bonny for organising the crawl, and Hi Street for treating us to a few cakes along the way. There was talk of a cocktail crawl too…I can’t wait! Sam has also written up her post   – she’s a lot more foodie worded than I am!

And, because you know I bloody love mapping things, here’s a tiny map of our stops!

Hard to Live in the City

I’ve been meaning to post these for a while, but today just seemed right. These beautiful illustrations of this wonderful city by Sarah Matthews and can be bought from I Love Crafty‘s shop in Clifton Village.

I don’t normally comment on news events on here, but its something thats saddened and angered almost everyone I know. Perhaps the one good thing that comes out of all of this is showing how communities are – and this feels cheesy to say, but oh so true – pulling together to get through it. Londonist.com has details of where bedding and clothing can be donated for those made homeless by the riots in London and of course, riotcleanup.co.uk is helping to co-ordinate the clean ups around the country. In Bristol, @bristolriots provided a great service last night making sure that there were no silly rumours flying about – and thankfully we had a peaceful night last night. They’ll be doing the same tonight apparently, so if you’re in Bristol, follow them (and help if you can!)

Hope none of you have been affected by these dreadful riots, and that your home towns are safe x