For the five years that I have lived in Bristol the La Cremeria ice cream stand has been parked at Broad Quay opposite the Hippodrome for most hours of the day (Google map).
Just by the water, and in between the busy roads of central Bristol, it provides a glimmer of summer holidays that you can access most any time you feel like it. During the week I am constantly tempted to buy an ice cream on the way home but it would have to be before dinner so I usually skip it.
Today, on June 21st, I had the day off and thought that an ice cream would be the perfect way to celebrate the beginning of summer. At 12.20, when the Sun moved into the sign of Cancer and summer officially began, I had bought my waffle cone ice cream with one scoop of caramel fudge toffee and the other of banoffee (£2.40). There are 19 flavours available including diabetic and gluten free options. Waffles are not the only cones and two is not the only number of scoops available.
The ice cream was delicious and I ate it by the College Green in the sunshine. I felt a bit like Forrest Gump as a few people sat beside me and then up and left. The only one I talked to however was a guy who asked whether I had bought the ice cream from the van just nearby. I looked up and saw the usual yellow and white vehicle with the typical icy treats. No I assured him, it was from the Harbourside and he agreed that he hadn’t thought so. The ice creams from La Cremeria taste more like a summer holiday than anything else I’ve had in a while. It was delicious.
If you were wondering what to do with your weekend on the 17-18th of July then wonder no more. Grillstock is a BBQ themed two‐day food & drink festival taking place in Bristol over that specific weekend.
A tantalising line up awaits you at Grillstock including:
- King Of The Grill – US style BBQ competition
- Cooking demonstrations from the South West’s finest chefs
- Live Music from local bands
- Grillstock BBQ Academy – pick up tips, tricks and techniques
- Food & drink festival featuring over 130 stalls
- Product demonstrations
Opening hours are as follows:
Saturday 10am – 7pm
Sunday 10am – 5pm
There doesn’t seem to be much on the menu if you are not carnivorous but probably, just like every other festival on the harbour, there will be the same food stands ready to serve all.
Children under 16 Free. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
On The Day – Adults £5.00 per day or £8 for the whole weekend
Advance Purchase – Adults £4.00 per day or £6.50 for the whole
Stanfords is a map and travel bookshop located on Corn St, Bristol. Their motto of explore, discover, inspire sometimes translates to talks and other events which are quite worth looking out for. This Wednesday, June 9, the author James Russell and photographer Stephen Morris will lead a walk around the Bristol docks followed by wine and a book signing at the bookshop.
Their book ‘Discovering Harbourside: A Journey to the Heart of Bristol’ was published in January 2010.
‘Discovering Harbourside’ is meant to be more a guide book for time-travellers than a conventional history. Starting with a re-enactment of John Cabot’s return to Bristol from Newfoundland in 1497, it brings Bristol’s port to life in new and entertaining ways, encouraging readers to look at the city around them and imagine moments, scenes and characters from the city’s past.
The walk will start and finish at Stanfords and last approximately one hour. James and Stephen will be happy to answer any questions over a glass or two of wine in the shop afterwards.
£5 including a glass of wine or fruit juice. Tickets should be purchased in advance from Stanfords, Bristol; tel: 0117 929 9966; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPDATE: Tickets are sold out but contact the shop in case of a waiting list.