Now I live in Bristol my commute into work has somewhat changed. From a 40 minute overpriced, busy, often delayed train journey to a quiant, two minute commute across the river on a ferry.
It’s still refreshing to be able to walk out the front door with a lovely view of the River Avon on your doorstep.
There are also some restaurants that take advantage of these surroundings including a relatively new kid on the block, Spoke and Stringer.
Located on the Harbourside, almost hidden from view. On your visit you can choose to be fed or get kitted out at their apparel store – or you could do both if you’re feeling fancy!
Having already visited the shop, we opted just to be fed on this particular evening.
We had a great spot by full length glass doors; perfect both for people watching, and observing the light evening turn to night, slowly casting shadows across the river.
Inside is very rustic, with exposed light bulbs hanging from wire, low ceilings that make it feel cosy and a really relaxed atmosphere. The walls are adorned with art for sale, with a mixture of pieces to suit most tastes.
We started the evening with cocktails. One took our eye in particular; the Spoke and Stringer special, which was in fact any cocktail you fancied. The waiter asked what we liked (always sweet and a little bit fruity for me) and away he went to the bar.
We sipped on our bespoke cocktails whilst we dived into the menu.
We opted for a mix of tapas and whilst you wait you can wander over to the bar and pick out some pintxos, placing your used cocktail sticks in a shot glass so they can be added up at the end.
The food continued to flow, with our first plate of tapas arriving in the shape of bread and olives – yes Dad, the rumours are true, I eat olives now.
Every time I looked up from my plate (bit of a struggle), the sky outside was a different colour.
The following dishes served up were king prawns, patatas bravas and scallops. The scallops were cooked perfectly, with a bit of heat and an unnecessary sprig of coriander, but then I always think coriander is unnecessary.
Our final tray of tapas arrived in the form of slow cooked moroccan lamb and chorizo.
Even after all of that we found a little spot saved for pud. We shared a creme brulee and apologised to our bellies for over indulging whilst being treated to the live band that started setting up half way through our meal.
Spoke and Stringer is a great spot for a relaxed evening of tapas, cocktails and if you’re lucky, some live music.