Waitrose & Partners Weekend Issue 612

11 AUGUST 202 2 37 Photography: Rich Jones Photography/Getty, Andrew Michael/via Getty, Emli Bendixen, Bulrush, Mike Lusmore, Kirstie Young, Duchess Media FOOD FOR THOUGHT (Clockwise from left) Crab tart, duck liver macaron and pomme dauphine from Bulrush; scallops at Littlefrench; Sonny Stores; pain aux raisin at Hart’s Bakery; dry-aged chalk stream trout with beetroot and radish from Wilsons EYES TO THE SKIES Balloons over Clifton Suspension Bridge (above); St Nicholas Market ( left); aged beef fillet, burrata, ponzu and buckwheat topped with grated smoked ox heart from Adelina Yard ( far left); a selection of Japanese-inspired dishes from Seven Lucky Gods (below) the bunch is Sonny Stores, a converted shop where Pegs Quinn (ex-River Café in London) delivers robust seasonal dishes. On the other side of the city centre, the Stokes Croft area has developed its ownmini food scene thanks to a trio of independents – modern British restaurant Caper and Cure, cool Korean venue Bokman and vibrantly decorated Nadu, with its authentic Sri Lankan and Tamil dishes. For top-flight cookery in a city famed for its hot-air balloons and proud aviation history, BS6 is the place to be. Wilsons in Redland grows its own produce for dazzling set menus that might include herb soup with salted creamand caviar followed by Dorset lamb, smoked sausage and ewe’s curd. A tastingmenu at Michelin-starred Bulrush in Cothamdelivers modern British dishes with an Asian twist, while Freddy Bird gives Gallic classics a contemporary polish at the Littlefrench restaurant inWestbury Park. Wherever you choose to experience Bristol’s cool and independent spirit, you are sure to return home well-fed, culturally richer and planning the next visit. WHAT TO DO The International Balloon Fiesta runs from today until Sunday (11-14 August) in the grounds of Ashton Court, which enjoys panoramic views of the city. There’s music and family entertainment too. The event is free but there is a charge for car parking (bristolballoonäesta.co.uk). Bristol’s sprawling Gloucester Road is said to contain the longest stretch of independent shops in the UK, and it’s crammed with vintage clothes stores and galleries selling work by local artists. Upmarket Clifton Village was the city’s Bohemian quarter in the 60s, but today it draws people with its chic boutiques, antique shops and relaxed cafés. Original Banksy street art is never far away, from The Mild Mild West mural on Stokes Croft to Well Hung Lover at the bottom of Park Street. There’s a Banksy Bristol Trail app at visitbristol.co.uk.