My Bristol favourites: Gill Loats

30 09 2012

Recession at the bottom of Jacob’s Wells Road sells second hand and vintage clothes, accessories, and bits and bobs. It is a shop that is brimming with unique clothes and bizarre curiosities. On Friday, October 5, Recession is hosting a fashion show at the Southbank Club in Bedminster, where the new season’s acquisitions are up for grabs.

Here are the top-five Bristol favourites of Recession owner Gill Loats:

Primrose Cafe
The best cakes in Bristol since long before the current cake baking overkill. It would be easy to sit there all day watching people selecting their gourds from Reg the Veg opposite whilst taking breakfast, lunch, and tea. Dinner too, as the café becomes a candlelit bistro in the evenings

Winford Manor Hotel
A great place to hold a wedding or celebration. A contemporary hotel beautifully renovated from buildings dating back to the seventeenth century The grounds have ducks, an Enneagram maze and great photo opportunities. A great retreat for visitors to Bristol who would rather stay out of the city centre.

Southbank Club
A proper community arts centre where creativity thrives despite lack of funding. Great venue that adapts miraculously to a wide range of music, dance and theatre events, as well as private party hire.

The Clifton Observatory
On The Downs near the Suspension Bridge, housed in a small tower and open from noon till 4pm in the winter, a camera projects a panoramic view of the surrounding area onto a white surface inside a darkened room. It’s exciting and magical and should be viewed on bright days for the best results.

The Cross Harbour Ferry (below)
Just makes you feel special that you can go to work on a boat from Southville to Hotwells quicker than car, bike or foot for just 70p. Sometimes the river is buzzing, sometimes misty and silent.



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