70 Queen’s Road

4 12 2012

A red tuk-tuk outside 70 Queen’s Road on the Clifton Triangle let it be known that this was not a normal day. Yet a parking ticket on that same red tuk-tuk signalled that it was a normal day for Bristol’s traffic wardens, regardless of new business collaborations opening for the first time.

70 Queen’s Road is no longer just the home of Rise, selling music, books and also vintage clothing, but now also the latest home of Friska, a food business which began on Victoria Street and with this latest opening now has four outlets across Bristol.

A cafe within a bookshop is a marvellous thing. Although no fan of Starbucks, I lost many an hour in their cafe within Borders on the Triangle before it closed.

Friska now occupies a shop only a few doors down, but its food and drink are infinitely superior and there is not a multi-million pound tax dodge in sight.

This new cafe also has an alcohol license and its choice of bottled beers is much better than in many pubs. Take your pick from Budvar, Fubar Pale Ale and Urban IPA from Tiny Rebel, Wild Beer Scarlet Fever, Otley O-Garden and Moor Ales So’ Hop.

The choice of wine is two reds and three whites, while coffee – advertised by the unfortunately illegally parked tuk-tuk on the pavement – is from Southampton’s Mozzo.

Food is served from dusk to dawn, with pastries to tempt the breakfast crowd, moving onto healthy lunch and dinner choices which include hot boxes of Texan beef chilli, wraps, Pho noodles, sandwiches and salads, with a perusal of the menu finding not one dish costing more than a fiver.

Lightbulbs hanging from the ceiling give it a bit of a BrewDog industrial feel, with bare walls and metal seats in this ground floor space.

A splash of colour comes from the red banquettes, while a simple design feature is writing on one wall at a slant with a distinct lack of punctuation: “Oh my goodness good & tasty ethical sustainable seasonal”.

That sums up this new venture well.

70 Queen's Road Road

70 Queen’s Road, 70 Queen’s Road  Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1QU

www.rise-music.co.uk & www.friskafood.com


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7 12 2012
Lionheart's first birthday party at Rise! - Lionheart Magazine

[…] well as delicious drinks and snacks for sale from Friska – see a review of Friska, here. There will be a quiz, hosted by Gemma – the same quiz mistress as Lionheart’s last […]

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