This week in Bristol, December 3-9

3 12 2012

Monday: Total Permission, Watershed
The premiere of a documentary directed by Bristol-based John Durrant about projects from deaf and disabled artists as part of the Cultural Olympiad.

Tuesday: Christmas With LEDs On, At-Bristol
The first in a new series of adult-only evening events in At-Bristol, with a chance to explore the exhibits and join in with some Christmas-themed live science shows.

Tuesday – December 15: Yes, We Have No Bananas; Brewery Theatre
Based on oral histories from those who lived during the war years, the action takes place in a grocery shop in Weymouth during the lead up to D-Day.

Wednesday – January 13: Hansel & Gretel, Tobacco Factory Theatre
The Brothers Grimm story in a family-friendly producton from New International Encounter, with a mix of live music, clowning, humour, language and storytelling.

Thursday: Vive La Tour & Breaking Away, Mud Dock Deli
The first of a monthly series of bike-themed film nights at Mud Dock Deli on the first Thursday of the month; with a beer, pizza and two classic cycling films for £10.

Friday: Ellie Goulding, Bristol Academy
The Hereford-born singer-songwriter has left her folk stylings behind for second album Halcyon, which showcases a a more electro-pop infused sound.

Friday: Bristol Palestine Film Festival
This year’s festival focuses in on four villages in the West Bank, provides the opportunity to try free running and features speakers including Ken Loach.

Friday – December 21: Death & Treason, Rhyme & Reason; Bristol Old Vic
A night of childhood memories and adult interpretations which “explores the dark and debauched secrets of our most familiar childhood rhymes”.

Saturday: Fatboy Slim, Motion
Following Public Enemy and Annie Mac last month, the latest In:Motion presents Norman Cook, Mr Zoe Ball and one of the original superstar DJs.

Saturday: The Quarrymen, Thunderbolt
A gig featuring the original members of the skiffle band formed in 1956 at Quarry Bank School in Liverpool by John Lennon which became another band called the Beatles.

Mud Dock Deli

5 08 2012

With table legs made out of bicycle suspension forks, Mud Dock Deli could only be a second outpost of Bristol’s bike shop-cafe-restaurant-bar, this time in deli form in the barren wasteland that used to be a prison, has plans in place for a large housing development and now is a car park behind M Shed.

Mud Dock Deli is housed in what was originally the workshops of Bristol’s New Gaol, of which from the original building only the gatehouse now remains.

Thanks to the fascinating Know Your Place website, it is possible to discover that the building which was most recently the headquarters of the Real Olive Company (who referred to it as the Old Gaol’s stables) was built sometime between 1855 and 1874.

But back to the present day and a building that is rock solid from the outside and warm and welcoming on the inside, with plenty of reclaimed wood forming the counter and a treat table nearby, housing cookies and flapjacks and cakes, and many of the walls painted a Mediterranean orange hue.

Yesterday afternoon, the flatscreen television downstairs was showing cycling from the Olympic velodrome and an always-smiling Jessica Ennis in the Olympic stadium.

It may be called a deli, with chutneys and jams for sale, but this is not what Mud Dock Deli is actually about.

Instead, it’s a place for breakfast, lunch and supper, to eat in over its deceptively spacious two floors or out on the large patio with panoramic views over Bristol.

The menu is written on boards hanging above the bustling counter, everything from pastries and muffins for breakfast or brunch, sandwiches and paninis from £2.50, a selection of cakes and salads, mains including fish and chips (£8) and a meat or cheese board with bread and chutney (£5), and pizzas, £4 for small and £8 for large.

For drinks, coffee is from the Clifton Coffee Company and there is a selection of Bath Ales bottles, Sagres and Corona in the fridge, and wine by the glass, bottle or carafe.

This new deli has been in the planning since last year and it has been well worth the wait. It is already attracting plenty of visitors in its first week of opening and is ideally situated for those walking into the city centre from Bedminster, its front door being metres away from the Spike Island side of Gaol Ferry Bridge.

It may not be a typical deli, but Mud Dock Deli is a triumph and in a building with centuries of history is the most exciting new opening in Bristol this year.

Mud Dock Deli, Cumberland Road, Bristol, BS1 6DS. 0117 929 2141.