The Cosy Club and Christmas Market at the Harbourside – Bristol
In the weeks leading up to Christmas everywhere in the UK there is loads to do in order to put you in the festive mood. Christmas markets are one of the most popular and one of my favourites, wrapping up warm and grabbing your friends and family while browsing little stalls filled with treats. So on the run up to Christmas I decided to take a little break from the pre-christmas London madness to Bristol to see the Watershed Christmas market.
On a crisp cold Saturday morning I met up with a friend and we headed down to the centre of town to grab brunch and a coffee at The Cosy Club.
The Cosy Club is a casual, family friendly bar and restaurant. The menu is mainly made up of comfort food classics as well as an extensive brunch menu and a selection of tapas. The Cosy Club interior style is eccentric, in each branch they love working with the features of the building and fill it with a clash of British eras and styles.
Their branch in Bristol is located in a former banking hall on Corn Street. It is a Grade II listed Neo-Palladian style building with impressive high decorated ceilings. We marvelled at our surroundings then quickly scanned the menu and ordered our food.
We ordered triple-stacked buttermilk pancakes with smoked streaky bacon and golden syrup and ham hock hash with a poached egg with breakfast gravy. The pancakes were light and fluffy with a good amount of bacon on top, many people aren’t a fan of the sweet and savoury combination in this way. But ever since I went to New York and had blueberry pancakes with bacon at The Clinton Street Baking Co I never looked back. The Americans sure know how to convert someone to having bacon with their pancakes.
The ham hock hash was really tasty with some of the ham hock crispy and when it was combined with the egg yolk it was comforting and rich. It was served with breakfast gravy, which we initially thought was a weird addition but when you eat it everything together it just makes sense. All of this was washed down with a nice hot cup of coffee.
The food at The Cosy Club is easy filling food made well. I would love to go again to try some more of the dishes on the menu which we gazed at while waiters went past our table. Our food managed to get us ready to brave a cold day outside. Don’t expect the most complicated of dishes, it is just good, honest, comforting food which let’s face it on a cold day or a lay weekend I would jump at the chance of having.
After brunch we wondered down to the Harbourside where we discovered a lovely little Christmas market filled with treats. As if I wasn’t full enough I decided to buy a coffee cake just to top off my day, I just couldn’t resist. All the stalls were full of perfect little Christmas presents many of which were locally made. Bristol locals are extremely proud of their produce and independent retailers and a lot of it was on show. Complete with little food stalls and ice skating rink I definitely left feeling ready for Christmas.
So get yourself to a Christmas market where you live and support your local community and spread the Christmas spirit, it’s not too late!
I wish all my readers a very Merry Christmas, I hope that everyone has an amazing celebration full of joy. May this holiday season sparkle and shine, may all your wishes and dreams come true and may you feel this happiness all year round.
For more information about The Cosy Club and all their branches visit their website.
For more information about the Bristol Harbourside visit their website.
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