A specially curated guide to help you enjoy the next 48 hours (or more) in Bristol
TRAVEL | YOUNG EXPLORER GOES SOUTH
Into the Wild: thoughts from 16-year-old Madeleine Williamson
Polar explorer and environmental leader Robert Swan OBE, along with his 2041 Foundation, are in a race against time to preserve Antarctica as a natural reserve for science and peace.
In March, at the age of 16, Bristol pupil Madeleine Williamson became the youngest person without a guardian to join Swan on a sustainability leadership expedition to the continent. Here, Madeleine lets us in on the spectacular but sombre sights of one of the world’s last great wildernesses…
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Vanilla Ice Cream Sundaes with Hot Chocolate Fudge Sauce
… or indeed, Knickerbocker Glory, or Peach Melba, or Banana Splits? Once you've mastered the art of making the easiest ever vanilla ice cream to serve with your sublime Hot Chocolate Fudge Sauce (and honestly, there's very little art to making either – you just have to get going on the ice cream the day before you plan on eating it), you're going to want to flaunt your ice cream maestro credentials at every opportunity from now until – well, until the sun sets on British Summer Time.
Okay, what with condensed and evaporated milk, full fat crème fraîche (and yes, I'm afraid it does need to be full fat) and chocolate on the shopping list, this recipe isn't going to win any clean living/healthy eating awards any time soon. So, proceed with caution... and make the most of treat days.
Ingredients (serves 4-6)
For the Ice Cream: 570ml condensed milk 400ml full fat crème fraîche 275ml single cream 2 tsp vanilla extract
For the Hot Chocolate Fudge Sauce: 1 x 170g tin evaporated milk 225g dark chocolate
To serve: Whipped cream; glacé cherries; chopped mixed nuts (optional)
1. In a large bowl, whisk the condensed milk, cream, crème fraîche and vanilla extract together until thoroughly combined. Pour the mixture into a polythene freezer box and freeze for around 2 hours, or until the edges are just starting to freeze. Remove from the freezer, transfer back into the large bowl and whisk again to break down any ice crystals. Freeze the mixture for a further 3 hours, then repeat the whisking process. Return the ice cream to the freezer for a further 6-8 hours, by which time it should be at serving consistency (note: if you're making the ice cream in advance or wish to store half an unused tub, transfer it to the fridge for 30 minutes prior to serving, or until soft enough to scoop.)
2. To make the Hot Chocolate Fudge Sauce (which you need to do around 10 minutes before serving your Sundaes): pour the evaporated milk into a small, heatproof bowl and add the dark chocolate, broken up into pieces. Place the bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water (making sure the bottom of the bowl doesn't touch the water) and allow the chocolate to melt very slowly, stirring from time to time for around 10 minutes until you have created a thick, fudgy sauce.
3. To create the Sundaes, put 3 scoops of firm, cold ice cream per person into chilled serving glasses, followed by around 3 tbsp of the hot fudge sauce, a generous blob of whipped cream, a sprinkling of chopped mixed nuts (if using) and a glacé cherry. Serve immediately.
EATING OUT | AFTERNOON TEA
The Ivy Clifton Brasserie invites guests to luxury afternoon tea
The restaurant has partnered with Laurent Perrier to offer a glass of Rosé Champagne with its afternoon tea experience, which includes a delicious array of sandwiches – including Ivy Cure smoked salmon and cream cheese fingers, grilled chicken and truffle mayonnaise brioche and pickled cucumber, courgette and basil double decker rolls.
Freshly baked fruit scones are served with clotted cream, fresh strawberries and strawberry preserve, while the sweets include a chocolate plant pot, madeleine cake with lemon curd, red velvet raspberry cake and a strawberry milkshake, all accompanied by a choice of teas, infusions or coffees.
Summer Afternoon Tea starts from £28.95 per person (or £37.95 per person with a glass of Laurent Perrier Rosé Champagne) is available to enjoy in The Ivy Clifton Brasserie's luscious surroundings seven days a week through August and served between 3 – 4:45pm. Book your experience or purchase an Afternoon Tea gift voucher for a loved one attheivycliftonbrasserie.com.
WEEKEND WINE | PICK UP A BARGAIN
The Great Wine Co. Summer Sale Has Landed!
The biggest Summer Sale is now on – so you can enjoy enormous savings of up to 55%.
The Great Wine Co. is making space for new lines and vintages. There are inevitably some ‘bin ends’ or overstocks to clear, meaning there are amazing bargains to be had. But be quick; some of these deals won't last long!
With over 100 wines on sale, here’s a taster – click the button below to see all the sale wines in the cellar.
La Galinière Cabernet Sauvignon – Château du Donjon. Save £5.60
An intense, deep purple-red colour with peppery ripe fruit aromas, this is an excellent representation of the Cabernet Sauvignon variety. Was £11.10 | Now £5.50
Sauvignon Blanc Reserva – Tarapaca. Save £5.10
Great Sauvignon character from this fantastic expression of the varietal. The perfect balance of tomato leaf and elderflower notes with citrus, pineapple and white peach aromas. Was £11.10 | Now £6
Angels and Cowboys Rosé – Angels and Cowboys. Save £12.40
This Rosé is a classic 'Oeuil-de-Perdrix' ('partridge eye') style, meaning a delicate blush colour. It is lively with flavours and on the palate vibrant but silky and delicious. Was £23.50 | Now £11.10
Trasto Blanco Albarín – LaOsa Wines. Save £8
Extremely aromatic with feminine floral and citrus notes. The wine is weighty in the mouth with excellent structure and body a fresh, citrus acidity. Was £17.75 | Now £9.75
Rosé de Léoube X Chartwell – Château Leoube. Save £12.04
An elegant blend of grenache and cinsault finished with a touch of syrah and mourvedre. It is a very well balanced rosé marked by its freshness and sheer drinkability. Was £25 | Now £12.96
Saint-Émilion Grand Cru – Château Haut Peza. Save £9.50
This is a classic St Emilion, understated class, very drinkable, and from their very best Grand Cru grapes. Was £25 | Now £15.50
Want to get an even better bargain? Save 10% when you buy 12+ bottles. Sale ends 29 August 2022. Free Delivery when you spend over £50.
This special collection of beautiful writing instruments pays homage to the film goddess in every detail; the cap and barrel are covered with a dark violet marbleised lacquer, noting Elizabeth Taylor’s legendary eyes, as well as her favourite colour and in contrast with the platinum-coated fittings.
The cap top is decorated with a Montblanc snow cap emblem while the cone is inspired by 1950s designs and follows her passion for jewellery by featuring a ring-shaped clip. A wonderful gift: truly iconic and highly collectable.
Shown here Left to Right: Fountain Pen (£895), Ballpoint Pen (£740), Rollerball Pen (£795)
Explore the full collection and the Montblanc pens at Mallory.
This fall, the CHANEL Makeup Creation Studio is taking its colour expertise to the next level by designing a collection of lip and nail colours that coordinate perfectly with the shades of ULTRA LE TEINT FLUIDE foundation.
An unprecedented collection that offers a flawless tone-on-tone look while also catering to those who desire bolder, more sophisticated makeup. The skin, lips, and nails offer harmony and contrast in a versatile colour palette, an invitation to create a look around the complexion.
Each shade comes in two different undertones to choose from, depending on the desired makeup effect. The golden shades envelop the lips and nails in a luminous glow, while the rosy shades provide freshness.
This non-crease linen shirt is crafted from a waffle linen texture, with a pointed collar, bracelet length sleeves with cuffs and a longline silhouette featuring a front button-up placket and slightly drop hem shape on side and back. Perfect for seasonal layering. | £159
Blank Forms is a US nonprofit organisation and publisher supporting historically significant, experimental and, it has to be said, non-commercial music. Its eighth issue in an impressive series is focused on Jerry Hunt (1943-1993), a composer/performer/electronic pioneer and near shamanic figure who broke out of traditional instrumentation and static arrangements to build his own hybrid instruments, or ‘interrelated electronic, mechanic, and social sound-sight interactive transactional systems’ as he called them. He lived his entire and relatively short life in Texas. His career and work provide a fascinating read in this bookish volume, subtitled ‘Transmissions from the Pleroma’. | £18
SoleLution is once again running an appointment system for back to school shoe fittings, having had such good feedback from customers.
It’s already up and running and can reduce waiting time considerably. Walk-ins for those who choose not to make an appointment are still an option but these are the busiest months for selling children’s shoes, so it’s useful to know that quieter times are first thing in the morning and late afternoon.
Here are a few tips to help shopping for school shoes run smoothly:
Make sure you know which shoes are acceptable to your children’s school
Remember to wear socks to the fitting (SoleLution sell them if you forget)
Ask your child to wear their new shoes around the house to make sure they are comfy
Keep the box and receipt until you’re happy and they’re happy (don’t let them wear them outside); if they change their mind or they’re not quite right, you can always pop back in for another consultation
It’s also worth remembering children have spent the summer in sandals and trainers so they might take a while to get used to closed-in school shoes again.
And don’t forget, for every pair of school shoes you purchase, SoleLution will be donating £1 to the Educate the Kids charity in Kenya.
University of Bristol: part-time pathway programmes
The University of Bristol welcomes mature students to apply for one of their three part-time pathway programmes, starting in January 2023. The courses are open to all, with no qualifications required to apply.
Reading English Literature is designed to help students develop skills in literary study, critical thinking and essay-writing. Black History Revisited explores contemporary debates surrounding Black History, the transatlantic slave trade and the sociology of race. Mastering English Literature is for those who wish to sharpen their study skills and bridges the gap between undergraduate and postgraduate study.
These courses offer a taste of higher education and a variety of progression routes, with many students going on to study on the part-time BA English Literature and Community Engagement degree (ELCE), on one of Bristol’s Foundation courses or onto an MA at Bristol.
Applications are still open to join the unique part-time ELCE degree: please visit bristol.ac.uk/elce to find out more
Bristol Beacon has announced the return of Hoo-Ha! Festival, running from 17 – 19 August: three days of music, dancing and activities for little ones and their families to get involved with.
For kids looking to get crafty, workshops run by Let’s Make Art and Aardman Animations in the Stalls Bar will spark their creative sides with a range of artistic activities. Attendees can even jump into an out-of-this-world adventure by travelling across the solar system inside the Explorer Dome.
A range of quieter activities will also be running throughout the three days, including an illustration workshop by Lucie Sheridan, who is returning to Hoo-Ha! Festival for her third year with her Live Art Booth, drawing “Rubbish Portraits” of her visitors.
We all love a candle – especially one that can transport us to a moment in time. This candle sweeps you away to the hills of Provence on a warm day. The smell of the air is floral, the warmth of the golden sun wrapping itself around you like a hug, mixed with wild herbs and the heat of the earth. It's uplifting and brightening throughout the year | £20.50
Offered for sale by Ocean Estate Agents in Bristol
A truly exceptional Georgian town house located in the highly sought after area of Montpelier. Made popular due its diverse property stock, community spirit and its close proximity to the city centre, major transport links and popular schools. This property has been thoughtfully renovated, respecting its character, whilst also being brought right up to date. Of particular note is the light filled extension added to the ground floor that leads seamlessly out into the landscaped 21m x 5m rear garden.
The accommodation is spread over four comfortable levels and briefly comprise an entrance hall leading into a reception / fifth bedroom to the left and a further reception room making up the full width of the property with views overlooking the rear garden.
Stairs from the hall lead either up to the bedrooms or down to the extended living space. Taking the stairs up, the 1st floor has two double bedrooms and well-appointed family bathroom. The second floor has again two further double bedrooms and a smart shower room – all with some impressive rooftop views.
Heading back down to the ground floor you will be greeted by a practical utility room and handy WC. The large and extended living space is beautifully finished, including under floor heating throughout, and creates a brilliant entertaining or family space. Bi folding doors with two Velux windows flood this room with light and extend the living space out onto a patio.
This home really needs to be viewed to appreciate the quality of finish, space and flexibility on offer. Guide price £690,000