My Friday Five!

For my first ‘Friday Five’ – spreading the word on things that have caught my eye this week – I’m staying nice & local:

1. The revamped Somerset House has established itself as a firm favourite with Clifton locals (myself included!). Their friendly service & attention to detail has definitely raised the bar round here which is always good to see. This week I was intrigued to see a poster for The SHed and after a little investigation it seems they are soon going to be opening a shop filled with an eclectic selection of vintage lighting & unique decorative pieces. If it’s anything like the decor of the pub, we’re in for a treat!

2. I’ve also just discovered Bristol based Wriggle (great name!) who are at an exciting stage of setting up a new app that will bring us ‘on-the-day exclusives at Bristol’s finest bars and restaurants – places that don’t normally do deals but occasionally have empty tables that need top quality bums to fill them’. Sounds like a great way of helping local independent businesses at quiet times whilst offering customers last minute deals on food & drink – win,win!

3. Talking of supporting local independent businesses have you noticed that we’re having a Clifton foodfest from 31st March to 13th April. This is being organised by Clifton BID (Business Improvement District) as a collective effort to encourage more customers to discover the delights on offer in & around the village. We are one of the participating eateries who have each come up with a special deal for this period (most for just £10) so it’s a great chance to try out somewhere new – we are all looking forward to greeting you.

4. If you are a fan of coffee & have your favourite haunts around Bristol you might be interested in adding your vote to @Bristol52 ‘s Bristol’s Best Coffee poll which ends at 10pm this Sunday.

5. Finally, Ape Action Africa may not sound very local but they have close links with Bristol Zoo and the UK end of this charity is voluntarily run by a customer who lives just round the corner. This has been a particularly fraught week for them as they try to cope with the emergency of Pikin, one of the young rescued gorillas, who has severely injured herself falling out of a tree! The logistics & costs involved in helping these animals is mind boggling so I’m just trying to help spread the word.

Enjoy the weekend!

Maria x

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