A few weeks back we met up with Steph to get the spaniel squad back together for an afternoon of exploring, good food and adventures. We had initially planned to explore Bristol harbour but after wandering aimlessly lacking all inspiration we abandoned that idea and headed off to Clifton. Well known for its beautiful streets and delightful shops, it was almost too perfect for a blog post. This was the first time I have really been in to Bristol [I’m sure I will be exploring it much more over the next year!] so I was so thankful that Steph knew where she was going and some great dog friendly places!
With the balloon festival traffic slowly filling up Bristol, it took quite a while for us to make the drive over and park – Made even more difficult if you are most unskilled at parking in the whole world [Yes, that’s me]. But once we got parked up first on the list was to take a stroll with the dogs to find somewhere for them to let off steam.
After some rather manic stick throwing [and lots of yapping in Alfie’s case] we snapped a quick squad photo and set off to explore the pretty streets of Clifton.
By now we were both feeling really peckish [or seriously hangry, however you would like to word it] it was about time we found somewhere dog friendly to eat. The rather lovely looking Nettle and Rye had taken our fancy whilst we were driving in so we headed there to find out if our fury monsters were welcome, much to our surprise they were!
The Nettle and Rye was just beautiful, with a classy interior and a lovely relaxed atmosphere we had definitely found a hidden gem. We were made to feel very welcome in the bar and the dogs were made to feel right at home with lots of affection and yummy treats!
After taking our blog shots we sat down to take a look at their lunch time menu, both deciding that the burger would be the thing to hit the spot. A great choice because it was delicious!
I’m hoping to take James back over the next couple of months to sample their evening menu, described as casual fine dining I can already tell it will be perfect for us. The extra perk being that Alf is welcome as date night is not complete without an Alf in tow.
…The face of a hopeful spaniel
We spent the afternoon walking around the shops and snapping some photos for a recent blog post. We couldn’t resist popping into Barkers of Clifton for some dog treats (photo bribes), doggie toothpaste and of course to browse their range of boutique dog products. I only recently discovered that the Barkers stores are a new venture by Pets at Home to show off their more luxury items.
Steph couldn’t resist treating Sev and Lilly to some new goodies, Severus couldn’t wait to find out what his mum had bought him!
I have a slight problem it comes to cake shops, it is absolutely impossible to walk past without a cheeky slice of cake… Anna’s Cake Couture is quite possible the most beautiful cake shop I have ever seen, it would have been rude not to step in and sample the delights…
Although dogs can not go into the shop, there is ample seating outside for you to enjoy a slice of cake, Steph and I took it in turns to sit outside so we could have a browse. Inside you are instantly greeted with a beautiful sweet smell, and the best display of cakes. It was difficult to decide on what to buy, in the end opting for a slice of coconut and raspberry cake to enjoy out side and a selection of macaroons to take back for James [of course with the plan that we would share].
As always we had the best day, looking forward to our next outing. The question is where should be discover next?
Emma & Alfie xox
Alfie is wearing a his Duke Loves Fergie Monogram Collection in Chocolate.