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Pizza at Pizzarova, Bristol Sam’s Favourite Places for Pizza In Bristol

Pizza in Bristol

Pizza in Bristol is big business with many new and exciting places popping up all the time. From the high end to the more traditional, Bristol definitely has you covered whatever your taste. In no particular order we asked Samuel to list his favourite places to grab a slice.

The Stable

Located smack on the waterfront, the location for this pizza place couldn’t be better placed. From its harbour side location you can watch the ferries as they come and go and it is only a 5 minute walk from our Marsh House location. A west country based business the Stable specialises in Pizza, Pies and of course Cider (including five 1/3rds taster tray). The top Pizza here in my opinion is ‘The Blazing Saddle’ – Pulled Beef, Sour Cream, Caramelised Onions and Roasted Red Pepper.  @_StableBristol


Staying close to Marsh House and the harbourside the next place on the list is Renatos. Tucked alongside the many pubs off King Street is this well established Bar/Eatery. The real draw of Renatos is the numerous signed photographs of many famous actors who after performing at the Old Vic used to pop in here for drinks and a bite to eat. Trying to spot actors you know isn’t hard as many famous faces are hidden here. Ian Mackellen, Judy Dench, Barbara Windsor and even the late great Alan Rickman are just a few you can spot. The Pizza here is served up until 130am so is a good choice if you’ve been out late to the theatre and had a few too many pints in the nearby pubs.

Flour & Ash

Relatively new to the scene Flour & Ash has been garnering national favour in many publications, including the Guardians Jay Rayner. The pizzas here are made from Sourdough bases and a bit more sophisticated than the usual. They offer a range of pizzas, some on a white sauce based including the acclaimed Ox Cheek & Red Wine Ragu. There first location in on Cheltenham Road is not a long walk from Hamilton Court or Cotham Lawn. They’ve recently opened a second location in Westbury-on-Trym. If you time your visit right, they may also offer you a sourdough loaf to take home with you. @flourandash


The newest addition to the mentioned Pizzerias in this list, Pizzarova have been taking the scene by storm, starting out as a converted range rover at festivals (hence the name) they moved to a permanent location on Gloucester Road. Since then they have already opened a second location in the new Wapping Wharf container development alongside the harbourside near to Marsh House. The options at Pizzarova are either ‘The lady’ – a Margherita, ‘Ours’ – the monthly special or ‘Yours’ where you choose your own from the listed ingredients on the board. The kitchens are open plan so you can see your Pizza be made from start to finish. They often give out a free Pizza on Friday via twitter so give them a follow and you might just be lucky! @pizzarovaglosrd

A few honourable mentions; at the top of St Michael Hill around the corner you have Beerd. Run by Bath Ales this is popular favourite amongst students and locals. At the Bottom of St Michaels Hill and at the top of Christmas Steps you’ll find Zero Degrees, which classes itself as a microbrewery. The pizzas here are as good as the beer and as interesting (try the mango beer).  The mussels are also recommended (by me) as either a starter to share or a main. A bit further out of the way, up past Pizzarova near to the County Cricket Ground (the Brightside) you will find a towering pub called The Sportsman. The pizzas in here are build your own, they have some exotic ingredients (for a pizza) such as Onion Bhaji, Tandoori Chicken and Roast Duck to name a few. This is a great place to watch some football as the name suggests, while you enjoy your own concoction.

I definitely haven’t covered all the great places to get a Pizza in Bristol, but this is where I go regularly and would send my friends. Next time I write this list there will probably be a few new places to have tried or old favourites to return to.


Craft Brew In Bristol – At The Breweries

Bristol Breweries….

The beer scene in Bristol has come on massively in the last few years, with craft beer (also known as small batch beer) becoming a local frontrunner, reflected both in the number of new breweries and bars to cater for such a demand. The main hub for this is colloquially known as the ‘Beermuda Triangle’ and can be found around King Street & Welshback. It encompasses Brewdog, Beer Emporium, The Famous Royal Navy Tavern and Small Bar to name but a few. They are flanked by the ever famous boat The Apple for Cider (you can’t after all write about Bristol without mentioning Cider).

More important than where to drink it is where it comes from. Bristol has been blessed in recent times with a number of new start-up breweries making it their home. So with that in mind on a sunny and showery Saturday in Bristol we took a tour of a few of these new breweries with a tour run by UK Brewery Tours (Bristol Brewery Tours). We started early and met at another Bristol landmark Boat – The Grain Barge, owned and run by Bristol Beer Factory. After the meet and greet we took a short ferry to Temple Quay, during the ferry trip we were treated to two halves of beer from Crane Brewery as well as a talk on the different types of hops found in these beers.

Once we arrived it was a short walk to the Moor Beer Brewery and Tap Room. Moor beer have been brewing beer since 1996 in Somerset before moving to Bristol later on. We were led on a tour of the Brewing equipment for an informative talk before being allowed a taster of three thirds of our choosing from the 6 or so beers on tap. More information on Moor Beer can be found on their website: More Beer Brewery

Darth Vader also likes the beers, sheltering from the rain.


Darth Moor

Once finished and dodging the rain showers it was time to walk around the corner to one of the newest breweries, Good Chemistry Brewing. Good Chemistry Brewing is run by a couple Kelly & Bob. They don’t usually open the brewery but were having an ‘open brewery’ day. Whilst here again we were allowed a choice of pint of our choosing to taste. The sun decided to come out as we watched Glastonbury on a big projector that had been set up for the weekend. You can find details about them here: Good Chemistry Brewing

The last brewery stop on the tour was Left Handed Giant, closely associated with Small Bar mentioned in the Beermuda Triangle. Left Handed Giant do not currently have a permanent location, referring to themselves as ‘cuckoo brewers’ renting from other more established breweries. They own smaller equipment for which they do test batches on before moving on the bigger rented equipment. We had another informative talk about the Left Handed Giant ethos and method for brewing which was fascinating. After the talking we were offered a chance to taste and to enjoy the tap room, complete with ping pong table and basketball hoop rigged up to a forklift truck. Left Handed Giant

Finally it was time to return to the famous Beermuda Triangle for one more tasting of thirds at Beer Emporium, having sampled a few local beers and learnt much about the local brewing scene.

Bristol as we’ve mentioned is fantastic for the local beer scene, with the above mentioned only being a small smattering of the breweries in town. The local scene is fully celebrated during Bristol Beer Week which this year runs from Saturday 27th August until Friday 2nd September and many of Bristol’s pubs and breweries will be partaking.

For those wishing to stay or visit any of the above mentioned Breweries, Cabot Mews is closest to Left Handed Giant, Moor Beer & Good Chemistry, Marsh House is only a few metres away from Beermuda Triangle, but please remember to drink responsibly in moderation and be respectful to all guests!

Alderman Apartments Resident Beer Aficionado,
Samuel Parker


Moor Beer One


Moor Beer Two

Perfect Accommodation : Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival

Thinking of attending Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival this year? Looking for the perfect accommodation option ? With our variety of luxury apartments, we can be sure to have the right place for you this March. Why choose a hotel when you can have so much more?

From the 18th to the 20th March Bristol is once again playing host to some of the world’s finest Jazz and Blues musicians at the established annual Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival. For three days Bristol will be inundated with awesome talents of artists such as Melody Gardot, Pee Wee Ellis & Fred Wesley, Larry Carlton and Martin Taylor.

Now in it’s fourth year, the festival is guaranteed to make Bristol’s city centre a hotbed of musical prowess for the weekend. With events ranging from evening concerts and daily Foyer performances at the Colston Hall, to master classes in Jazz and Blues from artists such as blues guitarist Aynsley Lister and trombonist Dennis Rollins, there is something for everyone to indulge in.

Centred around the iconic Colston Hall, the festival is based in the heart of Bristol near the Harbourside making our Marsh House apartments ideally located. Marsh House offers both one and two bed luxury apartments equipped with Wi-Fi and top of the range kitchen and bathroom appliances and fittings. Moreover, most have access to balconies with views of the city and garage parking on request (subject to availability, please book in advance). Once the centre of industry, Bristol Harbourside is now the artistic hub of the city making it a befitting location for festival goers to reside for the weekend. Not only will you be well placed to walk to the festivals events, institutions such as the M Shed museum can offer you an insight into the Bristol’s rich vein of social and industrial heritage, whilst The Arnolfini is a must visit for those with a taste for contemporary art. Also within walking distance are the S.S. Great Britain and John Cabot’s Matthew Replica for those that enjoy their history.

Alternatively, our Hamilton Court apartments are located in the vibrant City Centre which not only houses the Colston Hall, but also the Bristol Hippodrome, the O2 Academy and St George’s Concert Hall where one can always find something worth seeing. Hamilton Court is situated within a 10-minute walk from the Colston Hall (via the B4051 and Colston Street) which will allow for a stress free weekend without the concern of leaving enough time to arrive at the music venue. We have one, two and three bed apartments available, all of which are equipped with Wi-Fi, spacious living and dining areas and top end appliances. Some apartments have balcony access and again parking is available upon request.

So, if you’re attending this years Bristol International Jazz & Blues festival and need a place to stay, book now at www.alderman-apartments.co.uk to guarantee a weekend of music is complimented by stress free and comfortable luxury living.

Ideal Romantic Weekend Getaway in Bristol

Looking for a romantic weekend getaway city break? Look no further. With our variety of luxurious apartments situated in six prime locations across Bristol you can be sure to find a place to stay that suits you. Why choose a hotel when you can have so much more?

Whether you prefer to relax and unwind in style or venture into the buzz of the City Centre, Bristol will never fail to disappoint. Stay at Marsh House and you’ll find yourself located in the Harbourside. Once the centre of industry, it is now the artistic hub of the city. For the cultural connoisseurs, institutions such as the M Shed museum offer an insight into the city’s rich vein of social and industrial heritage, whilst The Arnolfini is a must visit for those with a taste for contemporary art. Also within walking distance are the S.S. Great Britain and John Cabot’s Matthew replica for those that enjoy their history.

If you’re looking to treat your loved one, our state-of-the-art Cabot Mews apartments are located in Bristol’s shopping quarter where you will also find the cinema for a night at the movies, a wide variety of eateries, indoor crazy golf, and quick access to both the Old Town and City Centre by foot or by bus

If big show productions or music concerts are more your style, Hamilton Court apartments are located in the vibrant City Centre which houses the Bristol Hippodrome, the Colston Hall, the O2 Academy and St George’s Concert Hall where one can always find something worth seeing. A small walk up Park Street takes you past works by local street artist Banksy up to the Bristol Museum and imposing Wills Memorial building. Make sure to climb Cabot Tower on your way and share unrivalled views across the city and Harbourside.

A little distance further and you’ll find yourself surrounded in the suburban elegance of Clifton – where our stunning Beaufort House apartments are located – with its Georgian architecture, Observatory and the world famous Clifton Suspension Bridge. This area of Bristol lends itself to those that prefer a more relaxed and private time away. With its many coffee bars, quaint restaurants, and quick access to the open expanse greenery of the Clifton Down park and garden, couples looking for some down-time away from everyday life need look no further.

The city doesn’t sleep when the sun goes down either, and there is always plenty to see and do in the evenings whatever your inclination. Take a trip to Bristol’s old town and you’ll be greeted with sound of live music, traditional pubs, brewery and cocktail bars and of course you can always catch a play at the historic Old Vic Theatre.

Still in need of persuasion? Book now and quote the promotional code Feb16 to enjoy three nights for the price of two – stay Friday and Saturday night, get Sunday for free. What are you waiting for?

Sleep Good Night Sleep Tips for Business Travellers

There’s nothing worse than having a bad night’s sleep, and then the following day having to be alert in important business meetings and work situations for the whole day. We have a few steps you can follow to help aid a good night’s sleep and start the next day feeling fresh and alert.

  1. Try to keep to the same bed-time routine. It can be tempting, when travelling with business, to arrive at your accommodation at the end of a day of travelling, or meetings, and have a nap. This will affect your night-time sleep pattern, so it would be better to get out and get some fresh air or take part in some exercise to keep you occupied until your usual bed time.
  2. Don’t over-eat in the evenings. This will make your body work harder than usual to metabolise the food, and end up contributing to a restless night, where you feel too full! Try to eat small portions, and resist eating dessert or a cheese platter at the end of the night which is rich and filling food. Green or mint tea is great to drink after a meal or just before bed, as it will help aid digestion and contribute to a better night’s sleep.
  3. Did you know that too much artificial light from devices such as phones and laptops can wreak havoc on your sleep cycle? This is because it confuses your body which automatically uses light and darkness to determine natural day-night cycles. So, resist taking your iPad, laptops, phones and tablets to bed with you. If you need to catch up on emails or web searches make sure you get it done at least an hour before bedtime. Reading in bed is a great way to help you wind down and make you feel tired.
  4. Drinking lots of water is always so important in keeping your body hydrated and able to function properly, especially if you’ve had a few alcoholic drinks.
  5. A bath before bed is always a great way to relax, unwind and de-stress. Also, a little tip, if you’re used to sleeping in a dark room, make sure you pack an eye mask with you.

Choosing to stay in our luxury furnished serviced apartments will offer many advantages which will all work together to offer you a better night’s sleep. Take a look at our Bristol serviced apartments here.


Business Trip Why Choose Alderman Apartments for Business Travel

Our serviced apartments are designed for comfort and convenience, providing the perfect base for work, as well as relaxation. Our luxury apartments are situated in the heart of Bristol, meaning you can spend less time travelling and more time focusing on what you’re there to do. Our serviced apartments are in six fantastic locations that are convenient to access conference and exhibition centres, so you’ll be sure to find the ideal self-catered apartment to suit your business needs.


Our prices start from £66 – £98 per night which is certainly great value for money. Plus a huge advantage for business travellers staying in our apartments is the ability to be able to cook and not run up additional bills on meals, drinks, mini-bar usage, laundry, and other services usually offered and charged by hotels. Another benefit of our serviced apartments is the ability to find apartments with varying numbers of bedrooms, which is handy when more than one person is travelling, allowing colleagues to live under the same roof at a far cheaper price than booking individual hotel rooms.


Did you know there’s up to 200% more space in our luxury apartments compared to that of a hotel? Other key benefits are having a separate kitchen area as well as a living quarter to relax in as well as work, with the same facilities you would find in a quality hotel, such as a TV, DVD & Wi-Fi.


Staying in our serviced apartments gives you the option to eat in or eat out, which is great, particularly if you’re away for a long duration and want to make the most of what Bristol has to offer in the way of restaurants, bars and entertainment.


We always ensure the highest quality furniture and furnishings in all our serviced apartments. Bed linen and towels are provided, as well as a fully equipped kitchen, including dishwasher and washing machines, TV, DVD and not forgetting broadband. We also provide cleaners if you’re staying for a longer period of time.


Our serviced apartment buildings are typically smaller than hotels so the number of people in the building will be far fewer, and obviously there isn’t the same amount of public areas, so this reflects a more home away from home experience, so much so you could end up feeling like a local!

To find out more about our luxury apartments for your business travels click here.



festival Best South West Festivals to Attend This Summer

Bristol is well known for being the street party capital of the UK! 2015 is no exception and has a large programme of festivals and events that will be taking place throughout the summer months. Whether you’re in Bristol for business or planning to visit for a staycation this wonderful city has plenty for you to do, so get planning! We have your accommodation covered too, as leading provider of luxury serviced apartments in Bristol; we have short term or long term holiday so the amount of days you stay for is completely up to you!

Here are the best South West festivals to attend this summer…

Eat Drink Bristol Fashion

From Wednesday 29th April – Sunday 10th May 2015, the South West’s top chefs will be joining together to provide Bristol with the crème-de-la-crème of fine dining, served in a relaxed tipi setting based at Queen’s Square. If you like food, drink, fun and a great atmosphere deciding whether to head to East Drink Bristol Fashion is a no brainer!

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Taking place on Thursday 6th – Sunday 9th August 2015, it is a world famous spectacle that just shouldn’t be missed! Whether you’re joining to watch the spectacular nightglow or planning a full weekend visit, the Balloon Fiesta has something for everyone. Throughout the four days there will be a wide array of attractions on site including model aircraft flying displays, model balloon parades, appearances from the EXIT parachute team plus lots more.

Bristol Harbour Festival

If you are a fan of arts, circus, dance, music, boats, nautical capers, good food, drink and general enjoyment, make sure you put the weekend of Friday 17th – Sunday 19th July 2015 in your diaries! The festival is just a great celebration of why Bristol is such a fantastic place to live!

Make Sunday Special

Bristol’s Make Sunday Special is a scheme which turns the city into a playground. Streets in the heart of the city will close to traffic on the first Sunday of every month from May to September, with an extra month added due to the popularity of the event. Featuring music, fun, food and shopping if you’re around you should get involved!


Confirming its return this year between Saturday 25th – Sunday 26th July 2015, you will be able to watch as Europe’s largest urban art festival see graffiti artists from across the world create more than 30,000 square foot of artwork throughout the city. It has been moved to during the summer holidays so families can come along on the Monday for a more relaxed look round all the finished artworks and take part in workshops and special children’s activities.

Visit our website here to view our self serviced accommodation in six unrivalled locations of Bristol to get your summer organised now!


Marsh House bedroom Choose Luxury Serviced Apartments When Relocating

It can be difficult moving to a new area, especially if you’re looking to buy a property further afield. You need to spend time in that location for viewings as well as getting a feel for the new surroundings. Temporary accommodation is the most suitable option for many people whilst they are house hunting, as staying in a hotel can be very limiting. Here’s why we think our luxury serviced apartments are the ideal solution for you!

Slow Down…

You don’t want to rush into anything, buying a house is a big investment so it’s important any decision you make is made with complete certainty. Staying in temporary accommodation when you’re in the motions of buying a house can make you feel eager to move out, which could potentially put you under more pressure to buy in a hurry leading to regret further down the line.

Why You Should Choose Our Luxury Serviced Apartments…

Our apartments offer a home-away-from-home environment offering space, comfort and convenience which you won’t find in many hotels, and will help you feel settled during your stay. Each serviced apartment is furnished and presented to the highest standards with all the facilities you would expect, bed linen, towels, cutlery and crockery are all provided. Kitchens are fully fitted containing high-end appliances and many of the bedrooms are en-suite. In addition we provide digital flat screen TVs, DVD players and IPod docking stations (some are MP3 compatible). This will enable you to carry out your normal activities such as cooking or working that you would do if you were at home. There are no pressures which will make you feel like you have to move out quickly.

With us you can make longer-term arrangements to stay, even up to a year, which is something you wouldn’t be able to do in any hotels or other temporary accommodation. What this means is that you can really take your time over becoming acquainted with your new town or city, as well as being able to find permanent accommodation and organising other aspects such as work or schooling too.

Once you’ve purchased your new property it can still take some time before you officially get the keys to move in. This can be a stressful time waiting for all the legal paperwork to be completed, but knowing that you’re not in a hurry to vacate your luxury serviced apartment will definitely help take a load off your mind.

We are here to help and if you are looking to relocate to Bristol then please get in touch, you can give us a call on 0844 822 5778 or get in touch here.



Marsh House Why Location Matters When Choosing City Apartments

Due to the expansion in the serviced apartment industry there are far more apartments and providers to choose from in the UK’s main cities. Making the right choice is going to take a little effort as the ideal location in any city is likely to be very different depending on the reasons for your stay. Use an established apartment provider and ask their advice.

Corporate Guests

Generally, corporate guests stay weekly, checking in on a Monday and out on a Friday morning. Their main requirements are normally on-site parking and being close to their place of work. For this reason serviced apartments can been found close to the central business districts and again close to the out of town business parks.

Leisure Guests

There are many types of leisure guests ranging from weekend UK visitors to longer visiting overseas tourists. Most of these guests will want to be in a central location close to the main attractions of the city (places of interest, bars, restaurants and shops). Less of these guests will have cars so apartments close to public transport are more desirable.

Serviced apartment providers therefore like to operate in several locations throughout any city in which they operate. This gives prospective guests a valuable choice of locations and associated services such as onsite parking. It also gives guests the opportunity to try several locations if they stay on a regular basis until they find their preferred location.

Alderman Apartments have been operating in Bristol since 2007 and have five unrivalled locations in Bristol: in the heart of the old city (Marsh House), amidst the buzz of Cabot Circus (Cabot Mews), the leafy suburbs around Clifton (Cotham Lawn), the vibrant centre of Bristol (Hamilton Court) and the business parks to the north (Orchard Gate), we can provide the right place for you. Take a look at the map showing our Bristol locations: http://www.alderman-apartments.co.uk/our-locations.html



Bristol 15 Things We Love About Bristol!

Being a leading provider of serviced apartments in Bristol we wanted to share with you the things we love about this oh-so-brilliant city. Here they are in no particular order:

1. St Nicholas Market where you can always find amazing falafel and other delicious food which is so reasonably priced

2. Bristol throws some great street parties, like St Pauls Carnival

3. All the artwork and creativity, it’s home to lots of Banksy’s famous art work

4. Lots of free museums to spend a rainy day in, from the Bristol City Museum to M Shed

5. There’s something here for everyone

6. All the beautiful countryside and National Trust areas, Leigh Woods and Tyntesfield

7. The secret cocktail bars you’ll stumble upon (they just look like someone’s house!)

8. Great shopping in Cabot Circus, the Galleries, Cribbs Causeway and all the quirky shops along Gloucester Road

9. Cider! Bristol is home to a lot of cider houses and boats such as The Cori Tap and The Apple

10. Bristol’s International Balloon Fiesta which goes on for 4 days

11. Always a mix of comedy, theatre and artists you can see at the Bristol Hippodrome, Colston Hall and O2 Academy

12. Bristol Zoo always provides lots to see and do

13. It’s rich history, home to the SS Great Britain, The Matthew and The Clifton Suspension Bridge

14. @Bristol Science Centre one of the UK’s most interactive science centres

15. Lots of other beautiful historic sites to see

We highly recommend you come and visit this vibrant and wonderful city! If you’re looking for short or long term holiday lets you may be interested in our luxury apartments which are set in five unrivalled locations, from the heart of the old city and harbourside to the tranquil leafy suburbs of Clifton and the surrounding area. Click here for more information!