Pub of the week The Spotted Cow
For those Bristolians with long memories, The Spotted Cow stands on the Bedminster spot formerly known as 139° North and Liquid Assets, two pubs with colourful reputations.
It's four years since the 200-year-old building was refurbished and transformed into The Spotted Cow by Bristol DJs Dave Smeaton and James Savage – the same team responsible for launching The Big Chill in Small Street and The Bank of Stokes Croft.
Now very much contemporary gastropub in style, it has a broad appeal to locals, including those with young children thanks to the large enclosed garden.
Inside, it's all black leather banquettes, scrubbed pine farmhouse tables, gilt-edged mirrors and wax-encrusted candlesticks.
Bridal hand tied bouquet (Roses)
2 Bridesmaids (Roses)
Groom & Best Man button holes (Roses)
Discounted rates apply to larger Bridal party requests.
Not to be used with any other offer.
Contact: 0117 2448228
Valid until: Tuesday, December 31 2013
Although still used by locals who simply want a pint (Bath Ales Gem and Spa are two of the beers on draught) or a glass of wine from the interesting, all-European list, the food side of the business is the main draw here.
Head chef Iain Webb uses as much local produce as possible for the menus and the pub even employs a gardener to look after the thriving rooftop garden, which keeps the kitchen supplied with leaves, tomatoes and more.
Food is served for lunch and dinner all week, with popular options including beef burger with hand-cut chips, homemade pie and mash and mussels in white wine, shallots and tarragon served with locally baked Mark's Bread.
The Sunday roasts are so popular you have to book to guarantee a table. As well as two fish options and a vegetarian choice, there are usually five different roasts available on a Sunday – from Wye Valley leg of lamb to sirloin of beef – but on the first Sunday of every month, the kitchen also cooks a whole suckling pig, sourced from a local farm by Buxtons butchers of Winterbourne.
Sundays also mark the appearance of veteran Bristol jazz and blues DJ Tony Clarke who keeps the mood suitably laid-back with his choice of tunes.
Other popular events at The Spotted Cow are the Tuesday night quiz and rock 'n' roll bingo sessions hosted by DJ Swiss Tony ("Bedminster's answer to Les Dennis") and the Wednesday night open mic and acoustic music showcase.