The Oldest Hotel in Bristol – The Bristol Grand – Gets a renovation
The Bristol Grand Hotel on Broad Street, such a traditional landmark of Bristol on the outside, now has a modern twist on the inside. They have used local street art and quirky furniture to give a Bristolian modern feel. The hotel which claims to be the oldest hotel in Bristol opened in the Victorian period was being reported as being tired and dated by people who stayed there but they definitely wont be able to say that now.
The new décor was commissioned by Local artists through Upfest which is a urban art festival here in Bristol. Gemma Crompton local artist and founder of Copywrite designed and produced the main piece in the foyer. She explains that her “inspiration was from nature and colour palettes from China, wanting the piece to tell a story”. She liked how the hotel allowed her to do what she wanted as a artist. If you want to go and view this piece you will find it in the main foyer of the Grand Hotel. I loved the colours some people said it reminded them of the Silence of the Lambs film.
The hotel has 182 bedrooms and if you would like to stay here check out the latest prices on TripAdvisor. The rooms are now light and airy and again have a quirky feel and more local artisit work can be found in the rooms and in the corridors. I tried the beds out all in the name of research and they were so comfy. Rooms have plenty of storage space, safe, coffee making facilties, large bathrooms and plenty of plug sockets.
The Hotel by Mercure chain is aiming to be a food destination in Bristol rather than just a hotel. They want locals to go to the Keepers restaurant to enjoy some good quality food some with a bee theme. The hotel has resident bees on the roof and the menu in Keepers has many options using the honey that is being produced.
The glazed pig cheeks were amazing, so tender and flavoursome. This was my first time trying pigs cheeks and I wasn’t disappointed.
Slow roasted pigs cheeks, local cider, garden peas and soft potatoes, caramelised apple jus priced at £13.95
The pizzas are delicious, the right amount of base and topping. Various flavours including Pepperoni, Margherita, Picante or make your own with a average price of £9.95
Have you ever had honey on a pizza it is divine!!! – Chefs choice – Goats cheese, roasted vegetables, rocket, keepers honey drizzle. Even cocktails with the delicious honey. I loved the Purple rain cocktail which was
Absolut Vanilla Vodka, Chambord Liqueur, Fresh blackberries and raspberries and apple juice £7.50
This is now a great place to go for a bite to eat. The seating in the restaurant was comfortable without squashing too many tables in. There is a great choice of menu options and the quality of the food is great. If you would like to stay in the heart of Bristol city a great location for sightseeing you can find the best prices on Booking.com, TripAdvisor or Agoda
The Bristol Bloggers and Influence group were invited to taste the new menu by Mercure Hotels.Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links, which means I may be compensated for clicks and/or purchases. It will however not affect the price of your transaction in anyway. It is how us travel bloggers earn some pennies. If you would like some more information please see my disclaimers page.