A few weeks ago, I read an article on a pop-up organic wine bar in Bristol and so contacted the bestie (who conveniently lives in Bristol) to see if she fancied a boozy afternoon with me over the Easter weekend. The only problem was, the pop-up wine bar decided to pop-down just the weekend before my visit, so we had to re-think our plans and quick!
Claire mentioned Clifton Village to me, which is a lovely area right by the Clifton Suspension Bridge. She had a deli in mind and when we found out (from Google maps) it was situated on Boyces Avenue (my very own surname), we knew it was the place we had to go to.
So, the place is called Arch House Deli, and as well as selling all the usual stuff a delicatessen offers, they also have a café and an outdoor seating area in a lovely cobbled passageway.
Food? Check. Wine? Check. Table in the sunshine? Check.
We shared a Spanish Platter which comprised Manchego cheese, sundried tomatoes, chorizo, fruit jelly, breads and dipping oil & balsamic. To accompany this, Claire had a glass of red (Conde de Cron. Spain, Rioja) and I had the white (Arauco Reserva Sauvignon Blanc, Central Valley, Chile, 2012); a thoroughly enjoyed glass of wine by each of us.
So how long can a sharing platter and a glass of wine last? Well, apparently, when the weather’s lovely, there’s plenty to talk about and the food and drink is just wonderful - all afternoon!
It didn’t surprise me to find out this deli was voted the UK Deli of the Year in 2011/12. What a lovely afternoon spent on Boyces Avenue!