I had a night away with my lovely mum in Bristol last weekend. We had tickets to go and see the Jersey Boys at Bristol Hippodrome and decided to tag on some shopping & cocktails.


We were invited to stay at the lovely Bath Ales Wellington Hotel, and I was looking forward to seeing the pub again after their recent refurbishment.

The Wellington is a couple of miles outside the centre of Bristol, in the leafy suburb of Horfied. We arrived at the hotel, parked up, left our bag in reception and had a drink in the sunshine whilst we waited for our taxi to arrive and take us the couple of miles into Clifton.


We had lunch at Brace & Browns which was delicious and great value (£13 for 3 courses), meandered around for a few hours and then went for drinks at the Avon Gorge. This hotel has fantastic views of the Clifton Suspension Bridge and it was a perfect spot for some people watching and a few cocktails before we headed to the Hippodrome.




The show was AMAZING filled with cracker jack hits such as Beggin’, Sherry, Walk Like A Man, December, 1963 (Oh What a Night), Big Girls Don’t Cry, My Eyes Adored You, Let’s Hang On (To What We’ve Got), Bye Bye Baby!

We had a couple more drinks back at the hotel and then went upstairs to bed singing. Badly.



The team have done a great job on the hotel refurb and it looks fab! It has a large open-space dining room where a classic menu is served, a fantastic selection of well-kept real ales and craft beer available at the bar, and the guest rooms are lovely… as was the atmosphere in the bar after we returned from the show, and the quality of our yummy breakfast.

All the food on the menu looks delicious and it is all made in house with the exception of the bread (from Hobbs House Bakery) and the ice cream (Jude’s of Hampshire). It is all freshly cooked and made with locally sourced  ingredients.

At the back of the pub is the patio beer garden, which is where we enjoyed couple of drinks and there is plenty of space for al fresco drinking and dining.

The 8 guest rooms in The Wellington offer boutique-style accommodation, ranging from double and twin rooms to king size rooms. Our room was decorated in a fresh and contemporary style wth all the essentials including complimentary tea and coffee-making facilities, a flat screen TV & free internet access.


If you have a special birthday coming up, or just fancy a night away The Wellington is a great option for a stay in Bristol. It is beautifully decorated, and its location with loads of parking makes a little getaway nice and easy. It’s close to the centre, there is delicious food and the service is brilliant


Bristol is a fantastic option for your little ones as well – there is sooooooooo much for children to do in and around the city. We’ve got a few days planned over the summer visiting various bits and bobs and we are really looking forward to spending more time there and exploring.

For ideas and inspiration for Bristol fun with little ones these blogs are great.

Bristol Mum has done a great article 20 free fantastic places to visit in Bristol with kids and The Bristol parent  has  a piece on seven of the best places to picnic in Bristol with your kids – great for holiday days.

Visit Bristol is another great resource and has oodles of information as well.

*Our stay at The Wellington was complimentary but I wouldn’t have included it on the Country Mummy site if we didn’t have a lovely stay and think it was a great place to visit 🙂