Clevedon – World Heritage Site?

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Back in July there was local news that Clevedon Council could apply for World Heritage Site status for the seafront, and although  haven’t heard any more about this recently, I’m hoping that they have.

It’s an interesting and on the face of it extraordinary step that would equate a smallish North somerset town few people outside the area have heard of with other world heritage sites.  The beautiful pier is a key draw, and you quite often see the town featured in film and television – most recently Broadchurch with David Tennant, but the town has had a small but devoted following since the days of the great Victorian poets.  Tennyson and Coleridge both lived here, and the locally famous Poet’s Walk coastal path is named in their honour.  Much of the town, including the seafront, is little changed from Victorian times, full of quiet charms. There are many vantage points from which spectacular views across the Bristol Channel to Wales and to the Mendip Hills spread out in front of you.  Try walking up (or down) the Zig Zag footpath between Hill Road and Dial Hill Road for some of the best.  If you are here in the evening, join the photographers who line the seafront for the spectacular sunset shots across the estuary.

We have the fantastic Curzon Community Cinema, which is well worth a visit. All the current films in a beautiful original interior.  Not to be missed. Great shops and cafes on Hill Road and in the town, and some lovely restaurants.  And a great number of parks and footpaths which mean that no road is a dead end and no two walks are ever quite the same.  The older streets are full of statuesque Victorian houses, in the main built by the merchants of Bristol, so embellished with individual architectural features which anyone who likes buildings will find delightful.

If you haven’t visited yet, you should. We are a 30 minute bus ride from Bristol. and a bus goes from Temple Meads station to the town.  Don’t expect wild excitement, but if quiet charms are to your taste, you’ll love it.

And we may be a World Heritage site by the time you get here!

London Town

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We had a long overdue visit to see my daughter Louise and her partner Max in Hackney earlier this week.  Always a treat and one that is more difficult to schedule in than you’d believe, as they both work in restaurants so weekend time is at a premium.  However, I’m currently working from home, so have the luxury of working when it suits me. We travelled up on Monday.  Trains were all great, and very reasonable when booking ahead, so no complaints there. Our visits are always centred on food and drink and being in the business they know some great places to try.  Max looks after Brawn on Columbia Road in Shoreditch:  where we have enjoyed ourselves on several memorable occasions.  This time we had a great lunch at Caravan, Kings Cross (tapas style dishes) a delicious dinner at The Green Man and French Horn in St Martins Lane (food and wines from the Loire).  The other culinary highlight was the traditional Turkish meal at the Hamam restaurant, on Crossway in Dalston.  Lovely, but no website to direct you too.

Otherwise we wandered around, taking the Thames River Bus down to Greenwich (where we had a less than average pub lunch, but least said soonest mended).  The picture at the top of the page was taken from the ferry, and although it doesn’t give a complete shot of Tower Bridge does show how good it is to see the Shard in close conjunction with a piece of history.  We bought singles, but I thought £15 for a hop-on-hop-off all day ticket was pretty good value, as you could also go west past the Houses of Parliament to the Embankment, and see all the sights in between.  The Globe, Tower of London, St Pauls, Tate Modern, Cutty Sark, Golden Hinde, London Eye …   so many things to look at. And a walk round Borough Market, where I bought some hot smoked paprika.

When we travelled back the crowds were gathering at Paddington for the trip down to Glastonbury.  All smiley faces and pristine wellies, and I’m watching Kenny Rogers at Glastonbury as I tap away.  Chilly weekend on the coast, but not too much rain and wind for them.  Did you see the hairdressing salon on telly? This is far too civilised – not festival going as I remember it.

I should add that Louise is more designer than restaurant worker these days as you can see from her website.

Well, that was London.  Different every time I visit, which isn’t often enough.

Advance apologies – another little blog is following soon!