The Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel on Bristol’s beautiful Corn Street (part of the Old Town) has recently had a makeover and we were kindly invited along to have a nosy around and sample their afternoon tea. You know us, we don’t turn down invitations that come with proccessco! Chin chin! Victoria hadn’t visited the hotel before but I (Jo) actually had my Sixth Form prom there (many moons ago) so I was quite excited about seeing their swanky new look.
We were greeted at the door and immediately handed our bubbles before being shown to our table in the newly opened Keepers restaurant. The bee theme is due to the hotel having a 40,000 strong hive on the roof and the honey they use in their dishes is produced from harvesting their nectar. We had noticed there had bee(n) quite the buzz about this place since opening, and looking around it was easy to see why! The decor is excellent and we were filled with food envy as everyone seemed to be eating something tasty.
After taking our tea order (builders and Earl Grey thank you very much) we were presented with a sharing board filled with delicious Parma ham, feta cheese, hummus, olives, red pepper, artichoke, salmon sandwiches and Mediterranean flatbreads. We also had some little bowls of popcorn which was an unexpected bonus! We were both really surprised and impressed with this selection and it made a nice change from the usual tower of cucumber sandwiches. We polished everything off! The next platter was then brought over which, much to our delight, was a pudding lovers dream! We had scones (pre creamed and jammed – controversial!) as well as brownie, shortbread and macarons. There was also a massive jug of sauce that we weren’t quite sure what to do with but it looked very pretty.
We walked off our lunch with a tour of some of the refurbished rooms. They are so huge! Plenty of room for two mummy bloggers with two big buggies. A particular highlight was the many nods to Bristol’s street art scene with the hotel working closely with local street art festival, Upfest, to adorn the walls with fabulous prints. A really nice touch. The furniture was pretty darn cool too and we were especially taken with the super jazzy armchairs (the ace fabric is by Kitty McCall who we are now slightly obsessed with). The girls were impressed too and we are all very much hoping to go back for a stay soon.
Big thanks to the lovely Lauren from Brown and Bee (formerly PPOMG) for the invite and looking after us all on the day. Big thanks-a-latte also to the waiter who brought Victoria a coffee whilst I was gone for several days changing a particularly fun nappy.