A Guide to Sustainable Staycationing in Bristol's Clifton Village
With many of us opting for a staycation this year, we’re already helping the planet. So, why not go all out and make your holiday even more sustainable? Shop local, eat local, stay local – and where better than Green Capital Bristol?
Nestled in the north west of the city next to the dramatic Avon Gorge, Clifton Village is one of Bristol’s most picturesque spots. Home to the dramatic Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Bristol Zoo Gardens, Bristol’s Clifton Village is stuffed full of boutique independent shops, locally-owned restaurants and independent hotels. Perfect for a sustainable stay.
If cute boutiques and quirky boutiques are your thing, then you’re in for a treat: Clifton Village is a treasure trove of independently-owned local shops. Gift shops like About Face and pod stock a range of unusual gifts and design-led lifestyle products. Fashion hunters are well-catered for by the likes of family-run independent Maze Clothing with its curated selection of independent brands.
For a real treat, there’s the stunning Clifton Arcade. Built-in the 1870s, this unique shopping arcade is home to some of Bristol’s best independent shops. Browse art galleries, vintage clothing, plant shops, jewellery and furniture in this atmospheric haven in the heart of Clifton.
Once you’ve built up an appetite, it’s time for lunch. Luckily, Clifton Village is awash with independently-owned eateries – enjoy the alfresco café culture in pedestrian-only Boyce’s Avenue.
Or if the beautiful Georgian facades have got you in the mood for something fancy, why not treat yourself to afternoon tea in a Georgian garden? Independently-owned No 4 Clifton is housed in a Georgian mansion house and offers great deals on delicious afternoon teas in the heart of Clifton. It’s a real feast, with an assortment of delicious sandwiches, traditional cream teas, and a variety of cakes,
If you’re after something more substantial (and have any room left after a filling afternoon tea!) Clifton Village also has a range of locally-owned restaurants to suit every diner. For an AA rosette dining experience, award-winning No.4 Clifton Village is perfect for an intimate dinner in the heart of Clifton Village. It takes sustainability seriously, using locally sourced ingredients to create a seasonal menu.
Or if you’re in more of a party mood, enjoy the buzz at the independently-owned Racks Bar and Kitchen. One of Clifton’s most popular venues, it’s the home of Clifton’s best terrace – The Pavilion is fully covered and heated so you can enjoy a drink or food outside whatever the weather.
Sleeping in Clifton is a magical affair – made even better when you stay at an independent hotel. The Clifton Hotel group is a local, independently owned group of Clifton hotels in beautiful listed Georgian buildings. Each hotel is individually styled and bursting with charm and character you can’t find in a national chain. Plus, they’re all a stone’s throw from Clifton Village, which means no need for vehicle fumes to get there!
We pride ourselves in always offering the best available rates and will always have a range of offers available so you can find something for any budget.
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2. Pod Bristol
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