Review by Abiola Lawal
I recently had the absolute pleasure of spending a week in Bordeaux in the South West of France. It did not disappoint me and I wanted to share a few reasons why you should head to Bordeaux for your next trip. Aside from being affordable to get to and having a range of accommodation solutions it is less than 2 hours away from London.
Bordeaux is renowned for its wines and vineyards. There is an air of sophistication around the region and yet it is still so down to earth and accessible. There is none of the elitist sentiment that might make some people feel uncomfortable about visiting a wine region or learning about wine. I visited a beautiful vineyard called Chateau Pape Clement which hosts a range of vineyard tours. You can also find wine at a varity of prices to suit all budgets in wine shops, bistrots and restaurants. I would highly recommend that you visit La Cite du Vin which is an interactive wine museum and is worth spending at least half a day in. You will learn the history of wine and even get a chance to taste some wine. Whether you love wine or simply want to learn more about wine Bordeaux is the place for you.
There is such a wide variety of food to choose from in Bordeaux. It is a diverse and welcoming city so you will find cuisine from across the globe, not just French cuisine and there is something to suit all tastes. I would encourage you to explore the variety of restaurants near Rue Sainte-Catherine (a major shopping area), if you use that as your central location point you can wander around the backstreets of the city and pick and choose. I would also recommend that you try one of Bordeaux’s famous “Canelés de Bordeaux” which are small cakes filled with rum and vanilla interior enclosed with a caramelised shell.
There is just so much to see, you don’t even have to know the history of the city to appreciate the beauty of the city. Just wander around and pause to enjoy your surroundings. From the beautiful buildings to the gorgeous public park there is something for everyone. I would definitely recommend that you take the public transport river boat to explore the length of the River Garonne.
There is so much to do in and around Bordeaux. A weeks travel card is less than £12 (at time of publishing) and you can use it on the tram, bus and boat. The weather was great, travelling between April-October you will find really warm/hot conditions. The city is also in a great geographical location, only a few hours drive from Spain, the Pyrenes Mountains are nearby for those who like to ski and you have the sea less than one hour away perfect for beach lovers and there is also a Lake in Bordeaux for those of you who are water babies.
Book yourself a trip to Bordeaux, keep your mind open and explore this treasure of a place and I am sure you will have an amazing time.
Drake & Morgan’s most anticipated bar-restaurant, The Bothy has launched in West India Quay, Canary Wharf and brings with it a new style of dining and drinks to East London. Whether you’re looking for an alfresco lunch, to unwind after work or kick-start the weekend in style, The Bothy. Althought British Summers aren’t always predicitable it’s good to know that there will be a new venue at which to soak up some rays and enjoy drinks from what has been tagged as London’s largest terrace bar, complete with the summer’s drink du jour – the frosé, wine slushie.
Spread over two floors, The Bothy is housed in a Grade II listed wharf warehouse and is filled with original features including dark timbers, flagstone flooring and structural steel beams, but it’s the small things that set this bar apart from its counterparts. Carefully curated touches echo Drake & Morgan’s unique style: contemporary furniture, soft caramel details, feature candelabras and eye-catching artwork all set an inviting tone for business breakfasts, laid-back lunches and post-work cocktails.
The Bothy’s extensive menu is smart and sophisticated with stylish small plates like broad bean and ricotta on toast with lemon and mint, main courses such as half roast chicken with chimichurri and a range of superfood salads, but it’s far from sanctimonious. The Bothy also serves up loaded wagyu burgers, buttermilk chicken and steaks. There’s also an extensive brunch menu complete with classic Full English (or Full Veggie); avocado on sourdough with chilli and poached eggs; and buttermilk chicken waffle with avocado, sour cream, jalapeno and chilli maple syrup. The menu sounds delicious and we’re sure it will bring pleasure and delight to everyone who walks through the doors! We can’t wait to visit!
16 Hertsmere Road, West India Quay, London, E14 4AX