Posted 31st August 2013
Whenever I’m dreaming of a holiday and the sun is out, I like to go to The Lido to play make-believe. Sat in the sun, beside the pool, eating tapas, drinking prosecco, hidden within the walls of this Victorian oasis, it feels like the rest of Bristol is a million miles away (or at the very least, on the other side of the English channel).
My most recent visit was during the recent heatwave. It was hot and sticky, we couldn’t be bothered to cook, we could barely be bothered to eat, so we decided some light bites by the pool were called for.
Our selection was fairly modest but every morsel was fantastic. From the giant, bulging green olives, to the soft and airy home made bread
The wood smoked scallops served (and attached) in their shells in a sweet herby butter were quite simply, divine, the bread made the perfect tool for mopping up the remnants of the butter – if it wasn’t so undignified we would have licked those shells clean.
To drink I enjoyed a glass of prosecco whilst Sam glugged a rich and full bodied red (portuguese I think).
We rounded off our light bites with one of the Lido’s famed homemade ices – rum and raisin ice cream. Big, juicy, rum steeped raisins were like a taste explosion in your mouth and the soft, creamy ice cream was rich and luxurious, and I begrudged the spoonful I allowed my boyfriend, Sam, to try.
Prices at The Lido aren’t cheap. But food and atmosphere are fantastic, be that for a full meal, or a light bite, or just a drink and ice cream. A perfect escape from the city, in the city.