Yesterday me and my friend Lewie went for a cheeky little lunch date and thought we'd check out newly opened pub; The Christmas Steps. It's situated, believe it or not, at the bottom of one of Bristol's most picturesque streets, The Christmas Steps, and in its previous incarnation was called 'The Three Sugar Loaves'. It's now been taken over by Bristol institution, Crack Magazine, and given a cool make-over inside and out. The pub has been around since the 1600s and retains a lot of gorgeous original features but with an additional minimal edge. Exposed stonework is juxtaposed with a poster for Simple Things festival and the stairwell to the toilets is papered with old Crack mag covers which reminds you that there is a big focus on music in this venue; DJs play every weekend and there is a weekly music quiz.
What sets it apart from other Bristol venues though is that it is definitely a proper pub; there is certainly an emphasis on good food as well as music. I drank Symonds cider and ate macaroni cheese for lunch which was deeeelish. The best kind of comfort food made even better by being topped with a generous slice of goat's cheese (my kryptonite) and scrumptious onion marmalade. They had a really good selection of vegetarian options which is obviously important to me and at £6.50 it didn't break my student bank either. I would definitely like to come back and sample their dinner menu!