Bristol – famous for many things – including street art. We might see some Banksy today but we will definitely see Hockney doing his version of Hogarth at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. But, first we are meeting my niece Edda for lunch at The Townhouse.
From an artistic perspective, I am disappointed to see that there is no Pollock amongst the fish on offer, no Poussin amongst the poultry and only a sketchy mention of Bacon. I choose the Townhouse Fish Stew which is a collage of cod, prawns and beautifully fresh mussels.
Rock selects the Cheese and Broccoli Quiche served with a warm salad, while Edda decides to munch on a selection of small plates including Roasted Pumpkin and Truffled Mushrooms on a frame of Brioche Toast.
There are several shades of craft beer available. I enjoy the dark and intense flavours of the Crafty Dan 13 Guns while Rock & Edda both go for the lighter Wiper and True Pale Ale.
For dessert Rock & Edda share the surreal tower of Winter Berry Eton Mess – a riot of red and pink colours. I indulge in the Chocolate Nemesis, so rich and intense that the kitchen must have used a heavy palette knife to serve it. It arrives with Vanilla Cream and chocolate powder painted across the plate.
Now it’s time for Hockney’s Hogarth with maybe a bit of Banksy en route.