Bristol Gin Bus Tour

Friday, 25 May 2018

Being new to the city, I've been eager to get involved in exploring Bristol as much as possible. I've attended a few talks, and been to a painting class. This weekend myself and fellow blogger Chloe wanted to try something new and got tickets to Bristol's Gin Bus Tour.

We met at The Hole in the Wall pub, where we were greeted by a gorgeous 1950's open-top bus, and our first drink of the day. We were shown the gin we'd be trying for the day: Martin Miller's Original. As someone who's had their fair share of gins over the years, I wasn't expecting anything more than my usual G&T. But actually, it was noticeably smooth and easy to drink compared to maybe Tanqueray or London Dry Gin. I've done a cheeky google of it and it's described as the world's most awarded gin of the decade, so whether you're a newbie to spirits or looking for a universally loved gin, this is definitely a good shout.

Next up was my second favourite drink of the day, a sharp gin and grapefruit tonic. I've never tried a grapefruit tonic before and I have to say I really liked it. I wasn't expecting much flavour from such a pale coloured cup but this one really packs a punch. Think flavoured water meets a good night out and you've got the jist.

Our next stop was actually up on the downs in Clifton. Being new to the city means there's so much I haven't explored yet, and the downs were one place I hadn't ventured across to. Our lovely tour guide told us we were ahead of schedule so we could have a longer break relaxing in the fields and soaking in the view of the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Our drink this time around was a lovely strawberry tonic and gin. We actually had lots of fruit and mint leaves in this one, does it count as one of my five a day if it's drenched in alcohol?

Our last stop was down by the SS Great Britain, where we had my favourite drink of the day. It was a bright pink lemonade with black pepper. It had a really strong rose taste to it, so if you're a fan of Turkish delights, this will be right up your street.

Overall this was a really enjoyable experience. One thing I would say is that the bus we were on was incredibly bumpy, so a pro tip would be try and down as much of your glass as possible before you have to board! I loved being able to speed around the Bristol streets with a glass of quality gin and a very welcoming tour guide, and with different time slots during the day, it's a fab way to start off a summer weekend. If you decide to give the gin bus a go, you can use the code socialight20 for 20% off too :)

Do you have any other recommendations for bristol newbies like me to try out? Let me know in the comments <3
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