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Let me know which areas are top notch, all right and crappy to live in.
Starting with posh (not that that means you want to live there, but you know) and heading to shit ;
(basically bandit territory after that)
except you missed out Montpellier.
somewhere between St Andrews and Bedminster. St Pauls can do one. Is nasty.
Bath is great. Hometown pride!
most of it is dull, some of it is right rough though (like Shameless rough - Hartcliffe and Knowle West). Southville is alright. I'd go for pretty much anywhere round the Gloucester Road. From St Pauls, Montpelier (and across to St Werburghs), St Andrews, Bishopston and up to Horfield, all of it is good. Easy access to pubs, transport and shops. St Pauls has a bad reputation (mainly due to riots) but has a bangin carnival every year and is right by the centre of town. Bristol is odd for its little niches, you will find yourself living by a crack den, but then 5 minutes up the road and you could be in a posh 8 bed Edwardian townhouse surrounded by posh rah Bristol Uni wankers.
or at least it didn't last year, no funds.
I love the Gloucester Road area and friends of mine live there but I will say... if you prize a guaranteed 8 hours of sleep a night, that might not be the area to live. There are a lot of fake hippies there, whose notion of "cool" is to not care whether other people get a good kip or not. Won't happen every night but will happen quite a bit. I've stayed at friends' houses on Stokes Croft and in Montpelier and had a good few sleepless nights. Still love the area in the daytime though.
St Werburghs farm fair is always a nice laid back alternative if needs be anyway. As for noise on Gloucester Rd, depends where you are. Closer to Stokes Croft and you will probably get noisy neighbours, at the top end apart from the odd student house you'll be fine.
needs to point out that Glou Rd doesn't go through Stpokes Croft or Montpelier - that is Cheltenham Road. And it is a bit shit, and a bit brilliant, but can't ever really work out which. Def a load of skanky shit there, but then you can get a macaroon that will make you cry, a good bike shop or two, and a really good musical instrument shop.
and cheers for pointing out my mistake, which I keep making!
someone did a bit of graffiti on some snow there during the weekend...
thoroughly agree with the reply re bath above
i live in portishead which is great, but limited on last buses if you want to gig & drink.
Please show your workings. I want to move out of Bristol at the mo, and thought Portishead was the answer. It was AN answer, but to a very different question;
Where looks exactly like a damp Butlins Minehead?
well it feels like a village in terms of a sense of community, has good pubs, nice little high street, variety of different take aways, good bike shop, some good restaurants
have heard we are getting a cinema too
the carnival is always a good laugh
pretty much a trouble free area
plenty of places to walk with the marina, lakegrounds & stuff
great views from the royal pub which has an ace beer garden, can see both severn crossings
traffic was always a problem in terms of there only being two ways out & the increase of people making the trip since they've started expanding it, but the traffic lights on the roundabout at j19 have really fixed this
it's only 20 mins from my house to the loui of an evening for gigs (can cycle it in 45 mins)
buses run until 23:30 from town
train station is going to be reinstated in 2015
easy access to motorway
depends what sort of thing you are after really
for south of the river anyway. Winding hilly streets, nice little terraces, multicoloured houses, has a Thali Cafe. Etc.
And the Star and Dove does scotch eggs with runny yolk, so...
has to be said
westbury is v nice though
not far from clifton or the gloucester road
i'd imagine this is more southmead than horfield though
westbury border my arse
it may be okay, but i wouldn't take it
that's right by the hospital
Please recommend me nice places near Temple Meads. Is Southville any good?
or in Bristol actually
Easton, Stapleton Road area?
they're not the best of areas. I mean they're a few fun places to get mashed of a saturday night, but it was a bit neglected on the whole
I don't want to live there, but it's not too far from the centre and probably not prohibitively expensive.
No-one will say you weren't thorough...
(wrong side of the river for a Rovers fan)
Am currently looking to buy somewhere so am similarly looking at areas to say Yes/No to.
I wouldn't have gone near Easton with a barge pole 10 years ago, but it is proper "up and coming" now. Give it another 10 and you could sell a house there for loads more than you paid for it, by then there will be so many gastropubs, hipsters and dickheads you can move on to the next "edgy" place.
Greenbank is overflowing with hipsters and fairtrade aubergines already.
and confirmed by a few people I know living there. The fact it is called "Greenbank" might help, I am sure that is new as I have never heard of the area being called that before.
Certainly when I lived in Easton in 2008.
If I scan across a A-Z map there are loads of areas I have never heard of, sometimes it seems describing only a small pocket with a handful of streets.
Bristol's great for this. See "Pigsty Hill" - essentially a 50m stretch of Gloucester Road. I realise it'll have some historical connotation, but it's definitely not an "area".
never heard of it.
Just past Somerville Road, before you get to the Golden Lion, prison etc.
I was recently directed to an area called The Trees.
Just some roads in Horfield.
which trees are we talking?
Maple, Beech, Oak, at the very least.
Lots of people I know migrating to Easton at the moment, especially around Greenbank. Think it's a combination of cheap(ish) rent, central, on the trainline/cycle path and decent food options.
Would like to say the next "edgy" place will be Hartcliffe, but it won't.
Horfield could work, that top end of Gloucester Road is getting more cafes and gastropubs every week. Bishopston and further down is prime yummy mummy territory now.
And Horfield (where I live) is pretty much family central. Hasn't really been "edgy" for a few years. Maybe a little bit further up towards Southmead, but still fine really.
I've been south Bristol for ages, but a load of my friends have moved to Easton now, so am considering joining in.
much like St Pauls it has been supposedly on the cards for so long, yet still doesn't happen. Old Market has definitely seen a load of posh flats go in, and they are cheap, but the residents don't stick around and spend there, they just walk to Cabot or whatever so the money doesn't really ever stay.
That said, Old Market is home to Bristol's by far best music venue The Exchange, and brilliant band pub next door the Stag & Hounds, so is a decent part of town.
ST Pauls must really be truly horrific. Is right by the M32, next door to town, and yet house prices are still pretty cheap. That said, London hipsters Meat Liquor are opening shortly on Chelt Rd, so will see what sort of reception they get.
I wouldn't want a massive fuck off sound system outside my house and people pissing round by my bins, even if it is only once a year. Montpelier, Stokes Croft and Werburghs have the cool hipster arty vegan types, until there are a couple of pubs in St Pauls that aren't scary as fuck it won't quite make it.
fuckin hell, what a shithole. It is near the centre but it is just a thoroughfare - a big main road with a gay sauna and kebab shops. And although it is near the centre of town, it is the Cabot Circus end which has no real nightlife.
Exchange already mentioned, then there's Trinity Centre at the other end. The Volunteer just off the main road is a decent pub.
Pretty much only people who are actually from Bristol will ever live there.
Won't get it, but nice to know I could soon be ruining the area for the likes of Moribund. You wanted a drummer next door, right?
for a few months once. He was the worst person on earth.
I have been looking on gumtree mainly and spareroom but where else is there? ideally online. Doesn't seem to be many except two or three in the last week of each month..
thanks anyway though
Ashley Down? halfway along Ashley Down Road - near the college.
similar to a lot of areas nearby - lots of students and shared houses, parking is tricky especially near the college. Good pubs like the Lazy Dog, St Werburghs is down the hill, St Andrews Park is a few minutes away, Gloucester Rd is nearby for shops and pubs. Buses are reasonably good, the 70 goes past there. Can't really go too far wrong actually, there are even good primary schools and stuff.
Cheers. It seems like my search is over :-D
It didn't take too long.
and further away from Gloucester Road than the yummy mummies are willing to push their kids to, which might keep prices down.
an ex lived along there & it was a nightmare finding somewhere to park
other than that good spot - can walk to glos road up ashley down rd, or down one of the side streets
st andrews park has a community festival thing in the summer (a glorified picnic really) which was alright & you can walk to the centre
a decent middle ground. Go there.
What are some good pubs in Bristol? I'm going there for my stag do in a few weeks (well Cheltenham, but making a base in Bristol), and was after some recommendations of some decent pubs where we can while an afternoon away with a decent pint of Guinness in an old man pub. Thoughts?
and you can only have it in half pints? The Corrie Tap?
FACT: In 2005 I vomited on one of the members of EITS' shoes outside the Trinity Centre in Bristol.
NOTE: all my Bristol knowledge is from 2004-2007 so I have no idea.
you want Seamus O'Donnells near St Nicks Market. There are a few pubs round there actually, and over on King Street. The Apple is a boat which just serves cider, that is inbetween the two. I find it difficult to go there as the smell alone reminds me of some really messy nights out. Stokes Croft used to be a complete shithole (and still looks like one), but it seems to be hispter pub central now. Avoid the harbourside and Park Street I would say.
A bit further afield, but not too far, The Three Tuns heading towards Hotwells is a good pub, that has decent beer and burgers etc. Not sure on Guinness.
then go to the bag of nails on jacobs wells road, landlord used to run the cornubia (when it was good and deserving of the credit from fellover)
The Apple is good though. 3 Tuns is a nice enough place but the beer is pretty ropey unfortunately. Cornubia is best for beer in the centre.
there are a few round Hotwells way. The Mardyke is very interesting indeed, I haven't been for a few years but a pint was still less than £2.
come see my band play this Sunday please: http://www.musicglue.com/electric-harmony/events/22-feb-15-black-honey--post-louis--wyldest-louisiana/
feel so honoured!
how about Southmead? Just off of Southmead Road, by the hospital.
but the bits by the hospital aren't too bad and you are close to the top of G Road there probably, so not disastrous.
more worried about feral teens and noisy counts - anti-social types.
It is mainly twat kids though rather than stabbings. It had a reputation for heroin for a while I believe also, not sure if this is still a problem. I reckon most of it is alright, especially at the hospital end, the other side by Henleaze is pretty nice actually. Parking by the hospital is bad.
Maybe Southmead could be the new up and coming area. It has a bad name though.
"I'll be back..."
Not much in the way of pubs, I am struggling to think of any apart from a Hungry Horse. Same with restaurants and shops apart from a Lidl and a retail centre. Brislington is quite big though so may be some bits I haven't explored. Not a rough area, although right at the top was the place a lynch mob tried (or succeeded) to kill someone arrested on child sex offences. It is on the main road between Bristol and Bath, so traffic can be bad, but transport links are good.
I wouldn't, personally. Nice houses there though.
I've some mates live round there, and there are no good pubs at all, they end up going along to Totterdown if they want a "local" pint in a decent pub. The bit around Sandy Park Road is OKish, but yeah, the lack of pubs would rule it out for me.
long march down to Temple Meads, Industrial wastelands at either end, or a long lonely stretch to Keynsham and Bath. It would be a lot cheaper and nicer to just go the whole hog and live in Keynsham in fact. At least they have a train station and pubs.
thanks for the info
What is the bigger question here?
You've pretty much mentioned every suburb now. What are you trying to achieve that you haven't been able to from the 1,057 areas you have looked at so far?
The one I went to see in Ashley Down was a shithole and was damp and stank.. had a washing machine in the garden too - under a plastic sheet!
Shame as the area was perfect.
I do not really have a say on the area, just what rolls up on gumtree.