I introduce to you a brand new restaurant-of-thought, Spoke & Stringer, which combines a pinch of creativity, love of adrenalin, folding of culinary skills and a touch of escapism to whisk you right away into another world.
Spoke & Stringer practices all of the qualities I think are essential to well being – so what are these qualities and why should you most definitely add this restaurant onto your weekend itinerary in Spring next year?
“People talk about escapism as if it’s a bad thing… Once you’ve escaped, once you come back, the world is not the same as when you left it. You come back to it with skills, weapons, knowledge you didn’t have before. Then you are better equipped to deal with your current reality.”
Spoke & Stringer is the evolved idea from owner Kristian Crews who has plucked out the best bits of life through being a keen surfer, appreciator of good clothes, creativity and sporting apparel. Kristian’s mixed these components into a vision which was channeled into the small pop-up space of Alfred Place in Kingsdown. Escapism through sport and art is something I have grounded Golden Pulse on, living strong by investing time in your passions and abilities so I think the ethics which form the bases to this brand are awesome. It feels like Spoke & Stringer basques in the idea of well being, living strong by being challenged with competition and PBs but also fuelling up on the food which gives you the energy to do this. The holistic approach is refreshing and actually really cool, eating out doesn’t mean just sticking with salad leaves. So what does the menu offer?
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I was lucky enough to sample the menu consisting of healthy burgers and tasty pintxos. The healthy burgers are an interesting concept, something I feel will provide a unique offering to the competitive burger market in Bristol. Ordinarily I associate burgers with an additional hour in the gym the following day but here I could see lighter ingredients such as creme fraiche or cooking methods such as grilling (over pan frying) which had made me indulge guilt-free.
I’d love to say I indulge all the time without feeling guilty but I feel like we have to be smart eaters now. With the government freaking us about ever increasing levels of salt and sugar in our food which is contributing to an overall increase in the number of people overweight or obese in England. Not to mention the moral consciousness in Bristol, Bristol consumers are eco-conscious, organic-loving, veggie happy and locally sourced powerhouses which means all businesses have to be transparent about their menu options. The menu options from Spoke & Stringer involve plenty of veggie options, healthy meaty options and a receptiveness to try new combinations of flavours. The spiced lamb, harissa and goat’s cheese burger got two thumbs up from me, and I look forward to trying out the other options.
The shop downstairs exhibited a number of clothes, leather jackets, books, sunglasses which had been carefully picked out to fit with the brand. There were some classic coffee table books which is something I always have time for. Check out the bike that has a surf board holder attached to it..
Spoke & Stringer will be open in March early next year, it will be opening down by the Harbourside near the Antlers Gallery. Follow me on Twitter to find out when it’ll be open!
Watch the video from the night
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