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Artist Pilar Cortés Guest Post: Paintings. From the past.

Pilar Cortés. Paintings. From the past.

I am very grateful to have the opportunity to exhibit at the No.1 Harbourside. This time, I will take the opportunity to exhibit some old paintings that have never been exhibited before. In doing so, I am showing these paintings with the intention of selling them at at a considerably reduced rate in order to subsidise my upcoming solo exhibition in Hamilton House the end of August (details to come soon) as well as funding material costs for future paintings.

I am a Mexican painter, graduated in 2007 with BA in Visual Arts from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), based in Bristol, UK since 2008. After 6 years of working from Coexist, Hamilton House, I now work at my studio at Mivart Studios, Bristol. 

My work has been exhibited widely throughout more than 30 exhibitions in Mexico, Colombia, the UK and Spain. Highlighted shows include 3005 Women in Mexican Fine Arts, Museum of Mexico City; 2017 Threshold Festival, Unit 51, Baltic Creative, Liverpool, UK; 2014 Fascinate digital arts Conference and Showcase, Falmouth University.

‘It seems the need to define people’s identities through the question of where they come from, extends not just to individuals but also to landscape painting. I want the viewer to form a relationship with the painting where they feel no need to identify the place. I feel that when a location is easily identifiable, it can often detract from that. For me, painting a landscape isn’t about depicting a particular place, but painting somewhere without boundaries or national identity. Through my years of work, the need to invoke a sense of the sublime through the elements, especially water and air has persisted almost as an obsession.’


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Art on the Harbourside

No 1 Harbourside is proud to present a collaborative photography exhibition this month named On A Wing and  Prayed by Bristol based photographer Bella Gaffney and Berlin based photographer Sophie Le Roux. We want to support local artists by showcasing their work for a month and give our No 1 Harbourside guests a chance to see some truly interesting art, schmooze with the artists at their launch event and maybe even  purchase some art from struggling artists.

This month we have the collection named Scrapes (2018) from Berlin based photographer Sophie Le Roux. The series, shot of the island of La Palma in January 2018, depicts accidental artworks left behind by the wear and tear of the city, often overlooked. Sophie Le Roux is a British photographer exploring the unfamiliar in the mundane and the charisma in decay. 

Bella Gaffney is a Bristol/London based photographer. Drawn to cheap and tacky aesthetics and vivid colours, her photography frames the random marks left by people in the city, focusing on the outdated and unappreciated. She has a particular interest in the meaningful interaction between people and place. Bella will be presenting a varied collection depicting some of her more well-known work as well as samples from her new collections.

The exhibition will run until the middle of May so ensure to come on down, eat some food, grab a pint (or a special gin from our guest gin menu) and appreciate the creativity.


Bella Gaffney

Facebook: @bellagaffneyphotography

Website: www.bellagaffneyphotography.format.com

Sophie Le Roux

Website: www.sleroux.com



Valentine’s at No.1 Harbourside

Valentine’s day is upon us.
A day where grumpy singletons rant about their loved up couple friends rubbing their happiness in their faces and where those who find it all ‘simply too commercial’ let you know on Twitter and Facebook .
Let’s look at the timing of this ‘lovers day’ though, really it’s just a celebration of getting through the first month of the year. A time to fill up on rich food and gorge on delicious alcohol after a month of putting your body through fad diets and a dry January! Whoever you want to celebrate Valentine’s Day with this year, we have the menu for you.
A menu that combines some classic meaty crowd-pleasers like our sharing board of T bone steak (surcharge £8 per person) with potato gratin and peppercorn sauce with delicious vegan choices like our sweet potato, pak choi and coconut hotpot with homemade flatbread.

Take a peek at the whole menu here

With the pocket friendly price of £18.50 for two courses and £22.50 for three, why not treat yourself to a bottle of one of our bio dynamic wines or one of our many gins & rums to really top the night off right.
So, whether you’re spending it with friends, family or your significant other, come to No.1 for a laid back yet decadent Valentine’s night!

This Valentine’s day menu will be running on the 14th & 15th February.
To book please email thsbristol@gmail.com or phone our front of house team on:
0117 929 1100
Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for more information.

Beat the January blues with a banging brunch!

It’s that time of year,  the merriment of December already seems like a long-lost memory and the grey reality of winter has set in. That time where we all just want to hibernate in our homes watching boxsets, feeling guilty as we go through fitspiration posts on Instagram, dipping stale bread into utterly butterly. Don’t fall for the January trap!
Why not leave the house, visit the historic Bristol harbour for a bracing walk,  before coming to No.1 Harbourside, where we have been creating the best brunch this side of the bridge!

With a menu that has all the brunch classics along with some delicious, more unusual offerings like our (now famous) vegan buddha bowl, which is packed full of tasty morsels like crispy pickles and aubergine caviar that tastes as good as it makes you feel, or if you fancy something sweet, you can try our American style pancake with berry compote & crème fraiche for something a little fruity!

Each of the dishes are made using the best ingredients sourced as locally as possible in the South West and you can always pair them with a strong cup of extract coffee, Canton tea  or a house Bloody Mary for the ultimate brunch experience.

As a 3 star SRA rated restaurant we pride ourselves on our minimal waste approach and ethical sourcing policies, so you can sit back and enjoy food that is truly made with the seasons in mind and is as good for the environment as it is for you.

So, don’t get the January blues this month, come to No.1 Harbourside and get the January brunch of your dreams!

Monday – Wednesday: 11am – 11pm
Thursday: 11am – Midnight,
Friday: 11am – 1am
Saturday: 10am – 1am,
Sunday: 10am – 10pm

To book a table phone: 0117 929 1100

Find us on:
Twitter: @No1Harbourside
Instagram: no1harbourside


Tis the season

It’s the end of November, it has been horribly wet and cold…let’s start celebrating the end of 2016!

We may not have a Christmas menu at No.1 but we aren’t completely bah humbug!
This week we’ve added some comforting Hot Toddy’s to our drinks offering and our mulled cider made from Piton strong cider will get you feeling festive from the inside out!

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As well as being your perfect ‘winter warming’ drinks spot we will have our menu full of   seasonal dishes that will act as a refreshing change from dry turkey and potatoes on those days where you just want something a bit different.

As well as what we have going on in the bar our friends at Harbourside Market are launching their Christmas Markets on the 1st December with an exhibition by  Andrew Burns-Colwill. For one night only the covered walkway at Bristol’s harbour will transform into a fairylight-lit, outdoor dockside gallery.

Then from the 3rd December you can enjoy  the perfect alternative Christmas Market, full of Bristol’s independent spirit, with the best makers, creators, and street food whizzes. They’ll have games, drinks, food, art, entertainment, and much, much more at their various events

We’ll have a line up of amazing bands from Weds-Saturday and you can let loose and work out all the stresses of the season at our usual dance nights on a Sunday.

To keep up to date with all these events head on over to our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter.

Action Against Hunger at No.1 Harbourside

We’re really chuffed to be  joining 100’s of restaurants across the UK  throughout September to raise vital funds for Action Against Hunger .


25p from every main meal we sell in September will go to projects providing clean water & good nutrition to malnourished children in over 50 countries worldwide. It’s a great cause and one we really want to shout about it, so next time you’re in take a look at the leaflets and posters that are dotted around the bar or for more information visit their website.  

Glass of wine and a cycle?


Looking for something a little different to do this summer? Cycle the city runs from No1. Harbourside and as well as hiring bikes daily they do tours around the city, but these aren’t just any tours, these are tours with wine!


Saddle up and join their expert guide on a journey through Bristol to find our what is so exciting about English wines. The tours start from No.1 Harbourside where you can enjoy a glass of our organic English wines and carry on through the city with expert notes and plenty of chances to taste.

Cycle the City also do alcohol free tours that you can find out more about here.


Tour Info

Tour length: 2.5 hours approx.

Ability / Age: All abilities, 18+

When / where: Tours start from No.1 Harbourside, next door to the Tourist Information Centre.

Price: £29.50 (Including wine).

For more information email info@cyclethecity.org or phone 07873 387167

Pride on the Harbourside and beyond

Pride week in Bristol starts this Friday and there are some brilliant events on each day all around the city.
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On Saturday 9th July we welcome DJ Admin to our stage. He will be playing the best in funk, soul and disco that will get you dancing until the early hours of Sunday. You can also enjoy our rainbow salad bowl throughout the day. Made with smokey hummus, pickled bromham beetroot, rainbow radish, toasted herby quinoa, roast courgette, heirloom tomato, basil and walnut and served with with flatbreads & created specially for Pride by head chef Jonny Byles. Not only does it pair perfectly with a gin and tonic, it is certain to be a feel good energy booster.

But it’s not just Saturday, there is so much going on throughout the week.
To help you decide which events you want to go to, here are a few of our picks:

This Saturday the cutest event of all Pride returns. Expect to see pampered pooches strut their stuff at the Bristol Pride dog show. 

The Watershed is showing some great films throughout the day this Sunday including the frankly awesome ‘Dyke Hard’. 


Next Wednesday you can enjoy some specially created pieces at the Wardrobe theatre.

Friday, the always awesome ‘Don’t tell your Mother’ DJs  will be at the Old Market Assembly,  playing pop, R&B and indie until the wee hours, getting you ready for Pride day.

Saturday is the main event. You can join the Parade which goes from Castle Park at 11am. The theme this year is Celebrating Our Diversity, come as yourself and celebrate the L, G, B, T, + in everything.  Find more about the route and theme here.

Wherever you end up, have a great one!

City Ideas with The Architecture Centre – powered by PechaKucha at No1. Harbourside

Join us next week for a week long series of informal breakfast talks as part of Big Green Week hosted by The Architecture Centre, and powered by PechaKucha.


Each morning a Big Green Week theme will be introduced and explored in a series of short, fun, provocative presentations.


Saturday 11 June, 09:45-10:30am: COMMUNITIES

Featuring: Ben Barker (Bedminster Community Partnership), Alice Ferguson (Playing Out), Gaby Solly (Streets Alive)

Sunday 12 June, 09:45-10:30am: NATURE

Featuring: Sam Thomson (UWE, Bristol Parkhive, Bristol Parks Forum), Paul Wilson (Bristol is Open), Chris Roberts (One Planet Living)

Monday 13 June, 08:45-09:30am: HOME

Featuring: Tony Crofts (Abolish Empty Office Buildings), Jackson Moulding (Ecomotive), Melissa Mean (Redcliffe Forum)

Tuesday 14 June, 08:45-09:30am: WASTE & RESOURCES

Featuring: Ben Moss (Bristol Wood Recycling Project, Bristol Re-Use Network), Dermot O’Reagan (Grow Bristol), Jude Sherry (Re-Distributed Manufacturing), Sarah Jackson (Schumacher College, CoResist)

Wednesday 15 June, 08:45-09:30am ECONOMY & MONEY

Featuring: Tom Beal (Co-Exist), Ben Moss (Bristol Wood Recycling Project), Ruby Szarowicz (Bristol Pound)

Thursday 16 June, 08:45-09:30am: ENERGY

Featuring: Innes Johnston (Max Fordham), Mareike Schmidt (Bristol City Council), Dan Weisselberg (Bristol Green Doors)

Friday 17 June, 08:45-09:30am: TRAVEL & TRANSPORT

Featuring: Adam Crowther (Bristol City Council), Suzanne Audrey (Bristol University & Bristol Walking Alliance), Ross Porter (Voyage Vert), Jon Usher (Sustrans)

Saturday 18 June, 09:45-10:30am: HEALTH & WELLBEING

Featuring: Happy City

Sunday 19 June, 09:45-10:30am: FOOD

Featuring: Alice Marie Archer (The Bristol Fish Project), Robert Delius (Stride Treglown), Sara Venn (Incredible Edible Bristol)


You can join in on Twitter using hashtags #BGW2016 and #SmartLiving

If you haven’t had time for breakfast we will have pastries and extract coffee and as well as a range of teas to give you the energy to get going with the rest of your day.


Find out more about the talks and the rest of the events happening for Big Green Week.

Summer at No.1 Harbourside

It’s finally feeling a little warmer and brighter and we are looking ahead to summer days leading into hazy evenings on the harbourside.  As well as some great musical events we are hosting regular Sunday dance nights and will be enjoying some pretty special festival’s along the harbourside throughout the summer months.

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We are also serving a fantastic seasonal menu that changes monthly offering something for everyone, with vegetarian and vegan options a plenty and some incredible cakes to indulge your sweet tooth. Of course we also have a wide range of wine, beer and spirits to enjoy, including some  phenomenal gins that pair perfectly with our fresh Oysters.

So, keep up to date with all our events this summer on our Facebook and twitter and we look forward to joining you on the water front.