April 5, 2011
One of the best presents I got for my birthday, November 12th just FYI ;), was a voucher for afternoon tea (my most favourite meal ever) at the Bristol Lido from my girlfriends…
We waited until now to use so we could swim without getting frostbite.
The Lido is my new favourite spot so I had to share…
I love the exterior… this is the pool and spa entrance.
This is the bar and restaurant entrance. So retro!
The Lido was first opened in 1849, and remained a public swimming bath until 1990 when it closed. The current owners,the wonderful Glass Boat Company,bought the building after it was saved from demolition, the whole site was owned by a housing company that wanted to build flats on the site. Fortunately local people campaigned against this and the site was awarded Grade II status. The Glass Boat Company re-opened the site after much refurnishing in 2008. Read more here.
This is the lovely bar, with a view of the pool and a huge selection of tapas and cakes at the end.
I love the relaxed vibe of this place on this sunny saturday, with many people wandering around in their fluffy robes.
This is the upper end of the pool with an outdoor seating area, and the jacuzzi!
Such a lovely spot for a coffee in-between lengths…
This is the kitchen jutting out over the seating wafting beautiful smells to make you hungry after all your exercise. It worked with us!
There is also a sauna and a steam room.
The pool is heated but not to a very hot temperature, which I loved even though it was a shock when you first get in, it was so fresh and meant you had to keep moving.
More retro-ness, love this!
This is the bar, downstairs and the restaurant, upstairs with the lovely view of the pool.
The jacuzzi, we spent a lot of time in here!
They do have a spa as well, which I will indulge in next time, see details here
This is the waiting room, with lovely orange water, the indoor changing rooms are also lovely, with showers and luxury bath products for all to use, upstairs there is also a boudoir room with hairdryers and straighteners!
Amazing, especially since most people will want to go to the restaurant after their swim with their hair done rather than dripping wet. It’s the details like this that made me love this place.
Love the signs from the old Lido dotted around.
The upstairs restaurant, I LOVE these chairs!
Theres a big window into the kitchen, you can see the wood-fired oven.
So our deal included a swim and use of facilities from 12-3 then afternoon tea, with a glass of Prosecco…
We were served smoked salmon and cream cheese on some amazing sourdough bread with our Prosecco… and lots of it!
One in the group doesn’t eat salmon and was offered some tapas instead, which was also amazing… we got stuck in!
Spanish omelette, humous and butternut squash with goats cheese… YUM!
They use Lahloo tea here :)
Then the most enormous scones arrived!
They were so lovely, mine do not compare.
I do clotted cream then jam, it just looks better, who does it the other way around?
Highly recommended, I really want to go back and have dinner, they have such a good reputation plus if the standard of the afternoon tea was any indicator it will be sooooo good.
The afternoon tea and swim is £30 details here they also do other packages where you can swim and eat. If you haven’t been yet (I am very upset I left it this long) then go, it really is worth it.