Local foodie & film buff Tim Popple gives us a tour of this cosy corner of South Bristol...

Windmill Hill is only half an hour’s walk from the centre, but you'll be surprised how little temptation there is to venture into town when there's so much to do here! 

Windmill Hill City Farm

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the farm. A true homegrown venture, Windmill Hill City Farm is a community all of its own. A farm, a café, a play area, a nursery - a space for a community to grow and thrive as strongly as the animals there.

When my children were younger, we would spend hours going round the farm (all of us), playing in the playground (them) and drinking coffee in the café (me). They may have grown out of the play area now, but the experience of being so close to nature is still appreciated. 

The community gardens allotments at Windmill Hill City Farm, Bristol - credit Windmill Hill City Farm
Image - Windmill Hill City Farm

Victoria Park

Victoria Park is a massive green space with a mini play park and beautiful views over Totterdown and central Bristol. It's almost always dotted with joggers, dog walkers and families; a slice of calm in a busy city.

The park also hosts many events throughout the year, chief among which is the annual Bonfire Night event. It's fireworks-free, so pet-friendly and a great night of food, friends, and fire. 

Victoria Park in Bedminster, Bristol
Image - Victoria Park

North by North Street

Living at the bottom end of Windmill Hill, we have the benefit of being just around the corner from North Street. 

A street of two halves (with the southern half being home to Tobacco Factory Theatres and Bristol Beer Factory), I spend more time at the home end. Within that short distance there’s COR, KASK, The Old Bookshop, Kitchen by KASK, The Spotted Cow, Corks of North Street, and Oowee Diner. That’s a lot of really great beer and food per square metre. 

Exterior of  bar at night - credit Kym Grimshaw Photography
Image - KASK

About the author

Having grown up in the far north, Tim Popple migrated south for warmer weather nine years ago. When he's not eating or thinking about food, he's watching or thinking about films, writing, singing, taking his children on a tour of the city's burger restaurants, or sampling the city's growing fried chicken scene.  

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