Celebrating The Bristol Balloon Fiesta With The Ivy Clifton Brasserie

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If you remember, last year, we were lucky enough to be invited in to The Ivy Clifton Brasserie to celebrate the Bristol Balloon Fiesta. And this year, we were so lucky to be invited back again ! Talk about spoiled !

This year they are celebrating in style, with the beautiful Balloon installation, in which you can even see from the outside. However this year the Ivy is also celebrating with their bespoke ‘Aviation Cocktail’!

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In celebration of the Bristol Balloon Fiesta, The Ivy Clifton Brasserie is serving up a limited-edition Aviation cocktail for guests to enjoy. The cocktail includes a delicious blend of Clouded Leopard Gin, Matcha Green Tea Syrup, Luxardo Maraschino, lime juice, sugar syrup and three sticks of lavender.

Clouded Leopard Gin, launched this summer and distilled in Bristol, was created by chef and gastropub owner Will Phillips. The gin delivers a classic London dry juniper on the start, bright lemon zest citrus notes through the middle, and a tropical mango and fragrant black pepper finish.

Will Phillips, owner of Clouded Leopard Gin said: “We’re delighted to have collaborated with The Ivy Clifton Brasserie to create a limited-edition cocktail in celebration of the Bristol Balloon Fiesta, especially with our gins distilled here in the city itself.”

How exciting ! Of course we had to try it, and it was full with flavour !

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We then moved on to our starters, in which I had the Lobster Risotto, and Paul had the Buffala Mozzarella with Peach.

It’s safe to say whenever there is Lobster on the menu... I’m there ! However Paul’s starter was equally as tasty.

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And we for mains, I again, stuck with the Lobster, and went for the Lobster Linguine. And Paul went for the swordfish, which so so flavourful as well, it definitely wasn’t your average fish steak !

For our desserts, I opted for the Apple Tart . Paul had it last time we were at the Ivy, and it was SO good, so I knew I would be having it today.

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However Paul went for the chocolate bomb... and I think I will be getting that one next time. He must have a spiritual gifting for picking all of the best desserts.

If you are in the Bristol and surrounding area, do you plan on doing any Bristol Balloon Fiesta activities ? I hear the weather isn’t gonna hold out for us, but I may go and brave it anyway!

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