When you talk about Portishead, the first thing that comes to your mind is the music band called Portishead, which originated from Bristol. You may guess from the title that this post is not about Portishead, the music band but about Portishead, the village near Bristol that inspired its name.
Portishead, which means ‘port at the head of the river’, is a small fisherman village in the southwest of England with an approximate population of twenty-five thousand. Most of the houses in the village are in victorian style but we noticed modern buildings newly built near the marina.
The main street of Portishead is the Victorian High Street, where you can find quite a few pubs, cafes, shops and local boutiques. It took me about fifteen minutes to walk the street from one end to the other so I must say there is not much to do there. However, when it comes to the beauty of the nature, Portishead has a lot to offer. Thanks to a group of volunteers named Portishead in Bloom, the whole village is covered with the most beautiful flowers. With the hard work of this group, Portishead has maintained its gold status for the last nine years in South West in Bloom contest and was awarded a gold medal at the national Britain in Bloom contest.
In my opinion, there are two places in Portishead that you must see: the Lake Grounds and the Battery Point.
The place to stay and eat in Portishead is The Royal Inn, that is an historical pub with a large terrace with a sea view (Pier Road, Portishead, BS20 7HG). I had one of the most delicious fish & chips and scotch egg that I’ve ever eaten.
It is very easy to reach Portishead from Bristol. You should take either the X3 or X4 at the bus station in te center of Bristol and you will be in Portishead in half an hour depending on the traffic. Don’t forget to listen to one of Portishead’s tracks on your way to Portishead.