Review: The Watershed, Bristol

The Watershed in Bristol is a brilliant arts centre which specialises in film culture and digital media. Since moving to Bristol we’ve been to the Watershed so many times to catch a film but never made it to the attached cafe before.

I wanted a hot chocolate (when don’t I want a hot chocolate?!) and Bruno wanted to get in from the cold before our film started to we went to check out the cafe. Sadly, the hot chocolate was a super disappointment.

At first I suspected that it was machine-made because of that suspicious layer of milk foam on the top. But no, Bruno assured me it was made by a human who had made the usual error of not adding enough chocolate powder so it was mainly sweet hot milk. The worst. Bruno said I should be so harsh so the cafe is really big and busy but honestly, that’s no excuse for terrible hot chocolate.

From now on I’ll just stick to the Watershed for the movies.

Review: Cafe Nero

I’m not just reviewing plain hot chocolate today. I’m reviewing the Hot Chocolate Milano by Cafe Nero.

This is the high street mother of all sweet and thick hot chocolates. Usually served with lashing of whipped cream (which I generally reject for a purer and less heart-stopping drink) it has approximately 70,000 calories and I’m pretty sure that drinking two in a row would kill you. Or at least give you a sugar induced panic attack.

I was obsessed with the Milano when I was 20. Me and my friends would have a Nero break (FYI, coffee shops were few and far between where I grew up so we didn’t do this when we were 13 like my colleague was telling me that her daughter does) from studying and gossiped over coffees and sweet treats. I was always tempted by the Milano. The lack of sophistication I had at 20 made me think this was the best Italian style hot chocolate in London.

Now I’m old and wiser, I’ve sampled hundreds of hot chocolates and know it’s mostly sugar. But it’s still thick, creamy and decadent and a proper treat blast from the past. If there’s no independent cafes around and you want a chocolate fix, you can do a lot worse than Milano.