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My Bristol Favourites: David Arnold

By martin booth, Friday Jul 17, 2020

Dr David Arnold is part of the dedicated coronavirus research team at North Bristol NHS Trust.

The research, supported by Southmead Hospital Charity, is focused on finding new treatments, testing and a deeper understanding of the virus and how the NHS can develop better ways of tackling it.

Find out more about his work at

These are David’s top-five Bristol favourites:

University of Bristol Botanic Garden

Luke Jerram held an exhibition at the Botanic Garden in 2018 – photo by Martin Booth

The Botanic Garden is a peaceful and beautifully kept garden which being university-owned is also a horticultural lesson as you walk round.”

Cafe Napolita

Cafe Napolita on Mina Road is a popular neighbourhood restaurant – illustration by Hannah Burn

Cafe Napolita in St Werburgh’s is a lovely restaurant for pizza and pastas that rapidly reinvented itself in response to the pandemic with incredible takeaway food and goods. It supported the NHS as well with discounted meals.”

St Andrew’s Park

St Andrew’s Park is a classic Victorian neighbourhood park – photo by Lowie Trevena

“St Andrew’s Park is my local park so I am a bit biased but I do think it is the best in the city. It has a really friendly community atmosphere, paddling pool and mobile cafe, with great views of the rest of Bristol.”

Fed 303

Fed 303 is one of many hospitality businesses in Bristol that has pivoted during the coronavirus pandemic – photo by Martin Booth

Fed 303 is a relatively new cafe on Gloucester Road which was always packed thanks to their amazing brunch. Now it serves takeaway salads and pastries. They have also supported healthcare staff hugely during the pandemic by delivering food and drinks to hospitals.”

The Orpheus Cinema

The current three-screen Orpheus Cinema was built on the site of the original Orpheus Cinema that had opened in February 1938 with 1,400 seats, set in an Art Deco style building – photo by Rhys Jones Parry

The Orpheus in Henleaze is a superb neighbourhood cinema. Great staff, cups of tea and not-too-big make give it a very relaxed feel. I would much rather watch a film here than anywhere else in Bristol.”

Main photo: Southmead Hospital Charity

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