8 Bristol dating myths, debunked?

Singles in Bristol

The historic Avon-straddling port of Bristol is no stranger to yarn, myth, and even a sprinkling of plain nonsense. From Treasure Island and comedy drama, Starter for 10, to the allusive ‘Bristol Hum’ and Christmas Steps Ghost, the city’s bridges and narrow streets have played host to many a colourful tale.

Romance on the Avon

But how many of Bristol’s legendary romantic tales can bear the scrutiny of a cold-light-of-day glance? Cupid.com investigates 8 commonly held Bristol dating myths, and finds some wanting.

1. A high-profile BBC morning presenter and her university professor…

This one goes that a certain morning presenter (and household name) allegedly had a prolonged and “scandalous” affair with a university professor while studying politics in the late 80s and early 90s in Bristol University. Myth?  Afraid so.

2. A date at the Glassboat is guaranteed to ‘seal the deal’

Don’t take this the wrong way. The Glassboat restaurant is elegant, quaint, and romantic, all in one. That’s not the issue here. The problem is it’s an ace up too many a fellow’s sleeve. Bristolians still have a tendency to assume that this floating piece of culinary weaponry will produce the required wow factor, but the move has become all too predictable. Debunked!

3. Jason Donervan is a legitimate last resort

Every town has its Jason Donervan. And it’s still occasionally, though – especially among Brizz students – that hanging around outside this legendary portable purveyor of kebab and chips will actually produce a coupling, in the last moments of a feverish night of boozing. Debunked!

4. The Downs offer the perfect romantic setting for a date

Erm, they do. But for lots of other ‘dates’, as well as yours. So rather than have your hopes of green, quiet and romance shattered, keep your Downs dates daytime dates.

5. Banksy is married to this woman…

Street artist Banksy, who’s actually a public-school educated ‘Brizzle’ chap, is in fact married to parliamentary lobbyist, Joy Millward, according to the Daily Mail. Believe that if you like, but this list of Banksy theories and potential sightings might chip at your confidence. As scintillating as it seems, this myth has no evidence to support it and is hereby debunked!

6. Bristol is the home of one of Tattoo history’s most famous couples

Legendary Bristol tattoo studio, Les Skuse, played a seminal role in tattooing history in the UK, including the formation of the British Guild of Tattooing. Less well-known is the fact that it was run by locals Rusty and Bill Skuse, a romance that blossomed between artist and customer. This one is true!

7. A lovelorn ghost and a Vampire…

… live together as a couple in a terraced house Totterdown. Not surprised to learn that this is a myth? This is, of course, the plot of TV show Being Human and is of probably untrue.

8. A Bristol couple celebrated their wedding in Maccers

The story goes that a Bristol couple spent £150 on food from the well-know ‘golden arches’ fast-food chain, entertaining 33 guests, after rolling up in a stretched limo. This is not a myth but a true story.
Whether fact or fable, not all is what it seems (yet some unfortunately is). If you want to experience legitimate dating fun in Bristol, why not try a singles event? In the meantime, tell us about any Bristol dating myths and scandals you’ve come across.

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