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Reside5 – Bath Comedy Festival

This installment of Reside5 was chosen by Reside’s own comedy connoisseur, Toby Martin.

Toby’s a big fan of the Bath Comedy Festival, which is kicking off it’s 5th year this Friday 29 March – Saturday 13 April 2013.

Founded by true comedy fanatics, this festival’s particularly great because it’s particularly diverse. Showcasing acts from all different backgrounds – whether it’s a local performer, a rising star or a well-known name – there’s even a competition for new acts. The Bath Comedy Festival is also known for its careful curation of its events, focusing on intelligent and witty comedy rather than simply laddish, rude one-liners.

What’s more, with so many types of comedic performance represented – from traditional stand-up and caricature – to theatre and street performance, there really is something on offer for everyone. This year there are more acts at more venues than ever before (120 to be exact). So, we thought we’d lend a helping hand by sharing a few of our favourites this time around.

We hope you enjoy them! Do let us know via Twitter or Facebook which comedic act received your loudest laugh this year?

1. Gary Delaney
Thurs 4 April
Burdall’s Yard, 8pm
Twitter: @GaryDelaney
(photo credit: garydelaney.com)

If you could throw Milton Jones, Tim Vine and Jimmy Carr into a metaphorical blender in your mind, what you’d get would very much resemble Gary Delaney. Widely regarded as one of the best writers of one-liners in the UK, its no wonder he’s had so many successful appearances on Mock The Week.

A star on the ascent, Gary Delaney looks set to become one of the better known names in comedy in the near future. Catch him now, while you can…

2. Henning Wehn
Thurs 4 April
Bath Rugby Clubhouse, 8pm
Twitter: @henningwehn
(photo credit: henningwehn.de)

Germany’s ‘Comedy Ambassador’ is certainly one of a kind. A big fan of Bath, we are equally happy to have him gracing our stages once again. His recent claim that pub jokes in Germany and Blighty are virtually identical in their satirical value, might be why he’s built such a substantial following here in the UK.

We think his unique twists on everything from politics to headlines are hilarious and we aren’t the only ones. His Wednesday show has already sold-out, but a Thursday date was recently added. Better book quickly though!

3. Tiffany Stevenson
Sun 7 April
Chapel Arts Centre, 7.30pm
Twitter: @tiffstevenson
(photo credit: tiffanystevenson.co.uk)

We’re really chuffed that Tiffany Stevenson is coming to town. Curator of Old Rope, one of the finest stand-up nights in London, Stevenson and is also a favourite at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Performing as part of the ‘Show Me The Funny’ reunion show, she’s one of three finalists from ITV’s Comedy X Factor show on the bill. A night not to be missed, we thinks.

4. Pete Firman
Thurs 4 April
Komedia, 8pm
Twitter: @petefirman
(photo credit: petefirman.co.uk)

If you are lucky enough to catch Pete Firman’s show this year, don’t be deceived by his seemingly charming, laid-back banter. You can bet that just around the corner lurks a genuinely jaw-dropping illusion! Most of the audience is sure to be left scratching their heads for days afterwards, as how he pulls off his tricks is nothing sort of amazing.

He’s one of the best in the business, that’s one thing (at least) we are sure of.

5. Bizarre Bath
Daily: Fri 29 March – Sun 9 April
Meet outside The Huntsman, 8pm
(photo credit: bizarrebath.co.uk)

Looking for an original and hilarious way to get to know Bath a bit better? Then be sure to reserve one evening in the diary for Bizarre Bath. Created by Noel Britten, who has himself supported the likes of Tim Vine with his own stand-up show, you’ll laugh yourself silly on this stroll around town.

Mysteries, thrills, and surprises abound…it all sounds good to us!

Well folks, we hope you’ll be able to make it to the Bath Comedy Festival this year. And if none of our picks tickle your fancy, then take a look at the full comedy line-up for 2013.

If you are out of town or have no hope of making the festival at all this year for whatever reason, all is not lost. Remember, the Bath Fringe is also just around the corner, taking place 24 May – 9 June.

Have fun! Do Tweet or Facebook us & let us know which comedic act got the most laughs from you this year…!


Reside welcomes transparency in Agency Fees

Last week, the property press feeds were all aflutter with news of a landmark ruling affecting how letting agents disclose their fees.

Property agent Your Move found itself falling foul of the Advertising Standards Agency for failing to disclose its fees. The ruling also echoed the findings of a recent Which? report that revealed many letting agents are neglecting to provide their fees to potential tenants upfront. Shockingly, the report also found that some agents were not providing details of their fees even when asked, or they gave incomplete information.

This behavior makes it difficult for consumers to weigh-up their options and compare overall costs across letting agents.

We at Reside have always believed in full disclosure of fees. Since our inception, we have provided complete terms & conditions at the first viewing of every property, with every potential tenant – whether this is requested or not.

For our landlords, we also provide a completely transparent service through our web-based system, Reside Remote. Reside Remote enables us to provide 24/7 access to statements, contractor invoices, maintenance logs and detailed tenancy information. There are absolutely no hidden charges. What’s more, unlike many of our competitors, we do not mark-up the fees from any of our contractors.

Reside Remote – our bespoke tool for landlords

The complete picture from the ASA’s verdict has yet to be fully realised, particularly in terms of how online adverts will be affected. For example, the property portal Rightmove is now one of the UK’s most popular online destinations full-stop, recently reporting revenues up by 23% to £119.4m.

But rest assured, the team here at Reside will be keeping an eye on this one and will report back as things develop…


Introducing…Reside 5

As you might imagine, the life of a letting agent is largely lived outside of the office.

We are constantly exploring the unknown alcoves, little lanes and surprising sights of Bath’s surrounds. Add to this the fact that many of the team here are life-long residents of the area and what do you have? A fountain of knowledge just waiting to be tapped.

So, we thought we’d share some of our most loved places, secret spots and hidden gems of this fair city of ours – beyond the typical tourist drop-off points.

This is our first in a series of Reside 5. In this post we’ll be exploring something close to our hearts and I’m sure yours too…Cafés!

Like Reside, our 5 Cafés are each locally owned and independent, adding to the unique character and identity of Bath. But what’s your favourite spot for a cuppa? Feel free to give us a shout on Twitter or Facebook. We’d love to hear from you…

Reside 5: Cafés

1. Boston Tea Party

19 Kingsmead Square

Twitter: @BTPcafes
(Photo credit: bostonteaparty.co.uk)

We know what you are thinking – why is a chain on your list of ‘independent’ cafés? Well, it turns out Boston Tea Party is a family-run operation founded right here in the West Country. What’s more – all their shops are unique, as furniture and fittings are chosen specifically for each shop based on its location and environment. What’s not to like about that?

Their Bath location is bijou and you’ll rarely find a seat inside. But it’s corner location on Bath Square and ample outdoor seating makes up for this fact.

The hint of what Boston Tea Party does best is in the name, and their loose-leaf tea menu has all your favourites as well as a few for the more adventurous like Yunnan Rose, which compliments cake and all things sweet. Unlike the bigger coffee chains, they also do delicious food that’s either homemade or locally sourced. A breakfast Kedgeree or Eggs Benedict is sure to hit the spot, while we wouldn’t say no to a Pulled-Pork Sandwich or their El Dorado Wrap complete with chorizo, Somerset brie and tomato salsa.

Boston Tea Party have obviously found the key to success, and it warms the heart to see a local business doing so well.

2. Coral Quay
8 – 9 New Bond Street Place

Twitter: @coral_quay

Perched above a shop selling crafts and homeware from around the world is Coral Quay Café, a hidden oasis of calm right in the centre of Bath’s bustling shopping district.

Though it can get busy on Saturdays around lunchtime, this café might just be your salvation after a day spent among the crowds below.

It was the owner’s dream to run her own café and it shows in the menu. Specialising in gluten-free food, all her cakes were chosen by her customers through a tea-party tasting test. Couple it with a hot cocoa such as Maharaja’s Tea Leaf Treat or a World Kitchen toastie or salad like the Jamacian Rumba with reggae reggae jerk chicken and pineapple and you’re good to go!

3. The Whole Bagel
8 Upper Borough Walls

Twitter: @WholeBagel

This bagel shop just moved into a bigger location 6 months ago, prompted by the queues that used to form out the door of their previous premises. They’ve now got inside seating and a courtyard, all done-up with black and white chequered tiles and bright orange chairs.

“Bath’s first (and only) bagel shop” really does lunch well. Choose your bagel (we like cheese and jalapeño or sundried tomato and olive), add your fillings, and enjoy!

But beyond the bagel, they’ve also got salads, soup and some tempting New York-style milkshakes. This is a café that’s doing it right.

4. Roscoff Deli
18 Northumberland Place

Twitter: @Roscoffdelibath

Roscoff’s Sicilian owner has been making her own blend of coffee since 1983, so it’s no wonder that this café has a drinks menu larger than what you’ll find at any Starbucks or Costa.

You’d also be hard-pressed to find a more ethical brew around. They’ve been working with small cooperatives and abiding by the rules of ‘fair trade’ before it was even a known concept.

But more than just good coffee, Roscoff also has impressive black and green tea menus. We are enticed to try Kenya Tinderet for its ‘fine flavour, bright colour and excellent blend with milk’ while China Dragon Well also sounds like a fine pick-me-up.

And if it’s Italian food you’re after, you couldn’t do better than their homemade lasagne, prosciutto and mozzarella panini, or a simple plate of bread and olives. Roscoff is definitely worth a visit!

5. Jacobs Coffee House
6 Abbey Churchyard

Twitter: @jacobscoffeehse
(Photo credit: tripadvisor.co.uk)

Jacobs Coffee House has officially debunked the long-held belief that any place near a tourist destination will be overpriced and mediocre. In fact, it’s the opposite. The staff are friendly. Many proclaim its got ‘the best coffee in Bath’. Plus they serve the flakiest homemade pastries we’ve ever had.

Alongside café staples, they’ve also got proper pies courtesy of Pieminister (founded in nearby Bristol). Not overlooking the fact that tea is a necessary accompaniment, they also offer over 20 loose leaf teas.

And of course, their location is to die for. Smack dab in the middle of tourist central, the café sits between Bath Abbey and the Pump Rooms, in the courtyard with the Roman columns (yes, you know the one). Not only does this make it the perfect place for people watching – but also affords the opportunity to truly admire our ‘Heritage City’ whilst a chocolate muffin slowly melts in the mouth.

Just one word of caution, watch out for the pigeons!

So that’s it for our first Reside 5.

But what’s your favourite spot for a cuppa? Give us a shout on Twitter or Facebook, let us know what you think…