Shake Express, North Street: Review

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Shake Express - Exterior

 

Cupcake cafés, ice cream parlours, cake shops…there’s plenty of choice in Bristol for those looking for a sweet treat. Milkshakes, though, are normally just a small part of the offering at venues around Bristol, with Rocotillos, Atomic Burger, Time Out Kitchen and The Beehive Coffee House among the favourite non-chain shake purveyors in the city.

Now, though, there’s a new place on North Street dedicated solely to these decadent drinks, with Shake Express having opened on May 26th.

A mother and daughter-run business, Shake Express already has an established outlet in Braintree, Essex – and it’s now Bristol’s turn to experience the 120 flavours that they offer.

There’s certainly no missing the bright pink exterior when you walk past, the large windows currently festooned with bunting and balloons which also catch the eye. It’s the same story inside, too: the counter sits behind a (slightly rickety-looking) pink branded frontage, the walls adorned with gaudy milkshake-themed artwork and slogans.

In tiny writing on a huge blackboard to the right is the menu – and it’s vast. Chocolate bars, biscuits, sweets, syrups… there’s an enormous choice of ingredients to flavour your shake, and a selection of toppings too. Don’t fancy a shake? There are also various hot and cold drinks to choose from, as well as a small selection of crisps, muffins, flapjacks, cakes and ice lollies.

Look to the left of the counter, and you’ll see shelves packed full of the ingredients used in the shakes – it’s a sweet-toothed person’s paradise!

 

Shake Express - Counter

 

Shakes are available in three different sizes, ranging from £2.50 for a small to £3.20 for a large – surprisingly low prices, in all honesty! I already had a flavour in mind when I arrived, but still asked which were the most popular: Milkybar and Oreo were among those mentioned, as well as Millions…but a bright blue sweet-filled shake didn’t really appeal…

In the end, it was the Oreo that won out – mostly because I’m obsessed with the Oreo shakes at Byron, and I wanted to see how these compared.

If you’re looking for gourmet milkshake with the highest quality ingredients, you’ll be disappointed: when I placed my order, a huge tub of Lyons Maid “vanilla flavour” ice cream was thumped down onto the counter to be blended with my Oreos. I wasn’t there for gourmet, though: it was a crazy hot afternoon, I was thirsty and I don’t think I’ve quite shaken my pregnancy craving for chocolatey milkshakes, even now the baby’s four months old…

And it didn’t disappoint. Creamy, thick and with a good amount of Oreo flavour, it was just what I needed on a warm day. Nowhere near as rich and decadent as the Byron equivalent, mind – but the price is lower (I *think* the Byron ones were £4.25 when I last went, but I may be wrong…), and Shake Express is closer to home!

 

Shake Express - Oreo Milkshake

 

There’s a loyalty card scheme for regular visitors too (buy 10, get one free), and a number of their shakes are vegetarian or vegan.

Will I be back? Most likely – I’m always up and down North Street, and there’s a huge number of flavours I still need to try! I think the Bakewell Tart or the Caramac may be next on my list…

 

One Response to Shake Express, North Street: Review

  1. I’m a huge milkshake fan and am well happy I don’t have to trek into town for a proper thick shake. The shakes aren’t as refined as a Rocotillo’s or Shakeaway and the cheaper brand of ice-cream explains why some can look a bit yellowy, but they still taste great and you can’t deny the value – for the price of a medium Shakeaway, you get a large Shake Express. And here, you can also ask for skimmed milk, so you don’t fill yourself up too much if you fancy a shake a couple of hours before dinner!

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