Bristol Food & Drink: April


Spring has sprung! The cobbles of King St are once again flush with ruddy-cheeked and sunglasses-bedecked folk!

This month we’ve got a plethora (yes, a PLETHORA, folks) of beer festivals, dining events and workshops, and that’s before I even get started on telling you about all the things you should look forward to at Food Connections at the end of the month, phew.

Kick off your shoes and crack open a window, here’s where you should be drinking and dining this month…


First up, springtime wouldn’t be complete without a healthy dose of beer festivals.

Leading the charge is The Hope & Anchor in Hotwells (who have one of the best beer gardens in town, plus friendly doggles!), whose Spring Beer Fest runs from Thursday 31st March until Sunday 3rd April.

The gorgeous garden at The Hope & Anchor
The gorgeous garden at The Hope & AnchorThe l

The Three Tuns around the corner is also hosting a Spring Beer Festival from 8-10th April, or if you want to sup your beer in style, how about going on the Bristol Brewery Tour – it involves a boat for frick sake! I reviewed it on SaucyPans recently if you want to see some photos of beer and drunk people.

For those of you more partial to other tipples, you can check out the Gin Club at Milk Thistle on Wed 20th (£17.50), or the Wine Club at Goldbrick House on Wed 27th.

Treat Yo’self

If you’re up for a bite with a difference this month, here are a few suggestions…

The return of Food Connections

By now you’ve surely worked out that my two favourite events of the year are Bristol Beer Week and Food Connections – the latter of which is back at the start of May and bigger & better than ever! (Seriously, check out the full programme, it’s insane)

food connect

There is a multitude of talks, markets, community events and of course the mighty Food Trail (check out the full list of special offers on the website), along with a variety of fringe events.

Here are my Food Connections picks:

east bris bakery outside

Plus I’ll be doing my very own food tour of St Marks Road in Easton on Saturday 7th May – for just £10 (yes, that’s a mere TENNER) you’ll get nibbles from local businesses including East Bristol Bakery, Thali Cafe, Cafe Maitreya and Zero Zero, as well as talks from the owners about their food and ethos. You can get a ticket to my tour on the Food Connections website.

Workshops & Tastings

Here are some nifty classes and tasting events going on this month…

scotch egg
How does one make a Scotch egg? Find out at Little Kitchen on 19th March!

Newbies to try

Some new places for you to check out include the opening of Bangkok Joe’s on Saturday 2nd – this huge Asian bar and lounge in Redcliffe (on the site of what was previously Byzantium, opposite St Mary Redcliffe) is from the guys behind Baowow, Sticks & Broth and Hanoi Coffee Co, so we can expect great things!

Recently opened is new vegan & vegetarian cafe Next Door, which has is adjacent to No.12 Easton just by Stapleton Road station – pay them a visit for some lush teas, coffees and healthy breakfasts & snacks.

Another big vegan joint has opened on Stokes Croft – Kale & Kettle is a slick looking cafe with an exciting-looking menu including noodle pots and akkras (black eyed pea fritters) in a bun.

Finally, on a sadder note, vegan pub The Adam and Eve in Hotwells will be closing its doors at the beginning of the month – their vegan dining events and beer menu were fantastic, so it’s a shame to see them go, but hopefully the team will be back with something bigger and better soon!

Dates for the Diary:





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