Bristol Food & Drink: April

Sun

The sun is back, and that can only mean one thing: al fresco drinking!

The daffodils are coating every grassy area of town from Castle Park to The Downs, and the temperature is steadily rising…so I think it’s safe to say that we can start looking forward to long days of sitting on quaysides after work with a cold beverage in hand. Hurrah!

Get your questionable summer shirts on and prepare to type up your ‘out of the office’ for the 4 day weekend – it’s time to hear what tasty things are happening in April…

Highlights:

You’re going to have to work hard to stay sober this month, because not only do we have a bumper month for beer events (hello, bank holiday weekends!), but a cocktail extravaganza is coming to town in the shape of Bristol on the Rocks!

Swoon

There are eight events going on throughout the month at locations across the city, but my personal picks would be the Gelato Cocktail Party at Swoon on 6th April, the Wolf of Wall Street brunch on Saturday 8th and a Wacky Race themed cocktail night at Her Majety’s Secret Service on Thursday 20th.

As I mentioned before, there are plenty of beery events this month too, from beer festivals at The Drapers Arms and Volunteer Tavern over Easter weekend (as well as Left Handed Giant‘s tap room reopening on the 14th), followed by the 13th Annual Beer Festival at the Inn on the Green in Horfield on Sat 29th.

I’m particularly excited about the return of the East Bristol Brewery Trail on the bank holiday weekend (29th & 30th April), which gives you the opportunity to visit five breweries in Easton and St Phillips – this was a highlight of my summer last year, so I’ll definitely be doing this again (and probably popping in to The Barley Mow afterwards).

Last but by no means least, Taste Chocolate comes to the new & flashy Harbour Hotel in the city centre on 15th & 16th, so you can spend part of your Easter weekend gorging on chocolate, watching demonstrations and taking part in their multisensory chocolate experience (from Understory, who are brilliant) – there’s even a prosecco bar!

Food-tastic news

  • There are a few new food markets for you to get along to! BS5 Market returns to St George’s Park on Sunday 2nd, Easton Market launches at Bannerman Rd Community Academy on Sat 8th and a weekly market will be in the new Finzels Reach district from Friday 5th May.

BS5

Gopals

Help Gopal’s Curry Shack furnish their new home!

  • Wriggle are also launching a beer! Brewed with Crafty Devil Brewery, it’ll be available at various bars around town from early April.
  • A bunch of lovely people are raising money to help the homeless in Bristol by doing a pizza pop-up from their home in St Werburghs every Friday.
  • Creators of some of the city’s most fun & innovative events, Foozie turns 2 this month and so is celebrating with a special edition of Bingo Wings on Saturday 8th.

Dining events

A few suggestions if you want a dinner with a difference:

  • The students at City of Bristol College are hosting a Southern France dining event on Thursday 6th, which is just £17.95 for 3 courses.
  • 91 Ways are running their next supper club to fund their Peace Cafe – Tales of India will include 3 courses and host/chef Shiv sharing his story (£25, or £49 for 2 people).
  • Pearla’s Palate is bringing a sensory tasting menu to Bristol on 8th April, which will give you a selection of 6-10 dishes to try. Initially created for autistic children with sensory disorders, this should be an interesting event.
  • The team from Ottolenghi are hosting a fundraiser at Hamilton House on Fri 21st, serving up a 3 course sharing menu for £80 (£20 of which is a donation to the wonderful Community Kitchen) – there is an option to stagger payments if needed.
  • Enjoy an Irish-themed Captain’s Dinner on the SS Great Britain on Friday 28th. Tickets are £65 and you’ll be welcomed aboard with a Black Velvet cocktail (Guinness & Champagne) before eating dishes such as Irish stew, chocolate Guinness cake and Irish whiskey fudge. The price also includes half a bottle of wine per person.

ottolenghi

Courses & tastings

Learn something you can show off to your mates about!

Newbies

Here are a few fresh faces in town you need to visit:

  • The Old Butcher’s – a collaboration between Wiper & True and The Old Bookshop on North St, now open for business for you beer fans!
  • Dutch – a new bar with a selection of over 350 gins on Old Market.
  • Moroccan Corner – a small cafe serving some seriously tasty North African dishes.
  • Taste of Napoli – a great pizza shop next to the arcade in Broadmead.
  • Kluk – chicken maestros in Broadmead, but they also do a great salad.
Wiper

Guess who has a new bar to call their own?

  • Firewood Grill and Gelato – burgers and gelato on Bond Street.
  • Chani Pani – Indian street food on Cotham Hill.
  • Milk Teeth – a lush coffee shop in St Pauls – great coffee and cake.
  • Keepers – a quirky restaurant in the Grand Hotel – they have beehives on the roof!
  • OPA – a ‘luxury hall’ (says their website), with pretty full-on decor and Greek food.
  • Cafe Matariki – a cafe specialising in gorgeous organic dishes, based in Finzels Reach.

That’s all from me for this month – you can hear more up-to-the-moment (-ish, I’m a forgetful sort) food news and pictures on my Twitter, or if you follow A Life Less Organised on the old Facebook. Ta!

Until next time here are some other popular guides I’ve done recently:

  1. 7 Great Places to Drink Gin in Bristol
  2. Bristol’s Best Pub Gardens
  3. The best cake, ice cream & chocolate in Bristol
  4. 11 Top Bristol Breakfasts

Dates for the diary

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