Bristol Food & Drink: August 2017

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Ahh, summer in Bristol! (Credit: The_Real_Clem, via Twitter)

For those of you who aren’t already fanning yourself on a beach in Bodrum or Bude, here’s your latest guide to what tasty goings-on you can look forward to this month.

Bristol isn’t just about the Balloon Fiesta in August (although I do bloody love watching the balloons), there’s also a heap of festivals, pop-ups and new places for you to visit.

Slip on your flipfops and pack a cagoule, this is where you should be munching over the next four weeks…


Top events

East African delights and hospitality at Matatu Kitchen

Already nearly sold out (unsurprisingly), Psychopomp are doing a dinner at Box-E on 31st August, which will consist of a 6 course tasting menu paired with Psychopomp gins, £75 per person. Book directly, and be quick! 

Speaking of gin – you can have your fill of gin combined with a tour of the city on the 6 O’Clock Gin Bus (Sat 19th), or maybe the Prosecco Bus is more your kind of thing? Both sound fabulously messy to me.

prosecco bus

I’m particularly excited this month about Food & Drink Week at Watershed, which features a series of events to get you pondering and appreciating what you put in your gob (although I’m sure most of you do that already). Here are some highlights:

If you’re in the mood to wrap your chops around some tasty fare while propping up the bar at a local brewery, Moor Beer are hosting a series of pop-ups at their brewery throughout the month, starting with cheese toastie maestros For Mice & Men on 4th & 5th, ‘best kebabs in Bristol’ Murray May’s & Japanese street fooders Tsukemono from 11th-12th, and Honest Burgers on 18th & 19th.



Finally, if you want to nab a coffee & cake with a cultured view, the cafe at SS Great Britain is opening late every Fri & Sat throughout summer, so you can enjoy harbourside views, as well as buskers on Saturdays.

Festivals & booze-ups


It’s not just cultured dinners y’know, I’m also here to let you know where you can have a grand old day out this month:

  • 4th & 5thCider & Sausage Festival, £6 advance/£8 on the door (this was good fun last year)
  • 12thBath & Bristol Food Festival at Bath Racecourse, £6.
  • 12th – Good Chemistry are celebrating their 2nd bday with live music, food and lots of beer at their brewery! Lost & Grounded are doing their latest Brewhouse Summer Session on the same day, so why not make a proper session of it?
  • 19th & 20thEspressoFest 2017 at The Passenger Shed, which include the UK Barista Championships Semi-Final and Final, £6.
  • 20thBig Bemmy Banquet – North St will be closed and 500 free meals given to community heroes, so nominate someone you think deserves one, or go along to join in the festivities!
  • 26thThe East Bristol Brewery Trail is back!! Stroll between 5 of Bristol’s finest breweries, each of which will also have food, music and a chance to chat to the talented brewers themselves.
  • 27th – Bambalan are hosting a bottomless BBQ for the bank holiday – yes, that’s BOTTOMLESS. BBQ.

Learn yourself

Impress your mates with some new skills and trivia!



Some new places to look forward to!

Praise be – Burger Theory have their own restaurant!
  • Burger Theory – the burger masters have upgraded from pub pop-ups to a place of their own on Baldwin St, opening in the next few weeks.
  • G Bros. Pizza – opening soon in what was Zero Zero (sadly missed) in Easton
  • Stoked Sandwiches – a bright and tasty sarnie stop-off on Stokes Croft
  • Pizza Workshop are opening a second branch on Whiteladies Rd – hurrah!

Also, Cargo is expanding – again!

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Cargo 2 is getting bigger… (Credit: Jon Craig)
  • Lemonade – Imaginative and tasty burgers, fries and lemonades from the team who we’ve loved in their previous guises at Magic Roll and Rebel Roll.
  • The Assembly Bakery – A small team of bakers with taste and ethics at its core. Expect pastries, cakes and some of the tastiest bread in Bristol.
  • The Meat Box by The Story Butchers – Neighbourhood butcher dedicated to using whole animals as much as possible, raised responsibly and always free-range.
  • Beer Necessities – An independent craft beer retailer stocking some of the best beers from the UK and further afield.

Sadly, we recently had to say goodbye to some proper favourites and stalwarts of the Bristol food scene, from Bagel Boy and Europa, to Bangkok Joe’s in Redcliffe and La Tomatina on Park St. It’s also sad to hear that Arch House Deli are closing soon. Bristol 24/7 recently ran a series of articles on the subject which instigated some interesting debate (including a response from yours truly).

That’s it for this month, here are some other guides you might find handy:

  1. Bristol’s Best Pizza
  2. Nine food businesses that need to open in Bristol
  3. Bristol’s 12 best brunches
  4. Bristol’s Best Date Locations
  5. Bristol’s Bottomless Brunches

(or check out the calendar)


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