Bristol Food & Drink: October 2018

Burger Bear Bristol

Here we are, well into the land of cosy socks and hot beverages, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who missed it.

You’ll be glad to hear that there’s plenty to tempt you out of the house to save you from dissolving entirely into your sofa, so scroll on to see what you’ll be munching in October…

(or just check the Events Calendar if you’re doing some speedy planning)

Top News & Events

Some of the main themes this month: beer, chocolate, awards, and bottomless booze!

If you’re in the mood for some beery antics, The Volunteer Tavern is celebrating its 7th birthday with a mega beer festival from 4-7th October – there will be 2 bars to choose from (including a tap takeover from Moor Beer outside in their heated garden), DJs every night and food from the mighty Tsukemono.

If that wasn’t enough, there’s also the Brandon Hill Beer Festival on the same weekend, as well as a Belgian Beer Festival at The Three Tuns from 19-21st October, and a tap takeover from Good Chemistry at Corner 77 on 25th!

Volunteer Tavern Birthday

It’s Sherry Week from 8-14th October, so Paco Tapas are getting in the spirit by offering a free glass of Tio Pepe for any diners between 5-6pm, Tue-Sat that week. Bar 44 in Clifton are doing a party on Saturday 13th with live music, sherry tasters and flamenco dancers.

Bravas and Gambas are also getting in on the act by running specials menus for the week, and they look damn fine too.

Bravas and Gambas Menu

Speaking of booze, head down to Underfall Yard at the start of November to see a sailing ship offload Portuguese wine straight onto the dockside – a little taste of Bristol’s past!

You can also try oysters from around the UK at Source’s Oyster Festival from 10-13th – cooked, raw, smothered in sauce or au naturale, your choice!

There’s also a Malaysian food and cultural festival in Clifton on Sunday 21st – with a Malaysian street food market, dances, games and more.


One of the most exciting things this month is Choctober at the newly-opened Zara’s Chocolates shop on North St, a week-long celebration of all things cocoa-based. Highlights include making chocolate teacups, cake decorating, chocolate & cheese pairing, and even a pre-Bake Off bake off! See the full list of events here. (I also strongly recommend trying their hot chocolate menu if you do pop in!)

Fancy a night on the town in the flashy new Bristol Old Vic with some of the biggest names on the Bristol food scene? Nab a ticket to The Crumbs Awards on 14th October! View the finalists here.

Speaking of awards, Bristol is now home to five Michelin-starred restaurants, with Bulrush being awarded one this week. They join Casamia, wilks, The Pony & Trap and Paco Tapas; with Bell’s Diner, Tare and Root all being awarded Bib Gourmands (the Michelin award for great value & high quality dining).

Plus more bottomless shenanigans in the form of a two-course lunch with bottomless Prosecco from Zero Degrees, bottomless prosecco brunches at Steam, bottomless burgers at Burger Theory or bottomless tapas & Cava at Pata Negra.

Burger Theory burgers


Just in case you want to combine dressing up with some munch…

Bristol Pudding Club


Treat yourself to a special dining experience (seeing as most of us missed out on Casaloco tickets!)

Yurt Lush salmon dish

Classes & workshops

Learn something new this month!

Milk Thistle Gin Club


Catch them while you can…

  • Pasta Slut at The Love Inn on Stokes Croft, Wed-Sat every week.
  • Tsukemono at Volunteer evenings Tue-Sat and Thu/Fri lunchtimes.
  • Mission Pizza are at Bristol Spirit until the end of October.
  • Burger Bear have a second base at Motion, and are now available on Deliveroo.
  • Kansai Kitchen are still knocking out lush Japanese dishes at The Hillgrove.
  • Maize Blaize are doing brunch takeovers at Corner 77 until the end of the year.

Tsukemono Bristol


Finally, it’s time to update you on some of the newer faces around town…

  • Mugshot is a new steak restaurant already making a good impression on St Nicholas St.
  • Suncraft is a new vegan venture from the team behind The Gallimaufry, and it looks gorgeous!
  • Downtown Taqueria is opening on Colston St on 5th October.
  • Coral Cafe is now open in a former pub in St Pauls.
  • Leveret is now open – a ‘snazzed up version’ of what was The Hare on North St.
  • French bistro La Guinguette is now open on Cheltenham Rd.
  • Sri Lankan food has arrived on Cheltenham Rd in the form of The Coconut Tree.
  • 1766 Bar & Kitchen at Bristol Old Vic – set against the backdrop of the original theatre façade dating back to 1766, with a range a menus from brunch to pre theatre.

1766 Bar & Kitchen

There we go, an absolute beast of an autumn update! I’m busy drafting some christmassy posts at the moment, but you can keep up to date with the latest food news by following A Life Less Organised on Facebook. Alternatively, you can see what I’ve been eating on Instagram, or say hello on Twitter.

I’m also toying with the idea of sending out an email to let people know when the latest guides go live, if that’s something you’d be interested in, sign up here (maybe seeing some people on a list will be the incentive I need to actually send something!)

Dates for the diary
(or check the Events Calendar)

2 thoughts on “Bristol Food & Drink: October 2018”

  1. Hi Shonette,
    Keep up the good work in telling us all about what’s going on in Foodie Bristol each month.
    For your November update, your readers may like to know that I’m running a 1 day wine class: ‘Anything but Chardonnay, Anything but Cabernet’ at Stoke Lodge on Saturday 17 November. More details and booking on

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