No sooner has the snow thawed out and we’re already into the chaos of spring!
There are plenty of festivals, dinners, workshops and new openings to keep you busy this month – so have your diary at the ready, because it’s going to be a busy one…
Festivals & big events
March starts with #BritishPieWeek! Pieminister are celebrating with a whole week of deals and discounts.
Fan of good doggos? Dachshund & Pug pop-ups are coming to The Florist on 16th & 17th March.
Want to face off against some local gin makers over boardgames? Then head to Defeat the Distiller at Chance & Counters on 19th March – there are plenty of prizes to be won, from memberships and gift cards to T-shirts and even the new C&C gin!
Ale fans rejoice – the CAMRA Bristol Beer Festival is on at The Pasenger Shed from 21st-23rd March – The Good Measure (Good Chemistry’s lush little pub on Chandos Rd) is hosting the trade after party on Thu 21st.
March is also a good month for local festivities – Saturday 9th sees both the St Mark’s Road Festival in Easton and the Gloucester Road International Food & Drink Festival.
Bristol Food Connections is back from 12-23 June, and this time they’ll have their very own beer! Butcombe Brewery is creating the first ever Food Connections festival beer, and they’re looking for a name. The beer will be a 3.8% hoppy, session pale ale, and Butcombe is donating 10p from every pint sold to Bristol Food Connections to support community events.
There’s an exciting new menu at Milk Thistle – I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s called Meet George and is themed around the adventures of George the stag – but as whimsical as the menu sounds, the cocktails are very grown-up (and tasty) indeed.
We already knew that they were the best burgers around, but Squeezed is now an award winner! The talented Alex was named Burger Chef of the Year at the National Burger Awards.
They’ve been out for a few weeks now, but Wriggle are doing some nifty bamboo lunchboxes which are accepted at venues across the city. You can pick them up at locations around Bristol, Jamie Lowe did a nifty explanation video here.
Tucked away just off St Marks Road, the lush No.12 Easton is now open for dinner! They’re trialling evening openings from 6th March – go and show your support.
Finally, the latest in quality & convenient home cooking kits – Pasta Evangelists are now available in Bristol. Head to their website to see what you can order, but expect boxes of fresh pasta, tasty sauces and garnishes which can be prepared at home. Nice.
A few ideas for how to spoil your mum later this month…
- Mother’s Day afternoon tea at Tyntesfield (30 & 31 March)
- Mothering Sunday Lunch at 1766 Bar & Kitchen (31 March)
- Mother’s Day chocolate workshop at The Chocolate Tart (31 March)
- Mother’s Day afternoon tea with 6 O’clock Gin at Riverstation (31 March)
- Mother’s Day Sunday Lunch at Thornbury Castle (31 March)
Some meals worth booking this month…
- Black tie dinner for Help Bristol’s Homeless, Thu 14th, £45.
- Hungarian dinner and wine pairing at Deck Cafe, Sat 23rd, £30.
- FOUR immersive dining experience at Elemental Cafe, Sat 23rd, £30.
- Indian afternoon tea with Anupreet Attridge, Mon 25th, £24.50.
- Flamenco and tapas evening at El Rincon, Wed 27th.
- Mexican street food class & dinner at Square Food Foundation, Thu 28th, £39.
- Champagne, sparkling wine and fish & chips dinner at The Famous Royal Navy Volunteer, £40.
Learn something new to show off to your mates!
- Triple Brewery Tour with Bristol Hoppers, Fri 8th, £25.
- Rare & exclusive cider tasting at Two Belly, Thu 14th, £30.
- Beer tasting at Wiper & True brewery, every Friday, £15.
- Teachu Gyoza Masterclass, Sat 16th, £55.
- Truffles & pralines workshop at Zara’s Chocolates, Sun 17th, £50.
- Introduction to Cider at Bristol Cider Shop, Fri 22nd, £20.
- Persian cookery class at Cooking It, Mon 25th, £65.
- Cabernet Sauvignon & Sauvignon Blanc tasting at Avery’s, Wed 27th, £30.
- Curry Legend workshop at The Spicery, Thu 28th, £45.
- Bristol Whisky Appreciation Society, Thu 28th, £20.
- Ableforth’s Bath Tub Gin Club at Milk Thistle, Thu 28th, £20.
- Psychopomp Roald Dahl distillers table (Pt1 on 9th March, Pt2 on 30th Marc), £35.
Some new places to visit this month…
- Miller Green is now open on St Michael’s Hill for those of you who want to collect freshly made vegan meals, including some made by the Tiffins team who rented the building previously.
- Dough is opening soon in what was Aquila on Baldwin St – these guys have made a great name for themselves in Bath for their quality pizza.
- Sen Cafe has just been opened on Baldwin St by the team from Big Bao in Broadmead, serving up banh mi, bao and other tasty treats.
- The fourth branch of CUPP Bubble Tea has just opened on Park Row.
- Woky Ko: Kaiju opens on 14th March in Wapping Wharf – expect a menu of ramen, yakitori skewers and other dishes cooked on traditional Japanese robata grills.
- Masa + Mezcal also opens 14th March on Stokes Croft, and the pics of their Mexican dishes are already looking good.
- Premier Inn’s steakhouse chain Bar + Block is coming soon to King Street.
- The development of Finzels Reach continues with a new Spicer + Cole now open.
- Indian Rassasy is a new Indian restaurant in Hotwells boasting a fine pedigree of owners who have previously worked at Urban Tandoor and The Mint Room.
That’s it for this month, keep up to date with other food news by following A Life Less Organised on Facebook, say hi on Twitter or see what I’m munching on Instagram. See you soon!
Other stuff you might like:
Dates for the diary
(or check the Events Calendar)
- Thu 7th – Bread Matters class at Square Food Foundation
- Fri 8th – The Grand Budapest Hotel screening with wine tasting at Avery’s
- Fri 8th – Chocolate, rum and spice – celebrating Fair Trade at Better Food Co.
- 8th – Introduction to Cider at Bristol Cider Shop
- 8th – Beer tasting at Wiper & True brewery
- 8th – Triple Brewery Tour with Bristol Hoppers
- 9th – Sourdough for Beginners at Bakesmiths
- 9th – St Mark’s Road Festival in Easton
- 9th – Gloucester Road International Food & Drink Festival
- 9th – Moor Beer brewery tour
- 9th – Wiper & True brewery tour
- 9th – Bristol Dry Gin tasting at The Rummer
- 9th – Roald Dahl Distiller’s Table at Psychopomp
- 9th – Cheese & wine pairing at The Kensington Arms
- 9th – Food & wine workshop at The Kensington Arms
- 9th – Mastering Pasta class at Little Kitchen
- 10th – Full Day Workshop at Zara’s Chocolates
- 10th – Local gin tasting at The Rummer
- 12th – Celebration drip class at ANNA Cake Couture
- 13th – Beer & cheese evening at Two Belly
- 13th – Thai Street Food Evening at Little Kitchen
- 14th – 6 O’clock Gin masterclass at Riverstation
- 14th – Black tie dinner for Help Bristol’s Homeless
- 14th – Pulses cookery class at Square Food Foundation
- 14th – Cheese and wine tasting at Avery’s
- 14th – Kitchen Medicine Course
- 14th – Rare & exclusive cider tasting at Two Belly
- 14th – Wines of Spain & Portugal tasting at Clifton Wine School
- 15th – Introduction to Cider at Bristol Cider Shop
- 15th – Beer tasting at Wiper & True brewery
- 15th – Wines of the Rhone masterclass at Clifton Wine School
- 16th – South of the River food tour
- 16th – Wiper & True brewery tour
- 16th – Vegan starter toolkit class
- 16th – Moor Beer brewery tour
- 16th – Bristol Dry Gin tasting at The Rummer
- 16th – East to West food tour
- 16th – Gin Masterclass at The Kensington Arms
- 16th – Teachu Japanese cookery lessons
- 17th – Truffles & pralines workshop at Zara’s Chocolates
- 17th – Paella cookery class at Cooking It
- 17th – Local gin tasting at The Rummer
- 17th – Bar moulding workshop at Zara’s Chocolates
- 17th – Bottomless Burger Club at Burger Theory
- 18th – Mexican cookery class at Cooking It
- 19th – Defeat the Distiller at Chance & Counters
- 21-23rd – CAMRA Bristol Beer Festival
- 21st – Music and wine evening at Avery’s
- 21st – Kitchen Medicine Course
- 21st – CAMRA Beer Festival trade session after-party at The Good Measure
- 22nd – Beer tasting at Wiper & True brewery
- 22nd – Introduction to Cider at Bristol Cider Shop
- 22nd – Gin tasting at Clifton Wine School
- 23rd – Bristol Brewery Tour
- 23rd – Incredible Edible Bristol growing party
- 23rd – South of the River food tour
- 23rd – Stokes Croft food tour
- 23rd – Hungarian dinner and wine pairing at Deck Cafe
- 23rd – Bristol Dry Gin tasting at The Rummer
- 23rd – FOUR immersive dining experience at Elemental Cafe
- 23rd – Wiper & True brewery tour
- 23rd – Magical Macarons class at Little Kitchen
- 23rd – Moor Beer brewery tour
- 24th – Local gin tasting at The Rummer
- 25th – Persian cookery class at Cooking It
- 25th – Indian afternoon tea with Anupreet Attridge
- 26th – Scotch Egg Masterclass at Little Kitchen
- 27th – Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc tasting at Avery’s
- 27th – Flamenco and tapas evening at El Rincon
- 28th – Mexican street food class & dinner at Square Food Foundation
- 28th – New Bristol Brewery beer tasting
- 28th – Kitchen Medicine Course
- 28th – Bath Tub Gin Club at Milk Thistle
- 28th – Curry Legend workshop at The Spicery
- 28th – Hungarian wine tasting at The Square Club
- 28th – Champagne, sparkling wine and fish & chips dinner
- 28th – Bristol Whisky Appreciation Society
- 29th – Beer tasting at Wiper & True brewery
- 29th – Introduction to Cider at Bristol Cider Shop
- 30th – 1 Day intro to wine course
- 30th – South of the River food tour
- 30th – Moor Beer brewery tour
- 30th – Clandesdiner supper club
- 30th – Bristol Dry Gin tasting at The Rummer
- 30th – Wiper & True brewery tour
- 30th – Psychopomp Roald Dahl gin distillers table
- 30th & 31st – Mother’s Day afternoon tea at Tyntesfield
- 31st – Mother’s Day afternoon tea with 6 O’Clock Gin
- 31st – Local gin tasting at The Rummer
- 31st – Mothering Sunday Lunch at 1766 Bar & Kitchen
- 31st – Mother’s Day chocolate workshop at The Chocolate Tart
- 31st – Mother’s Day Sunday Lunch at Thornbury Castle