Bristol Food & Drink: May

Whether you’re in the mood for a bank holiday brewery crawl or want to learn the finer details about Australian wines, there’s a bit of something for everyone in this month’s guide.

Can’t be bothered to read it all? Check the Event Calendar and bookmark it for later. You’re welcome.

Main events

Good news for beer fans – the East Bristol Brewery Trail is back for the bank holiday weekend! Five of Bristol’s best breweries (Arbor, Dawkins, Good Chemistry, Left Handed Giant and Moor) will be opening up to the public on 4th & 5th May, with street food, music and lots of brilliant brews. If you find yourself further north in the city, the popular Inn on the Green Beer Festival takes place on the same weekend.

Other top beery events this month include the Summer Brewhouse Session at Lost & Grounded on Sat 18th and the New Bristol Brewery Tap Room opening on Fri 10th. Most of Bristol’s breweries now have extended opening hours for the summer, read more about their tap rooms here.

You can also have your fill of BBQ and top beer at the Charres summer BBQ party at the Lost & Grounded brewery on Sat 1st June.

Good Chemistry Brewing Co - East Bristol Brewery Trail
Good Chemistry Brewing Co during East Bristol Brewery Trail

The brilliant St Nicks Night Market returns on Friday 10th with a huge line-up of street food, local producers, crafts, bars, live music and DJs. Don’t miss it!

Festival season has well and truly started – choose from Foodies Festival on The Downs from 10-12th, Bristol Thai and Multicultural Festival from 11-12th, the Beer and Cheese Festival at Wild Beer Co’s brewery in Somerset on Sat 11th, or the South Glos Food & Drink Festival on 18th & 19th May. Phew!


Quick news bulletins:

  • Help Bristol’s food scene get worldwide fame! Thom Foodery has made this brilliant video to tempt Somebody Feed Phil to film here for their next series – like & share!
  • The Salt & Malt Kiosk is now open for summer next to Chew Valley Lake for scenic summer snacking.
  • Spike Island Cafe is changing its name to Bowl of Plenty to be in line with its sister cafe at Colston Hall.
  • Bristol Spirit is busy this month, with a pop-up fom Naasto Baasto, Game of Thrones screenings, a Eurovision party and a new vegan tapas roast on 19th May.
  • Mission Pizza are crowdfunding for their kitchen at the new Left Handed Giant brewery – do your bit here.
  • Pasta Ripiena got a rave review from Jay Rayner in The Guardian, nice!
  • We waved goodbye to Bar Buvette and The Llandoger Trow this month. These follow other recent closures including Bells Diner, No Man’s Grace, Wallfish Bistro, Rosa and Aquila. Support your independents, people!
  • Bristol Food Connections (12-23 June) keeps getting bigger – not only do they have 100+ events taking place across the city, but they’ve also announced an amazing line-up of demos & talks at Colston Hall (including lots of free events), and some exciting Food Passports for you to explore Bristol’s top food districts.
Chew Valley Lake as seen from new S&M kioask credit Tim Martin. no photos of new kioask as of yet!.jpg
Fish & chips with a view at Chew Valley



Treat yourself to something special this month…

Acorn Kitchen Bath
Richard Buckley from Acorn Kitchen teams up with the team at The Pony & Trap this month

Workshops & tastings

Learn something new to show off to your friends…

Bristol Ferry's Sundown
Like rum, boats and sunset? Book onto Bristol Ferry’s Sundown Rum Tour this month.


Some new places to visit this month include Sticks at St Nicks from Woky Ko, Rabbit Food on Old Market (also I spotted a koshari place nearby the other day called Toot and Come In, so now I have to visit for the pun alone) and Hatter House Cafe in the city centre.

Low ‘n’ Slow will be bringing their damn fine meats to St Nicks shortly, and it’s only a few weeks until Seven Lucky Gods open in Wapping Wharf.

That’s it for this month, stay up to date with other food news by following the blog on Facebook, or say hi to me on Twitter, and see what I’m eating on Instagram.

Other guides you might enjoy:

Robata Woky Ko St Nicholas Market
Grilled aubergine from Woky Ko in St Nicks

Dates for the Diary
(or check the Events Calendar)


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