Bristol Food & Drink: August 2019

Between the intermittent heatwaves and storms, there’s plenty to be tucking into this month, from food festivals to extravagant dinners and boozy boat cruises.

Set aside some spending money, it’s a tasty month ahead…

Main events

First up, filthy food purveyors Oowee have closed their Montpelier takeaway and have announced that they’ll be reopening it as a vegan kebab joint. This comes after the success of their vegan ventures on Baldwin St and in London, although the North St branch will keep its meat dishes on the menu.

The summer deals keep coming – you can enjoy 3 for £10 tapas at Pata Negra for all of August (12-7pm, Mon to Fri), or get two courses and cocktail for £19 at Harvey Nichols (or three courses and a cocktail for £23) throughout August and September. Racks in Clifton are also doing 2-for-1 on bottles or glasses or Prosecco, plus half price sharing platters every Sunday in summer.


It’s another busy month for mini festivals – first up is Steamfest on Saturday 18th, featuring music from the Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival, tapas from La Yaya and a range of beers, ciders and more.

The following weekend from 22nd-24th is the Apple Bros festival – a collaboration between The Apple and Three Brothers Burgers, so you can expect a lot of great cider, beer, food and music!

The East Bristol Brewery Trail is back on 24th & 25th August, as four Bristol breweries open up their doors for the weekend (Moor, Good Chemistry, Left Handed Giant and Dawkins – Arbor will be popping up at Dawkins) with music, food and lots of tasty beer. A top pick from me!

On Saturday 24th, Deliveroo are bringing their World of Food Festival to The Passenger Shed, with a line-up of restaurants from across the city, all sharing samples of their food for free!



Book something special this month – you deserve it!

  • Farm to Sea Dinner at Cowshed (Tue 6th, £45) – four courses of local fish and meat to celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Cowshed.
  • Mount Gay supper club at Riverstation (Thu 8th, £40) – a ferry cruise and rum cocktail followed by a three course meal.
  • Local Game Tasting Dinner at The Pony & Trap (Thu 15th, £98) – a six course menu focusing on game birds, with accompanying wine pairing from Vinetrail’s select portfolio.
  • Seafood Tasting Dinner at Yurt Lush (Thu 15th, £39) –  five course tasting menu, including a Haddock & Quail Scotch Egg, Madras Spiced Monkfish Soup, and Mussel and Clam Bouillabaisse.



Workshops & classes

Learn something new to impress your mates!


Only a couple of new places that I’ve heard about this month – Marmo is a new Italian restaurant opening in what was Bar Buvette, and The Colombian Company is now open in Clifton, as is Snobby’s on Chandos Rd in Redland.

Dates for the diary

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