Bristol Food & Drink: September 2020

Have you been making the most of the reopened bars and restaurants over the past month?

Whether you decided to Eat Out to Help Out or order a feast to munch at home, I hope you got to enjoy some old favourites and perhaps discover a few new places too.

As the evenings get crisper, there’s still plenty to keep you well fed and boozed this autumn…


Bristol has been named as the world’s number one city for vegans, for the third time in a row! The accolade comes from Chef’s Pencil who analyse trends of vegan mentions and searches online. If you’re looking for vegan or plantbased treats in the city, I’d recommend this guide I wrote to Veggie Bristol and Bath, or follow Vegan Bristol and Plantbased Bristol for their recommendations.

Good news for fans of delicious Japanese dishes, Tsukemono have a brand new online ordering system for you to enjoy their food at home! They will also be continuing their pop-ups at The Robin Hood on St Michael’s Hill, as well as launching a second residency at The Volunteer Tavern, which will start on the 6th of October and run until mid December. Diners will be able to eat in or takeaway from both sites.

All the goodies from Tsukemono

On the Japanese food theme, Eatchu are continuing their dumpling pop-up at the Bristol Beer Factory tap room every Fri 5-8pm outside Sundial Kitchen. Also, Saturday 26th is National Dumpling Day so they’ll be celebrating at their St Nick’s shop with giveaways and prizes!

Eat cake and raise money for some brilliant causes this month, as the Bakers Against Racism movement comes to Bristol. On the weekend of 4-6th September, several Bristol businesses including Hart’s Bakery, Hobbs House Bakery and Box-E will be selling special goodies with the proceeds going to the Bristol Bakers Against Racism crowdfunder, and there are also some great raffle prizes up for grabs!

Boston Tea Party are giving away 25,000 reusable cups across September to anyone buying a takeaways coffee without one. It’s part of their drive to reduce waste, so if you’ve not got a reusable cup – go get one!

Circumstance Distillery turns two on the first weekend in September, so they’re doing a special Zoom tour and tasting! The tasting sets are now sold out but you can still book a tour of the distillery or order their products online. Psychopomp’s autumn recipe also launched on 1st Sept. You can also book into a ‘Distill your own gin’ class at the distillery for Sept-Dec. reduced capacity so book soon!


Slowly but surely, the events calendar in Bristol is filling up again. Here are some of the food & booze-related highlights…

It’s also Wriggle Burger Week from 14-20 Sept, so keep an eye to their website and app for the latest specials and offers, or check out their guide to the best burgers in town (you can also find my guide to Bristol’s Best Burgers here).

Burger Bear Bristol


There are a bunch of places choosing to extend the Eat Out to Help Out offer into September, these include:

Visit Bristol have also written a great guide to September offers. I’d also recommend reading their guide to a Staycation in the City, in case you want to be a tourist on your doorstep!

Other places are offering some brilliant deals in September…

The Ostrich in Redcliffe is also doing a food & beer festival from 24th Sept until 4th October, with offers includer a burger and beer for £10 on Monday, Pie & beer for £10 on Tuesday25% off food on Wednesday.

Deliveroo are also running their ‘Eat In To Help Out’ campaign where you can get £5 off some deliveries when you spend over £20, check out their feeds for more info, but lots of Bristol restaurants are getting involved.

New places & reopenings

Alongside the sad news that certain restaurants won’t be reopening, including Suncraft and Masa +Mezcal, there are also some new faces you can check out:

  • Sidney & Eden is a new craft beer & cocktail bar on Gloucester Road
  • The Dirty Bird are now mixing up cocktails in Clifton
  • The Secret Larder is a new cafe just off Glouc Rd (their doughnuts look amazing)
  • Grano Kitchen will be opening soon on Whiteladies Rd, serving more lush Italian dishes
  • FiSH is now open in what was Glassboat on Welsh Back, the seafood dishes look immense!

Wapping Wharf has seen two new openings recently – pi, mash & beer joint Buxton & Bird, and persian wraps & bowls from Jigaraki.

Scallops at FiSH. Credit: Duchess Media

Some favourites are also reopening their doors this month, including Coconut Chilli on Thu 3rd, The Old Bookshop on Friday 4th, Caper & Cure on Sun 6th, Moor Beer tap room and Heartfelt Vintage tea room on Fri 11th.

Friska are also reopening their branches this month: Queen Sq and Victoria St on 7th Sept, Bath Road on 8th Sept, The Eye and Bristol Bath Science Park on 9th Sept, Park St on 14th Sept.

That’s it for this month, you can find out more food & drink news as it happens by following A Life Less Organised on Facebook, chat to me on Twitter, or see what I’m eating on Instagram.

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