Bristol’s Food & drink lockdown essentials

Phew, what a few weeks ey? It’s been a tumultuous time to say the least, but it’s been amazing to watch how many of Bristol’s food & drink businesses have risen to the challenge with their own delivery services, meal packs, online events and gift vouchers systems.

Here are some of my picks for how you can still enjoy the best of the city’s food scene while staying safe – let me know if you have any others you think I should I add in.

Handy websites

Here are a few great places to start if you’re looking for the latest updates on who is delivering, doing collection etc. As ever it’s worth checking individual business websites or social media for the most current info:

Credit: Caring in Bristol, Shona Graham

Food deliveries

If there’s one thing that kept me sane during the last lockdown, it was tasty food. Many local restaurants have switched to some form of system for delivering their menu, ready meals or make-it-at-home kits. There’s a quick guide to some of the Best Bristol Indies on Uber Eats, but where possible try to order direct so that more of the money ends up with the business rather than one of the delivery providers.

Booze

Top up your shelves in these trying times (you can also get a wide variety of other drinks in many of these online shops, I’ve just categorised them by which one they’re best for)

All the gin from Psychopomp

Online events

If you’re in need of some entertainment which doesn’t involve jigsaw puzzles or counting down until you can have your next snack, here are some of my recommendations for regular events that you can join from the comfort of your sofa…

Recipes & video guides

A bunch of Bristol greats have created videos and recipes for their most popular dishes and cocktails for you to recreate at home. Here are a few of my favourites:

  • Bar 44 – video guides on how to make a range of Spanish tapas dishes including croquetas, patatas bravas, pork belly and more.
  • Oowee Diner – recipes & video walkthroughs for some favourites including The Big Cheese and Marmite Fries.
  • Nutmeg – some great videos on how to cook dishes such as chana masala.
  • Psychopomp – head to their Isolation Cocktail Club on Facebook or Instagram for tips on how to make classic cocktails using basic home ingredients. They’re also doing tickets for virtual cocktail classes.
  • Avery’s Wine Merchants – wine tips and trivia, including info on wine matching and varieties.
  • Mevalco – Spanish cooking recipes and ideas. You can find more on their website.
  • Milk Thistle – follow their social media for weekly cocktail tips and recipes, with more from their sibling Hyde & Co.

Home deliveries

My usual list of restaurants and bars to visit has instead switched over to a list of places to order home delivery from, whether it’s a tasty feast or a pre-mixed cocktail.

As I mentioned, you can find a good list of local places delivering food to your door on Bristol Food Union and Best of Bristol.

I’m trying to limit myself to one food delivery and one booze delivery per week, which is so hard when my list keeps growing all the time!

Here are the best deliveries I had in lockdown #1 in case you’re wondering where to start (and there are plenty more recommendations from my followers below).

  • Bokman – tasty Korean dishes, available Thu-Sat, postcodes BS1, BS2, BS3, BS4, BS5 and BS6.
  • Bertha’s Pizza – perfect sourdough pizza – make sure you order a garlic dip and some Maltesers gelato for after!
  • Coconut Chilli – fine quality curries and Indian snacks.
  • Millinut – baked and fried doughnuts with a mouthwatering range of fillings or toppings.
  • Fat Rice – Malaysian comfort food, including beef rendang, char siu and kunyit chicken.
  • La Campagnuola – traditional Italian dishes and very good pizzas.
  • For Mice and Men – indulgent cheese toasties, delivered Wed-Fri across Bristol.
  • Lona – massive mezze platters and grilled meats (I’d also recommend Beirut Mezze too)
  • Chomp – seriously good burgers, delivered Wed-Sun across Bristol.
  • Niang’s Thai – really good Thai food, delivered across Bristol and Cheltenham.
  • Tsukemono – Japanese dishes including katsu curry and their own kimchi fried rice scotch egg. Deliveries throughout the week across Bristol.
  • Hyde at Home – choose from a wide selection of pre-mixed classic cocktails, beers, wines and more from some of the city’s best bars.

Top of my ordering hit list for lockdown #2 are Malaysian dishes from 5 Foot Way, one of the special dinners from Coexist Community Kitchen, afternoon tea from Yummy Scrummy Catering, and a roast dinner from Bishopston Supper Club and The Cauldron. Or you could go extra fancy and get the Chef’s Menu box from Michelin-starred Paco Tapas, or some super snazzy plates from Jamaica Street Stores or tapas from Bravas.

Tell me what you’ve been ordering, cooking or taking part in recently, I’d love to get some new ideas!

You can chat to me on Twitter, see what else I’m eating/drinking on Instagram, or see more food updates by following A Life Less Organised on Facebook.

Here are a few favourites already sent in to me by some Bristol legends:

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