Bristol Food & Drink: April 2021

Chocolate, hot crossed buns, pub gardens, picnics, wine tastings and new openings – April has it all!

After a tough few months the sun is both literally and metaphorically starting to break through the clouds, and there’s plenty to be excited about eating and drinkin this month, so read on…


Breaking Bread returns in April! Booking are now open for the partially covered pub garden The Pipe & Lovers from 15th April, which will also be serving a new menu from The Pony& Trap and Pasta Loco teams, plus Sunday roasts.

The final Bertha’s Pizza collaboration will be with Psychopomp and be involve whisky on a pizza, intriguing stuff! They’ll be announcing the toppings soon, but even the shortlisted options sound worth a try to me, and every order raises funds for FareShare South West, so everyone’s a winner!

Speaking of which, Psychopomp have released some new gin tasting kits including three miniatures of different gins and paired tonics for £18.

Bar 44 have relaunched their Mercado 44 online shop, and now offer nationwide delivery aross England, Scotland and Wales. I have my eye on their classic tapas box, Asador steak box or pretty much any of their cocktails.

Asador 44 steak kit
Treat yourself to tapas from Mercado 44

Not only are Harbour House reopening their waterside terrace from mid April, but on Fridays and Saturdays you’ll also be able to visit the Bristol Oyster Co. stall at the front of the restaurant, with South West fizz to pair with your osyters.

Following on from some brilliant charitable initiatives across Bristol’s food & drink scene (including Bristol Food Union, Coexist Community Kitchen, Square Food Foundation and 91 Ways), throughout 2021 The Assemblies group will be supporting three Bristol charities. The Canteen will support Bristol Drugs Project, No.1 Harbourside will support Feeding Bristol and The Old Market Assembly will support Bristol Mind.

Breaking Bread outdoors
The pub garden at Breaking Bread (Source: Breaking Bread)

Al Fresco

As I write this, the plan is for outdoor hospitality to return from 12th April, so finges crossed!

I’ve been updating the latest restaurant & pub announcements in this highlight, and there is also this mega list of reopenings on Visit Bristol. I’ll keep sharing opening details on my Twitter and Instagram so make sure you’re following! You’ll find more ideas for places to book in my guides to the city’s best pub gardens or harbourside restaurants.

If you want to stick to parks or gardens for the moment, many businesses are offering picnic packs, such as Box-E and All About the Cooks.

I’m also excited to see that the Old City and Cotham Hill are being temporarily pedestrianised to allow businesses to have some outdoor seating. Roll on summer!

Cotham Hill pedestrianisation, Bristol
Cotham Hill is getting the terrace treatment this month (Source: Bravas)


If you’re looking for some last minute Easter goodies, here are some quick ideas!

Easter afternoon tea Skyboat Cafe
Easter afternoon tea from Skyboat Cafe


All quite boozy this month, but hopefully I’ll have more to mention as more places reopen throughtout spring.

Vina Loca Sicily wine tasting

New places

Some newly opened places include New Cut Coffee on the harbourside by Wapping Wharf, and the delicious-looking Bronx Burger Co. in Clifton.

Bronx Burger Co in Clifton
The newest burgers in town from Bronx Burger Co.

Burra is a slick looking antipdean style coffe shop which has just opened in Redland, and Big Nath’s BBQ is a now delivering top notch BBQ across the city, available via the BARBI app, Foodstuff, Uber Eats and Deliveroo.

LOKI POKÉ is now doing deliveries across the city, bringing its own Bristolian twist to Hawaiian poké and hot bowls, such as slow cooked hoisin pulled pork with pickled ginger, and vegan hoisin
butternut squash with nori smashed avo and toasted almonds.

Colourful bowls from LOKI POKÉ

And coming soon are…

Pizza Bianchi
Get ready for Pizza Bianchi on Clifton Triangle…

That’s it for this month, hopefully I’ll have even more exciting things to talk about in May once indoor dining & drinking is supposed to return. I’ll also be updating my other food & drink guides to make sure they’re as accurate as possible.

In the mean time, see what I’m eating over on Instagram, come say hi on Twitter or keep up with more food news by following A Life Less Organised on Facebook. Ta!

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