Bristol food & drink: May 2021

How nice is it to have pub gardens and outdoor dining back? And now this month we’ll be allowed back inside bars, restaurants and cafes after almost six months, I can’t wait!

Have your calendars at the ready, here’s where you should be munching and boozing this month…


In addition to the Bristol Craft Beer Festival (which just announced another release of tickets), it looks like the East Bristol Brewery Trail will be back for the August bank holiday – fingers crossed!

The brilliant team at 91 Ways have been busy cooking and selling meals to help fundraise for COVID Relief Support in India, you can do your bit by donating to the fund here, or donating to the general 91 Ways COVID Relief Fund here.

91 Ways Bristol
91 Ways cooking up their fundraising meals

National Food Service Bristol has launched a series of Community Dining Takeaway Clubs in Lockleaze throughout May, where you can order a delicious meal to collect, and then also pay it forward and purchase a meal for somebody who can’t afford it.

Wriggle are launching a new campaign to help reduce the levels of plastic pollution caused by the food and drink industry. Their ‘BYO Lunchbox’ campaign encourages customers to take their own reusable containers to independent eateries, or purchase a limited edition Wriggle lunchbox direct from participating venues. Venues currently supporting the campaign include Burger Theory, Tuk Tuck, Zero Green, Gopal’s Curry Shack, and Baba Ganoush.

Wriggle lunchbox

Valley Fest has announced their food line-up for the two-day festival at the end of July. First up: chef demos from Great British Bake Off stars Chetna Makan and Briony May Williams and Rob Howell from Root Bristol. There will also be a live fire stage with a line-up including Sam Evans and Shauna Guinn from Hang Fire Southern Kitchen and Henry Eldon from The Cauldron.

Valley Fest 2021

If you’re still in need of some ideas for where to go in the coming weeks, I’m putting together some Al Fresco, May Reopenings and Country Pubs highlights on my Instagram, otherwise these guides are also super helpful…

The Chequers in Hanham, one of my favourite pub gardens


Some dates for the diary…

Appleton Rum Club at Milk Thistle


The new openings have gone into overdrive in time for summer!

First up is Outer Space Bristol, a new outdoor bar in Lloyd’s Ampitheatre which features live music, DJs, street food and cabaret throughout summer, with walk-in tables (and hammocks!) available throughout the week too.

Hammocks and snacks at Outer Space on the harbourside

There’s also been a raft of new bakeries: a pop-up Pinkmans on Gloucester Road, The Orchard Bakery in St George , Bakehouse BS2 in St Phillips (just by the start of the cycle path) and The Pasty Shop on Stokes Croft in what was formerly The Bristol Porridge Project.

St Nicholas Street is getting some exciting new stuff too: Grano Kitchen are now popping up at The Boardroom, Chomp has turned into Bristol Distlling Co. Bar & Diner, and next to that The Library, a hidden cocktail bar from same team as Mugshot, and Foodie Vietnam is now open in what was Source Food Hall.

Bakehouse BS2 in Bristol
Treats on the counter at Bakehouse BS2

Also now open are Rosscos Jerk Grill in St Pauls (who I ordered from last week and also got to test out their lobster rolls), a new menu from Kitchen by Kask (including raclette on Wednesdays!), Kind Regards coffee van in Eastville Park, and Italian trattoria La Panza, who have moved to Chattertons Cafe in Redcliffe and have a fab new garden.

La Panza at Chatterton's Cafe
The garden at La Panza in Redcliffe

Coming soon are…

  • Lane 7 bowling alley on Millennium Promenade, with Burger Theory in kitchen
  • Coppa Club is opening their latest branch in the former Pizza Express in Clifton
  • Pizza on the Park opens just off Clifton Triangle on 17th May in another former Pizza Express
  • Low ‘n’ Slow open their first dine-in BBQ restaurant this month on Whiteladies Rd
  • Beard and Sabre are launching a cider taproom in the former cat cafe on Denmark Street behind Bristol Hippodrome
  • Loki Poke bring their Hawaiian-inspired bowls to a unit in Wapping Wharf
Sashimi bowls from Loki Poke

That’s it for this month, you can keep up to date with more food news by following A Life Less Organised on Facebook, see what I’m eating on Instagram or say hi on Twitter!

Other guides you might find handy…


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