Bristol Food & Drink: July 2021

I’ve heard a heatwave on the way, so now’s the time to start planning your pub garden and outdoor munching adventures – and there are plenty of ideas below, from gin cruises to neighbourhood food tours, brewery hopping, al fresco bottomless brunches and vineyard visits. Enjoy!


Bristol has another accolade – it’s now a Gold Sustainable Food City, which recognises all of the great work done by organisations, suppliers and food & drink venues across the city. We’re only the 2nd city in the UK to achieve this status, find out more here.

If you’re looking for a last minute local weekend away, there are still some tickets left for Valley Fest at the end of the month, and their food line-up looks amazing! They’ve got a programme of feasts (including a family BBQ, Chew Valley Sunday lunch, a Mexican feast with paired cocktails, and a collaboration meal between The Pony & Trap x Root), chef demos, talks and street food, plus the music, family activities, comedy, workshops and more. Find out more here.

Don’t miss the special feasts at this year’s Valley Fest

There are also still some last minute tickets available for Bristol Craft Beer Festival (30 July – 1 August) in Lloyds Ampitheatre on the harbourside. The event will feature over 40 breweries and some great local street food from Asado, Jikoni, Two Belly, Popti & Beast and The Little Taquero. Get your tickets now.

Want to explore more areas of Bristol AND eat your way around some new places? Wriggle have just launched their Foodcation food & drink tours across the city, featuring routes around the harbourside, Clifton, Easton and St Werburghs, as well as one along the Bristol and Bath Railway Path, and another one themed around picnics & wild swimming!

Wriggle Foodcation poster

Speaking of tours, Bristol Hoppers is back! Explore Bristol’s finest breweries with one of their self-guided audio tours (with or without beer included in the price), or their brilliant guided tours resume from Thu 29th July.

More beer news – Indie Beer Shop Day is on Saturday 17th July! Beer shops all over the country are doing special events and collaborations, including Corks of North St, Bottles & Books, Bristol Spirit, Coffee + Beer, and local brewery Good Chemistry are doing a collaboration beer with Coofee + Beer. Independent Spirit of Bath and Kingsmead Street Bottle are also getting involved from the Bath side of things!

25a Old Market have a new brunch menu featuring goodies from Pinkmans. Choose from a meat, vegetarian or vegan option, with some tasty additions including muhammara, avocado and manchego.

Brunch at 25a Old Market

You can also enjoy a few beers in the grandest venue in town – Bristol Cathedral! This is actually an August event but will sell out so I thought I’d give you an early heads up – as part of the Museum of the Moon events at Bristol Cathedral, they’re doing two Beer & Cheese evenings with Small Bar and The Bristol Cheesemonger on 17th & 24th August. Tickets are £25pp for four courses of beer and cheese matching.

Finally, Bristol Food Connections & Bristol Food Producers have launched a great project for us to learn more about our fantastic local farmers and producers, including Barleywood Walled Kitchen, Edible Futures and Street Goat. Listen to their stories here.

The team at Edible Futures. Credit: Chris Hoare

Date for the diary

Here are some events you won’t want to miss…

View of vineyard vines
Limeburn Hill vineyard, just outside Bristol
Poster for beer and food pairing night at Strawberry Thief

Some other exciting ongoing events include weekly bottomless brunch events at Koocha, Pieminister, Quay Street Diner and more. Plus weekly brewery tours at Bristol Beer Factory and Left Handed Giant.

Brunch at Koocha

New places

Some new arrivals to add to your list…

Strawberry decorated eclairs
Pretty treats fro The Bristol Eclair
  • Hummusapiens will soon have a permanent residency at The Old Bookshop in Bedminster, which is now under new management
  • Flour and Ash will be opening their new restaurant soon on Whiteladies Road, in what was formerly The Ox Clifton
  • Brown & Bye is a new bar in the harbour inlet, next to Spoke & Stringer

    And coming soon to the city are Propyard on Feeder Road, Kibou coming to Clifton opening in October, and then a new food hall on Welsh Back next summer – Box Hall.
What you can expect from Box Hall, arriving in June 2022

That’s it for this month, you can follow A Life Less Organised on Facebook for more food news, see what I’m eating on Instagram, or say hi and tell me what you’re booking from this guide over on Twitter – it’s always lovely to hear that people find these guides useful!

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