Bristol Food & Drink: September 2021

As summer slips away and we ease into autumn, I for one am hoping for a sunny September so that we can still enjoy pub gardens and G&Ts for a while longer before settling into fluffy socks and stout season.

From tequila tap rooms to food festivals and some exciting new places to visit, there’s a lot you’ll want to drink and eat this month….


A few food festivals and parties come to the city this month – Foodies Festival and Bristol Wing Fest on the weekend of 11th-12th September, Cotham Hill’s Street Party on Sunday 12th and Beeses Beer & Cider Fest on 17th & 18th.

Lost & Grounded Brewers are also hosting an Oktoberfest party on Saturday 18th with German food, German pop tunes and lots of delicious beer.

Nearby in Bath you can also attend a range of events for The Great Bath Feast from 24th – 26th September, including chef demos, street performances and a big food market.

Oktoberfest poster

Jose Cuervo are opening a Tequila Tap Room on Stokes Croft for one weekend this month. Head along from 17th-19th for cocktails, tequila tasting masterclasses, table games and music.

Harbour House are now doing afternoon tea! You can book one from 2-6pm, Tuesday to Sunday, and they’re priced at £19 per person, or cream teas are available for £7 per person.

Afternoon tea with cakes and sandwiches
Afternoon tea at Harbour House

If you’re already casting your mind forward to Christmas (or birthdays, or other special occasions), Steam Bristol now have static vintage buses that you can rent for special occasions, or you could check out my guide to fun Bristol Food Experiences on Yuup – there are some great ideas in there, from foraging walks to wine tasting and food tours. Or if you fancy a day out of Bristol you could book a private booze tasting at Independent Spirit of Bath, who are accepting groups of 8 to 18 people.

I’ve got lots more ideas in my Bristol Food & Drink Experiences guide, or if you’re planning ahead for gifts, I’ve also got a Bristol Foodie Gift Guide. Ta da!

vintage double decker bus
One of the party buses available at Steam Bristol

Dinners and special events

Nab a ticket or two to one of these tasty events…

Champagne and oysters poster
Bristol Ferry with passengers
Book a gin cruise with Bristol Ferry

Classes, Tours and Tastings

Learn something new this month!

Orange wine and cheese event poster

New places to visit

Some recently-opened places to add to your list – or let me know what you think if you’ve been in!

  • Art Club Market is a new indoor market on Bond Street housing several independent businesses, including Mr Lahey’s Juice Bar and Coffee & Vinyl. The venue will also host food and music events.
  • Haveli The Yard, a new flashy Indian restaurant opposite the BRI
  • Great Bunnies, a Hong Kong bakery on Perry Rd
  • Vaulted Chambers Cafe, a new cafe based in the castle ruins in Castle Park
Haveli the Yard restaurant interior
The snazzy interior at Haveli The Yard
  • Whipped, ice cream and shakes in Clifton Village
  • The Library, a hidden(-ish) cocktail lounge on St Nicholas Street
  • The Cider Box, a cider shop also selling pints of cider and cider slushies to take away in Wapping Wharf
  • The Old Bookshop has reopened on North Street in Bedminster under new management, with a bright new interior, Hummusapiens doing the food and an extensive selection of German, Belgian and European beers (plus a lot of other drink options)
The Old Bookshop new interior
The Old Bookshop is back, with a new twist!
  • Flour House, a bakery and cafe on Park Row
  • The Architect, a chic new bar with waterfront seating on Narrow Quay
  • The Priory, an historic pub recently revamped in Portbury
  • DonDon, a new donburi and bento takeaway on Queens Rd
  • Also I’m late to mentioning this as they’ve been trading for a few months, but you can now find Roam Wild Coffee in Cotham Gardens, and they’re doing hot biscoff and biscoff lattes for autumn!
bacon sandwich
The vegan bacon sanger at Flour House (meat & veggie dishes also available)

Opening soon is Double Barrel Bar on 8th September in the former Chomp restaurant (which has now relocated to a trailer at the Bristol Distilling Co. tap room in Bedminster) – a craft Americana bar, with quality cocktails, local products and an extensive Whiskey selection, they’re also doing special offers on selected cocktails, throughout September.

Keep an eye out for Ji The Chicken Shop (serving Taiwanese street food and some damn fine fried chicken if reviews in Cardiff are anything to do by), and The Choux Box Patisserie opening in CARGO Wapping Wharf on 17 September.

Bridewell Beer Garden will reopen in October in time for Oktoberfest celebrations, with the German Christmas Market returning to Broadmead at the start of November – keeners!

various choux buns
I can’t wait to try the goodies from Choux Box Patisserie later this month!

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

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