Bristol Food and Drink: March

Here we go towards spring, and it’s good to see lots of green shoots of events, awards and new openings in the midst of a lot of uncertainty for businesses.

There’s plenty to look forward to this month, so start planning now…

News

Bristol restaurants and bars have received a new wave of awards, including a Michelin Green Star for Wilsons for their sustainable approach (see the latest line-up of Bristol retaurants in the Michelin Guide here), and Food & Travel Magazine naming Milk Thistle Bar of the Year and Box-E as Best Restaurant Outside London.

Wilsons Bristol
Credit: Wilsons

On to beer festivals, and there’s a new one coming to town in April, kickstarting the Easter weekend. Hopyard comes to Propyard in St Phillips on Thursday 14th and Friday 15th April, featuring 12 Bristol breweries, music and food from Loki Poke, Jafra Kitchen and Pizzarova. Tickets start at £40+bf for the earlybird tickets for unlimited beer, or £65+bf for all you can eat and drink.

The first of 40 breweries have been announced for this summer’s Bristol Craft Beer Festival in the harbourside ampitheatre on 10th & 11th June, including Dark Star, The Kernel, Siren Craft Brew, Vault City and Verdant – tickets are now on sale at £55+bf including unlimited beer.

Bristol Craft Beer Festival
Credit: Bristol Craft Beer Festival

Free From Festival comes to The Pennywell Project on Saturday 19th March, showcasing gluten-free, dairy free and refined sugar-free products.

Local Bristol and Bath companies showcasing their wares include Booja Booja (ice cream and chocolate) and Bath Culture House (vegan cheese, kombucha and fermented foods). Entry is £10 including a welcome drink.

Look out for the Booja Booja tuk tuk at Free From Festival!

Dinners and special events

Some lovely events this month, including a dining in the dark event (where you get blindfolded before you tuck in!), as well as several seasonal events, from spring cocktails and Mother’s Day menus to a four-course spring equinox feast with storytelling.You can even get a Mother’s Day cocktail box from Espensen Spirit!

Dining in the Dark, Bristol
Dinner in the dark at The Lost & Found. Credit: Yuup

Tastings and workshops

There’s a lot of new stuff you could taste or learn this month, from various beer or wine tastings, to a fair few nice pairings events, whether you want cider + cheese, beer + spicy food or wine + chocolate.

You could also do a world tour of cookery classes, from Lebanese cookery to sushi making, veggie Caribbean dishes or a pizza meal made from ingredients you’ve foraged yourself. Lovely stuff.

Miso making class in Bristol
Miso making at Every Good Thing with The Koji Kitchen
Gin Club at Milk Thistle

New places to visit

Here a few places that have opened recently that you should get yourself along to…

  • La Cocina – a Latin American pop-up at The Volunteer Tavern.
  • Jikoni – enjoy their East African dishes at their new cafe in St Pauls from Wed 2nd March.
  • Bakers and Co. have opened a new bakery and shop in Wapping Wharf.
  • La Lola – a new tapas stall in St Nicholas Market selling paella, huevos rotos and churros.
  • Pullins Bakery – visit their new bakery shop on Cotham Hill.
  • The Royal Oak – this pub in Clifton Village after several years as a restaurant.
La Lola tapas in St Nicholas Market
Credit: La Lola

And coming soon…

  • Picaro – an exciting new tapas place on Chandos Road in Redland (I love the sound of the Spanish speaking nights!)
  • Sandwich Sandwich are opening a bigger shop/cafe on Baldwin Street.
  • The Park Deli – a new indie deli by Victoria Park from the team behind The Park Bakery, opening at the end of March.
  • Pizzucci – a new pizza-by-the-slice joint on Gloucester Road from the team behind Bosco.
Bakers and Co pastries
Credit: Bakers and Co.
  • Dough Heads – we may have seen the sad closure of Bristol Spirit in Feb, but Dough Heads will be taking over the premises to open their own pizza restaurant soon! PS. Espensen Spirit lives on for those of you who still want the infused spirits and cocktails you enjoyed at Bristol Spirit!
  • More of a maybe at the moment, but New Bristol Brewery have submitted planning permission for a bar and grill in the new Carriageworks development on Stokes Croft, and Adventure Bar have submitted plans for a bar on Baldwin Street.
Dough Heads pizza
Credit: Dough Heads

That’s it for this month, if you want to stay up to date with other Bristol food news you can follow A Life Less Organised on Facebook, see what I’m eating on Instagram or say hi on Twitter!

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