Bristol Food & Drink: April 2022

Ignore the intermittent flurries of snow and hail – spring is here! And in Bristol that means the start of festival season, boat trips and lots of other exciting stuff.

Among the events and new openings, I’ve even chucked in some advance news for big events coming up in May so you can make your plans early. As Maui would say, you’re welcome!


As I said, festival season is here, with Hopyard coming to Propyard on 14th & 15th April, featuring drinks from 12 local breweries and The Cider Box, food from Jafra, Pizzarova and Loki Poke, and live music and DJs (see the mega line up below). I’ll be there on the Friday and am really looking forward to it!

Hopyard Bristol 2022

On the theme of beer festivals, the East Bristol Brewery Trail is back for 2022! This year’s dates have been confirmed as the early May bank holiday weekend and August bank holiday weekend, so get them in your calendars now.

You won’t have to wait as long for the return of St Nicks Night Market, which is back on Friday 8th April, featuring lots of street food, bars, live musics, DJs and other entertainement. I’ll see you there!

Another reminder to set for yourself is 22nd May for the Cotham Hill street party, where local bars and restaurants will set out stalls, with additional entertainment and live music.

Grilled cheese maestros For Mice & Men are teaming up with other Bristol street food vendors over the coming months for the ‘Love Child Series’, a series of exciting grilled sarnie collaborations. First up at Finzels Reach Market on 1st April is Big Nath’s BBQ, with a grilled cheese sandwich featuring slow-cooked pulled pork, gherkins, jalapeños, and a sweet bourbon BBQ sauce. Future specialities will include Alp Mac’s alpine style mac & cheese with dill pickle, and High Steaks steak with chimichurri.

For Mice and Men grilled cheese sandwich
Get your chops around some tasty specials from For Mice and Men

Several local businesses are doing #CookForUkraine fundraisers, including Pasetti & Boote who are hosting a special supper club at The Forge on Sunday 24th April.There will be five courses of Italian food, and drinks have been donated by Wilding Cider and KASK, so the full cost of your ticket will be going directly to charity. Tickets are £50 each, message Pasetti & Boote on Instagram to book.

The Scrandit on Christmas Steps is also hosting a supper club with chef Henry Wadsworth on Wednesday 13th April, with four courses of Ukrainian food for £35pp.

Eatchu will be celebrating their 6th birthday on Monday 23rd April with menu specials and giveaways, so get yourself over to St Nicholas Market that day! You can also see them at their supper club at Harvey Nichols in Quakers Friars on Thursday 21st.

Another sign that spring is here – Beeses is back open! If you’ve not visited this riverside bar in Brislington, they’ve got a few suggestions for how to get there on their website, but I’d recommend taking one of the special boat trips with Bristol Packet or Bristol Ferry from Friday to Sunday.

Beeses Bristol

Dinners and boozy events

Make sure these dates are in your diary – and remember that we’ve got two bank holidays this month on Friday 15th and Monday 18th, so even more of an excuse for booking something fun.

Beer and Cheese at Left Handed Giant
The Secret Garden at The Milk Thistle

Workshops, tours & tastings

Try something new this month!

Get out foraging with Yuup
Gin masterclass at Psychopomp Bristol
Try at gin masterclass at Psychopomp

New places

There are a few interesting developments coming to Bristol, including steakhouse Buenasado on Whiteladies Road, take away pasta from Magari in Wapping Wharf with bowling alley and bar Roxy Lanes opening this month, and potentially a crazy golf bar owned by footballer Gareth Bale could also be coming to the city soon. Bristol is also welcoming a new venue to St Phillips soon: Wake the Tiger.

Roxy Lanes in Bristol

Places that have recently opened that you can visit are The Park Deli on St John’s Lane in Bedminster, Thatchers Cafe at Gloucestershire Cricket’s ground off Gloucester Road, and the new restaurant from Hoba in the city centre.

There’s also a bigger Sandwich Sandwich opening on Baldwin Street with more room for you to sit inside, and at the other end of the scale, 3ft 6, possibly Bristol’s smallest coffee shop has opened in Redfield.

Sandwich Sandwich Bristol
Make sure you arrive hungry at Sandwich Sandwich…

That’s it for this month, if you want to see more food news throughout the month you can follow A Life Less Organised on Facebook, or come say hello to me on Twitter and let me know what you’re booking this month. Or you can see what I’m eating over on Instagram. Byeee!

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