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!
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.
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.
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.
- Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd – Spring Market at Wiper & True Tap Room
- Saturday 2nd – Bristol Whisky Festival, from £35
- Tuesday 5th – She Drinks Beer at The Good Measure
- Tuesday 5th – Yin & Gin: Yoga class with G&Ts, £14
- Wednesday 6th – Beer and Cheese: The Brewers Take Over at Left Handed Giant Brewpub, £24
- Thursday 7th – Gin Cruise with Bristol Ferry, £20
- Friday 8th – St Nicks Night Market
- Friday 8th – Beer & Oysters at Two Belly
- Wednesday 13th – #CookForUkraine supper club at The Scrandit, £35
- Thursday 14th – Sunday 17th – Bank Holiday Beer Fest at The Volunteer Tavern
- Thursday 14th & Friday 15th – Hopyard
- Thursday 14th & Friday 15th – Good Chemistry Brewing taproom reopening, with Basement 17 Tacos
- Saturday 16th – Thai Curry in the Garden at Redcatch Community Garden, £18
- Sunday 17th – The Secret Garden at Milk Thistle, £35
- Thursday 21st – Fish & Chips Trip on The Matthew, £30
- Thursday 21st – Eatchu Japanese Supper Club at Harvey Nichols Bristol, £40
- Friday 22nd – Cider Cruise with Bristol Ferry & The Cider Box, £32
- Sunday 24th – Pasetti & Boote #CookForUkraine supper club, £50
- Sunday 24th – Yoga Brunch Club x Rock My Bowl at The Mount Without, £50
- Wednesday 27th – Fish & Chips Trip on The Matthew, £30
- Wednesday 27th – Dinner in the Dark at The Lost & Found, £38
- Thursday 28th – Gin Cruise with Bristol Ferry, £20
Workshops, tours & tastings
Try something new this month!
- Tuesday 5th – Southern & Eastern Europe wine tasting at Cave, £30
- Wednesday 6th – Averys Bordeaux Virtual Wine Tasting, £120 for 4 bottles
- Sunday 10th – Easter Egg Masterclass at Little Kitchen, £60
- Monday 11th – Rum Club with Brugal at The Clockwork Rose, £20
- Thursday 14th – Scotch Egg Masterclass at Little Kitchen, £48
- Friday 15th – Gin Lover’s Masterclass at Psychopomp, £25
- Saturday 16th – Bristol Cider Tour, £34
- Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th – Introduction to Foraging Wild & Medicinal Foods, £40
- Sunday 17th – Macaron Masterclass at Little Kitchen, £55
- Wednesday 20th – Averys April Virtual Wine Tasting, £60 for 4 bottles
- Friday 22nd – Cider vs Cheese: Perryvision at The Cider Box, £19.99
- Friday 22nd – Gin Lover’s Masterclass at Psychopomp, £25
- Tuesday 26th – Southern & Eastern Europe Wine tasting at Cave, £30
- Sunday 24th – Intro to foraging at Combe Hay Vineyard, £35
- Tuesday 26th – Mastering Pasta at Little Kitchen, £50
- Wednesday 27th – Averys Spain & Portugal Wine Tasting, £30
- Thursday 28th – Charcuterie, Cheese and Wine Evening with Clifton Wine School, £35
- Thursday 28th – DEYA Tap Takeover and Meet The Brewer at The Good Measure
- Friday 29th – Michelin star recipes and molecular science cookery class £125
- Friday 29th – Gin Lover’s Masterclass at Psychopomp, £25
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.
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.
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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