It’s summer tiiiime, and Bristol is awash with afternoon tea and all the boozy festivals, from beer to cider to wine!
It’s also World Gin Day on 11th June, so nab yourself a bottle or G&T from one of Bristol’s brilliant gin distilleries.
Read on for more ideas of what to eat and drink this month…
Jubilee bank holiday weekend
Whether you’re celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee or not, there’s still a four-day weekend for many of us to enjoy! And plenty of Bristol places are jumping on board with fun events.
Head south of the river for the first ever Bedminster Beer Trail from 2nd – 5th June, with lots of bars, pubs and restaurants getting involved.
Wiper & True’s brewery tap room in St Werburghs will be open from Thursday to Sunday with food from Taco Station and The Good Measure in Redland is doing a cask beer festival for the whole long weekend too. Bambalan are doing a special Drag Brunch on Thursday 2nd June. You can also join a Big Jubilee Lunch on College Green on Sunday 5th.
If afternoon tea is your vibe, you can book on to Jubilee-themed ones at No.4 Clifton, The Bristol Hotel, Harbour Hotel, The Ivy Clifton Brasserie and Harvey Nichols in Quakers Friars.
You can see more Jubilee weekend events here.
Festivals and celebrations
There’s plenty of choice when it comes to exciting and memorable events this month, including afternoon tea on Brunel’s SS Great Britain on Wednesday 8th June ( £15), gin cruises with Bristol Ferry on Thursdays throughout June (£20), a World Gin Day tour with Psychopomp on Saturday 11th (£35) and a four-course communal meal at Grub Club Bristol on Thursday 30th June (£39).
Celebrate Bristol’s food & drink with Bristol24/7 on Thursday 9th June at the launch of their 2022 EatDrink24/7 Guide at Left Handed Giant Brewpub. Tickets are £6 for members of Bristol 24/7, £10 for general public, and include a copy of the guide.
Bristol Craft Beer Festival is back in the harbourside ampitheatre on Fri 10th & Sat 11th June, final few tickets are available for £60pp, including all your beer for the session! The festival will feature over 40 breweries from Bristol and across the globe, DJ sets, live fire pit cooking, plus food from The Cheese Guys by Two Belly and The Little Taquero. Look out for a special beer brewed by Lost & Grounded while you’re there – Brave Noise Brew is a collaboration with over 200 breweries worldwide to highlight the issues that women, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA+ individuals face in the brewing industry.
She Drinks Beer is back at The Good Measure on Tue 7th, with a special tap room edition at Good Chemistry’s brewery on the 24th!
Averys Summer of Wine returns to Bristol Beacon on Saturday 11th, you can book onto the afternoon session or evening session, and sample over 100 wines from international producers, or join mini masterclasses across 3 floors.
Cider Salon is also back from 28th June with a week of cider talks, tours and tastings, culminating with The Salon (£30) at Trinity on Sat 2nd, with 90 bottled ciders available to taste.
Looking for Father’s Day gifts? Box Local are doing a range of gift sets with local food and drinks, or you can read my Bristol Foodie Gift guide for more ideas.
Also St Nick’s Night Market is back on 1st July – the comeback in April was so good, so don’t miss this one!
Classes, tastings and tours
Learn something new this month!
- Fri 3rd, 10th – Cider Cruise, £33
- Fri 3rd – Sausage making at Ruby & White, £60
- Sat 4th – Cider tasting tour, £34
- Sun 5th – Summer foraging walk at The Community Farm, £35
- Mon 6th – Sri Lankan cookery class, £35
- Tue 7th – Ghanian cookery class, £35
- Wed 8th – Tempeh workshop with Tempeh Meades, £60
- Wed 8th – Vegetarian Pakistani cookery class, £35
- Thu 9th – Sparkling wine class at DBM Wines, £40
- Sat 11th – Gin masterclass at The Kensington Arms, £35
- Sat 11th – World Gin Day tour with Psychopomo, £35
- Sat 11th – Averys Summer of Wine
- Sat 11th – Champagne and sparkling wine masterclass at The Kensington Arms, £40
- Sun 12th – French macaron class at Little Kitchen, £60
- Mon 13th – Syrian cookery class, £35
- Tue 14th – Nigerian cookery class, £35
- Tue 14th – Alsace wine night at Cave, £30
- Wed 15th – Grapes You (Probably) Don’t Know wine tasting at KASK, £35
- Thu 16th – Wine Tasting for Bristol, Bordeaux, Hanover 75th twinning’s birthday, £25 – £35
- Thu 16th – Charcuterie, cheese and wine evening, £35
- Fri 17th – Lebanese cooking with Dancing Flavours, £75
- Sat 18th – Thai street food cookery at Little Kitchen, £65
- Sun 19th – Limeburn Hill tour and tasting, £17.50
- Wed 22nd – Averys June virtual wine tasting, £60 including four bottles of wine
- Thu 23rd – Eminente Rum Club at Milk Thistle, £30
- Fri 24th – Introduction to wine evening, £30
- Fri 24th – Sri Lankan street food at Little Kitchen, £65
- Tue 28th – Alsace wine night at Cave, £30
- Wed 29th – Australia and New Zealand wine tasting at Averys, £30
- Wed 29th – DIY pizza and dine at Little Kitchen, £50
- Thu 30th – Guided cider tasting with Little Pomona at The Old Bookshop, £25
Thee have been a few recent openeings, including a Spicer & Cole in the newly-refurbed RWA and a third branch of FED in Fishponds. Caribbean restaurant Negril Island has also opened on St George’s Road in Hotwells.
And opening very soon: Blame Gloria cocktail bar on Small Street in the city centre, a new Pizzarova restaurant on North Street in Southville and Harbour Hub, a new cafe and bar in the former Spoke & Stringer unit on the harbourside. Run by the team behind Rock Salt and Dhamaka, the cafe/bar will serve Wogan coffee and croissants each morning, fish & chips and other light bites from 12 noon until 9pm and offer a full bar service in the evenings.
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