Bristol Food & Drink: August

We’re halfway through summer, and it’s been quite full on already! For those of you not jetting off to Spain or partying in a field, here’s what you should be eating and drinking in Bristol this month…


The family-run Vincenzo’s on Park Street have started a crowdfunder to help pay for their legal bills following a dispute with developers who want to demolish this stalwart restaurant in order to build student flats. If you want to help the family you can contibute to the fund here.

Coming soon… The Cider Box is launching Cider Club in September, a new subscription for fresh cider shipped straight to your door, featuing rare blends, the latest collaborations, Cider Box store discounts, private tasting sessions and occasionally free cheese too. Get involved!

Cider Club illustration

A few big closures this month, with Jamaica Street Stores, Friska and Lockside Cafe all closing their doors for good. It’s a tough time for food & drink businesses, so try to support your favourites however you can.

Some exciting birthdays – Good Chemistry Brewing turn 7 and has brewed some special beers for the occasion and will be hosting a birthday bash at The Good Measure on Fri 12th as well as one at their brewery on sat 13th. Circumstance Distillery is celebrating their 4th birthday on 10th September by releasing the first Bristol Whisky in over 80 years! Before then you can visit them for a distillery tour and tasting on 20th August.

More good news – The East Bristol Brewery Trail is back for bank holiday weekend on 27th & 28th August! With new Wiper & True tap room just a hop, skip and a jump from LHG and Newtown Park breweries, there’s no reason why you can’t make a quick detour half way round!

Man pointing at barrels in distillery
Credit: Circumstance Distillery

Flight Club on Corn Street have launched a ‘Brunch Social’, which features 60 minutes of darts, bottomless pizza and a bottle of prosecco each, alongside a carafe of orange juice for mixing up mimosas. The brunch runs from Thursday – Saturday, tickets £30 pp.

The Bristol Hotel is doing a special afternoon tea for one week only, complete with a gin cocktail! In collaboration with Bristol Dry Gin and Bird & Blend, it also features cakes, sandwiches and scones . You can book their G & Tea or regular afternoon tea here.

Afternoon tea on stand
Credit: The Bristol Hotel

A new crowdfunder is being launched for the new iteration of The Pony Chew Valley, which is undergoing a huge refurbishment and will open as a new restaurant and cookery school in Autumn, along with an exciting event programme and various community projects. The crowdfunder will give exclusive access to the first bookings and opening events.

Finallt, congratulations to Harbour House for a well-deserved great review in The Guardian! Read it here.

Interior of Harbour House
Credit: Harbour House

Upcoming events

Learn something new or treat yourself this month!

List of events at The Cider Box
Hyde and Co poster
Credit: Hyde & Co.

New places

There are a few launches this month, plus a some others coming soon…

Kitchen by KASK is opening shortly on North St, and there’s rumoured to be a new micro pub opening on Gloucester Road, so keep your eyes peeled!

Tonight Josephine is a new cocktail bar opening on Baldwin St later this year, and it’s going to be huge! It’s from the same company who opened Blame Gloria around the corner just a few weeks back (which has had great reviews btw). How many cocktail bars does that bring the total to around Corn St and St Nicks? It must be at least 10 (without counting the generally bars that also sling a lot of cocktails like Revs and Slug & Lettuce).

If you like your tarts Portuguese and custardy, the arrival of Nata & Co. on Queens Road will be of great excitement, and East Bristolians should also be chuffed that the Bianchis group have opened Centrale on their doorstep for drinks and snacks.

Credit: Centrale

Starlings is also about to open on Queens Road in what was formerly the much-loved 99 Queens. This latest iteration does look good though!

There’s a new branch of Mokoko in Box Makers Yard behind Temple Meads, which is good news for those of you who enjoy their cakes and sarnies in Wapping Wharf.

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

See you in September – don’t forget to tell me what you’re booking/eating/drinking this month 🙂

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