Bristol Food & Drink: April

Here we go – spring sun and showers, beer gardens, festivals and a bagful of bank holidays!

It’s time to rub your hands together excitedly and start planning your next few weeks of eating and drinking…


First up, a big congratulations to COR, Marmo and The Blaise Inn for each being awarded a Bib Gourmand by the Michelin Guide, which celebrates restaurants offering high quality food at competitive prices. Bulrush and Paco Tapas also retained their Michelin stars, and Wilson’s and The Ethicurean retained their green Michelin stars.

Cor restaurant Bristol
Credit: COR

Along with the sunshine (fingers crossed), April sees the return of Beeses for riverside drinks and events. Along with that you can now book boat trips to Beeses with Bristol Ferry or Bristol Packet, plus a bunch of harbourside gin cruises or cream tea trips, or fish and chips on The Matthew!

Beeses Bristol
Credit: Beeses

Get some dates in your diary for May – BS5 Market is returning on 7th May at the Beehive Centre, and St Nicks Night Market is back on 5th May!

RaviOllie are popping up at Kitchen by KASK for three weeks (Thu – Sat evenings) from 6th April, with a range of pasta dishes and Italian wines.

Pasta and herbs
Credit: RaviOllie

For those of you looking ahead to June, the team from fab steakhouse Pasture are doing a special Steak & Beer event at the Wiper and True taproom on Saturday 17th June, priced at £75 per person (minimum table/booking size of four)

And finally, tickets are still available for Bristol Craft Beer Festival (9-10 June), where you can enjoy unlimited samples of over 300 beers from 50+ breweries. Tickets are £55 + bf.

Wiper and True Old Market taproom
Credit: Wiper and True

Bank holiday weekends

We’ve got a fair few bank holiday weekends coming up, starting with the four-day Easter weekend from 7 – 10th April.

A few pubs are doing Easter weekend beer festivals, including The Volunteer near Cabot Circus and The Llandoger Trow on King Street.

Beer festival at The Volunteer

Coming up later in the month on the early May bank hoiday weekend, the East Bristol Brewery Trail! Head along on Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th April and make your way to the seven breweries taking part, who will each be hosting their own entertainment, food and of course beer!

East Bristol Brewery Trail

Dinners and special events

From markets and festivals to Easter lunches, make sure you get a few of these dates in your calendar…

Gin and Jazz at Milk Thistle

Classes, tours and tastings

Try something new this month…

Group of people holding desserts
Credit: Bristol Food Tour

New openings

Now open after a long wait are French-inspired MUSE Brasserie on Prince Street and funky pizzeria Pizzucci on Gloucester Road. Horts in the city centre has also had a glamorous makeover, and now has rooms to stay in above the pub.

Interior of Horts Townhouse
Credit: Horts Townhouse

Bringing a modern spin on the retro caff, Lucky Strike is also now open on East Street in Bedminster, Ramen Zen on Filton Avenue, and a new buffet style Chinese hot pot restaurant has opened in Redcliffe.

The Aperitivo Co. have opened a new bar on Colston Street, selling vermouth flights, draught cocktails and snacks. Koottaan is a new Indian street food restaurant on St Nicholas Street, and Guru J‘s latest Bombay-style burger restaurant is now open on Cheltenham Road.

Spaghetti hoops on toast
Credit: Lucky Strike

There are a few more new openings coming soon, including a bar from Bristol Beer Factory in what was Wild Beer in Wapping Wharf, Stuffed cafe on Sandy Park Road in Brislington, plus a new seafood restaurant called Noah’s in the former Lockside cafe in Cumberland Basin, from the team behind the award-winning Scallop Shell restaurant in Bath.

The Viet Kitchen are opening a second restaurant on Cotham Hill, Burger Theory are also opening a second restaurant on Stokes Croft, and popular street food stall Banh Wagon is also opening in the city centre.

Burger Theory Bristol

Jus a few weeks after opening their first branch on Clifton Triangle, Crosstown have opened their second doughnut shop on Bond Street in Cabot Circus.

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


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