Bristol Food & Drink: May

It’s a bumper bank holiday month, so you’ve got even more time to spend on fun days out!

Here’s what I’ve managed to dig out from the the next few weeks, whether you want to go to a buzzing market, sample some wines in a local vineyard, have a cream tea on a boat or want to find a street party.


St Nick’s Night Market is back for summer! One of my event highlights of the year, you can catch it on the first Friday of every month (5th May, 2nd June, 7th July and 4th August), with the stalls in St Nicholas Market open late, plus lots of extra stalls from local bars and restaurants, live music, DJs, street entertainment, late night shopping and lots more. Get the dates in your diary now!

St Nick's Night Market

If markets are your thing you’ve got a ton to choose from this month, including some new arrivals! BS5 Market makes a welcome return on Sunday 7th (more info below), Ardagh Market will be on Horfield Common every 1st Saturday of the month, as will East Street Market in Bedminster, and Fishponds Community Market at the Old Library on Sat 13th (it will usually be every 1st Saturday of the month – thanks to the lush team at Gingerbeard’s Preserves for the heads up!). Of course you can still grab some great street food and locally made bites at Finzels Reach Market every Wed + Fri, Temple Quay Market on Tues + Thurs, Whiteladies Road Market on Saturday mornings, and Tobacco Factory Market on Sundays.

There are a couple of new pop-ups and kitchen residencies arriving this month, including Lonely Mouth at Kitchen by KASK for the whole of May, and Apocalypse Bao at The Old Bookshop.

apocalyse bao at the old bookshop

Buskers Banquet has returned for their spring season, with six events in May combining live music and fantastic food, including Big Nath’s BBQ, Roti Shack, Jikoni and TNT Tacos. Tickets for each event are £45 per person, including all of your food and an evening of entertainment.

Buskers Banquet May 2023

Enjoy some food and drink on boats this month, from Gin Cruises with Bristol Ferry (£20 including two drinks) on Thursdays throughout May, Fish & Chips on The Matthew on the 31st (£33) or a Cream Tea Cruise with Bristol Packet on dates throughout the month.

Cream tea on Bristol Packet
Enjoy your cream tea with a harbour view on a Bristol Packet boat trip

ABOE on Whiteladies Road start their Sunday Sessions on 21st May to coincide with the Cotham Hill Street Party nearby, with roasts until 3pm then small plates until 9pm, which you can choose to enjoy in their new garden if the sun is shining!

Coronation bank holiday weekend

Still making plans for the middle bank holiday weekend of the month?

If you’re on the hunt for a street party, you’ll find celebrations in and outside The Coronation pub in Southville and The Bank Tavern in the city centre on Sat 6th, or in Clifton Village and on St Stephens Street with Cotto & Wiper and True on Sunday 7th.

Coronation party Clifton

For general celebrating across the long weeekend, the Brandon Hill Beer Festival runs from Fri 5th until Mon 8th, the Inn on the Green host their beer festival on Sat 6th & Sun 7th, and Racks are also holding their Party Under the Pergola on Sunday 7th with a Cuban-inspired BBQ, cocktails and live music.

There are also plenty of coronation-themed afternoon teas to choose from, including at SS Great Britain, Steam, Clifton Observatory, Harvey Nichols, and if you’re looking for a non-royal theme, Budapest Cafe in Clifton are lauching their new Hungarian-themed afternoon tea on the 6th and 7th.

Hungarian afternoon tea
Try a Hungarian afternoon tea at Budapest Cafe

If you’re looking for a chilled addition to the weekend, head to the newly-revived BS5 Market at the Beehive Centre in Whitehall on Sunday 7th May. The market will include a range of indoor stalls selling produce and makes, food trucks in the courtyard, workshops and wellbeing sessions, and a fully stocked bar from Espensen Spirit. The market will take place on the first Sunday of the month for the rest of the year.

BS5 Market May 2023

Late May bank holiday

See out the month with a long weekend of food and drink frolics, starting with the return of the Bedminster Beer Trail from Friday 26th until Sunday 28th May, with even more BS3 pubs, breweries and bars taking part in the trail this time round!

Bedminster Beer Trail May 2023

Dinners & festivals

Treat yourself to something special this month…

Fire in your Soul festival
Tapas at POCO Bristol
Munch your way through a foraged feast at Poco

Classes, tours and tastings

Try something new this month…

Circumstance whisky tasting poster
Zara's Chocolates workshop
Join a masterclass at Zara’s Chocolates
Meet the brewer at The Good Measure

Food News & Events in Bath

For those of you in or near Bath, or happy to make the short hop across on the train/bus, there are some fun events to make the trip worthwhile…

Sub 13 terrace in Bath
Sample some whiskies and cigars at Sub 13

Latest openings

Now open are Lamaya in Finzels Reach, Chance & Counters on Gloucester Road and Authentic Hot Pot & Hand-Pulled Noodles in Redcliffe.

Mezze at Lamaya Bristol
Mixed mezze at Lamaya

Houria Cafe is also now open in Easton – based in Easton Community Centre from Tuesday to Friday, 9am tom 3pm, there will be daily specials and hot cooked food drawing on influences from across the world, including Turkish Eggs, loaded fries, dal, and jollof rice. Houria support and offer employment to female survivors of slavery and do amazing work as well as great food, so definitely a project worth sypporting!

Dal at Houria
Food from Houria

Opening in early May are Noah’s seafood restaurant on 4th May, an Asian BBQ place on St Nicholas Street, and Catley’s bakery in Clifton, set up by Hannah Catley, who you might know as Lockdown Loaves!

Noah's Bristol
Noah’s is taking shape in Cumberland Basin…

That’s it for this month, let me know what you get up to from this guide, or tell me what you think – I’m over on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and post lots of local food updates on those too.

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