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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here it is, the most requested guide I’ve done so far! People have asked me to write a list of country pubs near Bristol for years, and after visiting a fair few of these and also getting a handful of extra recommendations, here are some of my top picks.
It’s a couple of days late due to bank holiday festivities, but here’s your guide to the first foodie flurries of summer in and around Bristol, hurrah!
Scroll on down to see what fun stuff is going on, and keep an eye out for the June guide a bit earlier than usual too, as I’m planning to knock it out before my holiday rather than cake my keyboard in suncream. You’re welcome.
We all know that any meal or drinks can be enhanced by a fantastic view. Luckily, with most of Bristol resting on a ridiculous gradient, impressive views over the city and beyond are not hard to come by. Sometimes though, it’s just nice to sit in a good pub garden and take in your surroundings, whether it be on a river bank, on a busy high street or up a behemoth hill. Continue reading Bristol’s Best Pub Gardens→
We all love novelty socks and comedy DVDs, but surely the best present of all to receive is the gift of food (or money, money is also very good).
I usually try to top up the stockings of my nearest and dearest with a few local Bristol treats (inevitably a few find their way into my cupboard, but I see it as commission for my thoughtfulness), so should you be wondering what food & drink gifts to get for friends and family, allow me to show you some of your options…
As summer slips away and we ease into autumn, I for one am hoping for a sunny September so that we can still enjoy pub gardens and G&Ts for a while longer before settling into fluffy socks and stout season.
From tequila tap rooms to food festivals and some exciting new places to visit, there’s a lot you’ll want to drink and eat this month….
Whether this month has more storms or heatwaves in store (and I’m sure it has both), there are lots of tasty options to tidy yourself over throughout August, whether you fancy a cider tasting, a cake making class or a party at a gin distillery!
I’ve heard a heatwave on the way, so now’s the time to start planning your pub garden and outdoor munching adventures – and there are plenty of ideas below, from gin cruises to neighbourhood food tours, brewery hopping, al fresco bottomless brunches and vineyard visits. Enjoy!
Well after a long slog, we can start looking forward to pub gardens and dining at restaurants again!
The current roadmap says that outdoor hospitality can return from 12 April, and indoor hospitality from 17 May, both dependent on data, but many bars and restaurants have already reopened their bookings for summer, so if you’re ready take a look at your favourites to get some dates in the diary!
For the moment it’s still all about deliveries and online events, so I’ve got a few suggestions for the coming weeks below. Tell me what you end up eating over on Twitter or Instagram, or follow A Life Less Organised on Facebook for more food & drinks news throughout the month.
Welcome to 2021, where I hope you’re all managing to stay safe and content at home with plenty of good food to keep you occupied.
Despite a rough few months, Bristol’s businesses have risen to the challenge once again and have plenty of Valentine’s Day deliveries, meal kits, online events and new openings to get you excited over the coming weeks.
Have your Filofax at the ready, here’s what you could be eating this February…
Phew, what a few months ey? It’s been a tumultuous time to say the least, but it’s been amazing to watch how many of Bristol’s food & drink businesses have risen to the challenge with their own delivery services, meal packs, online events and gift vouchers systems.
Here are some of my picks for how you can still enjoy the best of the city’s food scene while staying safe – let me know if you have any others you think I should I add in.
*Please note that this guide was amended on 2nd November to reflect the changes for the November 2020 lockdown in England*
We’re into winter and I think we all need a few things to look forward to, so let me oblige! From new foodie apps to online events, there’s more than enough to keep you occupied in November even while we’re staying home.