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Bristol’s Food & drink lockdown essentials

Phew, what a few weeks 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.

Handy websites

Here are a few great places to start if you’re looking for local food and drink to enjoy at home:

  • Bristol Food Union – a brilliant initiative to support the city’s food producers, restaurant, retailers, distributors and more. You can shop for supplies and meals from Bristol independents, buy a meal for frontline workers or donate to the Bristol Food Fund. I’d recommend following them on one of their social media channels to see the good work they’re doing across the city, from providing meals for vulnerable communities to delivering wine to NHS workers!
  • Best of Bristol – search for takeaways, produce, booze and more from their extensive list. They also have a bunch of lovely city guides and online event listings.
  • Indie Kitty from Wriggle – buy gift vouchers for meals and drinks to redeem once businesses reopen, helping with their cash flow until then.
  • Good Sixty – a bunch of Bristol indies are on this site, including Papadeli, East Bristol Bakery, Reg the Veg, Source, Bristol Cheesemonger and lots more, so you can shop for them all in one handy place.
  • How to support Bristol business safely during COVID-19 – a blog from Natalie Brereton listing which restaurants, bars, cafes and shops are open for collection or delivery.
  • Bristol Alcohol Delivery Services – a handy list of boozy options from Kaya at Love for Bristol.
Credit: Bristol Food Union

Events

Some online dates for your diary, whether you want to laugh at some comedy, drink wine or learn something new!

Belly Laughs ( Sun 10th May) – an evening of comedy to raise money for local charities, featuring Mark Olver, Russell Howard, Jon Richardson, Alex Lovell, Jayde Adams, John Robins and Joe Wilkinson.

A range of Bristol food & drink businesses are offering special packages for the night, including a special cocktail kit from Espensen Spirit and a 12 pack beer box from Lost & Grounded.

Hart’s Bakery are also making curries for the night for £14 per meal. You’ll get a choice of butter chicken or red lentil & coconut dal with roasted cauliflower, with a selection of sides and dessert. Collection on Sunday 10th May between 2pm & 4pm.

This bank holiday should see the first East Bristol Brewery Trail of 2020, and with Good Chemistry now offering 5L Bag In Box of their cask beers, alongside the existing draught, bottles and cans on sale from Arbor, Dawkins, LHG and Moor, you can put together your own virtual tour of your favourite local breweries!

Some of my top places to buy these local beers:

Tag your pictures #EBBTathome, and they’ll be reposted on the EastBrisBrewTrail Twitter account, so lets get together as best we can at the moment and celebrate Bristol’s biggest beer event – cheers!

Other regular online events include:

Recipes & video guides

A bunch of Bristol greats have created videos and recipes for their most popular dishes and cocktails for you to recreate at home. Here are a few of my favourites:

  • Bar 44 – video guides on how to make a range of Spanish tapas dishes including croquetas, patatas bravas, pork belly and more.
  • Oowee Diner – recipes & video walkthroughs for some favourites including The Big Cheese and Marmite Fries.
  • Nutmeg – some great videos on how to cook dishes such as chana masala.
  • Psychopomp – head to their Isolation Cocktail Club on Facebook or Instagram for tips on how to make classic cocktails using basic home ingredients.
  • Avery’s Wine Merchants – wine tips and trivia, including info on wine matching and varieties.
  • Mevalco – Spanish cooking recipes and ideas.
  • Milk Thistle – follow their social media for weekly cocktail tips and recipes, with more from their sibling Hyde & Co.

Home deliveries

My usual list of restaurants and bars to visit has instead switched over to a list of places to order home delivery from, whether it’s a tasty feast or a pre-mixed cocktail.

As I mentioned, you can find a good list of local places delivering food to your door on Bristol Food Union and Best of Bristol.

I’m trying to limit myself to one food delivery and one booze delivery per week, which is so hard when my list keeps growing all the time!

Here are the deliveries I’ve had since lockdown started…

  • Bokman – tasty Korean dishes, available Thu-Sat, postcodes BS1, BS2, BS3, BS4, BS5 and BS6.
  • For Mice and Men – indulgent cheese toasties, delivered Wed-Fri across Bristol.
  • Kask – a range of wines available, plus matched cheese & charcuterie. Free delivery to BS3, contact for delivery costs to other parts of Bristol.
  • Brewers Droop – a range of beers, ciders and home brewing kit, delivered across Bristol.
  • Chomp – seriously good burgers, delivered Wed-Sun across Bristol.
  • Niang’s Thai – really good Thai food, delivered across Bristol and Cheltenham.
  • Psychopomp – local gin distillery, doing a range of great gins, grain spirits and their very own Negroni.
  • Wiper & True – brilliant Bristol brewery offering free delivery across the city.
  • Tsukemono – Japanese dishes including katsu curry and their own kimchi fried rice scotch egg. Deliveries throughout the week across Bristol.
  • Hyde at Home – choose from a wide selection of pre-mixed classic cocktails, beers, wines and more from some of the city’s best bars.
  • The Orchard Inn – flagons of cider and pub snacks delivered to your door, perfect for the weekend!

Still on my hit list are meals from Bakers & Co, Otira, Urban Tandoor, Taste of Napoli, Asado and The Ox, plus boozy deliveries from Avery’s, Beer Necessities, Grape & Grind and 6 O’clock Gin. Oh, and the pizza making kits from Pizzarova!

Tell me what you’ve been ordering, cooking or taking part in recently, I’d love to get some new ideas!

You can chat to me on Twitter, see what else I’m eating/drinking on Instagram, or see more food updates by following A Life Less Organised on Facebook.

Here are a few favourites already sent in to me by some Bristol legends:

Bristol Food & Drink: September

Thought July and August were the busiest time of year for festivals and food events? Think again!

I’ve long suspected that September is the month where it all really kicks off in Bristol, once we’re all back from our summer holidays, Glastonburys and have packed any kiddies off to school so we can drink gin in front of Judge Judy (can you tell that I’m not a parent?).

Have your Filofax at the ready and a cuppa to sip on – this month’s guide is a BEAST – skip to the end for a full list of dates & events if you can’t be arsed to read my waffle, and tell me what you get up to over on Twitter or Instagram!

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Bristol Food & Drink: July

Summer! Sunshine! Beer Gardens! Festivals! Harbourside drinks! It’s all going on and more this month, so hopefully the good weather will stick around to make this month even more fun.

Let me know what you get along to this month on Twitter or Instagram, I love hearing when you’ve used the guides!

You can also follow A Life Less Organised on Facebook if you want to get other food updates throughout the month (plus the odd photos of my eating adventures). On to this month’s highlights!

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Bristol Food & Drink: May

Whether you’re in the mood for a bank holiday brewery crawl or want to learn the finer details about Australian wines, there’s a bit of something for everyone in this month’s guide.

Can’t be bothered to read it all? Check the Event Calendar and bookmark it for later. You’re welcome.

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Bristol Food & Drink: April 2019

It’s the month of bunnies, eggs, chocolate and beer festivals, what a time to be alive.

I’ll crack straight on with the good stuff, but needless to say, it’s another exciting month ahead.

If you can’t be bothered to read the full list of events, check out the Events Calendar.

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Bristol Food & Drink: March 2019

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New menu ahoy at Milk Thistle!

No sooner has the snow thawed out and we’re already into the chaos of spring!

There are plenty of festivals, dinners, workshops and new openings to keep you busy this month – so have your diary at the ready, because it’s going to be a busy one…

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Bristol Food & Drink: February 2019

The cold snap may be in full force, but spring is round the corner, apparently.

In the mean time, we have plenty of tasty events, festivals and new places to keep us busy, hurrah!

So put on the kettle and get cosy with your hot water bottle, here’s the low down on where you should be munching this month…

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Bristol Food & Drink: January 2019

What’s that I hear you say – nothing happens in January? Well it turns out there’s plenty to tempt you out of the house this month, whether it’s mega discounts, new places or exciting dinner events. Put it this way, I’ve already reneged on my booze-free plans for the month.

You can see a quick guide to the month’s events in the Events Calendar, and I also recommend having a read of my 2018 Highlights post at some point, mainly because it took bloody ages. Ta!

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Bristol Food & Drink: The 2018 Highlights

It’s time for my annual digest of the foodie comings and goings in Bristol, peppered with some favourites from a few fine folk (tell me yours over on Twitter and I’ll share them at the bottom of the post).

You can read the highlights from past years if you’re feeling nostalgic or if you want to see how 2018 compares with 2016 or 2014.

Pour yourself a glass of red or put the kettle on, this is a bit of a bumper read…

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Mulled Wine & Winter Warmers in Bristol

One of the best things about the weather getting colder is huddling in cosy corners in your thickest jumper, sipping a warm cider and snacking on festive treats.

It can sometimes be a mission to find the sort of comfort drink you’re after though, so on the suggestion of a friend I’ve put together a rudimentary list of places that will fulfill all of your winter boozing needs.

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Bristol Food & Drink: December 2018

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Christmas! Credit: Destination Bristol

I’m in full festive cheer mode now – I’ve had my first mince pie and mulled beverage of the year, bedecked my halls with holly and ironed my sequinned reindeer jumper (only joking, I don’t even own an iron, grown up that I am).

Before you hibernate for Christmas week and drink your body weight in port, here are a few events which might tempt you out from your cosy nests. They’re proper good, I promise.

Check the Events Calendar if you’re in a rush.

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Where to get your sugar fix in Bristol

 

We all love a sweet treat to perk up our day, reward ourselves or just because we can’t resist the temptation of a tasty-looking brownie on a cafe counter (I am the ultimate impulse cake purchaser – stop putting them so close to the till!)

Bristol has no shortage of places that will happily send you into a euphoric sugar daze – here are my recommendations, helpfully split out by craving type; you’re welcome.

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Bristol Food & Drink: November 2018

We’re little more than a hop, skip and a jump from Christmas now, and while I’m not quite ready to bombard you with festive events yet (the Christmas gift guide is ready though), I am getting very giddy for mulled beverage season.

Last year I did a guide to the best winter warmer drinks in Bristol (to be updated v. soon), and I’m counting the days until it feels sufficiently wintery so that bars will crack out the mulled wine and cider.

Anywho, it’s definitely less festival-y this month, but instead there are oodles of exciting dinner events, workshops and tastings for you to get along to (browse the Events Calendar if you have a date in mind). Grab your mittens and bobble hat, here’s what you could be doing in the coming weeks…

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Bristol Food & Drink: October 2018

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Here we are, well into the land of cosy socks and hot beverages, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who missed it.

You’ll be glad to hear that there’s plenty to tempt you out of the house to save you from dissolving entirely into your sofa, so scroll on to see what you’ll be munching in October…

(or just check the Events Calendar if you’re doing some speedy planning)

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Bristol Food & Drink: August 2018

Welcome to August, well known to Bristolians as BALLOON MONTH, or that oddly calm few weeks when the students aren’t here and half the city is on holiday, so you can actually get a seat at Pasta Loco, or served within 20mins at Hy Brasil (I jest about the latter of course, that is always impossible).

As exciting as this month is, you could also argue that it’s mere preamble for September, when we have Whisky Underground, Bristol Beer Week AND Bristol Craft Beer FestivalI’m also keenly awaiting more news from the Bristol Cocktail Week team for autumn.

Until then, here’s what you can look forward to in August…
(you can skip to the Events Calendar if easier)

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Bristol Food & Drink: July 2018

Have you all melted yet? For those of you able to leave the house once it reaches 25 degrees (damn my feeble celtic ancestry), there’s a shedload of fun stuff going on this month.

From gin buses to beer festivals and carnivals – it’s all going on. The struggle will be deciding what to choose!

Tell me what you got up to over on Twitter, or check out the Events Calendar if you can’t be bothered to scroll through my epic list of lovingly honed food prose.

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Bristol Food & Drink: June 2018

Mega short intro this month as there’s so much to tell you about!

The sun is here, then it isn’t, Grillstock is here, and then it isn’t…what a time to be alive. In any case, here are all the fun food events coming up this month (or check the Events Calendar if you don’t have time to read the full list)

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Bristol Food & Drink: May 2018

So I’ve looked at my calendar, and it doesn’t look like I’ll be home much over the next 4 months, because alllll of the fun events are coming to town this summer.

It’s looking particularly exciting this month, with a variety of bank holiday frolics and quirky events going on right up until the end of May.

Strap in, here’s where you’ll be eating and drinking this month…

(If you’re short on time, check the Events Calendar)

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Bristol Food & Drink: March 2018

Is it still winter? Or spring? Who knows, whatever season it is, there are plenty of tasty events to look forward to over the coming weeks.

I’ve split them into the bigger foodie events & festivals, dinners, courses, pop-ups and new launches, but feel free to just skip to the Events Calendar if you want a general overview.

Here’s what to look forward to in March…

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Bristol Food & Drink: February 2018

Welcome to the month of lurrve, or bottomless booze, or brunch. Whatever you decide, February is something to everyone this year.

There’s tons to get through so I’ll keep the waffling to a minimum, but it’s safe to say that this month is looking fairly stupendous. See you on the other side…

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Bristol Food & Drink: January 2018

And just like that, we’re into 2018!

2017 was a bumper year for food in Bristol (as you can see in my 2017 Highlights post) and now it’s time to look forward to a whole new year of munching.

Whether you’re on or off the booze this month, this is what January has in store…

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