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Bristol Food & Drink: September

As we slip into autumn, September still has some sunny days, beer festivals, markets and unusual events for you to sink your teeth into.

Read on to see where you should be eating, drinking, and generally being merry this month…

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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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Bristol Food & Drink: June

It’s summer tiiiime, and Bristol is awash with afternoon tea and all the boozy festivals, from beer to cider to wine!

It’s also World Gin Day on 11th June, so nab yourself a bottle or G&T from one of Bristol’s brilliant gin distilleries.

Read on for more ideas of what to eat and drink this month…

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Bristol Food & Drink: May

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.

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Bristol Food & Drink: April

Ignore the intermittent flurries of snow and hail – spring is here! And in Bristol that means the start of festival season, boat trips and lots of other exciting stuff.

Among the events and new openings, I’ve even chucked in some advance news for big events coming up in May so you can make your plans early. As Maui would say, you’re welcome!

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Bristol Food & Drink: September 2021

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….

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Bristol Food & Drink: July 2021

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!

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Bristol food & drink: June 2021

It’s my favourite month of the year, and not just because it’s my birthday month!

June is when the sun comes out, the festivals start and I can start counting down the days until the next East Bristol Brewery trail (August bank holiday weekend FYI)

Start your planning now, because there’s going to be a lot you’re going to want to book after reading this…

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Bristol Food & Drink: April 2021

Chocolate, hot crossed buns, pub gardens, picnics, wine tastings and new openings – April has it all!

After a tough few months the sun is both literally and metaphorically starting to break through the clouds, and there’s plenty to be excited about eating and drinkin this month, so read on…

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Bristol Food & Drink: March 2021

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.

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Bristol Food & Drink: February 2021

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…

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Bristol Food & Drink: December 2020

Welcome to the final stretch of the strangest year imaginable. Hopefully I’ve managed to bring you a few treats among the gloom this year!

Here are my recommendations for what you should be munching and boozing on in December.

It’s also worth taking a look at my Bristol Foodie Gift Guide and Bristol Lockdown Essentials as there’s lots of extra stuff in those and I’m updating them all the time.

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Bristol Food & Drink: November 2020

*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.

But before I start – following on from all the talk in the news about school meals and food banks, FareShare South West has announced FoodStock 2020: a plan to stockpile emergency food with the infrastructure to deliver it to critical organisations through a difficult winter. Find out how you can help. Other orgs helping in this area include Feeding Bristol, National Food Service and many more listed in this post.

If you’d like some Christmas ideas for gifts from local businesses, check out my Bristol Foodie Gift Guide – it has gift sets, booze, hampers, vouchers, experiences and more. I’ve also updated my Bristol Lockdown Essentials guide to keep you entertained.

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Bristol Food & Drink: October 2020

Autumn is here, some of you are excited about pumpkin spice, or pumpkin beer, or wooly jumpers, or heavy stouts making a reappearance (for me, three out of four – I don’t get the pumpkin spice thing at all).

October looks set to be a bumper month for new openings and some interesting events both online and in bars & restaurants, so support where you can!

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Bristol Food & Drink: September 2020

Have you been making the most of the reopened bars and restaurants over the past month?

Whether you decided to Eat Out to Help Out or order a feast to munch at home, I hope you got to enjoy some old favourites and perhaps discover a few new places too.

As the evenings get crisper, there’s still plenty to keep you well fed and boozed this autumn…

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Bristol Food & Drink: August 2020

Welcome back gang! I’ve missed updating you all on the tasty goings-on around town, and even more than that I’ve missed cold pints on the Harbourside, hearing chatter in pubs and over-ordering at restaurants.

It’s been a difficult few months for us all, but now more than ever we need to support our local businesses, whether it’s ordering online, grabbing a takeaway, drinking in a beer garden or dining in a social-distanced restaurant. Bristol’s businesses are working harder than ever to keep us safe and well-fed/watered, and you’ve definitely earned a treat or two, so let’s get to it!

Without further ado, here’s what you should be munching and supping this month…

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