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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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Country pubs near Bristol

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.

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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’s Best Harbourside Restaurants

Summer in Bristol means eating and drinking by the Harbourside, right?

Personally, my ultimate sign that the sunshine has arrived is when I see legs dangling over the quayside outside Arnolfini, or people jostling for space along the jetties nearby.

This guide is mainly focused on nabbing some a bite to eat in the harbour – if you’re more focused on waterfront boozing, take a look at my Harbourside Pub Crawl guide.

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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: 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’s Food & drink lockdown essentials

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.

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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: 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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Oldies but goodies: Bristol institutions

Empty plates at Poco (Credit: Alex Poulter, http://www.instagram.com/aa.poulter)

It’s easy to get caught up with the latest openings and new exciting places (and there is plenty to be excited about at the moment), but I thought it was time to give some appreciation to the places that have kept me fed and watered with consistently brilliant fare since I moved to Bristol twelve (bloody hell) years ago.

Let me know your favourite places on Twitter or Facebook, and I’ll add them in later!

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Bristol’s Best Food & Drink Experiences

Not only is Bristol packed to the gills with amazing restaurants, bars and cafes, but there are also plenty of opportunities to learn from the experts or have a go at making something yourself!

Whether you want to learn how to make sushi or tell a Merlot from a Malbec, here are plenty of tasty experiences across the city…

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Bristol Food & Drink: November 2019

Winter is most definitely here, and in the run up to Christmas there is a shed ton of food & drink events to get into the festive spirit.

Get a cuppa on the go and have your calendar at the ready, here are all the tasty things you could do in November…

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Bristol’s Best Date Locations

Finally plucked up the courage to ask the object of your affection out for a drink? Or want to spoil your significant other?

Here are a few suggestions for your next date night, whether it’s a casual coffee, a slap-up dinner or a relaxed bite to eat – all a bit special, not too noisy and with a nice atmosphere to allow you to have the perfect time with your beau. Happy smooching!

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Bristol Food and Drink: October 2019

The upside to the end of summer fun times is that now we get into the season of fireplaces, thick socks and darker beers – plus tenuous excuses to eat German food and listen to oompah music – what’s not to love?

Have your calendar at the ready, here’s what you can look forward to in October…

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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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