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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: September

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

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

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’s Best Harbourside Restaurants

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Credit: Spoke & Stringer

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’s Best Pub Gardens

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

Bristol Food & Drink: April

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

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

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

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

*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

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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The Bristol Foodie Gift guide

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…

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Bristol’s Best Curry Restaurants

My favourite types of food are those where you can order plenty of dishes and share – tapas, mezze, tagine, and of course curry.

I love all curries the same, whether they’re traditional dals or English-born Baltis, Keralan or Bangladeshi, spicy or creamy.

Speaking of which – some of the places below are region-specific, some are more ‘traditional’ English curry house, one place is even Punjabi, which straddles both India and Pakistan – in any case, I’m trying to cover the general curry vibe in Bristol, and I like a rogan josh as much as the next guy, but I am enjoying learning more about the different regions of Bristol and what their different cuisines entail.

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Bristol Food & Drink: September

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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Oldies but goodies: Bristol institutions

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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 Pizza Joints

Food doesn’t come much simpler and comforting than a pizza, and yet some places have managed to take the basics of dough, tomato sauce and cheese and make something quite spectacular.

Whether you like your pizza straight from a wood-fired oven, made from sourdough, served alongside a flight of cider or made with vegan cheese, Bristol has something for every preference and persuasion.

So without further ado, here are Bristol’s most perfect purveyors of all thing pizza….

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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

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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