Get back into Bristol's buzzing food and drink scene
When it comes to food and drink, Bristol has a kaleidoscope of flavours and experiences that make the city a foodie’s dream. As the city’s food and drink scene continues to reopen and grow, Bristol writer, Shonette Laffy, of A Life Less Organised picks her top foodie experiences to get reacquainted with the most delicious side of our city. Having been a judge for the Bristol Good Food Awards, Crumbs Awards and more, Shonette knows good Bristol food, so let’s tuck in...
What better way to make up for lost time than eating and drinking your way around the city, and even learning a bit in the process?
I know how much I’ve missed getting out and about to restaurants and bars in Bristol over the past year, and plenty of new places have opened that I haven’t even managed to visit yet, so combining that with a ready-made activity is a lush way to start exploring the city all over again.
All of the experiences below make for a fun day out with friends, or would also be a great option for a special occasion like a birthday treat, or a stag or hen trip, something a bit different from your usual pub crawl around the harbour or afternoon tea in Clifton.
There's also the option to give someone one of these experiences as a gift, either by getting someone a specific voucher for it or a general Yuup gift card. Nice.
Bounce, Beer + Pizza, £16
Build up an appetite and thirst by chucking yourself around the trampolines, foam pits and ninja course at Freedog, before sitting down to some tasty beer and pizza.
If you’re in the mood for more beers afterwards, you’re around the corner from Bristol’s brewery district in St Phillips, with plenty of tap rooms to choose from, including Moor Beer, Left Handed Giant and Newtown Park.
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Cider tasting flight at Cider Box, £7.20
What could be more West Country than an afternoon spent sampling Cider? With this experience you'll get a flight of three halfs of quality cider, carefully selected by the Cider Box team, with the option to ask any questions and find out more.
The Cider Box has to be the Bristol bar with the most resident cider experts now that the Cider Shop has closed, and has plenty of fun events on throughout the month, but if you’re looking for more cider-y places in Bristol, I’d also recommend The Apple Cider Boat or The Orchard Inn, both around the harbour, or heading to The Corrie Tap in Clifton for an infamous half pint of Exhibition cider (just the one, mind!).
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Forage to fork at Combe Hay Vineyard, £75
Enjoy a picturesque walk through woodland, learning about foraging practices and the edible plants around you, before heading back to enjoy a wild cocktail cocktail seasonal lunch. You can also do the Introduction to foraging walk for £30pp which doesn't include lunch.
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Wine and cheese tasting flight at KASK, £20
If you’re keen to discover more about natural and minimal intervention wines, this is the place to go. Not only is KASK one of the best-looking bars in town ( and I’ve spent many an evening in their equally gorgeous back garden too), their wine selection is different to anything else you’ll get in Bristol. Get cosy with a flight of three wines and paired cheeses, and prepare to stay long into the night.
Book wine and cheese flight at KASK
Bath food heroes tour, £130 for two
Get out of the city and explore the food scene in Bristol’s pretty little sister, Bath. There’s more to this historic town than cream teas and Bath buns, and this tour with Savouring Bath will show you seven of the most exciting independent businesses to have opened in the last few years. I think that the Bath food scene has really upped its game recently, so this is a top way to familiarise yourself with what’s going on just down the road.
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Beer and cheese tasting at Two Belly, £45 for two
If you weren’t already aware that beer and cheese make for a delicious pairing, now’s the time to discover this taste sensation! I’m lucky enough to live around the corner from the Bristol Loaf, Two Belly and Hugo’s combined business in Bedminster, and it is impossible to go in there without leaving with a bag full of goodies - Two Belly usually have a couple of wines open for you to taste if you want a proper insider’s tip!
In this experience, you’ll get talked through four different beer styles, matched with a cheeseboard to share. You also have the option to add more beer and cheese if your appetite insists...
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Wine tasting with chocolate matching, £35
What could be better than two hours of wine and chocolate? In this session you’ll be guided through six wines, each perfectly paired with some high quality chocolate treats. Bring all of your burning wine and food matching questions, because the team from Clifton Wine School really know their stuff!
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Bake a celebration cake with Briony Williams, £95
If you or someone you know loved watching Bristolian, Briony May Williams, on The Great British Bake Off, this afternoon cake making experience is a great way to broaden your baking knowledge while having a good natter. Plus, you'll get the bonus of having a delicious celebration cake to take home and impress everyone with your creation.
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Explore the Old City and Bristol's best pubs with Bristol Hoppers, £25
Get the lowdown on Bristol’s world-class brewery scene in this three-hour tour from Bristol Hoppers, which takes you around some of the city’s most historic areas, combining delicious beer and cosy pubs with some top Bristol trivia along the way.
I’ve done a couple of these tours now and found them really informative and interesting, and I’d recommend my tactic of stopping into Urban Tandoor for a top notch curry after your beer tour.
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Local food tour and tasting with Josh Eggleton, £140
Who better to show you around Bristol’s best food and drink spots than one of the city’s leading chefs? Josh Eggleton is behind some of Bristol’s best restaurants, and you’ll visit two of them as part of the tour, as well as a whole host of award-winning independents, from bakers to cheesemongers.
Book a local food tasting tour with Josh Eggleton
Michelin style molecular cooking, £125
This is one for the aspiring home cooks among you - learn how to cook like some of the fanciest chefs in the world in this four-hour class from Cooking It. You’ll get taught all the Masterchef wizardry, from spherification to powders, and prepare several courses which wouldn’t look out of place at the most sought-after tables on the planet.