It’s already well established how much I like food, and how I make it my business to try as many of Bristol’s newest bars and restaurants as soon as they open, and so it was that I bought my boyfriend and I tickets for the Bristol Food Tour as a Christmas present – then found out that it was so popular that we had to wait 4 months to use them!
It was worth the wait though; here’s a list of where we went, so you have an idea of what you get for the price of your ticket:
Stop 1: The Parlour
We met our tour guide Alice here, and were allowed to try as many flavours from the selection of ice cream as we wanted, including apple pie, honeycomb and salted caramel!
Stop 2: Flour & Ash
I’m a big fan of this place, so was very excited that it was one of the stop-off points! We shared two of the top pizzas, getting a slice of each: chorizo & pickled chillies, and the now famous ox cheek ragu. One of our group had some GF treats including the polenta chips, which were also top notch.
Stop 3: @The Well
A quick stop, where we enjoyed *the drink that shall not be named* in the sunshine outside this cute launderette-cafe on Stokes Croft. I won’t give away what’s in it or what it’s a reference to – needless to say you’ll have to pop in and ask them yourself…
Stop 4: Smoke & Glaze at The Pipe & Slippers
I’ve tried some of the goodies from these guys before too, but not the exact burger we had, which contained chorizo, cheese and chimichurri – pretty much my dream combo in a burger, wooof. Definitely going back for these (the soul fries also came with a chimichurri dressing, unnf). Again there was the option for some GF or vegan snacks, but we decided to go full meat.
Stop 5: Ceres
From a pub to a very cool cafe, Ceres has made quite an impression since it opened – with people raving about their coffee, brunches and cake. We were given samples of the sweetcorn fritters with halloumi, a tasty tomato salsa called kasundi, and a poached egg. This was probably my favourite flavour combo of the day, which is saying something given how much I loved the pizza and burger earlier in the tour.
Stop 6: Eatchu
One of my favourite lunchtime stops, we got to try 4 types of their tasty gyoza (pork, chicken, beef, veg), each with a different sauce and topping – I’d recommend also trying their miso soup, so good!
Stop 7: Bristol Cheesemonger
Our final stop off, it was fascinating listening to Rosie the cheesemonger tell us about the different cheeses she stocks – and get to try some! My favourite was the Truffler, which was infused with truffle oil – seriously moreish!
After this it was time to say goodbye to our group – Alice passed around some cake from Ahh Toots (a big slice of carrot cake to enjoy at home) and we then waddled our separate ways.
The team run four food tours around Bristol – the original one I went on, a South of the River one in Southville, a vegan tour and another one on bikes in partnership with Cycle the City. If you want to discover the highlights of the Bristol food scene in a short amount of time and get a chance to hear from the people behind them, I’d definitely recommend booking yourself on to one of the tours – you’ll leave full, happy and well-informed!