Butterfingers Needs You

After successfully founding and running the monthly BS5 Market in St George, Holly Chalmers is determined to support local producers and talent from her own community convenience store, Butterfingers.The local BS5 resident is launching a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the new venture. e has just 30 days to raise £10,000 else Butterfingers won’t become a reality.

Just a stone’s throw from St George park and next door to the recently opened Bristol Loaf, the store will stock fresh fruit and veg, meats and cheese, all the essentials, but with one difference – all the produce will be sourced locally. And it won’t just be the essentials, Holly will be linking up with some of the wonderful traders from the BS5 Market to stock their specialist products.

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Holly has just 30 days to raise £10,000 else Butterfingers won’t become a reality. Just a stone’s throw from St George park and next door to the recently opened Bristol Loaf, the store will stock fresh fruit and veg, meats and cheese and all the essentials, but with one difference – all the produce will be sourced locally. But it won’t just be the essentials, Holly will be linking up with some of the wonderful traders from the BS5 Market to stock their specialist products.

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But it won’t just be the essentials, Holly will be linking up with some of the wonderful traders from the BS5 Market to stock their specialist products so you won’t have to wait till market day to stock up

In the evenings and on closed days Butterfinger’s will be offering the space to hold workshops, talks and supper clubs. So whether you’re a street food stall that wants to offer an extended menu, or you’re a silk artist using botanical dyes, this space will provide you with a platform to share your talent and skills. A contribution to this worthy cause may mean a fantastic pop up coming near you soon!

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The Kickstarter campaign will go towards buying essential equipment such as chillers, deli counters and of course a coffee machine.  With the deli becoming a pop-up paradise in the evening, Holly will also need more fittings in the kitchen with much-needed equipment for hosting the perfect supper-clubs.

To contribute to this fantastic, community-minded project, follow this link to the Butterfinger’s fundraising page. Dig deep!

 

The Bank Tavern’s Fowl Fine Dining Experience

The Bank Tavern knows how to cook, consistently providing some of the best burgers, roasts and nose to tail events in Bristol.  After far too long a wait, I am excited they are back with a “Fowl Fine Dining Experience”. bank tav fowl

Held on the 16th and 23rd of October, you can expect course after course of beak to tail eating, with dishes including bird bacon and pidgeon gibblet haggis. These events fill up very fast so email Landlord Sam Asap to book your place. See you on the 16th!

Bottles and Books is now open!

Open at the top of end of  Gloucester Road, Bottles & Books is, allegedly, the worlds first Bottle & Comic shop specialising in craft beer, real cider and comics.

Bottles & Books is being launched by the team behind Bristol based Orchard Box, the craft cider subscription club, which features real ciders from around the world made by small producers. Bottles & Books will be carrying on in this vein offering a huge selection of specialist ciders on it’s already groaning shelves. 

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Although being launched by the team behind Orchard Box the craft beer selection is not being overlooked, there will be the freshest craft beers from great local & international breweries such as Verdant, Lervig, Wild Beer, Left Handed Giant, Cloudwater, Beavertown, Lost & Grounded and more!

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Regarding their range of comics, Bottles & Books intend to focus on the indie, creator owned and interesting whilst supporting local & UK creators. Of course they won’t be forgetting the bigger titles, with fans able to enjoy superhero titles from Marvel and DC.

Bottles & Books will be a hub for beer/cider/comic geeks with regular events such as meet the brewers, Q&A’s, Tastings & Comic signings

Find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

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Farmdrop Has Come To Bristol

With Bristol becoming one of the top foodie cities in the UK you would expect to be knee deep in fresh, local produce. However, for those of us who work hard, play hard and don’t have the time or inclination to head to Gloucester Road, St Marks Road or Clifton Village to pop to the butchers, bakers and candlestick makers,  Farmdrop is quite the boon.

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Via the jolliest, cow-print electric vans, you can place your order and a nice bloke will deliver within the allotted time, just like Sainsbury’s but without the guilt. I was lucky enough to have been given some credit to try the service for myself and racked my brains for what to buy. As I live smack bang in the middle of Gloucester Road I am literally tripping over the A Boards of a Fishmonger, Butchers, Bakers, Grocers and Bottle Shops so Farmdrop is a wonderfully lazy treat. I went for 2KG of Beef Rib which I intend to roast on a Sunday for friends.

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They were delivered on time by a lovely driver and the beef was exactly what I was expecting which means 10/10 for me really. If you aren’t as geographically lucky as I am, you can expect to find anything from seafood to alcohol, organic fruit and veg, grown in the BS postcode, meat from farms mere miles away and even household goods. They also run a referral scheme so you earn £20 credit by recommending friends, brilliant!

Find Farmdrop here and download the app!

Pictures courtesy of Farmdrop

Whilst I received a complimentary £40 credit this in no way impacted on my opinion. I was not obliged to write a positive review, and the venue did not see this review before it was put up on the site.

 

 

Big things are coming at Espensen Spirit

Sam, Matt and Phil have been hard at work at Espensen and Bristol Spirit, coming up with new products and cramming their kitchen with some of the best pop ups in the business. With two new, limited edition vodkas to sip and mix.

With two new, limited edition vodkas, you are going to have to move quickly to grab them. Queen of Summer, with its Kate Bush inspired label, is packed full of tart, Gooseberry and best served chilled. It is just wonderful on its own, but it works equally well with a range of mixers including soda, ginger ale or elderflower. It’s also fab in a glass of Prosecco or Champagne. For cocktails, it makes a stunning version of a Bee’s Knees. 20p of each sale also goes to a local brain injury charity. Order yours here 

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Second in the lineup is True Romance, naturally featuring an homage to Marc Almond, and a sloe packed vodka that’s been seeping for a year. Made with Welsh sloes and British vodka, Sam started making this batch of True Romance back in autumn of 2016, resulting in a gorgeous flavour reminiscent of sour cherries and blackcurrants. Pre-order yours via the website

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If that wasn’t enough news, one of my favourite purveyors of fried chicken will be hitting up the kitchen at Bristol Spirit and feeding the BS5 public. Wing’s Diner will be serving up juicy buttermilk fried chicken with an Asian twist from Thursday 14th to Saturday 30th September 2017. 

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Wayne Chung and Kevin Bradshaw will be offering a range of different chicken options including burgers, wings and pieces, along with a variety of side dishes. They are also cooking up fantastic vegan food including dirty fries and ‘Pulled Pork’ (pulled jackfruit served in their signature Korean sauce). The kitchen will be serving from 5-9pm Wed-Fri and Saturday 1-9pm during the pop-up. YOU MUST GO! 

Find Wings Diner on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

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Bristol Cocktail Week Is Back and Bigger Than Ever!

Cocktails in the City is making its return to Bristol on Friday 15th September. After five years of touring the country, the event is back, bringing 16 of Bristol’s best bars together under one roof.

Held at The Passenger Shed next to Bristol Temple Meads; you will be able to indulge in specially-designed cocktails by the likes of The Milk Thistle, Red Light, Hyde & Co, Her
Majesty’s Secret Service and Harvey Nichols Second Floor Restaurant and Bar.

Cocktail lovers will be invited to discover something different and learn about the art of
mixology with interactive masterclasses, games and food and drink pairing experiences
throughout the night.

Accompanying the array of cocktails will be plenty of delicious food from a selection of
Bristol’s favourite street food vendors: Bambalan, Eatchu and AlpMac.

Guy Siddall from Bristol Gyoza restaurant Eatchu comments;
“Bristol’s booming independent food scene is creating a lot of buzz so we were delighted to be approached by Cocktails in the City. A chance to pair our gyoza up with some amazing and innovative cocktails, what could be better?”

Around 850 people are expected to attend the event which costs £12 a ticket and includes a welcome cocktail on entry. The return of Cocktails in the City to Bristol follows successful events in London, Leeds and Manchester and precedes an inaugural event in L.A later in the year.

Tickets are available to buy now here 

Stay up to date by following Cocktails in the City on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram 

 

New Cafe”The Epiphany” Opening At The RWA

Bristol’s top barista Alex Zeal will open a modern, chic café at The Royal West of England
Academy (RWA) this August. With the help of Bristol’s queen of cakes, Bethen Reid, the new café will serve locally-sourced treats and award-winning coffee in the stunning surroundings of Bristol’s oldest gallery.
The Epiphany at the RWA is the brainchild of Alex – a finalist in the Bristol heats of the UK Barista Championships – and Bethen, who creates deliciously decadent bakes for top eateries like Boston Tea Party and The Vintage Birdcage Cakery. The new café has found its home in Bristol’s RWA – a spectacular Grade II* listed building in the heart of the city.

The fuss-free, contemporary menu will focus on high-quality, locally-sourced and seasonal ingredients, treated with love and care. Lunches will include a selection of frittatas, tarts, wraps and salads, plus warm, Hobbs bread sandwiches, generously filled with top ingredients like Portobello mushroom, mozzarella, red onion pickle and olive tapenad.

Every Sunday, the menu will feature a star ingredient that is grown or produced by one of the pair’s many foodie friends. The tarte tatin, made from rhubarb grown on an allotment in Easton, and the soup that uses courgettes and peas from a garden in the Forest of Dean, illustrates Alex and Bethen’s commitment to local fare, cooked with care.

As home to Bristol’s premier barista, The Epiphany at the RWA will specialise in world-class coffee. Alex is so dedicated to the perfect cup, he will be sourcing beans in Peru shortly before the opening event. The café will also serve a hand-picked selection of wines, locally-brewed artisan beers and Canton teas.

To launch this exciting venture, Alex and Bethen invite guests to a special evening party, where there will be a chance to sample the menu and enjoy an espresso martini on the RWA balcony. If you would like to go, head to their event page 

The event will include free access to the RWA’s current exhibition Air: Visualising the Invisible in British Art 1768-2017.

Set against the backdrop of the RWA’s breath-taking marble interior, The Epiphany will suit fans of great art and gorgeous food alike.

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