Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Go Local: 3 Amazing Food And Drink Producers In And Around Bristol


British cuisine often comes in for a bit of stick, especially from our continental cousins. Our native recipes are stereotyped as bland, stodgy and uninteresting, all of which are unfair. Although efforts by celebrity chefs such as Gary Rhodes have done much to rehabilitate homegrown efforts it’s still something that haunts British food producers.

Bristol, however, is a place that pays no heed to stereotypes. It’s an innovative city, home to experimental, creative people in the arts and culture and food is no exception. There are food producers in and around Bristol that make top tier produce enjoyed across the country and around the world. Here’s a selection of the best.

1.     Bristol Beer Factory. Bristol has a pretty long association with quality alcohol. Back in the late 19th century John Harvey & Sons created the first cream sherry, known around the world as Bristol Cream. Beer has also long been produced in the city, and this fine tradition is carried on by the Bristol Beer Factory. This company makes award-winning ales and beers on a site that has been used for brewing beer for centuries. If you want an authentic British beer, with all the delightful hoppy flavours then Bristol Beer Factory’s selection is for you.

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2.     Pieminister. Nothing goes with a bottle of quality ale like a chunky, delicious pie. Pieminister found its start in a Bristol cellar, where two enterprising brothers-in-law decided to create the best pies imaginable. They opened their first shop in the city in 2003 and from there they’ve been on an unstoppable upward spiral of success. They source as much of their ingredients from local West Country suppliers as possible, and serve up some of the most delicious pies ever. From old favourites like steak and kidney, to exotic goats cheese concoctions, there’s something for every taste.

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3.     In A Pickle. You know what would make the perfect complement to that Pieminister pie? Some locally-made pickle. In A Pickle only started up as a business in 2011, and in that short time they’ve won a variety of awards and accolades for their incredibly tasty range of pickles, chutneys and relishes. They use mainly local produce and always use fresh, seasonal ingredients, making them an ethical as well as tasty option. A big dollop of their Chuffin’ Ale Chutney will taste amazing with your pie and Bristol beer.

 It just goes to show that you don’t have to go to London or Paris to get some delicious food. It’s right there on your doorstep in Bristol, if you know where to look for it.


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