We wanted the BS4 arts trail to be a bit different to other trails, with a wider variety of types of art and creative practice involved and also by involving local food and drink venues in our trail map to help people plan their routes and know where they can stop off for food and drink along the way. There are so many beautiful green spaces in BS4 to enjoy a picnic, but we are also lucky to have some really great craft breweries, pubs, delis and cafes too. So you can sit in or eat outside, or a bit of both!
Bristol is a city of craft beers and we have a few of the best breweries here in BS4. Lost & Grounded were voted Brewery of the year and Beer of the Year in the 2022 Brewers choice awards. We are very lucky that they are going to be opening their lovely taproom for food and drinks on both days of the arts trail. You can enjoy great music, great beers and great food from Fat Dad’s Kitchen from 1pm to 9pm on Saturday and Sunday. They are the perfect place to finish up one of your days exploring the trail! Hop Union is another great craft brewery with a fairly new taproom on the other side of BS4 at 20 Bonville Road, BS45QH. They will be open 12 till 8pm on Saturday 24th.
If you’re after a pub lunch or Sunday roast, or just some drinks in a sunny beer garden, there are two great pubs involved in the arts trail, both in different parts of BS4. The Knowle pub on Leighton Rd serves delicious food with great views and a lovely beer garden. It’s just over the road from one of our community venues, Jubilee Pool, as well as being very close to several of the open home studios. And The Langton on Langton Court Road has a great Sunday roast and a sunny back beer garden. It’s just along from Wendy Calder’s pottery studio and it’s an easy walk from there down the hill to St Anne’s House so it makes a great place to stop off.
Pick up bits for a picnic in the park or in the woods from the brilliant Sandy Park Deli and Sandy Park Greengrocers. Both are open Saturday all day. The greengrocers serve some great freshly squeezed juice blends to give you plenty of energy for the day.
Plus brand new cafe Kin will be opening before the trail on Sandy Park Road. Run by the sisters that run the coffee van in Victoria Park, they will be open both days for great coffee, cake and sandwiches!
If you’re exploring the Knowle side of the trail, pop into Redcatch Community Garden Roots cafe which serves ice creams, coffee, cake and sandwiches. There’s pop up food from Peckers Chicken as well as a bar from 12 till 9pm on the Saturday. And there’s even a special hot air balloon launch happening on the Saturday afternoon and evening to enjoy too!
There’s also Boca Bar at Paintworks open all weekend with their own art exhibition, where you can enjoy delicious pizzas and drinks. Tarrs ice cream shop is just off Sandy Park Road on Sandown Road open 12 till 5pm both days with great locally made ice cream. And there’s Crispins Fish Bar on Sandy Park Road for fish and chips. Don’t forget some of the community venues are offering food and drink on-site too.
There is quite a bit of walking if you want to see everyone on the BS4 arts trail, but you definitely won’t go hungry along the way!