Bristol food tour
Eat walk talk is a Bristol food tour, not only will you be given an insight into the local dishes but also the history of the city and the sights you will see along the way. I was a bit wary when the guide said it was 5km but as we kept stopping along the way it didn’t feel we were walking that far and to be honest you need a bit of exercise to work off all the food you will be eating. After 11 dishes we were truly stuffed but in a nice way. I attended this tour as part of the Bristol Bloggers group which is group of 50+ Bristol based bloggers ranging from travel, food, lifestyle and mummy bloggers, our aim is to help promote our home city.
Getting to know our tour guide
Brian Iles is the founder of the Eat Walk Talk tour and the tour guide with exceptional knowledge of Bristol considering it’s not his home town. He is originally from Wales but has lived in Bristol for 11 years; moving here after meeting his wife, a native Bristolian. He has also lived in London and Phoenix, Arizona. He is also a keen writer so check out his blog.
Brian has travelled around the world and always found food tours a great way to get to know a city, it’s history and culture. He is a passionate foodie, loves to cook and has worked in Retail and Food & Beverage most of his life so it was a natural extension to his passion for Bristol and its food culture. He has also been on lots of tours around the world including Sicily, Istanbul, Vancouver, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Shanghai and New York.
Brian is a keen traveller and when asked his favourite destination answered “That’s far too difficult because they are all so different but in Europe probably Stockholm and if I absolutely had to I’d say Sri Lanka.”
His favourite dish he has had whilst travelling was “An amazing hot pot in Chengdu, Szechuan Province, China. Rounded off an amazing day in the Panda sanctuary. Fantastic flavours and the freshest ingredients.” I too visited this area of China to visit the Panda sanctuary and I got to hold a panda which was amazing.
Bristol is my home town but I am not actually aware of any food product that is just specific to Bristol, I could be wrong so if I am then please let me know as I would love to try it. I know we have some great produce including sausages, honey, ciders and beer so was really looking forward to this food tour. I wasn’t disappointed, it was so much fun. I learnt more about my home town and found food venues that I didn’t know existed. I have to admit that out of all the places we stopped at I was only aware of one of them, the rest seem to be hidden gems in Bristol but now I know where they are I will be visiting a lot more.
A little birdy told me today was going to be the hottest day in the last 55 years so off I went in my summer top, no cardigan, no rain coat and the heavens opened. Part of this tour is about the history of the buildings that we are passing but we had to run to most of the venues (well walk fast anyway) to get out of the rain so we might have missed a few points along the way but we were more interested in hearing about the history of the food and Brian was very good at explaining this.
I have been asked by Brian to not spoil the tour for others by giving away too many of the places so here are some pictures to tantalise your taste buds. I am afraid if you want to find out more you will have to go on the tour yourself, you can book here or how about giving a tour voucher as a gift.
So without giving away too many of the secrets I just have to say that this tour will fill your bellies with a wide range of dishes including bacon sandwiches, gelato, fish and chips, cheese, buns and beer.
This tour went on abit longer than expected probably because it was full of bloggers who are always taking pictures but I think it is because we were enjoying it so much and didn’t want it to end. I actually want to do another tour as there is so much to still try in Bristol.
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Have you don’t a Bristol food tour or found some tasty food I would love to hear it please comment below
Thank you to Brian from eatwalktalk for hosting this event for the Bristol Bloggers group we had a great time and hope to join one of your tours again in the future.