Getting to know Bristol - Eat.Walk.Talk. Bristol Food ToursPosted on: 10 Mar 2017
Chart the rich history of Bristol’s Old City through its modern day food products as this walking tour with a difference allows you to discover its past with your taste buds. Eat.Walk.Talk. Bristol Food Tours is the brainchild of Brian Iles and we got the chance to talk to him and find out more...
Bristol’s Old City dates back to Medieval times, with the years between then and now containing some particularly juicy history as it grew into a bustling trade port, an industrial hub and the cultural plethora that it is today. The Eat.Walk.Talk tour negotiates this area, illuminating sites of historical importance and linking them to food and drink tastings from some of the city’s finest local producers.
When was Eat Walk Talk Bristol founded and can you give us a brief history?
We were founded in July 2016. I had worked in food & beverage/retail my whole career and having travelled the world taken many food tours to discover the culture, history and people of each city.
Tell us about Eat Walk Talk Bristol and what makes you unique in Bristol?
We literally do what it says on the tin. We eat walk and talk our way around Bristol. We cover our history, street art, culture and food scene to help our guests really get to the heart of Bristol.
How do you find running an independent business in Bristol?
I think Bristol is a fantastic place to run an independent business. There is so much support and the city culture is all about helping people thrive and develop in a market dominated by large companies.
Which venues do you visit? Is it always the same?
We do always vary our tour as different places trade on different days e.g. market days around St Nicks, the Harbourside and temple quay. Our core partners are Harts Bakery, Wapping Wharf partners including Pigsty and Bristol Cider Shop. We also visit Swoon, Grillstock, Pieminister, Eatchu, Full Court Press, Guilberts, Bristol Cheesemonger and Brew Bristol.
What if we're vegetarian or vegan?
We have a vegetarian tour (though not a vegan one as yet). However, we can accommodate most food tolerances such as GF or Halal.
Photo courtesy of Colin Moody
Are you able to arrange private tours?
Yes we can create bespoke tours to suit any needs. We have arranged some fun corporate events, a hen party and some smaller groups too.
You've built up quite a following already - how can Bristol people get in touch to book a spot?
We have our own website www.eatwalktalkbristol.com. You can check availability and book tickets directly there. We are always available to help too via Twitter, Facebook or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where do you like to eat out in Bristol when you manage to get some time off?
What's your favourite place in Bristol?
Where do you see Eat Walk Talk Bristol in 5 years time?
I'd like to continue to grow our tour portfolio in Bristol and the West Country showcasing the best we have to offer.
What advice would you give to any aspiring Bristol business owners?
Seek help, take advice and realise that you don't have to have all the answers.
If you were Mayor of Bristol for a day which one thing would you change?
I'd probably do something to ease the traffic, it has so many repercussions for health, well-being and our economy that pretty much everyone would benefit.
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Born and raised in the suburbs of Swansea, Jimmy moved to Bristol back in 2004 to attend university. Passionate about live music, sport, science and nature, he can usually be found walking his cocker spaniel Baxter at any number of green spots around the city. Call James on 078 9999 3534 or email Editor@365Bristol.com.