Coronavirus latest: How Bristol independents are adapting in difficult times

Coronavirus latest: How Bristol independents are adapting in difficult times

Posted on: 19 Mar 2020

The future is looking as uncertain as ever as the Coronavirus outbreak continues to impact daily life.


Businesses across Bristol and the rest of the UK have already been hit hard by the Coronavirus outbreak, and there doesn't seem to be a solution in sight as cases continue to rise.


The government is still advocating social distancing, so in the face of recommendations to stay away from bars, pubs, restaurants, stores and other establishments, how can you support your favourite independents without visiting them?


Espensen Spirit 


Local infused spirits producer Espensen Spirit has made some of its favourite cocktail combinations available for purchase online, with free delivery within a one-mile radius of their BS5 HQ or an option to collect orders from the bar.


Alongside their usual selection of delicious and unique spirits, you can get your hands on Negroni and Joni Collins cocktail kits to enjoy in the comfort of your own home. Find a full list of Espensen products here.

Espensen Spirit.

The Clockwork Rose


The Clockwork Rose in central Bristol will be staying open for as long as possible. To broaden their operation, they've signed up to Wriggle's 'Kitty' program and will be setting up a gift voucher scheme in the coming days. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for more info.

The Clockwork Rose.

Flour & Ash


Flour and Ash will be remaining open for evenings only this week, but are pushing their Deliveroo and takeaway offerings while people are being encouraged to stay indoors. They've also got gift vouchers available on their website - check out their options here.

Flour and Ash.

The Exchange


The Exchange have made the decision to close their doors for the time being, but are looking to sell off some of their stock to raise funds while they're unable to host events. 


Kegs of Thatchers Gold, Thatchers Haze, Brooklyn Lager, Gem, Carlsberg, San Miguel and Cubic are available, and the owners are also opening to selling cans and spirits to interested parties. Get in touch with The Exchange via email or on 0117 930 4538.

The Exchange.

No. 12 Easton


No. 12 Easton will be open as normal until Sunday, and from Monday 23 March onwards will be providing a takeaway-only service. The team will offer local deliveries where they can, as they confirmed in a statement on Facebook:


"The takeaway service will include coffee, cakes, pastries, sausage rolls and sandwiches, plus beer, wine, and retail packs of bacon, sausages, eggs and coffee. It is very important to us that our staff are able to continue earning as long as possible, so all patronage during this time is greatly appreciated."


If you are local and self-isolating and would like something delivered, get in touch with No. 12 via email.





Papadeli will remain open Monday - Saturday 09:00-17:00, with a fully-stocked deli and a wide variety of essential goods on offer. Their homemade food counter is also offering up freshly-prepared food to take away.

The cafe space will be closed, and the owners ask that customers pay with card only to help protect staff and customers. Papadeli are also offering a delivery service for central Bristol - watch out for updates and announcements on their Facebook page.


Foodie vouchers are also available on the Papadeli website, valid for a year and good for the full range of products available at the deli.

Papadeli in Bristol.

Bill's Bristol


Bill's are still operating their scheduled breakfast, lunch and dinner services, but are offering up a reduced menu for the time being. They're also on Deliveroo, with a range of top-quality dishes available for delivery straight to your door.

Bill's Bristol.

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Article by:

Matt Robson

Having moved to Bristol from Cornwall in 2015, Matt graduated from UWE with a degree in Journalism in 2018. He's keen on a wide variety of musical genres, as well as taking an interest in art and illustration, producing his own work in his spare time. Matt makes the most of Bristol's diverse nightlife and attends gigs and club nights regularly. Get in touch via email at