Breaking Bread to reopen on The Downs in April

Breaking Bread to reopen on The Downs in April

Posted on: 26 Mar 2021

The celebrated pop-up dining complex is returning for its second stint in Clifton.


Organisers of the popular hospitality pop-up Breaking Bread have confirmed a date for their 2021 reopening, with their Pipe & Lovers outdoor beer garden now taking bookings from Thursday 15 April onwards.


The covered bar - manned by the teams behind The Love Inn and The Pipe and Slippers - will be serving up a brand-new food menu in celebration of their long-awaited return, curated by chefs Josh Eggleton and Ben Harvey.


Bookings can be made from midday today (Friday 26 March) via the Breaking Bread website, but will certainly be snapped up quickly - act fast and book now to avoid disappointment!



In line with the latest government guidance regarding the coronavirus pandemic, Breaking Bread will be operating a two-phased reopening, with their pop-up restaurant ready to relaunch as soon as restrictions allow.


The team have also announced the addition of two new parts of the complex for 2021 - a 150-capacity entertainment tent to host a variety of events through the summer, and Team Canteen, a fully-equipped kitchen and events space for fundraisers and community projects.


Josh Eggleton, co-founder of Breaking Bread, said: “It’s great to be coming back to The Downs, after such a great response last year. More than 35,000 people came to Breaking Bread over the four months we were open.


“We’ll be back open and ready for the relaxation of restrictions, providing a socially-distanced space to enjoy some al fresco drinks and we have a huge programme of events, initiatives and dining experiences planned in line with each phase of the reopening.


“Our community focus is going to be front and centre this year, with the Team Canteen being set up right in the middle of the site.


“We are hoping that it will be a really useful resource for community groups and other food organisations from across the City, helping us to give employment opportunities and training to young people and providing a space to showcase how we can make Bristol a fairer city.”

Breaking Bread on The Downs.

Opened initially in July 2020, Breaking Bread was a hit with Bristolians upon its launch, providing a unique dining experience for locals as well as a range of employment opportunities for the struggling hospitality industry.


Thousands visited the pop-up tipi village during its first stint on The Downs, with a programme made up of guest kitchen takeovers, live music, live comedy, DJ residencies from local promoters and more.


More recently, in response to the current lockdown restrictions, the team launched Breaking Bread at Home, giving locals the opportunity to enjoy restaurant-quality meals (prepared by teams at Bianchis, Salt & Malt and The Pony and Trap) from the comfort of their own homes.


For more information on Breaking Bread, or to book your table for their April reopening of The Pipe and Lovers bar, head to their website. Alternatively, you can follow news and updates on Twitter.

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