Blackberry picking in Bristol

There are so many blackberry picking spots in Bristol. Which means plentiful opportunities for blackberry and apple pies and crumbles, blackberry gin and countless other treats and niceties.

We went blackberrying a couple of weeks ago on a sunny Sunday on the Clifton Downs. We were on the Sneyd Park side, near the cliffs. There were loads!

Our general strategy was for me to pick the high-up and hard-to-reach ones. Leo collected the low down ones (with surprising dexterity for a two year old) and Sam went in search of new patches.

Blackberry picking!

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  We came away with 3 small tupperware pots full. They tasted brilliant. Leo’s took forever to fill on account of him insisting on eating three blackberries for every one which went in the pot. 

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Once home, one pot of blackberries was put to good use in a blackberry and apple crumble, The filling recipe was courtesy of Nigella, How to be a Domestic Goddess – there was caramel involved and it was filthy gorgeous in true Nigella style.


The other two pots are now in the freezer, one waiting to be turned into blackberry gin (perhaps just in time for Christmas?!) the other will probably become a blackberry & apple pie this weekend.

Such a fun and free activity. Well worth doing before they go over. I’ve spied this post on Bishopston Mum with some great recommendations for more local blackberry picking spots.

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