Bristol Food & Drink: December


It’s got a bit nippy hasn’t it?

The German Christmas Market has taken over Broadmead, everything smells like mulling spices or fireplaces – and we’re on the cusp of parties and chocolate for breakfast, hurrah!

Bristol is certainly slowing down this month, but there are still more than enough fun events for you to sink your proverbial teeth into…

Get your munch on

Fancy loading up on some South American stodge in a double decker bus? Your wish has been granted! On Sunday 6th you can head along to the Peruvian feast at Bearritos, courtesy of Bellyful.

There’s more latin food fun in the form of the Tacos & Tequila night at Fuego on Thursday 10th, where you get to build your own tacos and drink lots of premium tequila for a nifty £15.


Around the corner that same evening on the 10th, Bristol brewing maestros Wiper & True are doing a tap takeover at The Famous Royal Navy Volunteer on King St, so expect lots of tasty beer, and lots of sore heads the next day.

You can also take in a film whilst you munch, as Cannoli & Gun‘s next event is Bad Santa at Salt Cafe in St George on Sunday 13th December. For £10 you get entrance to the film and a choice of sandwich (salt beef with gherkins & mustard, or halloumi with roasted veg, yum).

There are also the usual roster of tasty kitchen takeovers across town:

Last Minute Presents!

Still got some presents left to buy?

Here are a list of markets taking place this month, so you should be able to find some nibbly bits and local produce to fill up that special someone’s stocking.



We’ve also got a few new places to try in town this month, with the opening of The Old Market Assembly on 1st December, which not only houses The Wardrobe Theatre, but also food and drink from the same team behind Canteen and No.1 Harbourside – how exciting!

(Incidentally, if you haven’t got tickets to their inaugural show ‘Goldilock Stock and Three Smoking Bears, you’re missing out).

Some of the yummy treats available at The Old Market Assembly

The Ox on Whiteladies Road is also open for business – so you no longer have to stomp down the hill into the centre for their excellent steak and other assorted meaty treats (don’t hate me but their pigs trotters on toast are incredible).

Also, no sooner has veggie restaurant 1847 opened its doors, than we get 3 extra businesses opening on St Stephen’s Street!

Pop along soon and say hello to CUPP bubble tea bar, Hanoi Coffee Co and Proven pizza slice & deli – all occupying the units previously taken up by Mr Wolf’s (who knew it was that large?)

New Year’s Eve

For those of you who want to plan ahead and not follow my example of sitting at home with 4 bottles of Prosecco, here are some of my picks for where to get groovy at NYE…

If you’re feeling a bit grand, Milk Thistle are hosting a big Victorian style New Year’s Eve party, complete with punch, dancers and a string quartet!

Or if you’re feeling something more food-centric, head to their cousin Pata Negra for a four course tapas feast, to The Lido in Clifton for their 5 course extravaganza, or to Cafe Maitreya for their six (!) course vegetarian/vegan menu.

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There’s also a Mardi Gras shindig at The Square Club in Clifton, and an almighty booze-up at Small Bar. Phew!

PS. My main debates on Twitter this month were:

  1. Is Pineapple & Ham an acceptable pizza topping?
  2. What is your ultimate burger topping?
  3. What are you having for lunch?

So if you want to have your say in the next one – follow my scintillating* Twitter account!

*if you find tweets about condiments and food puns amusing, that is.

If you’ve enjoyed this post, you might enjoy my guides to Bristol’s Best Roasts, Bristol’s Best Brunches, or perhaps Where to Treat Yourself in Bristol?

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