Bristol Food & Drink: December

Bristol’s Apres Bar (pic by Natalie Brereton – follow her on Twitter!)

I hope you’re all not too stressed from trying to navigate Christmas markets and trying to hold conversations with people in moody festive jumpers.

Whether you’re embracing the tinsel or not, here’s my list of what to look forward to in this rather nippy December…

Dinner events

Exotic flavours from The Matatu Kitchen on 11th Decmeber

If you’re looking for something a bit special to do this month there are a few exciting dining events to book your place at – here are my picks of the bunch:

  • The Matatu Kitchen – a new East African Supper Club at Wilsons Sunday 11th December, £25
  • Festive Feast at The Bank on 12th & 19th – 5 courses inc. glazed goose & smoked salmon, £40
  • Wild Winter Feast at Hamilton House – 3 courses of ancient foods serenaded by music, £25
  • Shine for Shelterbox – a 5 course candlelit meal at Yurt Lush, to raise money for Shelterbox, £45.

Markets and Fairs

Check out the great food talks at Indies in Bristol on 3rd Dec

It’s a bumper month for markets, so get yourself along to one of these for some last minute gift shopping!

Plus there are the regular Harbourside Markets every Saturday and Sunday, and Tobacco Factory Market every sunday.

A market on a ship – only in Bristol…


There are lots of Christmas-related posts already out there, so here are just some highlights…


Bristol is pulling out all the stops this year, with some seriously weird and wonderful parties to end the year. The ones I’ve got my eye on are:


For a more comprehensive list of events, check out the Best Christmas & NYE Parties guide from Foozie, or the Christmas menus and Christmas Day Dining features from Bristol Bites.

Christmas gift guides 

On my Christmas list this year:

Some more Bristol-centric gift ideas can be found on the Wriggle Bristol Gift Guide (put together by the very clever Bedsit Bonvivante)

Courses & Tastings

Up for a challenge? Why not learn how to make a gingerbread village?

A quick round up, but here are a few lessons you could squeeze in before the close of 2016…

That’s it for my event round ups this year! I’ll be posting my Best of 2016 list in a couple of weeks, so let me know on Twitter or Facebook what your favourite food & drink places are!

And if you need some more wintery inspiration, how about these guides:

Dates for the Diary

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