Bristol Food & Drink: November 2017

‘Tis the season to be jolly, for ’tis mulling season! Regular readers will know how much I love a mulled beverage, and that combined with my preference for animal-patterned jumpers means that we’re now firmly ensconced in my favourite time of the year.

It’s an epic list ahead, so feel free to skip to the event list at the bottom (or the calendar if easier), but I’m excited to tell you all about the dinners, special events and new places coming to Bristol this month.

Get cosy under your dinosaur blankie (just me?), here’s what’s going down in November…

wapping xmas
Source: Wapping Wharf

Dinners & Big Deals

First things first – a huge congrats to Paco Tapas on their Michelin star! That now brings the total number of Michelin-starred restaurants in Bristol to 4 (the others being Paco’s next door neighbour Casamia, plus The Pony & Trap in Chew Magna and Wilks in Redland).

A fair few other Bristol locations got an honourable mention in the 2018 guide as well as several others winning in the Observer Food Monthly Awards (not to mention the excellent winners at this year’s Crumbs Awards) – so it’s a good time to get munching!

paco tapas
Source: Paco Tapas

On to scrumptious dinners this month – on Saturday 4 Nov you can head to Spike Island Cafe for a three course Greek dinner accompanied by wine-based storytelling at Spike Island Cafe.

Wapping Wharf are throwing a patio party on Friday 10 Nov (followed by their Christmas celebrations on 2nd Dec) – this belated opening party for Cargo 2 will feature music from DJs, a raffle and special discounts from traders, including art from The Portside Gallery,  hand-crafted bikes from Temple Cycles, bread and cakes from The Assembly Bakery and craft beers from The Beer Necessities.

There will also be the regular takeaway treats on offer from burger maestros Squeezed, mega salt beef sarnies from The Pickled Brisket, curry & Indian snacks from Gopal’s Curry Shack, tasty pizza from Pizzarova and plenty more to get your mouth watering!


Enjoy a three course banquet from 12 aspiring young chefs at Bristol 24/7 & Square Food Foundation’s Autumn Feast on Thursday 16th. Aimed at inspiring the next generation of chefs for the city, the event is priced at £40 for what promises to be a special evening.

Hamilton House are hosting the first in a new series of supper clubs on Thursday 23rd – Mageiros Pop-Up Restaurant events aim to bring together people from different culture & backgrounds with the aim of sharing stories and food. The first event is a menu from Pakistan, Dahi Bara, (lentil dumplings) Makkai ki roti, (corn flat bread) and Lamb karhai. Tickets are £25 including a welcome drink and food.

If you’re after something a bit different, try the Sephardic Dinner at Aron’s (Friday 24th, £25) – 3 courses of Jewish dishes including choices of latkes, chicken soup and matzo balls, ghoulash, sólet and hot deli sandwiches.

Other specials dinners this month include a Sri Lankan feast from Bosh! on Friday 3rd, a game tasting menu at The Knowle on Wed 8th, a Champagne dinner at Harbour Hotel on Mon 13th and an Aussie punk wine dinner at Hotel du Vin on Thursday 30th.


St Nicks xmas market2
Source: St Nicholas Market

Sorry to the grinches out there, but Christmas is nigh! I figured I’d help those with Christmas shopping on their to-do list and tell you about the markets & fairs coming up in the next few weeks:

Classes & Workshops

Source: Zara’s Chocolates

Learn something new, or give someone the gift of KNOWLEDGE (and boozy tasters)



Bristol Beer Week may have been and gone, but there are still plenty of beer-tastic events taking place in November:


Moor Beer Bristol Hoppers
Source: Bristol Hoppers

Because I didn’t have enough to tell you this month(!), I thought it was worth posting a quick reminder of some of the food & drink tours available in Bristol – these are well worth your time, or are good ideas for Christmassy gifts:

  • EatWalkTalk – A walking tour of the old city centre of Bristol, combining history & local knowledge with 9 food & drink tastings.
  • The Bristol Food Tour – regular food tours around Stokes Croft & North St, as well as a dedicated vegan tour and a cycling tour of the city exploring the best foodie hotspots!
  • Bristol Brewery Tours – A fun tour of some of Bristol’s popular breweries, including a tasting session on a Bristol Ferry.
  • Bristol Hoppers – Walking tours showing off Bristol’s best craft beers spots (both breweries and bars) as well as trivia about the city’s history and heritage.


Source: Albatross Cafe

I ran out of space to name the newcomers last month, so here’s a list of the latest places to visit:

  • Cafe Jackalope – A kid-friendly cosy cafe on Gloucester Road.
  • The Bristol Kitchen – an environmentally conscious community kitchen in The Galleries, Broadmead.
  • The festive Apres Bar will return to Millennium Square from 16 Nov until 16 Jan.
  • Albatross Cafe – a snazzy Berlin-inspired bar/cafe on North Street in Bedminster.
  • RePlay – a gaming bar/cafe on Cheltenham Road.
  • Foundations – a nutritionally-balanced cafe on Baldwin Street.
  • Croft Ales Taproom – a brewery & bar just off Stokes Croft.
  • The Star & Dove has now reopened under new management in Totterdown.
  • Rosa Tapas is a new tapas bar on Whiteladies Rd from the team behind Zazu’s Kitchen.
Apres Bar - Jon Craig
Source: Apres Bar Bristol
  • Chai Walla – 2nd branch of a popular Bath-based Indian restaurant on Stokes Croft.
  • Popti & Beast – a new deli and shop selling meat and breads in St Werburghs.
  • Oowee Diner have opened a 2nd branch of their popular burger joint on North St.
  • The Clockwork Rose – a Steampunk style cocktail bar in the centre.
  • Sprinkles Gelato is a new dessert parlour on Millennium Promenade.
  • Rocotillos have opened their second American style diner on Gloucester Road.
  • Pearly King Cakes have opened on Chandos Road in Redland.
Oowee are now plying their burger trade in Bedminster!

And coming soon…you can get cooking lessons from Bristol Cookhouse on Gloucester Road, eat Argentinian-inspired tapas at Otira in Redland, sip liquid nitrogen ice cream cocktails at Brozen’s upcoming bar, eat delicious ravioli at Pasta Loco’s soon-to-be little sister Pasta Ripiena, slurp some noodles at Wok Boxtix in The Arcade in Broadmead (or try some Vietnamese street food at their neighbour Rollin Vietnamese), munch sourdough pizza at Franco Manca‘s latest branch on Clare St, and brace yourselves for more brilliant bao at Wokyko’s new branch, opening soon…

That’s it for this month, let me know where you decide to munch over on Twitter or Facebook (or see what I get up to on Instagram). If you still need some foodie inspiration, how about these guides…

  1. Bristol’s Cosiest Pubs
  2. 11 Bristol Foodie Institutions
  3. Bristol’s Best Burgers
  4. Pub Crawl Routes around Bristol
  5. Bristol’s Best Pizza Joints

Dates for the Diary
(or you can check the calendar)

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