Bristol Food & Drink: December 2017

Welcome to winter proper! I hope even the grinches among you are enjoying the sparkly lights, warm drinks and bumper-sized Christmas sarnies that make this month extra exciting.

Here’s my guide to all the tasty things happening in December,make sure you also check out my Bristol Foodie Gift List and guide to Bristol’s Winter Warmer Drinks – both very handy too!

Bristol Christmas market Destination Bristol 1 (3) edited_preview
Source: Destination Bristol

Festive events

Get in the festive spirit in Wapping Wharf on Saturday 2nd – businesses will be coming together to celebrate Christmas by offering discounts and special offers.

Highlights include:

  • Woky Ko will be serving a limited-edition Christmas Bao. Cargo Cantina will be doing mandarin Margaritas (oh yes) and chestnut tacos.
  • Corks of Cargo will be offering free tasters of two different Madeira wines, plus traditional molasses cake and mulled wine. Or for something warm, have a hot gin toddy on Box-E‘s terrace, or head to Bristol Cider Shop for a festive mulled cider.
  • The Bristol Cheesemonger will be offering a discounted cheese selection as well as some festive tasters.
  • Root will offer a free glass of mulled wine with Stilton and Eccles Cake taster bites, Pigsty are doing a hog roast and The Pickled Brisket will be doing a Pastrami & Turkey Reuben (!!) plus their new Cargo grilled cheese sarnie.
  • Children will eat free at Wild Beer when accompanied by an eating adult from 12 – 6pm, and all day at Salt & Malt. At Bertha’s Pizza, kids can eat free between 12 and 6pm when an accompanying adult purchases a pizza.
wapping wharf
Source: Wapping Wharf

If you’re in the mood for something a bit boozier (and boatier), book yourself onto the Baileys Boat Cruise on Wednesday 6th or the Gin Cruise with Elephant Gin on Thursday 7th. 

The Wild Winter Feast at Hamilton House on Friday 8th (£34.50) looks very special – a festive banquet of wild & ancient foods, accompanied by performances of stories and music.

That same evening, Bosh are doing a three course supper club (£20), including antipasti platters to start, followed by slow roasted pork shoulder or aubergine Parmigiana. Vegan alternatives are available.

Feast with friends at Bosh

Experience a Russian feast and storytelling at Spike Island Cafe on 8th Dec (£30) – An authentic evening of Russian food & folklore, including borsch, smoked meats, blini & plenty of vodka!

The Spicery are hosting an Open Day & Christmas Thali lunch on Sat 9th, with gift market, crafty activities and tasty thalis (£10 for adults, £5 for children), and the following day you can head to The Forge in the centre for the A Tavola winter pasta & wine bar. Choose from dishes including buttered gnocci with black pepper, rocket and pecorino, Pappardelle with been shin ragu, caramel panna cotta or burnt ricotta cherry pie.


Bring a bunch of friends to Brunchmas at The Cauldron – a special Christmas Eve brunch with half price Prosecco!

And The Steam Crane in Bedminster is doing an 8 course feast on Christmas Day for those of you who don’t fancy cooking.


New Year’s Eve

Some ideas for dinners, parties and other ways to see out 2017 in style…

  • New Year’s Fiesta at Pata Negra, 9pm-3am, £35 including two hours of bottomless Cava and pintxos from 9-11pm, all night entry and entertainment.
  • Burger Theory’s Bottomless Burgers & Booze – 6pm-8:30pm, £49 pp for unlimited slider burgers, sides, fizz and beer, plus a welcome cocktail and canapes.
  • Small Bar are having their party from 7pm-2am, tickets are £43 which includes a 2 course meal from The Plumed Serpent, 7 beers and a special Small Bar memento.
  • New Year Tropicana at Bambalan – 6:30pm-1am, £35 including a cocktail on arrival, 4 courses and all night entertainment.
  • Harry Potter Party at Steam Bristol – 8pm-2am, £10 or £5 for earlybird tickets – come in fancy dress, meet Hagrid and enjoy a welcome cocktail before dancing the night away, Hogwarts style.
  • The Smuggler’s Ball at Milk Thistle – 9pm-3am, £35, includes 3 historically inspired cocktails in your ticket price, as well as all night entertainment. Fancy dress is encouraged!



Learn something new before the year is out!

Learn from the best with Jo Ingleby!


Some more new places to check out around town…

  • East Village Cafe is a cute vegan cafe in Clifton Village.
  • Voodoo-Q are opening a new smokehouse on Gloucester Road any day now…
  • Edit Bristol is an audiophile bar and restaurant(?) now open on Cheltenham Road.
  • Convivio is a friendly new cafe lounge on Cotham Hill.
  • Popular chains Franco Manca and The Real Greek have opened in the centre and Cabot Circus respectively.

east village

That’s it for this month, I’ll be posting my review of 2017 in a couple of weeks, so be sure to tell me on Twitter or Facebook which places/dishes/drinks have been your highlights of the year. In the mean time, if you liked this, you might also like…

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