Bristol Food & Drink: February 2018

Welcome to the month of lurrve, or bottomless booze, or brunch. Whatever you decide, February is something to everyone this year.

There’s tons to get through so I’ll keep the waffling to a minimum, but it’s safe to say that this month is looking fairly stupendous. See you on the other side…

Exciting Events

Awards aplenty! Casamia was recently awarded No.2 in Harden’s Best UK Restaurants, with The Pony & Trap scooping 2nd place in the Top 50 Gastro Pubs list.

Bristol also made it into the Top Places to Visit lists for the New York Times and The Irish Times, National Geographic’s Cool List 2018 AND The Telegraph’s 2017 food highlights, as well as receiving many compliments from top critic Jay Rayner (swoon).

The Bristol Good Food Awards winners will also be announced at the awards ceremony on 25th February, you can see the shortlist for each category here.

Pony and Trap

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend (2nd-4th Feb), Wriggle are doing another food trail, this time it’s Eating Bedminster! There are a variety of deals and discounts available at bars and restaurants, from tapas to thali to beer tasters.

For the boozehounds among you, there are plenty of unlimited booze events coming up this month, as now seems to be the fashion. There are bottomless pizza and prosecco evenings at Dough Ballers in Ashton Gate Stadium every Friday, and another bottomless pizza & prosecco party at Pizzarova on 15th Feb.

You can also get bottomless burgers & booze at Burger Theory every month, bottomless booze with roasts at Steam and Prince St Social every Sunday (they also do brunches which include bottomless booze every Sat), and all those are in addition to the monthly bottomless brunches at Brace & Browns, Harbour & Browns and The Clifton Sausage. Drink responsibly kids!

SoCal bottomless prosecco brunch at Steam: boozy.

Celebrate Chinese New Year with the big free celebrations at Wai Yee Hong in Eastville on 17 Feb, which will include a lion dance, kung fu performances and a festive market. There are also Chinese New Year celebrations going on at Woky Fest in Wapping Wharf on 16 Feb, featuring special Asian dishes from the surrounding restaurants, a lion dance troupe and music.

And here are a few dinners to get excited about:

  • Bristol Cider Shop vs Squeezed – cider tasting with burger, fries & dips from the brilliant Squeezed on 17th Feb, £20 (absolute steal if you ask me).
  • Fish & shellfish tasting evening at The Pony & Trap – six courses of the finest seafood from the South West on 22nd Feb. Menu £60, Champagne flight £35.
  • Sabor Colombiano – A multi-sensory Colombian dinner at Spike Island Cafe on 24th Feb. 4 courses for £33.
  • Taste Along to Sleepy Hollow at Arnos Vale – a screening of the gothic film on 24th Feb, accompanied by matched dishes, £15.
  • As a sneaky March preview, Bristols’ critics will be cooking for chefs & public on 4th March in a fundraiser event for Action for Hunger – I’ve bought my ticket and I’d suggest you do too! Also, Root start their Kitchen Takeovers series with Salon Brixton on 8th March. Other guest chefs will include Kirk Haworth from Plates and Jan Ostle from Wilson’s.
Woky Fest
Woky Fest returns!

Valentine’s Day

Make sure you spoil that special someone – here are a few suggestions…


  • 3 course meal for 2 with a bottle of wine or Prosecco at Dough Ballers for £50.
  • £30 per couple deal at Desi, which includes a bottle of wine, a trio of snacks, curry, rice and chapati each, plus dessert.
  • 7 course tasting menu at The Knowle incl. venison carpaccio & lamb fillet, £35pp.
  • The Athenian are offering 20% off your bill after 6pm on Valentine’s Day. Valid for groups of 2 or more, on bills of £15 or more.
  • 7 course taster at The Malago, including pork tenderloin & chocolate truffles, £45pp.
  • Valentine’s menu at No.1 Harbourside – 3 courses for £22.50 or 2 courses for £18.50, including several vegan and veggie options.
  • 3 courses for £22.50 at Sholay in Cargo 2, including samosa chaat, lamb kebabs, dhai baingan and chocolate mousse.
Indian dishes at Sholay


Some special menus for you to tuck into at pubs & bars around Bristol…

  • Tsukemono are serving their Japanese wares at The Robin Hood for all of Feb (until 2nd March), including Japanese braised pork belly, Seitan mabo-don and kim-cheese toasties.
  • Fried chicken masters Wing’s Diner are now based at Small Bar indefinitely, so I suggest you get down there stat for a tasty rice bowl, chicken burger or spicy wings.
  • The Plumed Serpent‘s top notch tacos can now be found at the Volunteer Tavern near Cabot Circus – it’s a great pub so now it’s doubly worth a visit!
  • Mission Pizza will be based at Bristol Spirit in Whitehall from 2nd-17th February – their vegan pizzas are seriously good, just take a look at the pic below!

mission pizza

Courses & Workshops

Wow your mates with some homemade treats, or your new-found knowledge!



Some new places to add to your list for a visit…

  • Per Kor – Persian & Korean dishes on Gloucester Road.
  • Happy Bird – Fried chicken with big ambitions on Whiteladies Road.
  • Pasta Ripiena – Tortellini joint from the gang behind Pasta Loco, coming soon to St Stephens Street.
  • Urban Kohinoor – sister restaurant to the award-winning Urban Tandoor, now open on Whiteladies Road.
  • Burger Bear – damn fine burgers on Gloucester Road.
  • Zero Green – a zero waste shop in Bedminster.
  • Sandwich Sandwich – a new branch for the lunchtime kings on Queens Road.
  • Koocha – a vegan restaurant & tea bar on Zetland Road in Redland.
Happy Bird
Fried chicken burger at Happy Bird

That’s it for this month, you can see what I’m munching over on Instagram, or say hello on Twitter or Facebook. If you want more stuff to read, how about…

  1. Oldies but Goodies: 11 Bristol Institutions
  2. Bristol’s Best Date Locations
  3. Where to get your Sugar Fix in Bristol

Dates for the Diary
(or check the Events Calendar)



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