We’re little more than a hop, skip and a jump from Christmas now, and while I’m not quite ready to bombard you with festive events yet (the Christmas gift guide is ready though), I am getting very giddy for mulled beverage season.

Last year I did a guide to the best winter warmer drinks in Bristol (to be updated v. soon), and I’m counting the days until it feels sufficiently wintery so that bars will crack out the mulled wine and cider.

Anywho, it’s definitely less festival-y this month, but instead there are oodles of exciting dinner events, workshops and tastings for you to get along to (browse the Events Calendar if you have a date in mind). Grab your mittens and bobble hat, here’s what you could be doing in the coming weeks…

Quick news

The StreetSmart scheme returns this month, with participating restaurants adding £1 to their bill to raise funds for the homeless. So far The Gallimaufry, Wellbourne, Box-E and Wilsons are among those taking part in Bristol – so show you support by dining out!

Bristol Food Connections and The British Dal Festival have just announced their 2019 dates and event applications are now open – see their respective websites for more details if you’re a food business/scheme interested in taking part. The Dal Festival returns from 10-17th February and will be running weekly dal cooking challenges on its social media accounts from next week onwards – I’m going to see how many I can do, so why don’t you have a go at trying some new recipes too?

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FareShare South West are running their #BigBreakfast week from 12-16th November to raise awareness of child hunger in Bristol. Find out more and donate to help distribute food in schools here.

On the subject of great causes, Josh Eggleton is also appearing in a new Channel 4 series filmed in Bristol which is staffed by people living with dementia, aiming to raise money for charity while also highlighting the issues surrounding dementia.

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Bristol Cider Shop are launching a Cider Club this month, so you now have the chance to try a broad range of ciders at home. Each monthly delivery will includea mix of local ciders, and one or two guest ciders. All of the ciders will be natural, vegan-friendly and gluten-free, with some limited release and one-off ciders also featuring. Packages start from £28 per box for delivery across the UK, or £18 when collected from the shop.

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Big events

Some of my highlights from a jam-packed month…

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As for Christmassy events, I’m particularly excited by the Alternative Festive Feast menu at Thali (curry for Christmas dinner – perfect alternative for those of you sick of turkey), but you can see a more comprehensive list of Christmas party menus here.

I’ll go into more festive detail in my December guide, but here are some other festive links if you’re looking to get organised…

Moor Beer Christmas gift set

Dinners

Here are a few special dining events going on this month from cosy supper clubs to an event on board the SS Great Britain!

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This bread from the Bosnia & Herzegovinia supper club is immense!

Tastings & workshops

Learn something new this month!

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Catch them while you can! Salt Street are serving Latin American sandwiches and snacks at Steam on Whiteladies Road (I tried the Cubano sandwich recently – oh my), Spanish kitchen Ajo are at Bristol Spirit from 7th- 31st November, and Hoba Kebab head to The Robin Hood on St Michael’s Hill from 9th November.

Cubano sandwich from Salt Street
Cubano sandwich from Salt Street

Newbies

Some new places for you to visit…

  • The huge Revolucion de Cuba is now open on the Harbourside next to Lloyds.
  • Criminal Donuts have started selling at markets around Bristol.
  • Grano Kitchen is serving ‘proper Italian food’ in Glitch on Old Market.
  • Molto buono, a cosy Italian restaurant has just opened on Park St.
  • Two Belly is a new cheese and beer shop on Whiteladies Rd.
  • Head to Brendan’s Brewtique on Queens Rd for hundreds of different beers from across the UK, Europe and beyond.
  • The mighty Chilli Daddy have opened their latest restaurant on Queens Rd in Clifton.

And coming soon: Cocksure Brewing are opening in Totterdown, Alchemy 198 is a cocktail bar launching mid November on Gloucester Road, The Old Butcher’s turning into Friendly Records Bar from 16th November, ‘easy going Indian restaurant’ Dhamaka arrives at the end of the month, and the team from Spike Island Cafe and Folk House are taking over the ground floor cafe at Colston Hall from this month.

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One of the treats on offer from Grano Kitchen

That’s it for this month, I’ll continue to update the Christmas Gift Guide and Winter Warmers blog, so keep an eye to those. Let me know which of these event you get to over on Twitter, or keep up to date with the latest news by following A Life Less Organised on Facebook. I’m also over on Instagram scoffing my face if that’s more your jam.

If you want something else to read:

  1. Bristol’s Cosiest Pubs
  2. Bristol’s Best Pizza Joints
  3. Bristol’s Best Curry Restaurants
  4. Oldies but goodies: 11 Bristol Institutions

Dates for the diary
or check the Events Calendar)

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