Bristol Food & Drink: December 2018

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Christmas! Credit: Destination Bristol

I’m in full festive cheer mode now – I’ve had my first mince pie and mulled beverage of the year, bedecked my halls with holly and ironed my sequinned reindeer jumper (only joking, I don’t even own an iron, grown up that I am).

Before you hibernate for Christmas week and drink your body weight in port, here are a few events which might tempt you out from your cosy nests. They’re proper good, I promise.

Check the Events Calendar if you’re in a rush.


Tickets are now on sale for the brilliant Belly Laughs – a series of comedy gigs in restaurants, bars & cafes across Bristol to raise money for Julian Trust. More dates & venues to be announced shortly, but see the first few here.

You can get a slap-up breakfast delivered to your door! Epic Breakfast sends out boxes in Bristol postcodes 1-8 which include pastries from Assembly Bakery and free range eggs from Chestnut Farm. They’ve got a 20% discount code WELCOME20 valid for purchase on Sunday – Thursday, all the way until Christmas (I’m not getting commission on this – or anything in this blog – I just like the idea). Woop!

Belly Laughs 2018 at Box-E. Credit: Wriggle

Festival application season is here (and almost gone) – register your interest to take part in Bristol Food Connections 2019 here, or sign up to be part of the Dal Trail at February’s British Dal Festival here – all you need to do for the latter is create a special dal or pulse-based dish and put it on the menu during festival week, nice and easy!

Bristol Craft Beer Festival have announced that next’s year’s festival will once again be held in Lloyd’s Amphitheatre in the harbour, but is being moved forward to the weekend of 7-8th June 2019, rather than the usual mid September dates. Early bird tickets are now available here.

craft beer fest

Main events

Some proper good times to get yourself along to…

St Nicks Festive Night Market (Friday 7th, free) – Wrap up warm and enjoy street food, mulled cider, music, late night shopping, carols, and a light show to commemorate 275 years of St Nicks. Lovely stuff.

Viva! Vegan Festival at Bristol Student Union (Sat 8th, £3 or £2 for students) – Over 90 stalls of plant-based food, clothes, ethical gifts and more. There will also be talks and live cookery demonstrations all day for people wanting to learn more about the vegan diet.

St Nicks xmas market
St Nick’s Night Market – always amazing

Bishopston Supper Club 8th birthday celebration (Sun 9th, £28) – A special dinner to celebrate 8 years of this well-loved supper club, and possibly their last event ever, noo!

Adventurous Eats at The Bank Tavern (Mon 10th/17th, £45) – several courses of decadent festive munch in a cosy pub setting. I’ve been to a few of these now and they’re nothing short of spectacular.


Almanac Supper Club at Alchemy 198 (Wed 12th, £26) –  This new supper club will be partly inspired by local food writer Lia Leendertz’s bestselling book, The Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to 2019. A sneak peek at the menu includes: beetroot muhammara dip, winter squash and hazelnut roast and potato and parsnip dauphinoise.

Christmas Captain’s Dinner on Brunel’s SS Great Britain (Thu 20th, £68) – If you’re looking to push the boat out (heh) this month, Brunel’s famous ship is hosting a decadent Victorian three-course dinner complete with entertainment.

Dinner with Isambard himself? Probably not.

Aron’s Deli supper club (Sat 22nd, £25) – 3 courses of traditional Jewish dishes, with a choice of starters, mains and desserts. These events only come around occasionally so are definitely worth your time & money!

Christmas Eve Nordic Dinner at Bristol Cookhouse (Mon 24th, £35) – six courses of lush Scandi fair including gravadlax, confit duck leg with Jansen’s Temptation and traditional rice pudding (vegetarian and vegan options are available). The Bristol Cookhouse is also doing dinners on Christmas Day and Boxing Day if you want to save yourself the hassle of cooking.

Tours, Tastings & Workshops

Learn something new this month – or maybe treat someone special to a new experience!


Beer + Cheese = Good Times. Credit: Two Belly

Christmas events

There are plenty of general festive events and Christmas markets to choose from this month, but some of the more food-centric or exciting markets (in my opinion) are:

  • Thu 6th – Gloucester Road Christmas Street Party
  • Sat 8th – Bristol Browsers Market on Gloucester Road with organic wine, local traders & mulled wine!
  • Thu 13 & Fri 14th – Festive Feast at Finzels is a two-day street food extravaganza at the fire station on Temple Back (I’m really looking forward to this one)
  • Sat 15th – Harts Bakery Christmas Market – a small but eclectic mix of stalls outside the bakery including wine, cider, cheese, pottery, plants and hot chocolate.
  • I’d also thoroughly recommend the Harbourside Market (every Sat & Sun), and the Tobacco Factory Sunday Market – both brilliant for food and gifts!

I also enjoyed reading this guide to festive munch in Bristol recently, or there’s a nice family-friendly festive bucket list for those of you with little ones. Or I wrote this Bristol Food Gift Guide if that comes in handy!


NYE parties

As most NYE parties tend to be booze & music focused I’m going to refer you to this list of New Year’s Eve events for a more general idea of what’s on, otherwise here are four of my favourites:



Some new places to look out for…


  • Urban Masala is now open a couple of doors away from sister restaurant Urban Tandoor on Small St.
  • The Good Measure is a new bar from the team at Good Chemistry Brewing opening soon on Chandos Road in Redland.
Oowee Vegan: 100% dirty, 0% animals

That’s it for this year’s events – I’m aiming to do my usual Highlights of the Year post later in the month, so keep an eye out for that on here or here. Earlier editions always make for entertaining reading, you can read 2017, 2016, 2015 AND 2014 if you feel inclined.

Other good reads ( if I do say so myself)

Thanks for reading, tell your mates and that, or say hello on Twitter or Instagram, it’s always nice to hear from you all!

Fa lalalala, la la la la.

Dates for the diary
(or check the Events Calendar)

2 thoughts on “Bristol Food & Drink: December 2018”

  1. Hi Shonette
    Doing a great job telling people about Bristol events, as usual. A little advance notice about an event I’m running in January for your next post: Wines of Australia at Stoke Lodge on Saturday 19 January 11am – 4pm. Cost 34 per person + shared cost of the wines on the day (max 15). Booking essential on
    Thanks and have a great Christmas

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