Bristol Food & Drink: January 2019

What’s that I hear you say – nothing happens in January? Well it turns out there’s plenty to tempt you out of the house this month, whether it’s mega discounts, new places or exciting dinner events. Put it this way, I’ve already reneged on my booze-free plans for the month.

You can see a quick guide to the month’s events in the Events Calendar, and I also recommend having a read of my 2018 Highlights post at some point, mainly because it took bloody ages. Ta!


Bristol is already making waves this year, whether it be as one of the Top 7 UK Destinations for 2019, one of the Best European Cities to Visit in 2019, or as part of The Guardian’s Travel Hotlist 2019. You can see some of the city’s biggest achievements over the past 12 months in my 2018 Highlights Guide, but I have a feeling 2019 is going to be a big one.

*First award of the year klaxon* – Boston Tea Party has been named most ethical coffee shop in the UK, woohoo!

And seeing as it’s Veganuary for some, now’s a good time to mention that The Kitchen on Silver St now has an entirely vegetarian & vegan menu, and Root will be doing a full vegetarian roast on the last Sunday of the month for the next 3 months, a meat option will not be available. For £28 you’ll get a 3 courses, including a vegetable Wellington/lattice along with all the usual trimmings. The South West Vegan Festival also comes to town mid month.

This time of the year is also an excuse to do Dryanuary (good for your liver, bad for businesses, so make sure you still frequent your locals, even if it’s for a cuppa and a sarnie), or I’m an advocate of Tryanuary, where you drink less, but get a bit braver and more experimental with your choices. There are some good tours being run by Bristol Hoppers for it, but you can also ask for advice at your local boozer or beer shop.

Moor Beer Bristol Hoppers

Belly Laughs

Belly Laughs returns this months for a series of brilliant comedy gigs at bars, cafes and restaurants across Bristol, raising money for The Julian Trust. Tickets are still available for the following gigs at the time of writing:

Comedians in cafes for Belly Laughs


Some exciting foodie events coming to town this month…



Want to save a few quid this month? Here are a few fab offers going on this month…


ox offer

Workshops and classes

Learn something new this month!

Family cooking at Square Food Foundation


Some new places to try this month…

  • Coach House Cafe is now open in St Paul’s, in what was formally The Pear Cafe.
  • Clifton Seafood Company have opened a shop in Wapping Wharf.
  • Bay Fire Foods is the new permanent pop-up at The Old Bookshop – I can confirm the roasts are bangin’.
  • Spicer & Cole are opening a new coffee shop in Finzels Reach at the end of the month.
  • Pho Lounge is serving up homely Vietnamese food on Gloucester Road.
  • Good & Proper is now open in Temple Meads, focused on locally-sourced products.
  • Hummasapiens is a new veggie pop-up at Small Bar throughout January.
  • Beijing Cooking Pot has taken over from Chilli Daddy on Perry Rd.

And coming soon: Hangar 25, Masa & Mezcal, Filthy VIII, The Alchemist and lots more – Bristol 24/7 did a nice round up here.

Vietnamese goodness at Pho Lounge

That’s it for this month, let me know which events or new places you get along to over on Twitter or Facebook, or you can see what I’m eating over on Instagram. I love hearing what you lot get up to, so say hello!

If you’re still keen for something to read…

Dates for the diary
(or check the Events Calendar)

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