Bristol Food & Drink: February 2019

The cold snap may be in full force, but spring is round the corner, apparently.

In the mean time, we have plenty of tasty events, festivals and new places to keep us busy, hurrah!

So put on the kettle and get cosy with your hot water bottle, here’s the low down on where you should be munching this month…

Main events

The British Dal Festival returns for its second year from 10-17th February, with a programme of events across the UK, but still focused in Bristol. Events include:

  • Sat 9th – 91 Ways Celebrates the Magic of Dal at Bristol Hindu Temple. Free.
  • Sun 10th – Meet the Producers at Poco, a 3 course meal using UK pulses in every dish. £27-£32.
  • 10-17th – The Dal Trail, a selection of special dal dishes at restaurants & cafes across Bristol (I’m hoping to try a few of these).
  • Wed 13th – The Dal Takeover at St Nicks Farmers Market event, with a free dal lunch from Thali!
  • Wed 13th – 4 course vegan feast at Gopal’s Curry Shack, £22.50.
  • Fri 15th – BYOB dal feast by Bosh, a trio of dals with bread and sambals, £12.50.
  • Sat 16th – The Grand Dal Finale (Free), cookery demos, talks, street food, family activities & market stalls at Paintworks.
  • Sun 17th – Vela pop-up, five dishes using dal in different ways, £26.79.

You can also celebrate Chinese New Year at a range of festivities around Bristol, including at Bristol Museum on Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd February, at Wai Yee Hong in Eastville on Sat 9th and at WokyFest in Wapping Wharf on 9th. Woky Ko Kauto are also putting on a Chinese New Year banquet on 7th Feb which is just £27.50 for four courses and a glass of fizz. Yum.


There’s also a new vegan market coming to town this month. House of Veg is a new vegan street food market which will take place at the Pennywell Project near Old Market on Sat 23rd Feb, with stalls including Hummusapiens, Bun Fiction, Mel’s Kindness Kitchen, The Smoked Vegan and more.

And finally, Wriggle & Burger Bear are offering the prize of a lifetime’s supply of burgers! The competition winner will be able to claim one burger a day (including their own personally designed special) for the rest of their life from Burger Bear’s Gloucester Road restaurant. They will also see their dream burger feature on the Burger Bear menu for one month. The competition closes on Wednesday 6th February. To enter, fill in your details here, and describe your dream burger.

Valentine’s Day

Feeling schmaltzy? Here are some good events and offers to consider:

  • Yurt Lush are doing a special Valentine’s Day dinner, 3 Courses for £35 or 2 Courses for £28, and it looks lush.
  • Bertha’s Pizza in Wapping Wharf are doing a special Valentine’s Day menu for £40 per couple, which includes starters, a pizza each and a dessert each, plus a glass of Cava on arrival.
  • The Malago in Southville is doing bottomless cheese fondue for just £12.50 per person on Valentine’s Day!
  • Birch are doing a couple of Valentine’s specials, including chateaubriand with salad, bearnaise and chips for £50.

  • Bristol Film Festival are doing a special screening : Amélie with Wine Tasting at Averys Wine Merchants on Friday 15th, tickets are £25 and include a tasting of four French wines. They’re doing quite a few foodie film events this year, so check out their programme!
  • Fancy a bit of culture? Bristol Old Vic are doing a special offer for their performances of ‘Wise Children’ during the week of Valentine’s Day. On arrival guests will receive a glass of Prosecco with snacks, followed by a three course meal in the theatre’s 1766 Bar & Kitchen before the show. At the interval, guests will then be treated to macarons, dipped strawberries and another glass of Prosecco. More info here.
  • The Square Kitchen are doing a 7-course Valentine’s menu for £55.

Not feeling the romance? Bristol Hoppers are doing a Singles Beer Tour on the 8th! Or you can get some more ideas from this guide to the Best Date Locations in Bristol.

Enjoy a Valentine’s dinner at the gorgeous 1766 Bar & Kitchen


Some other dining events to tempt you this month…

  • Sinner, Saint and Purgatory supper club at The Victoria, Wed 6th – devilish dishes from Dante’s Food, including Back in black mackerel, and Rhubarbara Streisand custard doughnuts. £23 for 4 courses.
  • Pitchfork Cafe: Winter Banquet at Cafe Kino, Tue 12th – several courses of seasonal, vegan food. £20 for all courses, £16 for all courses minus pudding.
  • New Zealand wine dinner at Hotel du Vin, Fri 15th – a three course meal paired with wines, plus canapes and an arrival drink. £70 per person.
  • Mamma Mia matinee & Greek lunch at Bristol Spirit, Sat 16th – a screening of the film accompanied by a Greek brunch. £25 including a welcome cocktail.
  • Dine Naked at Bristol Cookhouse, Sat 16th – a three course supper club where all guests are naked. £28.
  • Clandesdiner, Sat 23rd – a secret supper club in a mystery location. Suggested payment £30.
  • Spanish Wine Dinner at Pata Negra, Wed 27th – a selection of tapas matched with some top notch Spanish wines, explained by experts The Three Amigos and Andy Clarke. £45.
  • 91 Ways Egyptian supper club – a three course Egyptian dinner, the proceeds of which go to funding 91 Ways projects in the community. £30.
Head to Pata Negra for a celebration of Spanish food & wine on the 27th

Workshops & tastings

Learn something new this month!

Learn how to make some impressive desserts at Little Kitchen


Tsukemono are returning to Bristol Spirit from February 6, offering soba and udon noodle dishes based around kaeshi – a distinctive broth base which is a staple of Japanese cuisine.

Criminal Donuts are doing a one night only pop-up at No.12 Easton on Sat 16th, followed by another at Milk Teeth in St Pauls on 1st March.

Come and get your fill of Gujarati dishes from Naasto Basto at The Volunteer Tavern this month, they’ve been getting rave reviews, so I need to head over myself!

Tasty Tsukemono

That’s it for this month, follow more food updates on the blog’s Facebook page, say hello on Twitter, or you can see what I’m eating on Instagram.

Other guides you might like…
Bristol’s Best Harbourside Spots
Bristol’s Cosiest Pubs
Bristol’s Best Curry Restaurants
Bristol’s Best Brewery Tap Rooms (Visit Bristol)
The Most Sexual Food You Can Put in Your Mouth in Bristol (Stuffed)

Dates for the diary
(or check the Events Calendar)

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