Wapping Wharf at Christmas

Bristol Food & Drink: November 2019

Winter is most definitely here, and in the run up to Christmas there is a shed ton of food & drink events to get into the festive spirit.

Get a cuppa on the go and have your calendar at the ready, here are all the tasty things you could do in November…


It’s been a big month for Bristol food businesses – The Bank Tavern won Best Roast at Observer Food Monthly Awards, with four other Bristol restaurants getting shortlisted!
Oowee also won two awards at the Deliveroo Awards – Best Restaurant and Best Vegan Offering.

16 Bristol restaurants feature in the AA Restaurant Guide 2020, and The Observer’s food critic Jay Rayner made another visit to Bristol (he reviewed Pasta Ripiena earlier this year, and has already heaped praise on Box-E and Wilson’s in earlier reviews) to try the food at Marmo (spoiler: he really liked it). You can see Jay waxing lyrical about the Bristol food scene here.


Time to party! Celebrate the Mexican festival of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) at Masa + Mezcal on Sat 2nd November, where they’re putting on a special four course Mexican feast with cocktails, mezcal and live music. Phone or pop in to book your table.

It’s Sherry Week from 4-11th November at Bar 44 in Clifton, with something happening every day including tastings and workshops, with a Sherry Fiesta on Sat 9th November.

Don’t miss the Grand Gin and Tonic Tour of Cargo on Saturday 9th November with Box-E, Psychopomp, Wokyko and Gambas, where you can enjoy three small plates and a G&T at each venue. Tickets are £30, call 0117 3296887 to book.

Grand Gin and Tonic Tour of Cargo

One for the wine lovers – Avery’s Celebration of Wine is on Saturday 9th, with an afternoon session and an evening session. A limited amount of discounted tickets are available from Wriggle.

A new LGBTQ+ event is launching in Bristol this month – Queers Without Beers Bristol is an alcohol-free social night that doesn’t revolve around booze. Everyone is welcome – whether you have never drunk, don’t want alcohol tonight, are looking to change your drinking habits, or have actively quit drinking. These events are already hugely popular in London and Manchester, so head along and support their first Bristol event at Adelina Yard on Monday 11th.

Expect music, magic and festive fun at Wapping Wharf on Thursday 14th November when the community switches on its Christmas lights, complete with a performance from the cast of Tobacco Factory Theatres’s Snow White. There will be festive ytreats on offer all evening, including toffee apples & ‘poison’ glitter apple tattoos at BOX-E, hot spicy mulled cider at Bristol Cider Shop, cranberry margaritas & chestnut tacos at Cargo Cantina, smoked haddock chowder at Clifton Seafood Company, Chorizillos a la sidra served with roast chestnuts & hot spiced mulled Sangria at Gambas, festive cheese nibbles from The Bristol Cheesemonger, and the first 50 people at Salt & Malt from 5pm onwards will get a free hot chocolate or mulled cider!

Wapping Wharf for Christmas

The Gin to my Tonic Festival comes to Paintworks from Fri 15th – Sat 16th November, with the opportunity to try over 100 gins.

If you want a fun night out, I’d recommend The Thinking Drinkers: Heroes of Hooch on Friday 22nd, I went to a show of theirs a couple of years ago and it was a hoot, a hoot I tell you.

Finally, Free From Festival takes place on Sat 23rd, championing foods that are free from gluten, dairy or refined sugar.


Treat yourself to somat nice this month, g’waaan.

Sunday Supra Club

Christmas and NYE

It’s time to start getting organised! The big Christmas Market in Broadmead opens 8th November, plus there will be special festive additions to Harbourside Christmas Market and St Nicholas Market throughout November and December. Some handy quick links:

Xmas Tipi is the sister venue of Après bar and is popping up from 5-14 December for group bookings.

If you’re looking for somewhere to eat on Christmas Day,  The Ox are open until 3pm and running a special menu, as are The Hole in the Wall. Most hotels in the city are also open to bookings in their restaurants too.

The Kensington Arms in Redland is hosting a five-course Christmas Eve Tasting Dinner (£45) of winter delights if you want an extra special night before Christmas. Email or phone to book.

As for New Years Eve, if parties and staggering around the city centre with a bottle of Buckfast isn’t your thing, a few places are open and serving dinner until midnight, including Box-E, Bar 44 and The Kensington Arms – but you’ll have to book soon! Phone or email to reserve your spot.

The Ox Christmas Day Bristol

Classes and tastings

Learn something new to impress your mates this month…

Pata Negra Sherry Club with Xeco Wines


Some new places for you to visit this month include Rock Salt (in what was Bellita on Cotham Hill), which opens at the beginning of November and is run by chefs who used to work at Dishoom and Dhamaka. Expect traditional Indian and Chinese dishes, with a big focus on cocktails too.

After a few months of fundraising, the Coexist Community Kitchen has now reoped in Easton and is running cookery workshops. If you’re a fan of Italian food, head to the new Coffee Heart on Colston Avenue.

We’ve been waiting forever it feels like, but Black Rock is now open for your whisky tasting adventures, and creperie Chez Marcel is planning to open in early November.

That’s it for this month, say hi over on Twitter or Instagram, or follow the latest food news on the blog’s Facebook page. If you’re looking for something else to read, how about…

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