Bristol food & drink: February 2020

I took January off, but I’m glad to report that there are plenty of things to talk about this month, from Valentine’s Day feasts to a kids party food buffet for grown ups.

Warm your hands with a cuppa and get cosy, here are the February food & drink events you won’t want to miss…


Leading from all the #Veganuary shenanigans (I’m actually really keen to try the vegan steak bake), Woky Ko now have an exclusive vegan available on Deliveroo

In food festival news, the British Dal Festival will be back from 21st-31st March, with a special Dal Edition of St Nick’s Night Market on Friday 27th March. I was also really excited to hear that Eat Drink Bristol Fashion is coming back in May for a weekend of food stalls, workshops, live music and banqueting in Castle Park.

Fill up on dal at St Nick’s Night Market on 27th

Hyde & Co, the well-loved hidden cocktail bar just off the Triangle, celebrates its 10th birthday this month! It’s mad to think that this bar opened after I moved to Bristol, and it started the business which has since given us the brilliant Milk Thistle, The Ox, Pata Negra, Bambalan and Seven Lucky Gods. Head along to Hyde & Co between 3rd-9th February for a special menu of old favourites and a sample of some creations from their forthcoming menu.

The 2020 accolades have started already, with 30 Bristol restaurants appearing in the 2020 Hardens Guide, and The Pony & Trap making it to no.8 in the Top 50 Gastropubs list.

Main events

Have you ever been to a wassail? Now’s your chance to see the weird West Country tradition in action on Sat 8th at The Community Farm, with music, singing and of course lots of cider!

The Circle Project (made up of a group who previously traded in the Bearpit) are running the first of their Food for Thought events on Thu 13th, a cooking workshop with a twist. Groups will be encouraged to cook from scratch using seasonal ingredients, while meeting new people and learning some new stuff along the way!

Join the brewers from Good Chemistry for Kokomo Crawl 2020 on Friday 21st, a pub crawl taking in several bars serving their very tasty Kokomo Weekday and Kokomo Weekend (other beverages are available) and ending at their pub The Good Measure in Redland.

Paco Tapas are hosting a wine dinner with Suertes del Marqués, the top wine producer in Tenerife. On Wed 26th they will be pouring a handful of different wines alongside a menu of complementary classics, learning how they communicate the story of the incredible place where they were grown. Tickets are £90pp, inclusive of wine.

Party games, a party buffet and even a magic show come to Noche Negra above Pata Negra on Fri 28th for their Kids Party (The Grown Up Edition) . Party like you did in 1989, except with more booze and drag queens!

Valentine’s Day

If you’re looking for ideas to spoil that special someone (or treat one of your mates!), the city is full of Valentine’s Day menus and events.

I’ve seen some incredible Valentine’s Day menus at The Cauldron, Pasta Loco, Bristol Spirit, but I’m pretty sure they’re all sold out, so here are some other options…

  • Book in for five courses + bubbles at The Pony & Trap for £60pp (optional wine flight £40). Reservations via email –, or phone 01275 332627.
  • Enjouy four courses plus a Champagne cocktail at Glassboat for £50pp, accompanied by live music from a local jazz and swing band.
  • Munch your way through a vegan sharing dinner for two at the Love Your Planet Valentine’s Day Supper at The Vegetable Diva, £30pp.
  • Add a bit of crime while you dine at the Valentine’s Day Murder Mystery Dinner at Ashton Gate Stadium, which includes a 3 course meal, an arrival drink and tea/coffee for £39pp.
  • Enjoy four courses and a glass of Champagne at Harvey Nichols for £50pp.
  • The Pump House are doing a taster menu including Portland oysters and Champagne for £45pp (optional drinks flight £35).
  • The team from acclaimed veggie restaurant Acorn in Bath are doing a seasonal 6-course tasting menu at The Forge for £55pp.
  • Get a large sharing platter of meats, cheese and more with some fab wines at Le Vignoble for £50pp.

If you don’t fancy doing anything too schmaltzy, how about a Scotch egg masterclass at Little Kitchen, Wine tasting masterclass at Two Belly, a rum making experience at Bristol & Bath Rum Distillery or winter beer festival at Fierce & Noble’s brewery?

Workshops & classes

Learn something new this month!

New places

It’s been a slow start to the year, but there are a few new places for you to visit, including Sweven specialist coffee shop on North St, Big Juice in Hamilton House on Stokes Croft and the new Emmeline at Spike Island.

We’ve got some exciting stuff coming soon though, including the Ahh Toots shop at the bottom of Christmas Steps, a move to Cargo 1 for Squeezed, a new Burger Theory on Stokes Croft, Cave wine bar on Gloucester Road, Indian restaurant Mowgli on Corn St and an exciting new venture from the team behind Michelin-starred Casamia and Paco Tapas, The 3rd.

The slick Sweven on North Street

Dates for the diary


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