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The Bristol Foodie Gift guide

We all love novelty socks and comedy DVDs, but surely the best present of all to receive is the gift of food (or money, money is also very good).

I usually try to top up the stockings of my nearest and dearest with a few local Bristol treats (inevitably a few find their way into my cupboard, but I see it as commission for my thoughtfulness), so should you be wondering what food & drink gifts to get for friends and family, allow me to show you some of your options…

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Drink up ‘ee cider tasting kit!

Booze

Let’s start with my favourite. Of course you can go classic with a nice bottle of red from Grape & Grind or Avery’s, or pick up a selection of fine local beers from Brewer’s Droop (who also stock home brewing equipment) or Bottles & Books (and pick up a comic while you’re there).

But if you’re wanting to pull out all the stops, here are a few extra special ideas:

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  • One for the aspiring cider experts out there – The Bristol Cider Shop are now selling a Cider Advent Calendar as well as some mega cider hampers and gift sets – these are always popular in my family!
  • Get bottle or two of locally-made gin direct from Psychopomp, Bristol Dry Gin or 6 O’clock Gin (who are doing special personalised bottles this year!) – experiences and gift sets are available too.
  • Bag a selection of local beers or special beer gift sets from Corks (their North St & Cotham branches both do a fine range of beers, spirits & wine, while the teeny Wapping Wharf shop specialises in wine). You’ll also find special offers on wine cases, as well as special festive beers. Nice.

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Moor Beer Christmas gift set

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Hampers & gift sets

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  • Flip deli + cafe in Bedminster will be creating vegan hampers this Christmas, featuring wine, preserves, pasta and more.
  • Irie Box is doing a Caribbean style Christmas hamper which includes ackee & callaloo, hot sauce, seasoning tubs, plantain chips, rum fruit cupcakes, rum punch and lots more for £50. Orders are taken through private message on their social media or text/call 07480064288.
  • You can browse a wide range of high quality Spanish products , hampers and gift sets in the Mercado 44 online shop, or Mevalco‘s online store which even includes several luxury Spanish hampers.
  • Looking for more treats of the Mediterranean persuasion? El Colmado on Gloucester Road (they also have an online shop) and Sotiris Bakery on Park Row does a great selection of Greek biccies, pastries and sweeties that would brighten up any stocking.
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Spanish goodies from El Colmado
  • The award-winning Divino Deli at the top of Whiteladies Rd does a fine range of hampers, gift sets and homewares for the gourmands among your gift receivers.
  • Bristol Film Festival have had to cancel this year’s programme, so instead are doing film night kits, including a film, wine, snacks and a quiz!
  • Friska are doing hampers which include coffee, tea, snacks, sweet treats and vouchers for their cafes for £20 excluding VAT. Email catering@friskafood.com to order.
  • Create a bespoke box of Bristol goodies to deliver across the UK with Box Local – choose from booze, sweet treats, coffee, cheeses, soft drinks, bath bombs, candles and even Bristol-themed homewares.
  • Pick up a selection of fine local cheeses, gift sets & chutneys from The Bristol Cheesemonger, or some tasty cheese bundles from their online shop. You can also purchase gift vouchers for any cheese lovers. Hurrah!
  • Other delis worth a peek for top notch local produce include Southville Deli and The Mall Deli in Clifton.

The Bristol Cheesemonger

Local produce

Made in Bristol, available to munch anywhere you choose…

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Gingerbeards' Preserves

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Experiences

Not content with feeding people up?  How about giving your buddy a voucher for a cookery lesson, booze tasting or food tour? Or do what I did and book an event you want to go to anyway, so you get to rope in a plus one!

Tastings & workshops

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Cookery classes

  • Little Kitchen offer vouchers for their cookery school – workshops start at £18, and include everything from kids’ classes, pasta making and cake decorating to street food.
  • Papadeli offers vouchers for their cookery classes for their cookery classes, which cover everything from Middle Eastern cooking to how to make the perfect pudding.
  • Vouchers are also available for masterclasses & dinners at Square Food Foundation, where you can try your hand at making bread, vegan dishes, Mexican street food and more.

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Food tours

  • Bristol Food Tour do vouchers for their tours (£50 each) – the recipient can pick from several routes around the city.
  • Buy a gift voucher for a Bristol Hoppers beer tour – vouchers start at £25 and entitle two people to places on a tour of their choosing over the next 12 months.

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Meal vouchers

Many of the restaurants in Wapping Wharf are offering meal vouchers for Christmas – including Root, Cargo Cantina, Bertha’s and Box-E (who have a selection of vouchers, including for their Kitchen Table dinners). If you’re feeling especially generous, how about getting that special someone vouchers for Michelin-starred Casamia?

I’d recommend getting a vouchers for a 91 Ways supperclub – not only are they great fun and you’ll always leave full of amazing food, but the money raised goes to supporting their projects across the city.  They’re also selling recipe cards too!

You can also nab a voucher for All About the Cooks, which lets you order delicious meals from home cooks across Bristol, from Egyptian and Indian feasts to homely Italian dishes and South American cakes.

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It’s always worth asking at your favourite restaurants (or places you know someone wants to visit) to see if they do vouchers, otherwise an easy way to shout someone a free meal could be to buy them a Wriggle gift card?

Finally, if you’re looking for a new recipe book I can recommend the Bristol & Bath Cook Book, which features interviews and recipes with lots of local bars & restaurants, including Pinkmans, Pasture, The Bristol Food Tour and more.

In the mean time, here are some other food & drink guides to keep you occupied…

Bristol food and drink Gift guide

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