*Please note that this guide was amended on 2nd November to reflect the changes for the November 2020 lockdown in England*
We’re into winter and I think we all need a few things to look forward to, so let me oblige! From new foodie apps to online events, there’s more than enough to keep you occupied in November even while we’re staying home.
But before I start – following on from all the talk in the news about school meals and food banks, FareShare South West has announced FoodStock 2020: a plan to stockpile emergency food with the infrastructure to deliver it to critical organisations through a difficult winter. Find out how you can help. Other orgs helping in this area include Feeding Bristol, National Food Service and many more listed in this post.
If you’d like some Christmas ideas for gifts from local businesses, check out my Bristol Foodie Gift Guide – it has gift sets, booze, hampers, vouchers, experiences and more. I’ve also updated my Bristol Lockdown Essentials guide to keep you entertained.
The Volunteer Tavern by Cabot Circus now have their own inhouse brewery, producing vegan-friendly beers made from 100% green energy – a great addition to a pub which is already one of my favourites.
Bristol Food Union have a great new Christmas campaign, ‘Buy One, Give One’ allows you to order some local food gift boxes for yourself or a loved one, and then donate a box of food provisions to someone in need.
East Bristol Hops and Dawkins Ales have created Easton Promise, made with hops grown by over 100 local people. Bottles of are available at Dawkins pubs and at their brewery taproom in Easton.
Yuup is a new Bristol-based website for finding and booking special experiences around the city, from arts & crafts to sports or nature adventures. Of course there are also many food & drink experiences, including:
- How to make a vegan cake with Briony from The Great British Bake Off (£95)
- Butchery course from Ruby & White (£100 for 2 people)
- Fire cooking workshop and a woodland lunch (£85)
- Wine with chocolate tasting with Clifton Wine School (£35)
- A local food tour with Josh Eggleton (£140)
- Children’s baking workshop (£35)
Enjoy at home
Wriggle have launched the new Bristol Curfew Club to help you get the most out of Bristol’s brilliant independents at home, whether it’s a pizza dinner party, virtual wine tasting, a pan-African feast, a pasta kit for two or an at-home cocktail experience. You can find more local goodies to enjoy at home on their Bristol Pantry website.
All About The Cooks is a new Bristol-based app enabling local home cooks to sell their dishes online for collection or delivery. I’ve already got my eye on some of the South American cakes from Ximena, Turkish pastries from Duygu, Vietnamese dishes from Trung, koshari from Mona, Cuban treats from Indira or Swedish biscuits from Elin. You can also still sign up as a cook for the website here.
Six Bristol restaurants have been shortlisted in the Deliveroo Restaurant Awards, including Woky Ko, Pizzarova, Oowee Vegan and Taka Taka.
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!
Paco Tapas are now doing a Chef’s Menu Box for you to collect and finish at home – sherry pairing, cocktails and wine options are also available.
Exciting news, Durty Gurties is back as a home delivery service! They’ll be doing a new menu every Thu & Fri, with a meat or veggie main + sides + dessert in planet-friendly packaging for £12.50, plus delivery. Their dining events have been some of the most fun and tastiest I’ve attended since I moved to Bristol, and one of their first veggie mains is cheese fondue inside a roasted pumpkin!
Two more bonus home delivery recommendations from me are the roast dinners and ready meals from Bishopston Supper Club (it’s their 10th birthday in December so look out for some special announcements) and the Friday fish and chips or Sunday roast from The Cauldron.
If you want to learn a new skill or get some new knowledge about your favourite tipple, now’s the time to do it.
Wine fans! Kask in Bedminster are resuming their online wine tastings, with Beaujolais Nouveau tasting on 20th Nov, or you can pick up a DIY tasting kit to enjoy whenever you like. If you want to find out more about the Wines of Chile, there’s a virtual wine tasting with Bristol Wine School on Wed 4th, tickets are £12 including access to the online talk, tasting notes and a recommended ‘wines to try’ list.
I’d also recommend attending one of the Avery’s Celebration of Wine online events from 11-14th November if you want to learn about some of the most successful winemakers and regions from around the world.
Milk Thistle are doing an online Cocktail Masterclass with Plymouth Gin on the evenings of 26th, 27th and 28th November, tickets are £20 and include the ingredients for three cocktails, plus a voucher for a gin cocktail at Milk Thistle once it reopens.
Psychopomp are also doing several online events, including a Classic Gin Cocktail Mixalong and a virtual Distillers Table event.
Some newly-opened bars, restaurants and cafes to pay a visit to once lockdown is over (or check out their websites to see if they’re set up for delivery/click and collect)
- Chido Wey is a new Cali-Mexican restaurant on Old Market.
- Sunday General is a bakery/store opening soon in Clifton in what was Papersmiths.
- Salkaara is now open in Henleaze, serving dishes from across the different regions of India.
- The Beehive Coffee House have opened a kiosk in Broadmead for you to pick up their freakshakes on the go.
- Eat a Pitta are about to open in what was Boston Tea Party in Clifton.
- Koocha Mezze Bar has moved to what was Suncraft on Glocuester Road.
- Java has reopened, and now includes the historic Mauretania bar as part of the venue.
- The Wellhead is a new cocktail bar in Finzels Reach.
That’s it for this month, you can keep up with more food news by following A Life Less Organised on Facebook, say hello to me on Twitter or see what I’m eating on Instagram.
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