Bristol Food & Drink: February

Welcome to 2021, where I hope you’re all managing to stay safe and content at home with plenty of good food to keep you occupied.

Despite a rough few months, Bristol’s businesses have risen to the challenge once again and have plenty of Valentine’s Day deliveries, meal kits, online events and new openings to get you excited over the coming weeks.

Have your Filofax at the ready, here’s what you could be eating this February…

News

Bristol now has 16 restaurants in Michelin Guide, including a new Green Star Award for The Ethicurean, which is given to restaurants that show a special dedication to sustainability.

Casamia, Bulrush and Paco Tapas retained their Michelin Stars, while Wilks and The Pony & Trap were out due to closing last year (see below for details of the new Pony & Trap coming soon to Bristol). Newbies to the guide include Michelin Plates (given for high quality food) for Gambas, Bokman and Klosterhaus.

Tapas dishes from Gambas
Gambas is one of the latest Bristol restaurants to be recognised in the Michelin Guide

Bertha’s Pizza are doing some exciting pizza collaborations over the coming weeks, and raising money for a great cause in the process. So far they’ve teamed up with Box-E and Wilson’s for some incredible specials, and I can’t wait to see who is next. The special pizzas are available fro 5pm Thu-Sat, collection only, and £5 from all orders over £25 will go to funding provision boxes from Fareshare SW for families in the city.

The Wilson’s x Bertha’s pizza collab: Passata, burrata, crab XO & pork fat

If you want to do something feel-good this month, you could donate to the 91 Ways Covid Relief Fund which helps fund their meal provision around the city, or other brilliant local organisations doing a lot to combat food inequality are Fareshare Southwest, The Trussell Trust, Square Food Foundation and Bristol Food Union. Caring in Bristol also do a lot of work around the city and are always in need of volunteers, drivers and donations (you can donate online or use one of the TAP for Bristol points around the city).

TAP for Bristol donation point

Events

Book in something fun this month!

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Valentine’s Day

Whether you’re celebrating with a partner, friends or treating yourself, here are my picks for 14th Feb…

  • Adelina Yard have created a Valentine’s Day meal box for the 14th, all you’ll need to do is heat up the dishes, which include citrus cured salmon, crispy pork belly and a rhubarb and almond tart.
  • Pizzarova are doing a Valentine’s bundle including two sourdough pizzas with dips, salted caramel brownie and a bottle of wine.
  • Gopal’s Curry Shack are doing a four-course vegan menu including poppadoms, beetroot pakora, curry and double chocolate & chilli brownies, all for £45 between two.
  • Woky Ko are doing a one-off tantanmen ramen kit for two for Valentine’s Day! Choose from the chashu pork belly or spicy shiitake and daikon cake.
  • Enjoy a special three-course Valentine’s menu from The Ox, with a vegan choice also available and the option to add cocktails and wine to your order.
  • Grano Kitchen are doing a range of Italian comfort foods for their Valentine’s menu, including seven layer lasagne or Gran Padano tortellini. The deadline for delivery orders is 10th Feb.
Valentine's dishes from The Ox
Enjoy a special Valentine’s Day set menu from The Ox
  • The Cauldron are doing a limited run of ‘finish at home’ Valentine’s meals including roasted poussin, sirloin or shallot & chicory.
  • Kate’s Kitchen are doing a ‘Love Yourself and Others Too’ menu for 13th & 14th Feb for £24 per person, including a 10% donation to The Marmalade Trust.
  • Bianchi’s are doing a Valentine’s Dinner for two including beetroot carpaccio, rotolo of ricotta & spinach, confit duck leg or artichoke agrodolce, followed by doughnuts with chocolate sauce & Chantilly cream for £100.
  • Caper & Cure’s February cook-at-home box is £60 between two with the option to add oysters, scallops and wine. Deadline for orders is Tue 9th Feb.
  • Zara’s Chocolates have a great range of romantic chocolate gifts sets on their website, including a truffle gift set, a hot chocolate hamper and a chocolate making kit if you want to get creative!
  • Queen & Whippet are doing a three course menu for one or two people (£30/£60), with the option to add on a box of chocolates and/or flowers. Order by 7th Feb.
  • Sonny Stores have a four-course Valentine’s Menu for £90 between two, with choices including rabbit pasta and panna cotta.
  • Truffled of Totterdown are doing three courses plus pink gin truffles for £40pp, meat or veggie option available. Collection or local delivery.
  • Fishers in Clifton are doing a three-course seafood menu with Cornish king scallops, losbter therminor, matched wines and a gin and tonic to start for £110 between two.
  • Mrs Potts Chocolate House has a range of Valentine’s specials such as craquelin puffs filled with chocolate custard, chantilly cream and a fresh raspberry, raspberry white hot chocolate and heart-shaped cookies. They’ll all be available in store or via Deliveroo up to and including 14th Feb.
Craquelin puffs from Mrs Potts Chocolate House
Order some romantic sweet treats from Mrs Potts Chocolate House

You could also send some sweet treats in the post to someone special, with postable Valentine’s Day treat options available from Ahh Toots, Bakery Number Eight, Bodkin Bakes and Yummy Scrummy Catering.

Valentine’s treat boxes from Yummy Scrummy Catering

I’ll be adding more special Valentine’s Day menus here as they get announced, so keep checking back here and on my Twitter or Instagram to see what else is available!

You can get more ideas in my Bristol Food & Drink Gift Guide or Bristol Lockdown Essentials, otherwise one of the meal kits below would also be a brilliant option to make Valentine’s Day special at home.

Meal kits

Many restaurants doing meal kits for you to experience their menus at home, including:

Habibi box selection
Get your feast on with Habibi Boxes from Jafra

If you’re feeling extra creative or don’t mind getting a bit messy, you can also get DIY kits such as a ‘make your own pizza’ from Pizzarova or Wilde Kitchen, various cake kits from Pearly King Cakes, Sticky Fingers Bakehouse and FIKA.

You can also choose froma variety of recipe kits from Little Kitchen, pasta kits from Little Hollows, vegan chocolate making kits from Zara’s Chocolates or The Chocolate Tart.

Chocolate making kit
Make your own chocolates with a kit from Little Kitchen

New openings

It’s been great to see how business have adapted during lockdown, with Marmo doing fried chicken which sold out instantly, Bambalan teaming up with Flour & Ash for an exciting pizza residency, and Bianchi’s changing from a restaurant into an Italian deli.

Pizzas and side dishes, polenta fries and salad
Flour & Ash is back!

Some proper newbies though include vegan soul food from LDS Kitchen, who are based at Chatterton’s Cafe in Redcliffe, and Bottega Pizza who are doing deliveries across South Bristol.

Wayland’s Yard is a new cafe taking over the spot formerly occupied by Brew on Whiteladies Road, and Nadu is a new restaurant on Stokes Croft from the team behind the brilliant Nutmeg, featuring a mix of Sri Lankan and Tamil dishes.

LDS Kitchen vegan soul food plate
Vegan soul food from LDS Kitchen

Coming soon are the new Pony and Trap on North Street and nearby Yafo which will have an almost fully vegan and gluten free menu. Flourish, a new food hall between Bristol and Bath, will open later in Spring.

That’s it for this month, tell me what you end up ordering over on Twitter, or keep up with the latest food news by following A Life Less Organised on Facebook, You can also see what I’m eating over on Instagram.

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