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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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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Cider gift

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Moor Beer Christmas gift set

  • Choose from a range of bottled cocktails by the team at Milk Thistle and Hyde & Co on the Hyde at Home website – they also do cases of wine, spirits and beers. Delivery is available to postcodes across Bristol.
  • Other pre-made cocktail options around town include some bottled classics from Brozen Bar (delivery available BS1-BS9, or collect from the bar).

Hampers & gift sets

  • Papadeli in Clifton allows you to pick up treats in store for hampers and gift sets, otherwise you can order their pre-made hampers online, including a luxury Italian selection, or gourmet Spanish treats.
  • Bristol Food Union are doing their Christmas hampers again, where you can buy a range of local goodies and also donate provisions to people in need.
  • Wriggle now do a range of gift boxes and hampers, from wine and nibbles to a selection of local favourites and craft beer sets.

Papadeli hamper

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  • Flip deli + cafe in Bedminster will be creating vegan hampers, featuring wine, preserves, pasta and more.
  • You can browse a wide range of high quality Spanish products , hampers and gift sets in the Mercado 44 online shop (you can also now buy Bar 44’s book to try their recipes at home!), 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!
  • 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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  • If you fancy sending more sweet treats in the post, Bakery Number Eight are doing cookie and brownie packs, and Biscuitini offer personalised biscuit boxes.
  • East Bristol Bakery are doing sourdough baking kits which include a banneton, lame, bench scraper, jar of starter, a bag of Shipton mill flour, and instructions for making your own sourdough and looking after your starter.
  • The Cider Box in Wapping Wharf is working with an orchard in Somerset to bring cider apple trees to the people this Christmas. You’ll be able to choose from a range of ancient, traditional cider apple variety trees in their sapling stage, ready to be planted and, in time, bear fruit for cidermaking for many years to come.
  • Pick up some handmade truffles or a chocolate hamper from Zara’s Chocolate in Southville. You can hand pick your selection for beautifully-wrapped gift boxes, or pick up some super tasty chocolate bars and seasonal treats.

Zara's Chocolates

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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Tours

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?

Psychopomp & Circumstance distilleries have launched The Circ Club, a brand-new membership (£25 per year) that will allow members a guaranteed opportunity to purchase all pre-releases, including Circumstance’s highly anticipated inaugural whisky release in 2022. Other benefits include, exclusive special offers, members discounts for tours and tastings and access to club member sales throughout the year.

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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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

19 thoughts on “The Bristol Foodie Gift guide”

  1. Nice one, Shonette! This is great thank you. I’ve already splurged on a Port’O’Bristol many wines box for parents because of you 🙂

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