Bristol Food and Drink: November 2021

After a month off, the food guide is back! Just in time for festive frolics, mulled beverages and stodgy winter food. Lovely stuff.

Read on for new openings, events, gift ideas and lots more…


Bristol Food Union food boxes are back, with option to buy a range of local hampers and also give a food box to a local person in need. Be generous, folks!

The German Christmas Market returns to Broadmead from 5th November, keeners! Get your mulled wine, sausages and sweet treats, or pop around the corner to Klosterhaus for German food in a glamourous indoor setting.

Sausages at the German Christmas Market

The Pony Bistro has been added to the Michelin Guide as a place worth eating in Bristol. As well as the three Michelin-starred restaurants (Bulrush, Casamia and Paco Tapas) and two Bib Gourmands (Box-E and Root) in the city, ten other restaurants are listed by the guide, including Adelina Yard, Bokman, littlefrench and Wilson’s. See the full list.

Bar 44 are releasing a book! This brilliant family-run collection of restaurants across Bristol and South Wales has gone from strength to strength, with the additional of their brilliant online shop Mercado 44, where you can also buy the book as well as some great Spanish produce and Christmas gifts. You can attend the Bristol launch on 4th November, with tickets including drinks, nibbles, a copy of the book and a donation to charity.

Bar 44 book

Speaking of Christmas gifts, 6 O’clock Gin have released refillable pouches for their bottles of gin, and Bristol Cathedral have collaborated with Espensen Spirit to make Chapterhouse Gin, which is made with a mix of botanicals found in the Cathedral’s garden, plus frankincense! There are only a limited number of bottles, so be quick!

bottles of chapterhouse gin

The Mottli app has now launched in Bristol, which recommends places to eat and drink based on your tastes.

The Good Measure in Redland (run by the brilliant folks at Good Chemistry Brewing) have a pop-up from Mr Noodle in the bar every Thursday.

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.

And plans have been submitted for Cargo 3 in Wapping Wharf, so expect some more brilliant bars, restaurants and shops in the area within the next couple of years!

Dates for the diary

Find something fun to do this month…

Tomo No Ramen
rice and spices
Bertha's cocktail tasting poster
Chilli and beer poster

Christmas and NYE

I’ll have a few more suggestions in the December guide (you can also check out my Bristol Foodie Gift Guide for lots of ideas for present shopping), but some early announcements for festive events and NYE parties are…

And some of the New Year’s Eve parties you can now book tickets to are:

Bambalan NYE party poster

New places to visit

There have been a bunch of new openings recently, so start planning where you’ll visit first!

Doughnuts at Small Goods
Doughnuts from Small Goods

And coming soon are a Thai seafood restaurant from Jean’s Bistro, and a new shop from Better Food, both on Gloucester Road.

That’s it for this month, remember to follow A Life Less Organised on Facebook to see more local food news, see what I’m eating on Instagram or say hi over on Twitter!

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