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.
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.
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!
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…
- Tue 2nd – Caribbean cook up at Coexist Community Kitchen, £35
- Thu 4th – Cheese and wine tasting at The Kensington Arms, £35
- Thu 4th – Bar 44 book launch, £40
- Sat 6th – Champagne and sparkling wines masterclass, £35
- Sat 6th – Afternoon Ti from Rebel Roti at The Three Tuns
- Sat 6th – Port Masterclass at The Kensington Arms, £40
- Sat 6th – Dinner in the Garden at Redcatch Community Garden, £25
- From Sat 6th – Tomo No Ramen x Matsudai Ramen pop up on West St
- 6th, 7th – Apple Pressing for Cider, £25
- Sun 7th – Native Vine natural wine fair at Bristol Beacon, £15
- Tue 9th – Cheese & wine tasting at Cave
- Tue 9th – She Drinks Beer at The Good Measure
- Wed 10th – Sri Lankan cookery class with Migrateful, £35
- Wed 10th – Beaujolais Night at Box-E, five courses with matched wine, £80pp
- Thu 11th – Prosecco Cruise with Bristol Ferry, £20
- Thu 11th – Houria Sudanese supper club at Harvey Nicks, £35
- Fri 12th – Feast for the Future fundraiser, £80
- Fri 12th – The Cocktail Club launch
- Sat 13th – Cider Bingo at The Cider Box, £5
- Sun 14th – Fat Rice pop-up at Hart’s Bakery, £32
- Sun 14th – Apple Pressing for Cider, £25
- Wed 17th – Avery’s virtual wine tasting with four bottles of wine, £60
- Wed 17th – Sudanese cookery class, £35
- Thu 18th – Beaujolais Nouveau Day at KASK
- Thu 18th – Cheese and beer night at Alpha Bottle Shop, £25
- Thu 18th – Gin Cruise with Bristol Ferry, £20
- Thu 18th – Beaujolais Nouveau Day at Cave
- Thu 18th – Psychopomp cocktail tasting and pizza at Bertha’s Pizza, £45
- Fri 19th – Vegan food and fine wine matching at Hotel du Vin, £60
- Sat 20th – Cheese and wine tasting at Avery’s, £35
- Sat 20th – Introduction to wine with lunch, £95
- From 20th Nov – Food Photographer of the Year exhibition
- Tue 23rd – Cheese & wine tasting at Cave
- Wed 24th – Vegetarian Pakistani cookery class, £35
- Thu 25th – Prosecco Cruise with Bristol Ferry, £20
- Thu 25th – Bristol’s Best Cocktail Masterclass, £35
- Thu 25th – Wild Pizza pop-up at KASK
- Thu 25th – Anatolian Mezze at Coexist Community Kitchen, £35
- Thu 25th – Ki No Bi Gin Club at The Milk Thistle, £25
- Fri 26th – Chilli and beer pairing at Moor Beer, £30
- Sun 28th – Yoga Brunch Club with Aurora Kusina, £50
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…
- 1st – Virtual Christmas wine tasting with KASK, £35
- 4th Dec – Drink the bar dry Christmas tasting at KASK
- 6th Dec – Festive food gift making at Coexist Community Kitchen
And some of the New Year’s Eve parties you can now book tickets to are:
- Studio 54 at Bambalan, from £15
- The Great Gatsby Mansion Soiree at Ashton Court, from £35
- Roaring 20’s party at The Square Club, from £88
- A Night on the Orient Express at The Milk Thistle, £35
- New Year’s Eve at Rack’s, from £98
New places to visit
There have been a bunch of new openings recently, so start planning where you’ll visit first!
- Pizza Bianchi on Clifton Triangle
- Flour and Ash on Whiteladies Road
- Small Goods coffee and doughnuts in Temple Quay
- Little Hollows pasta cafe and deli on Chandos Road
- Little Yellow Cafe in Workout Ashton
- Wingstop chicken winsg restaurant in Broadmead
- Kibou Japanese kitchen in Clifton
- The Gossip Play Cafe in Bedminster
- Jafra Kitchen have a new pop-up at Love Inn from Thu-Sat
- The Hideout Bar + Kitchen on Gloucester Road
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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