Bristol Food & Drink: December 2021

Seeing as the Christmas market has been in Broadmead for a month now, you should all be feeling fairly festive!

There are plenty of other events to celebrate in style this month, plus lots of new places to visit…


Happy 10th birthday to The Milk Thistle, who have launched a new cocktail menu, taking drinkers on a journey through a fictional nineteenth century Bristol, and all of its weird and wonderful characters. Sister venue Hyde & Co. has also just released a new menu for winter, so why not do the double?

Cocktail on a chess board
One of the new creations at The Milk Thistle

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.

Exciting news to start 2022 – Belly Laughs is back in January! Tickets are now on sale for a range of comedy gigs in bars, restaurants, cafes and pop-ups venues across the city, with more to be announced soon. Have a browse now.

Mark Olver performing at Belly Laughs
Mark Olver performing at Belly Laughs

‘Tis the season to spread the joy and that, so here are a few good local causes I’d suggest supporting where you can over the coming months, whether it be with a one-off donation/purchase, volunteering your time. The StreetSmart campaign is still running in December too so you can also support by dining out!

I’ve not seen that many places mention that they’re opening on Christmas Day for lunch other than Klosterhaus and Hotel du Vin but will add any others in that I spot!

Interior of Klosterhaus
Image: Klosterhaus

A few places are hosting some festive markets on the first weekend of this month, perfect for some last minute gift shopping (or treats for yourself). Venues hosting markets include Wiper & True tap room in St Werburghs (3rd – 5th), Bristol Distilling Co. in Bedminster (Sat 4th) and The Rising Sun, Pensford (Sat 4th).

View more Christmas markets in Bristol or get more gift ideas in my Bristol Foodie Gift Guide.

Left Handed Giant have launched a special 12 Beers of Christmas in collaboration with several other breweries including Verdant, Track, Wylam and Cloudwater with more info coming very soon…

LHG 12 Beers of Christmas poster


Still not sure what to do for New Year’s Eve? Here are a few suggestions…

New Year's Eve poster for Four Wise Monkeys

Booze and feasts

Some dates for your diary…

event poster illustration

Classes, tours & tastings

Learn something new this month…

person making dumplings

New places

Some newly-opened places for you to visit this month include a range of snazzy cocktail bars in the city centre, from spooky speakeasy The Raven opening on Clare Street in the Old City (in what used to be Noche Negra), to Scarlet Lantern (formerly Red Light) and Stock Exchange Cocktail Club, plus a new branch of UK chain Dirty Martini on Corn Street.

Basement Beer have also opened a small bar on Stokes Croft, The Saigon Kitchen is serving Vietnamese dishes in Clifton, Jack the Falafel is a new vegan cafe on Glouceter Road, and Yafo is bringing a range of Mediterranean and Tel Avivian delights to North St.

We could also see a new bar opening soon in the former Timbuk2

Breakfast dishes and salads
Tel Aviv style breakfast at Yafo

And a last minute addition – Namak Indian is coming soon to St Werburghs from the same founding director behind Rock Salt, in what was The Cauldron. The restaurant is expected to open in February.

That’s it for this month, remember to tell me what you eat or book tickets to over on Twitter, or you can see what I’m eating on Instagram. You can also follow A Life Less Organised on Facebook for more food news throughout the month.


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