Bristol Food and Drink: February

Here we are into the second month of 2022, after my annual January blog hiatus.

Clearly Bristol is ready to roll and eat/drink a lot because there is TONS of stuff on this month, with some fun new openings too. Read on!

News

Brilliant local community group and organiser of supper clubs 91 Ways have published a new book! Eat, Share, Love is a collection of recipes from Bristol’s 91 language communities, celebrating Bristol’s diverse home cooks who share their personal stories behind their favourite dishes. I’ve preordered my copy, get yours here.

You can now take your empty bottles of Psychopomp gin back to the distillery on St Michaels Hill to get a refill!

Psychopomp gin refill machine
Get your gin refills at Psychopomp!

Some sad news this month, Bristol Spirit in Whitehall will close at end of Feb. However, the bar is open from 5-10pm Thurs-Sat for drinks and pizza from Dough Heads, so get in there while you can and load up on great food, booze and chat!

Oh and as an aside, I really enjoyed this article from Bristol 24/7 looking through a 1996 pub guide to Bristol – if you’re a longstanding resident see how many lost establishments you can remember! If like myself you’re a big fan of pubs, I also recommend reading Boak and Bailey’s Bristol Pub Guide, and listening to The Moon Under Water Podcast where people describe their dream pub (with lots of mentions of Bristol pubs!)

Drapers Arms rolls
Pub rolls, the staple of any fine establishment. (Credit: Boak and Bailey)

Valentine’s Day

Not booked or bought anything yet? Here are some suggestions…

  • The Kensington Arms are doing a special three-course menu for £35 per person, including mains of rib eye, lemon sole or herb gnocchi.
  • The Malago in Southville are doing a seven-course Valentine’s menu with an optional wine flight. £65 for meaty menu, £55 for the veggie menu.
  • Souk Kitchen‘s Valentine’s Day set menu is a mix of mezze, dips and bread followed by a trip of desserts for £75 between two.
  • The Wellhead in Finzels Reach is doing a chocolate fondue and a cocktail for two for £20.
  • Caper and Cure‘s menu is only £45 for seven courses (or £35 for the veggie version) and sounds amazing!
  • Harbour House are doing a three-course menu showcasing the best of the South West, plus handmade chocolates, for £35 per person.
  • Choose from a variety of sharing dishes at No.1 Harbourside, including Somerset Cider sharing mussels with hand-cut fries, or No.1 Sharing Burgers Plate, followed by a sharing dessert, all for £15pp (minimum two people).
  • The Lido in Clifton is doing a Valentine’s menu with 3 courses for £45 each.
  • The Ostrich in Redcliffe is doing a cocktail masterclass on Valentine’s Day, featuring canapes, Bellinis on arrival and a goodie bag for £35 per couple.
  • https://www.oldmarketassembly.co.uk/The Old Market Assembly are offering a Valentine’s Sharing Menu: Two cocktails, a pizza, three sides of your choice and a sharing brownie with ice cream for two. £25pp (minimum two people). Available Fri 11th, Sat 12th & Mon 14th From 5pm.
  • Ahh Toots are doing a range of romantic sweet treats including a Valentine’s Treat Box, Love Shakes and a special afternoon tea hamper.
  • Chatterton’s Cafe in Redcliffe are also doing a selection of Valentine’s-themed cakes, blondies and brownies for delivery.
Treat someone to an Ahh Toots cake box
  • KASK in Bedminster are popping open a selection of bottles and serving two heart-shaped cheeses perfect for Valentines – Neufchatell + Coeur de Berry – along with their usual menu.
  • Klosterhaus are doing four courses for £75 per person including a glass of bubbles, with options including scallops, duck and even a 550g sharing chateaubriand.
  • The Cloak & Dagger on Cheltenham Road are hosting a full-on Valentine’s experience including 7 dishes paired with 7 gins, live music and magic!
  • Enjoy a tour of the 6 O’clock Gin distillery in Thornbury followed by a cocktail masterclass on Mon 14th, for £70 per couple.
  • The Canteen are doing a Valentine’s Sharing Feast, including 5 small plates, 1 sharing dessert & 2 drinks for just £23 per person (2 people minimum), Available Friday 11th, Saturday 12th & Monday 14th from 4pm. Book your table via hello@canteenbristol.co.uk.
  • The Pump House in the harbour are doing a Valentine’s Day set menu for £45 per person, with an optional drinks flight for £27.50 per person.
  • The Ivy Clifton Brasserie have got some limited edition Valentine’s cocktails and a new sharing dessert, featuring peach and raspberry parfait.
  • Racks in Clifton are doing a Valentine’s weekend set menu from Sat 12th – Mon 14th. Get 2 courses for £27 or 3 courses for £32. Glasses of Prosecco are just £3 (or £18 for a bottle) on the Sunday and Monday too!
  • From 12-14th February, diners at Second Floor Restaurant in Harvey Nichols can enjoy four courses and a glass of Harvey Nichols Champagne for £50 per person.
  • Get 3 courses for £24 at Pizza on the Park on 14th Feb, or on Sunday 13th they’re doing a Galentine’s brunch with bottomless Prosecco for £28.
6 o'clock gin bottles and cocktail ingredients
Take part in a gin tour and cocktail class on Valentine’s Day!

Pop-ups, supper clubs and other cool stuff

Kensington Arms event poster
Bish event poster

Tastings and workshops

Learn something new this month!

Zara's chocolate workshop
Have a go at making chocolate truffles at Zara’s Chocolates

You can find a bunch of other food and drink tours, classes and other fun stuff on Yuup, including chocolate making workshops, pub tours andeven a Belgian waffle masterclass.

Gin tasting class
Do some gin tasting in Chew Valley!

New places

Here are a bunch of recently opened places for you to visit…

Cow and Sow interior
The Cow and Sow just off Queen Squae

Plus some businesses coming soon include Namak opening mid Feb on Mina Rd in what was The Caudron, Hoba Kebab opening in what used to be Pizza Hut in the centre, Chronic Fried Chicken coming to Pennywell Road in Old Market/St Jude’s and a new branch of The Crafty Egg opening in Fishponds.

That’s it for this month, follow the latest food news by following A Life Less Organised on Facebook, let me know what you’re eating or booking over on Twitter, or see what I’m munching over on Instagram.

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