Bristol Food & Drink: November

We’ve arrived at my favourite point in the year – misty evenings, pretty trees, the return of mulled beverages and the perfect conditions for me to sink into a cosy corner of a pub and nurture a dark beer. Lovely stuff.

Whether you’re excited for impending festive vibes (the Bristol Christmas Market opens eye-wateringly early this year – 4th November!), or want to focus more on learning a new cuisine or indulging in a beer trail, I’ve got something to please all tastes in this month’s guide. Read on!


First up, if you’re eagerly awaiting the return of Belly Laughs comedy gigs in Bristol, they’ve just announced a series of gigs in Bath’s restaurants and bars in January, and tickets are on sale now! Bristol events will be announced shortly, but the line-up across both cities is going to be better than ever.

Belly Laughs Bath

There are also some new awards and accolades for Bristol restaurants – Namak in St Werburghs won the award for Bristol’s best restaurant at the British Restaurant Awards despite only having opened a few months ago, and in the Observer Food Monthly Awards, little french in Westbury on Trym was runner up for Best Restaurant, and The Kensington Arms in Redland was runner up for Best Sunday Lunch. Well done to the teams!

Continuing the celebrations, The Lion in Cliftonwood and Chris & Jo’s Kitchen on St Michael’s Hill were recently voted the best roast dinners in Bristol, and The Old Bookshop in Bedminster has become the 7th pub in Bristol to be added to CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide (the other pubs featured are The Golden Guinea, The Green Man, The Llandoger Trow, The Robin Hood, The Stag & Hounds and Zerodegrees).

Team at The Old Bookshop
Congrats to the team at The Old Bookshop!

On the sadder end of the news scale, Woky Ko announced that they were closing three of their Bristol restaurants, with just the stall in St Nick’s Market remaining open. This follows the recent closures of other local favourites such as Bakers & Co, Lockside Cafe and Casamia, so please do continue to support your favourite local businesses!

There’s been a few rumours that Bedminster Beer Trail is returning for the festive period – keep an eye to their social media for the latest updates.

Bedminster Beer Trail cards

The Ethicurean are hosting am evening

As I mentioned above, the Christmas markets are back even earlier than usual this year, with Bristol’s main Christmas market in Broadmead returning from 4th November until 23rd December. I won’t bombard you with festive updates just yet, but if you want to get organised, you can see more Christmas markets in Bristol here.

Sausage stall at Bristol Christmas Market

If you’re about to start your Christmas shopping, I’ve listed lots of local hampers, gift sets and more in my Bristol Foodie Gift Guide – nothing beats some delicious food or drink for a thoughtful present, and you’ll be supporting independent Bristol businesses too. Hurrah!

Box Local hamper with wine, chutneys and snacks
Make a start on your gift shopping…

Dinners & Celebrations

Treat yourself to a special night out this month…

 Beaujolais Nouveau Party at Cave

Tastings, classes and tours

Learn something new this month!

People at wine tasting event
salt and chilli flakes on spoons
Man pouring wine at bar
Join an epic wine tasting at KASK on Sat 26th

Seeing as it’s coming up to the festive season and you might be feeling adventurous, here are a couple of bonus events in Bath, a mere 10(ish) minute train ride away!

There’s a Champagne tasting at Independent Spirit of Bath (£15) on Thursday 17th, a Sake & Sashimi Masterclass at Robun (£29) on Thursday 24th, and Bath Vegan Festival on Saturday 26th (£4 entry).

Sashimi platter
Learn the art of sashimi at Robun on Thu 24th


There are a few new places to get yourself to this month, starting with the recently opened Dings Deli in the arches near Temple Meads, L’affinage du Fromage cheese shop in Westbury Park and the exciting reopening of The King’s Head on Victoria Street, which is a proper little time capsule of old and original features. Its new managers are the team from Good Chemistry Brewing, so you know it’s going to be good!

Plate of ravioli
Expect some simple and elegant Italian dishes at Casa

Coming soon are :

  • Picole – a new wine and food bar in Wapping Wharf from the impeccable team behind Tare
  • Casa – a relaxed and refined Italian restaurant from the Casamia/Paco Tapas clan (currently stated as opening on 17th November)
  • Gareth Bale’s golf-themed bar, Par 59, has confirmed an opening date of 9th December on Millennium Promenade, which seems like a sensible place for it to join the likes of Lane 7.
Bar at Par 59 Bristol
Competitive mini golf in bar form – Par 59 is coming soon!

And a little further into the future, BOXHALL has started looking for Bristol food and drink businesses to trade from the site when it opens in 2023. Any predictions/hopes for who will end up in there?

That’s it for this month, you can see more food updates by following A Life Less Organised on Facebook, see what I’m eating on Instagram, or come and say hi on Twitter (I’m one of the wholesome, non-shouty ones)

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