Nothing beats booking a table at one of your favourite restaurants and making a real occasion of it. But what if you don’t know where to go?
Bristol’s bursting with amazing cafés, bars and restaurants, and it can be hard to choose – but we’ll give you a steer to some of the city’s finest places to eat and drink this Christmas.
Whether you’re looking for an alpine ski chalet experience, festive fried chicken, an authentic curry or an all-out pizza party, Bristol has something for you. Let’s take a look…
1. The Folly
The Folly, a traditional country pub on Westerleigh Road, Emersons Green, is the perfect stopping place to unwind, sip wine and enjoy the festivities with family and friends this season, and bookings for Christmas Day are now being taken.
Enjoy a classic festive turkey dinner, complete with a sweet, fruity Christmas pudding, or opt for the indulgent three-course set menu to sit at the heart of the day’s celebration. From heart-warming seasonal specials to decadent desserts there is something for everyone.
If you’re looking for a fun-filled family Christmas event, the ever-popular Breakfast with Santa will be running every Saturday in December. And the festive entertainment doesn’t stop there, as guests can also enjoy live music every Friday.
The drinks range includes a selection of carefully selected wines, from crispy whites, blushing pinks and bold reds to locally-sourced cask ales, British gins, and indulgent seasonal cocktails.
Please visit the website for more information or to book a table or Breakfast with Santa.
Where to go: Westerleigh Road, Emersons Green, BS16 7AJ
Find out more: www.follypub.co.uk
2. The Duck and Willow
This Christmas is set to be the best ever at The Duck and Willow! With last year to catch up on, it is looking forward to celebrating with you with open arms for Christmas 2021!
Whether you’re sitting in the gorgeous bar and restaurant or in the new cosy Christmas snug, you’ll be looked after by The Duck and Willow’s great team.
The Christmas snug is a candlelit and flame-heated festive marquee, fit for any occasion – from a festive drink or a meal with friends, to a Sunday roast with all the trimmings, the snug is the perfect vibe/ It is also available for private hire.
Throughout December (until the 24th) The Duck and Willow will be serving its Christmas menu. At £22.95 for two courses and £28.50 for three courses, the freshly prepared festive menu is great value for money.
Where to go: 64 Downend Road, Bristol, BS16 5UE
Find out more: www.theduckandwillowbristol.co.uk
3. Backyard Chicken Co
Join Backyard Chicken Co to celebrate your Christmas party this year.
Located on Queens Road, Backyard is famous for its fried and grilled chicken, but has also diversified with other amazing globally-inspired dishes and a great vegan offering.
A tech-led business in a cool and contemporary environment, Backyard Chicken Co is great for all social events, special occasions, or just a quick bite.
Available until Sunday, January 9, the festive menu starts at just £17.95 per person for two courses. Getting you in the Christmas spirit with a Backyard twist is the festive grazing plates for groups to share, perfect with drinks, at just £15 per person. Full venue hire available – for all enquiries, get in touch!
Where to go: Backyard Chicken Co, 72-74 Queens Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1QU
Find out more: backyardchicken.co.uk
4. Racks Bar & Kitchen
Racks’ famous ski lodge returns for 2021. Step inside the fully heated and enclosed Apres Ski themed pop-up party venue this December, with shot skis, Christmassy drinks, long tables, a shot bar and three-course meals with all the festive trimmings.
The indoor restaurant also provides a more traditional alternative if Apres Ski isn’t your thing.
Suitable for groups of 8-150. Pricing varies, which means you can get fantastic deals if you dine off-peak or at lunchtimes. And remember – it’s all about the shot ski this Christmas!
Where to go: St Paul’s Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1LX
Find out more: www.racks-bristol.co.uk
5. Pizza on the Park
Pizza on the Park is the go-to place for the best non-traditional Christmas party that Bristol has to offer! Tuck into Christmassy pizzas, or stick to the classics.
There’s a giant eight-player table football table, and you can pair this with bottomless prosecco for a fun-filled Christmas party. There are super-flexible festive packages, meaning you can keep it casual or go for a full-on feast – either way, the team will ensure you have the best time.
Suitable for groups of 10-120. Prices start from £15pp for two courses and a drink.
Where to go: 1 Berkeley Square, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1HP
Find out more: www.pizzaonthepark.com
6. Bella Vista
With beautiful views of Castle Park and the river, relax and enjoy a unique Italian dining experience. The beautiful venue will be fully decorated inside and out in time for Christmas.
This little corner of Italy is a family-run restaurant with customer service at its heart. The family started the journey eight years ago with the objective to bring a real Italian food experience to Bristol.
This year they’re pulling out all the stops in time for Christmas, with set menus starting from £24.95. Infusing classic Italian in with traditional Christmas staples, Bella Vista is offering a truly magical experience this December.
Where to go: 2B Victoria Street, Redcliffe, Bristol, BS1 6DT
Find out more: www.bellavista-restaurant.co.uk
7. Urban Tandoor
The pioneers of Indian food in Bristol, Urban Tandoor offers an enjoyable, memorable dining experience. It’s available for bookings of up to 170 people over Christmas – with a specially prepared Christmas menu – at either of its two city centre-based restaurants.
The restaurant offers genuine Indian food from true sources. At Urban Tandoor, you’ll find cuisine from the gourmet homes and street stalls across India’s regions, all prepared by skilled chefs from those regions.
What makes Urban Tandoor unique is its approach. To ensure the cooking is always light and fresh, it’s committed to using less oil, no artificial colours, and the freshest ingredients possible at all times.
Where to go: 13 Small Street, Bristol, BS1 1DE
Find out more: www.urban-tandoor.com