It’s never too soon to start planning for your ultimate Christmas party. Whether it’s a work meal or heading out for an evening of fun with friends, a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings or an Asian feast, here are 12 top picks of places to visit in our city.
Unit 3.1 Paintworks, Bath Road, Arnos Vale, Bristol, BS4 3EH
A festooned and fairy-lit bar/lounge serving up Christmas cocktails, gins + festive pizzas, Bocabar is the perfect space for large groups. Catering for parties up to 200 guests it offers DJs and dancing on Fridays and Saturdays throughout December. A glass of fizz, pizza and dessert costs £20, while the Christmas dining menu comes to £24 for two courses and £29.50 for three.
In addition to the original Bocabar at Paintworks, there’s a bijou restaurant and adjoining event space in Glastonbury, while a brand new Bocabar at Finzel’s Reach is due to open at the end of October.
Situated in The Chocolate Quarter, B-Block is renowned for its uniquely flavoured wood-fired pizzas. This Christmas, enjoy a more relaxed get together with some special festive pizza toppings added to the mix. Tuck into B-Block’s famous pizzas including buttermilk chicken with smoked pancetta and fior di latte, pulled pork pizza with spicy coriander salsa or the special festive edition pizza with confit turkey, pancetta, tenderstem broccoli and cranberry glaze.
B block will be offering any pizza with a glass of prosecco or peroni for £15 per person or for something extra special, why not hire out The Chocolate Quarter’s onsite, exclusive cinema for an extra £3 per person. Exclusive cinema hire is available for a minimum of 18 guests and maximum of 28 guests.
The Christmas Steps
2 Christmas Steps, Bristol BS1 5BS
The Christmas Steps can easily lay claim to being the most Christmassy pub in Bristol. In December this Dickensian looking area of Bristol buzzes with festive cheer and the pub, housed in a 400-year old sugar refinery, is the perfect spot to enjoy a Christmas meal.
The menu is created using local, ethical suppliers and offers vegan options for every course along with meat and fish. Menu highlights include estate reared venison haunch with Roscoff onions, parsnip, girolles, ragú, prune and Earl Grey sauce, and half-roasted Hokkaido squash stuffed with lentils, wild winter mushrooms, truffle, winter leaves and vegan Parmesan.
The Grace has been serving a sharing menu since opening its doors in 2014 – and this Christmas is no exception. If the traditional turkey dinner in the office isn’t your cup of tea the feasting menu has something for everyone, from cassoulet of goose to shallot tart tatin – it’s all designed to share with your friends, family or Sandra from Accounts.
For menus and more, contact us by phone or email. There’s a glass of bubbles for everyone on arrival too.
With one of the most globally celebrated days around the corner, we all look for somewhere to celebrate. Look no further – Loose Cannon is the place. Conceived by a local bartender, and run by an extremely talented team, you are sure to have the Christmas party you and colleagues are looking for.
In the heart of the Harbourside, Loose Cannon provide masterclasses for you and your team to show off your skills as well as drink and canape packages to compliment the special occasion.
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Quay St. Diner
2 Quay St, Bristol BS1 2JL
Add a touch of sunshine and good vibrations to your Christmas gathering with this meeting space, party room and private dining located in the heart of Bristol. The Quay St. Diner menu offers a great choice of cocktails with Californian inspired fresh foods and fire-cooking – the whole diner can be hired over the Christmas period. The upstairs wave room accommodates up to 30 people and is fully kitted out with a large projector & screen, a Rega turntable & Sonos. Call to discuss packages and dietary requirements.
Situated in The Chocolate Quarter, Somer is fronted by renowned Bristol chef, Chris Wicks of Bell’s Diner fame, with a menu that focuses on serving up great British food the way it’s meant to be done.
Somer Dining’s Christmas menu is no exception, enjoy dishes including parsnip velouté, citrus cured Loch Duarte salmon, slow cooked duck egg, Kelly bronze turkey with traditional English garnish, roasted globe artichoke with salt baked potatoes, lemon sole with grapes and Prosecco, apple crumble, Christmas pudding and British artisan cheese.
Available from 25 November, the lunch menu offers two courses for £16.50 and three courses for £21.95 while the dinner menu offers two courses for £22.50 and three courses for £28.50.
Special Christmas Jazz Nights will take place on the 7th, 14th and 21st December for an additional £5 per person
For bookings contact by phone or email.
Catering for both small and large groups, The Spotted Cow is a great setting for a Christmas party with food from the highly regarded kitchen, a large log fired wood burner and lots of candles.
Imaginative, reasonably priced menus draw on fantastic local suppliers, making this a must-visit place for residents of Southville and Bedminster and a destination for visitors from much further afield. Menu highlights include whole roast pigeon with cassoulet, game sauce, cinnamon and parsley, and vegetarian options like cranberry and lentil nut roast with vegan leek and cheese crumble, crispy onion and pickled almonds. There’s also a free glass of gin fizz or Prosecco for all diners.
The Strawberry Thief, in the centre of Bristol’s old city, is an award winning bar specialising in Belgian beer. They love the festive period and decorate the bar with fragrant pine and mistletoe. The bar comes alive with merry friends old and new enjoying their indulgent delights.
This year they have created a tempting range of fabulous experiences for groups of eight to 70 people, during the day or evening, including options to ‘Hire the Thief’ exclusively. To discuss packages and dietary requirements, please call or check out the website.
Village Hotel Bristol
Bullfinch Close, Filton, Bristol BS34 6FG
Opened a year ago this festive season, Village Hotel Bristol is celebrating this Christmas season with a number of events, parties and dining options for any group to truly have a ball this December.
Get in the festive spirit every Wednesday in December with Bingo Boogie nights, a crazy night of number calling, delicious dining and disco dancing. Enjoy the evening with a table of your closest friends, family or colleagues and experience an unforgettable party before the big day for £25pp.
Village Hotel Bristol’s Christmas dining offering is a luxurious spin on a classic. A delicious starter of slow roasted red pepper and tomato soup will warm you up to the main course of either prosciutto wrapped turkey breast or sautéed mushroom and leek pie, both served with all of the festive favourites including roasted potatoes, Brussels sprouts and honey glazed carrots and parsnips. A salted caramel and chocolate tart will finish it all off
With an event suite that can fit up to 140 people, an intimate dining area for ten and everything in between, Village Hotel Bristol is the perfect choice for your seasonal celebration.
Since opening in 2016 by the Zazu’s Pub Company, Westbury Park has been serving up an amazing seasonal and local menu, and this Christmas is no different. Our team of Chefs have put together a delicious menu to share with friends and family – from the complimentary bubbles on arrival through to the very necessary Gingerbread Parfait, we’ll take great care of your Christmas party from start to finish.
We’re serving our Christmas Menus from the 28th November – so for more information, call or email.
Woky Ko: Kaiju, the Ramen bar and Japanese grill from Larkin Cen situated at CARGO2, Wapping Wharf, is available for group bookings and exclusive hire this Christmas. Watch the chefs cooking over the traditional Japanese robata grill, enjoy celebratory drinks for the festive season plus a menu of grilled sharing plates such as:
Soy Glazed Salt-Baked Celeriac with Pickled Shiitake
Korean Fried Cauliflower with Lemongrass Sriracha Mayo
Yuzu Salmon Salad with Wakame
24 Hour Beef Short Rib, Tare and Kimchi Powder
Robata Grilled Brussels Sprouts, Tosazu Dressing
Group bookings welcome or hire exclusively for 20 – 36 people for lunch or dinner, Monday – Friday between Friday 22nd November and Friday 20th December. Saturdays available on request with minimum spend required. £25 per guest lunch/dinner Monday – Thursday or £35 per guest lunch/dinner on Fridays. £10 deposit per guest taken in advance. Groups can order five bottles of house wine for £100.
To discuss food & drink packages, dietary requirements and conditions, please get in touch.
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