Here are this week’s independent food & drink deal picks from our food & drink partner Wriggle.
For those not in the know, Wriggle is a local startup whose goal is to help Bristolians discover and save money at quality independent food & drink establishments – and help great local businesses get the customers they deserve. Each of the offers only has a limited quantity and is only available for a specific day – so make sure you get a Wriggle on!
Monday, December 12
Caffe Vero-Coffee with 2 Italian pastries for £1
On Wriggle: £1
Our final gift to you lovely people comes from our latest little gem, Caffe Vero. Grab a coffee plus two delicious Italian pastries to takeaway, for just £1. Now, that’s a fine start to Monday morning and a great alternative to the traditional mince pie!
Ahh the sweet simplicity of Sicilian cafe culture. The rich espressos flow feely, and the smell of marzipan wafts out onto the street. Caffe Vero brings a slice of tradition and excellence to Bristol, all tucked neatly into a corner of Small Street. The cafe is a hub of Italian tradition, filled with mesmerising traditional tiles and quality deli goods. Revive the ritual of your morning cappuccino or mid-afternoon espresso and pick up one of the must-try, bite-sized desserts. Every delicious morsel is made by Nunzia herself – the sugared cannoli are filled with sweet creamy ricotta, and a guilt-free accompaniment to your cuppa. Lunchtime specialities include puffy cheese-and-ham-filled croissants, or hot gooey lasagne. The Italian clientele that fill this place say a lot for this great addition to Bristol’s melting pot food and drink scene.
Tuesday, December 13
Beer Emporium-Any 2X Cask Beer
On Wriggle: £5
Beer Emporium are luring you into their cellar. In a good way. Enjoy any 2X of their selection of 12 premium cask beers at an ace price in the beautiful surroundings of their vaulted beer-cave. Perfect for after-work drinks.
“Changing the thinking behind the way we’re drinking” is the mantra of the Beer Emporium. You should have seen our boss before we sent him down there. Located on the picturesquely cobbled King Street and within a hugely atmospheric vaulted space, this joint specialises in craft beer, fresh & seasonal British food and a warm welcome. A real gem with a heartfelt recommendation. Get a Wriggle on!
Wednesday, December 14
Muino-Any Muiño Burger + 1 Extra
On Wriggle: £4.95
Choose between a Beef, Chicken, Pulled-Pork or Vegan Muiño Burger. Each is served in a Brioche Bun with House Slaw & Fries – and add any one of their saucy extras including Guacamole, Braised Ox Cheek, Pulled Pork, Rarebit or Pulled Jackfruit. If you want to add any more, just pay Muiño the extra (£1 a pop). Enjoy!
Muiño is the latest addition to the buzzing foodie hotspot that is Cotham Hill. A cosy wine-bar vibe, created by husband and wife duo Alex and Emily, it fuses Small Plates (including Seared Cornish Scallops and Salt & Pepper Squid) and Burgers (Beef, Chicken, Pulled-Pork and a special-recipe Vegan burger) with an array of uncommon extras such as Braised Ox-Cheek and Pulled Jackfruit. With a selection of quality beers (bottles of Wiper & True make an appearance) and a strong wine and cocktail menu (look out for their early-evening cocktail happy-hours), they’ve created an atmosphere which is perfect for a cheeky after-work drink with some bar snacks, or casual dining later in the evening.
Thursday, December 15
The Boathouse Bar & Pantry-4 Pints Of Beer
On Wriggle: £9.95
Head to the Boathouse Bar & Pantry this evening for a perfect post work pint-down, with a choice of great beers such as Blue Moon, Kozel, Chieftain IPA. It’d be rude not to.
The Boathouse (you might have guessed it from the name) sits on the Harbourside, in an area that has rapidly grown into a destination with a hive of exciting new establishments. With serenely pastoral views of passing boats and rowers through their sun-trap windows, the Boathouse is decked with an eclectic range of nautical themed furniture, and provides a supremely relaxed atmosphere. With a host of Cocktails on tap (the only on-tap cocktails in Bristol?) – Mojitos, Espresso Martinis which they use Liquid Nitrogen to create, or a large selection of wines and beers – and an excellent selection of craft beers and premium lagers, there’s plenty of ways for you to wind down after a hard day’s work. There’s also an array of light bar snacks and cheese and meat boards for you hungry drinkers to graze upon.
Friday, December 16
Mr Wolfs – A Bowl of Legendary Noodles & A Pint of Korev/Thatchers Haze
On Wriggle: £5.95
Mr Wolfs noodles are back! Come and visit one of Bristol’s most iconic venues for some early-evening sustenance. Choose between Sesame Lemon Chicken, Sticky Hoi-Sin Pork Belly, Szechuan Prawn (vegan), Toasted Cashew Nut or Heavenly Veggie. The noodles are served with stir-fried vegetables and a vegan-friendly base sauce (black bean, soy, vegan oyster, chilli or garlic) – and are enjoyed with a pint of Korev or Thatchers Haze cider.
What’s the time, Mr Wolf? We’re happy to say, dinner-time! The late-night venue, which has long been at the vanguard of Bristol’s music scene (serving up locally-sourced live music, DJs and artists) now is back and serving their famous Noodles throughout the early evening. Historically enjoyed by artists, roadies and gig-goers alike to kick their evening off in style (before a few-year hiatus in which Mr Wolfs moved location to St Nicks Street) – these noodles are thicker and saucier than the more soup’y / brothy versions found in nearby establishments in recent years. They come in a variety of flavours and are served with Chicken, Pork or a very special Vegan-version of Szechuan Prawn (discovered by the eponymous Mr Wolf himself – on his quest to build the perfect noodles). Best served with a cold-beer, and followed by some live-music.
Saturday, December 17
Cox & Baloney-Storm In A Teapot: 2X Teapot Cocktails
On Wriggle: £9.95
Choose from Cox & Baloney’s impressive Teapot Cocktail menu – all infused with their own loose tea syrups to create unique flavours, served in a teapot with fresh fruits or herbs. We recommend the Drunken Granny’s Garden (Sparkling Prosecco topped with Berry, Apple, Beetroot, and Hibiscus Infused sugar syrup) – but there are 3 other excellent options to choose from. Pair with a Cheese ‘n Pickle or Meat Feast platter and you’re onto a winner.
An independent vintage inspired tea room with boutique, both full to the brim with vintage gems and treasures; from dresses to re-worked furniture, home wear, crockery and chalk paint. Famous for both their Cream Tea Towers and Afternoon Teas, served daily alongside other traditional lunch dishes and fresh home made cakes. Relax, sit down in a comfy armchair with your favourite pot of tea and soak up the atmosphere.
Sunday, December 18
Bambalan-The “Full Bam” Breakfast & Coffee/Tea
On Wriggle: £6
Welcome to the “Full Bam” breakfast. Grilled chorizo, streaky bacon, poached egg, slow cooked tomato, spiced beans, field mushroom & sourdough toast washed down with single origin Guatamalan filter coffee from Clifton Coffee or English Breakfast Tea from Yumchaa.
The guys behind The Ox, the Milk Thistle and Pata Negra have turned their hands to something a little bit summery – and boy have they nailed it. It’s a dreamy rooftop bar and restaurant that overlooks the heart of Bristol – think fresh and healthy food (their dips and flatbreads are unreal), quality local beers and a range of soothing drinks and cocktails by the jug. Perfect for a sunny day. Oh, and there’s al-fresco table-tennis.