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Burns Night in Bristol

Burns Night, probably one of the best nights of the year. Why? Whisky, reciting poetry loudly and haggis! OK, not everyone’s cup of tea but if it’s good enough for the Scots then we will try and piggy back on it anyway we can!

Luckily for us, there are loads of great places in Bristol that are putting on Burns Night evenings so that we can get involved. Here are just some that we have seen…

Burns Night Whisky Club at Hyde & Co

The grandfathers of the hidden cocktail bar, Hyde & Co are of course championing an event that lets them show of their whisky knowledge and cocktail mastery. They will be joined by Max Helm, spirit ambassador for Glenmorangie, and his team, who’ll be on hand to guide you through a delicious tasting of their range of Scotch whiskies, and the exceptionally talented team at Hyde will be showcasing their skills creating a delicious whisky cocktail or two.

Tickets are £25 and include a whisky cocktail on arrival, a tutored tasting of the Glenmorangie range and some light nibbles, courtesy of The Ox restaurant (veggie options will be available).

https://hydeand.co/burns-night-whisky-club/

Burns Night At The Canteen

Perhaps you want more of a knees up to celebrate Burns night? Well, the Canteen have just the thing for you! Or as they say….

“If you’re going to celebrate Scotland’s greatest poet then you definitely need the kind of full-blooded roots music that Fitty Gomesh make. Ripsnorting traditional folk dance tunes from the Celtic fringes all cranked up to get you stripping the willow until you can strip no more.”

Sounds marvelous! They will also have a Scottish menu for you, check out the event here: https://www.canteenbristol.co.uk/burns-night-2018/

Murder Mystery, A Burns Night Special at the Bristol Museum

Hold the phone! A murder Mystery Burns Night special, where do we sign up!? Good work Bristol Museum who will be hosting this event at the Winterstoke and Wills Hall at Bristol Museum with whisky cocktail on arrival and live bagpiper to pipe in the Haggis. There will be a three course Scottish themed dinner with coffee and petit fours with DJ and disco until 1am and a prize for the winning team. Tickets are £49.95 per person and the event runs on the 26th and 27th

https://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/bristol-museum-and-art-gallery/whats-on/murder-mystery-night/

Burns Night Supper at the Milk Thistle

Little, although not in size, brothers of Hyde & Co, The Milk Thistle are also celebrating Burns Night but with a supper in their intimate attic space- which not many people get to see!

For £55 you can join them for a night of traditional Scottish food, cooked by the chefs from The Ox Bristol, matched with a specially created Whisky cocktail flight and tastings of several exceptional whiskies from the fine folk at Glen Grant.

http://milkthistlebristol.com/burns-night-whisky-dinner-with-glen-grant/

Stay At Home With Whisky

Because Robert Burns would have wanted you to! Of course, having a think of the old Bard and reading some of his poetry on this day would also be an apt celebration!

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It’s time for a good old fashioned Bristol pub quiz

There are endless places where you can find some good Bristol pub quizzes. Fridays and Saturdays are unlikely but here are loads of places Sunday – Thursday.

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Blankety Quiz – Found across Bristol and voted the best pub quiz in Bristol

Got any that we’ve missed? Pop them in the comments below.

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Celebrating the Seasonal Changes at the Hotel du Vin

With new produce and fresh flavours to work with and enjoy, the changing of the seasons can be a trying yet rewarding time for chefs and restauranteurs. Right now, the leaves are falling, the nights are drawing in, and restaurants are ringing the changes with seasonal produce that brings out the best of the autumn and winter months.

Bristol’s Hotel du Vin is no exception, and their beautiful bistro has recently launched a new 3-course lunchtime menu available Monday to Saturday. The new menu features a deli table of smoked and cured fish selected by the Severn and Wye Smokery, roasted vegetables and artisan charcuterie. Freshly prepared salads, decadent puddings and fine wines from across the world complete the hearty new offerings.

The express lunch menu works in quite a unique way. Instead of simply choosing one starter, diners opt for smoked salmon or charcuterie, then select a further two or three items from the deli table. Highlights include feta cheese with fennel and pomegranate seeds, and roasted red and golden beetroot with sour cream and chives.

Warming aubergine and chickpea ratatouille features among the mains, but I was unable to look past the onglet steak. Requested rare, it arrived cooked to perfection alongside crispy chips and a steaming pot of peppercorn sauce. The confit de canard falls off the bone, and works beautifully with the nourishing braised puy lentils.

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The Hotel du Vin continues to offer the perfect balance of fine food, classic décor and relaxed atmosphere. There are plenty of restaurants in Bristol to go for a treat, but to my mind there’s something about the Hotel du Vin that makes it special.

Starter plates run from £6.50 and mains from £12.50. For more information or to book a table, check out the express lunch details on the Hotel du Vin Bristol’s website.

For more of Chris Callaghan’s Bristol-based reviews and write-ups, take a look at his writer’s page on the Best of Bristol website.

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