The most important thing to get at Christmas? No, it’s not the Christmas tree. Or the presents. It’s the food. We don’t know about you, but we wait all year just to taste all our favourite festive foods.When it comes to Bristol’s foodie scene this Christmas, it’s certainly the case that the grub is both naughty and nice.
Bristol’s imaginative chefs have come up with some gurt lush creations this Christmas. Taking festive flavours to a whole new level for the occasion. Check out some of the best festive food in Bristol to try this December, because Christmas food is too good to be reserved for only one day a year.
1. Fat Hippo
Some of the most stonking burgers in Bristol can be found at Fat Hippo. So of course they’ve got into the Christmas spirit They’ve produced two (that’s right, two!) Xmas-themed burgers. The Hans Gruber-ger tells us exactly where Fat Hippo stands on the ‘Die Hard is a Christmas movie’ debate. It combines a beef patty withs pork stuffing patty, American cheese, maple-basted Southern fried chicken, cranberry jello and Christmas ‘slaw. A festive overload of flavour.
And for vegans? The Fairytale Of No Pork is a Southern fried plant based patty, deep fried vegan halloumi, cranberry jello, maple fakon and Christmas ‘slaw. Both come with a serving of festive fries. Perfect for stuffing your face next time you fancy bowling this Christmas.
Lane 7, Millennium Promenade, Bristol BS1 5SZ
2. Future Doughnuts
It’s not all about the savoury food at Christmas, and Bristol boasts some impressive festive sweet options to tuck into including baked goods from Future Doughnuts. The St Phillip’s shop is serving decadent and delicious doughnuts for the festive season.
Their festive box is complete with a selection of sourdough doughnuts in flavours such as strawberry trifle, cherry Bakewell, tiramisu, chocolate hazelnut and vanilla candy cane. Plus, they are also offering gluten-free buttermilk doughnuts in flavours such as gingerbread (refined sugar free); coconut and cranberry; and hot chocolate.
Future Doughnuts, 26 Oxford Street, BS2 0QT
3. The Coconut Tree
Sri Lankan food doesn’t scream “festive food” to those of us from England. But The Coconut Tree’s Sri Lankan-style split sprouts and cashews has changed our mind. Okay! We know to some, sprouts are the devil. But we love them at Secret Bristol, and we guarantee you’ll feel different about them after tasting them here.
If that still doesn’t convince you, then try the turkey baubles instead. Crispy fried balls filled with minced turkey, big island flavours and a pot of cranberry sauce. For dessert, enjoy a nice slice of Christmas cake and vanilla ice-cream. Whether you you’re looking to spice up your festive food intake, or just devour it all, The Coconut Tree’s H0-Ho-Hopper menu is worth discovering this Christmas.
Clifton Triangle, 2 Byron Place, Bristol BS8 1JT
237-239 Cheltenham Road, Bristol BS6 5QP
4. The Florist
The floral and colourful restaurant and bar always offers a touch of spring no matter the time of year. But The Florist has embraced Christmas with some fabulous festive foods. The stand-out has to be the Turkey and Camembert Burger, however, served with maple bacon and cranberry sauce. On top, you get a giant pig in blanket too! If you want more though, order an extra side of pigs and blankets as well.
There are also some festive-fuelled drinks too, such as the chai-spiced espresso martini and a festive old fashioned. But all we need to beat out winter blues, is to wrap out hands around a warm glass of mulled wine. It’s Christmas, you deserve it!
69 Park St, Bristol BS1 5PB
5. Burger Theory
Bringing some awesome flavours to Bristol this Christmas, Burger Theory has created two specials that’ll most certainly leave you satisfied. The burger restaurant has introduced a festive veggie option known as the ‘Chick’n dinner burger’, which consists of mock chicken, brie, cranberry BBQ sauce and facon bits. And say hello to the ‘Christmas Quacker’ burger with this festive food special filled with a potato rosti, raclette cheese, confit duck, gravy mayo and cranberry glaze; as well as ‘The Cheese Board’ burger consisting of beef patty, grilled jalapeños, cheddar, brie, stilton and chilli jam.
Burger Theory, 37-38 St Stephen’s Street, BS1 1JX
Pigsty has created genius new dishes, combining our biggest seasonal faves in one special menu. One dish on their Christmas menu that we particularly have our eyes on this year is their whole baked Camembert.
The sharing dish (although we doubt we’ll be sharing) consists of Camembert with Jolly Hog Pigs in Blankets in a honey mustard glaze and truffle toasted sourdough. All that dreaming about those little porky delights dipped in that gooey cheese goodness, means we Camembert it anymore!
Pigsty, Cargo 1, Units 1 & 2, Wapping Wharf, Gaol Ferry Steps, BS1 6WE
7. Sandwich Sandwich
The purveyors of possibly one of the best sandwiches in Bristol, if not the country, pulls out the stops every Christmas with some sensational festive foods. For their annual Christmas sandwich 2022, Sandwich Sandwich, which has five Bristol branches, wanted to go bigger and better than ever before.
If you thought they created “the best and biggest Christmas Sandwich last year then you’re about to be happily mistaken.” Combining thick cut turkey breast, sage and onion sausage stuffing, gammon, bacon crumble, cranberry jam with thyme and rosemary mayo on soft fluffy white bread. Nothing can beat it. Unless of course it came with a side pot of turkey dipping gravy (which of course this also does!)
Sandwich Sandwich, 48 Baldwin Street, BS1 1QQ
100 Queens Road, Clifton, BS8 1QE
1 Temple Way, BS2 0BY
19 Cotham Road South, BS6 5TZ
12 Park Row, BS1 5LJ
8. Yorkshire Pudding Wraps
We love when a place names itself after its product. Cuts out all confusion. We love it even more when said product is one of the tastiest festive foods we’ve ever had. Yorkshire Pudding Wraps is back at Bristol Christmas Market this year selling the god of all Xmas foods! Cramming a whole roast dinner into the palm of your hands shouldn’t feel so satisfying, but it just does. Trust us. Perfect for warming up after finishing off your Christmas shopping in an evening.
Broadmead, Bristol BS1 3EA