The best festive menus in Bristol for Christmas 2021

To celebrate being able to dine out this Christmas with family and friends, we’ve rounded up some of the best festive menus to keep your eyes out for this December
Mince pies are on the menu at The Ivy in Clifton - just one of the city venues putting on special menus for ChristmasMince pies are on the menu at The Ivy in Clifton - just one of the city venues putting on special menus for Christmas
Mince pies are on the menu at The Ivy in Clifton - just one of the city venues putting on special menus for Christmas

There’s always plenty of foodie offerings to look out for across the city, but some seasonal grub is worth getting a day marked out in the calendar for.

And when it comes to Christmas menus, there are a few places across Bristol that are really pulling out all the stops this year.

So we’ve got you covered and let you know exactly where and when you can be filling up on festive favourites.

Here’s to an indulgent December!

Look out for the merry-go-round cocktails and adult hot chocolates at The IvyLook out for the merry-go-round cocktails and adult hot chocolates at The Ivy
Look out for the merry-go-round cocktails and adult hot chocolates at The Ivy

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a dose of some serious indulgence every now and then, would it?

And when it comes to festive menus, the new Carousel Christmas at The Ivy Clifton Brasserie is really pulling out all the stops. Inspired by the joy of Christmases past, you’ll find traditional garlands, carousel horses and decadence at every turn.

For the menu, expect to see luxury takes on seasonal specials such as Goose Shepherds Pie, Duck Liver Parfait and a Snowball Fight dessert.

They will really warm you up with their merry-go-round cocktails and adult hot chocolates, though!

Available to book from now until December 31. More details can be found on their website.

Scrumptious Christmas pudding at The IvyScrumptious Christmas pudding at The Ivy
Scrumptious Christmas pudding at The Ivy

The Botanist are coming back bigger than ever with their festive food this Christmas as the team want to make up for last year and everything that was missed.

With both classic menus and indulgent menus, all seasonal staples are covered.

Fancy keeping it traditional with hand-carved turkey and all the trimmings, or perhaps you want to make it a little richer with venison and cranberries?

Either way, there’s bound to be something for everyone on this menu.

Available now until December 30 (excluding Christmas Day and Boxing Day, you can find separate menus for those days on their website).

Instead of walking in a winter wonderland, you can walk in a floral winterland at The Florist on Park Street this festive season.

Known for putting on wonderful menus in a sensory atmosphere, their Christmas Set Menu includes traditional delights such as turkey and cranberry but served with a bit of a twist in the form of a turkey kebab.

You’ll also find festive flavours like gingerbread, smoked trout and parsnips, and you can wash it down with a glass of prosecco, too.

You can find more details on their website about the two or three course options, and the menu is available from now until Christmas Eve.

The award-winning restaurant certainly scores highly on the quintessential festive front, with decadent surroundings, roaring fires and vintage lighting.

But it also does pretty well on the seasonal food front too and their Christmas menu sounds delightful this year. Think plenty of tradition, hearty flavours and an abundance of cheese and wine.

If you are looking for something a little different to the usual evening Christmas menu then take a look at their Yule Time Tea options instead.

You can expect traditional finger sandwiches with a festive twist, cakes soaked in Christmas flavours and either a hot drink (with a warming addition if you so wish), mulled wine or prosecco.

Enquire online for available dates for the Christmas menu, but the Yule Time Tea Winter Warmer menu runs throughout December and January.

Lost in Christmas at The Lost and Found in Clifton is somewhere we all might be making a beeline for soon - who doesn’t want to get lost in the magic of the festive season?

Their Festive Menu comes with all the traditional trimmings, from maple-glazed roast carrots and parsnips to spiced red cabbage and roasted sprouts.

You can also opt for Christmas canapes if you want a little bit of every festive flavour, and with honey and thyme glazed pigs in blankets, crispy brie and mini mince pies making the menu, we certainly wouldn’t blame you.

Continuing throughout December and into the new year, you can find out more information and book through their website.

The climb is worth it - Bristol’s Christmas steps, with The Christmas Steps selling festive food at its baseThe climb is worth it - Bristol’s Christmas steps, with The Christmas Steps selling festive food at its base
The climb is worth it - Bristol’s Christmas steps, with The Christmas Steps selling festive food at its base

Would it really be a Bristol Christmas round-up without including The Christmas Steps? With two courses from £28 and three courses from £32, you’ll find festive staples with all the trimmings gracing the menu as well as some more decadent suggestions like pear and apple tarte tatin,

Christmas pudding cheesecake, and soy braised cabbage. Book via their website and get ready to soak up the fairy light filled atmosphere from a cosy corner.

Okay, so pie might not always be the first thing on your mind when you think about festive foodie favourites.

But as Pieminister brings out all the seasonal taste sensations in their Christmas menu, it would be rude not to include it on the list! Served alongside bottomless prosecco and pints, if you so wish, the seriously seasonal menu includes fillings such as turkey, cranberry, venison, parsnip and sherry.

There’s also some festive vegan offerings, too, so the whole party can be happy.

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