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A specially curated guide to help you enjoy the next 48 hours in Bristol


By DBM Wines, Clifton Village

Sometimes the simplest packaging can hide a real gem. DBM wines, with Baron Philippe de Rothschild, have put together a mixed case at a special discount.

The Baron Philippe de Rothschild (proprietor of Mouton Rothchild) own-label range has been developed by the family to bring good-value drinking wines to the table by utilising their extensive winemaking contacts in the Limoux region. To source the fruit they have developed strong relationships with local growers and in many instances they incorporate young vine fruit from their own Domaine Baron’arques.

DBM wines has created a mixed case with Syrah, Pinot Noir, Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc that will cover all your essential needs at a very friendly price of just £107.88 for 12 bottles (equal to £8.99 per bottle).

Viognier, Baron Philippe de Rothschild, Vin de Pays d'Oc; £8.99

"This wine has a lovely nose of delicate white peach mingled with a defined floral character. The palate has rich stone fruit, alongside a subtle almond character, while remaining clean and fresh."

Sauvignon Blanc, Baron Philippe de Rothschild, Vin de Pays d'Oc; £8.99

"A great-value Southern French Sauvignon from high-quality Limoux fruit; clean and bright, fleshy texture and ripe mouthwatering finish - lovely."

Syrah, Baron Philippe de Rothschild, Vin de Pays d'Oc; £8.99

"An intense deep garnet colour. The inviting ripe nose has notes of pepper and garrigue supported by super concentration on the palate. Supple texture and a fresh and juicy finish; very good value."

Pinot Noir, Baron Philippe de Rothschild, Vin de Pays d'Oc; £8.99

"Made without the use of oak, from selected vineyards in the Limoux, this 100% Pinot Noir is light and fruity with a lovely spicy note. Hints of strawberry and raspberry on the nose. Soft, gentle tannins with a generous balanced finish. We thought it was a really good find; uncomplicated and excellent value."


By Mockingbird Spirit

Mockingbird Spirit is a brand new alcohol-free, tequila-inspired, agave-based spirit. This unique addition to the mocktail scene makes for a great gift and is from a local Bristol company who are setting out to bring inclusivity to anyone who’s off the booze. Made using functional, versatile, authentic, vegan and gluten-free ingredients, the vibe is "earthy blue Weber agave, sweet vanilla and cinnamon with a healthy hint of habanero – evocative and moreish". Passionately produced with the adaptogen ashwagandha to support health and happiness. The perfect pour: in a margarita – naturally! Available in 50cl and 5cl bottles.


Recovery funding for cultural venues

There was relief this week after it was announced that some of our much-loved arts organisations in and around Bristol would receive support from the government's £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund. Arts venues and organisations in the city will receive funding to help face the challenges of the pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future. They are part of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support.

The 29 organisations in Bristol are:

acta community theatre ltd – £50,000   |   Aerofleece Limited – £249,297

Artspace Lifespace – £94,000   |   Bristol Old Vic and Theatre Royal Trust Ltd – £610,466

Crack Industries Ltd – £125,320   |   Crosstown Concerts Ltd – £212,950

Enlightened Lighting Ltd – £247,106   |   Exchange Venue Bristol Limited – £85,533

Funk Productions Ltd – £50,000   |   GRADE Management – £122,000

Invisible Circus – £65,000   |   Loco Klub – £83,000

Motion Events LTD – £884,796   |   Optimum Mastering – £50,000

Portland Productions – £50,000   |   Propaganda Promotions LTD – £249,857

Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory – £50,000   |   Spike Island Artspace Ltd – £189,306

SS Great Britain Trust – £888,186   |   St George's Bristol – £564,916

T.H.Collective – £195,000   |   TDR PRODUCTIONS LTD – £248,465

The Louisiana, Bristol – £137,476   |   The Pool Agency Limited – £50,000

The Wardrobe Theatre – £65,192   |   Theatre Ad Infinitum – £58,500

Theatre Bristol Ltd – £50,019   |   Trinity Community Arts – £329,363

Watershed Arts Trust Ltd – £731,993

Read more about the Cultural Recovery Fund here


Recipes by Melissa Blease
Orange cake

Keats' season of mists and mellow fruitfulness waxes lyrical about vine fruits, apples and hazelnuts – and indeed, such produce epitomises the flavours of a British autumn. But the sun hasn't quite set on those lazy, hazy days of summer, and oranges offer the perfect bridge twixt soft summer berries and hearty autumn fruit.

This lively, cheerful cake – infused with a bright orange tang – is super-easy to throw together and perfect for either an impromptu afternoon tea, an indulgent dinner party dessert or just an instant mood-lifter, whatever the weather. You can replace the orange juice and zest with lemon, but if you're in the mood for a mellow uplift rather than a bracing wake-up call, the orange element results in a soft, sweet-tinged autumn sunset on a plate, delivered via the medium of freshly baked cake.

Ingredients (makes one big cake/8 big slices)

250g butter, at room temperature
250g caster sugar
4 medium eggs
1-2 tsp orange zest, finely grated
250g self-raising flour
85ml freshly squeezed orange juice
1 orange
1 lemon

For the icing:
125g icing sugar
5 teaspoons freshly squeezed orange juice
A scant handful of toasted almond flakes (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C/gas mark 3. Lightly grease a 22cm round cake tin (preferably springform/clip-sided) and line with greaseproof paper.
  2. Using an electric whisk, cream the butter and sugar together for 4-5 minutes until very pale. Beat the eggs in one at a time – if the mixture appears to curdle towards the end of this process, sprinkle in a teaspoon of flour and everything will settle down again. Beat the orange zest into the mixture.
  3. Add the flour and mix well before slowly stirring the orange juice.
  4. Spoon the cake batter into the tin and bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 45-50 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. If the top starts to brown before the cake has baked through, loosely cover with a sheet of lightly buttered foil.
  5. Allow the cake to cool down in the tin on a wire rack for 10 minutes before removing it, peeling the lining paper off and allowing it to cool completely.
  6. Place the cake on a serving plate. Sift the icing sugar into a small bowl and stir in the orange juice until you have a slightly thick, pourable/spreadable consistency.
  7. Pour/spread the icing over the top of the cake and allow it drip down the sides if it wants to. Garnish with thin slices of orange and lemon, sprinkle the top with toasted almond flakes (if using) and leave the icing to set before serving in big slices accompanied by a slump of full-fat crème fraiche or a pool of double cream.


OMEGA first introduced the Seamaster 300 in 1957 – it was a watch designed especially for underwater divers. More than half a century later, the timepiece makes a welcome return in a completely upgraded and enhanced form, ready for a new generation of adventurers. This Seamaster 300 has a sand-blasted black dial with rhodium-plated hands coated with 'vintage' Super-LumiNova. The polished ceramic bezel ring has a Liquidmetal™ diving scale. The 41 mm brushed and polished stainless steel case is presented on a matching bracelet. A transparent caseback makes it possible to see the anti-magnetic OMEGA Master Co-Axial calibre 8400 within.



By Ben and Marina Fogle

The Barbour Wilderness collection has been curated by television presenter and adventurer Ben Fogle and his wife, writer and broadcaster Marina Fogle. The stylish collection draws inspiration from heritage outdoor, country and exploration wear. For men, the collection includes a range of comfortable outerwear, layers and shirts. The women’s collection is practical and sophisticated, and features a selection of outerwear designed for country enthusiasts.

The Barbour Wilderness Collection is exclusive to John Lewis


Because the night... belongs to Bristol

Marti Burgess, lawyer and partner at Bevan Brittan, owner of Lakota, and member of The Society of Merchant Venturers, talks Bristol in a Box – a new project intended to help prop up the evening economy while restrictions are in place.

Bristolians don’t just stand about during a crisis, as evidenced by the myriad folk who have come to the aid of the community during the 2020 pandemic, in myriad ways. Economically, the city is facing massive challenges – the likes of which it has never seen before, with certain sectors worse hit than others. Nightlife, beyond socially distanced dinners here and there, or a few drinks on the cobbles, has felt almost non-existent – there is certainly no blowing off steam while throwing shapes on a club dancefloor. Steam sharing is officially frowned upon. But there are those in the city who are thinking hard of ways to help this sector survive. Enter, Marti Burgess.

Enjoy our six minute read here


We've chosen two of the six books shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2020, awarded annually to the best novel of the year written in English. With the prizewinner announced on 19 November, there's time to get read and get ahead!

The Shadow King

Ethiopia. 1935. With the threat of Mussolini’s army looming, recently orphaned Hirut struggles to adapt to her new life as a maid. Her new employer, Kidane, an officer in Emperor Haile Selassie’s army, rushes to mobilise his strongest men before the Italians invade.

When Emperor Haile Selassie goes into exile, Hirut helps disguise a gentle peasant as the emperor and soon becomes his guard, inspiring other women to take up arms. But how could she have predicted her own personal war, still to come? The Shadow King casts light on the women soldiers written out of African and European history. It is a captivating exploration of female power, and what it means to be a woman at war.

Published by Canongate Books, paperback, £9.99

Burnt Sugar

In her youth, Tara was wild. She abandoned her loveless marriage to join an ashram, endured a brief stint as a beggar, and spent years chasing after a dishevelled, homeless 'artist' – all with her young child in tow. Now she is forgetting things, mixing up her maid's wages and leaving the gas on all night, and her grown-up daughter is faced with the task of caring for a woman who never cared for her. Burnt Sugar is a love story and it is a story about betrayal between mother and daughter. Sharp as a blade and laced with caustic wit, Avni Doshi tests the limits of what we can know for certain about those we are closest to, and by extension, about ourselves.

Published by Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Random House, paperback, £14.99


At Clifton Contemporary Art

Closer to Home: a new collection by Elaine Jones will be appearing at Clifton Contemporary Art from 5 – 21 November. Like the cycle of nature itself, the paintings of Elaine Jones grow layer by layer, texture on texture. They shift and develop and are reduced to be rebuilt again. Embracing natural forms, they are ethereal, restless and lucid. Her sources of inspiration can be found across the world, from the Arctic Circle to Central America, but this year, in unprecedented times, she has drawn from the living and elemental forces that surround her Bristol base and beyond into the South West peninsula. Elaine's latest paintings conjure the colour, space and feel of places that are closer to home, yet still speak of boundless depth and far distance.

Image (left): Pomegranates by Lynne Cartlidge. Framed oil painting 31 x 32cm £420. Lynne's still life oils glow with natural light.

Image (right): Silver hand-crafted bracelet from a new collection by Bristol jeweller, Anthony Feiler £125.

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At Clifton Ceramics

Steve Smith designs are from a former Moorcroft enamels artist. All are free-hand painted on porcelain with pure gold surround, each being an edition of five with all other pieces an edition of one. Do visit the shop or website to see this remarkable work and to start a collection.

Free-hand painted miniatures on porcelain limited edition 8cm tall; £150


The Trial of the Chicago 7

The film is based on the infamous 1969 trial of seven defendants charged by the federal government with conspiracy and more, arising from the countercultural protests in Chicago at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. The trial transfixed the nation and sparked a conversation about mayhem intended to undermine the U.S. government.

From writer-director Aaron Sorkin, starring Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne and Golden Globe winner Sacha Baron Cohen.

Released on Netflix today, watch the film here



St Pauls Carnival has launched its Black History Month 2020 programme of events titled Ketch a Fyah. Running until 31 October, the rich programme is a blend of art forms and includes dance, carnival costume making, spoken word and engaging discussions on education with Black environmentalists.


Working with some of the best artists and promoters in the city, Trinity's Garden Sessions bring you a series of socially distanced events in a new outdoor venue on their historic grounds. Catch experimental trio, Waldo's Gift, at 6pm tonight.


Take a trip to Avon Valley's Pumpkin Patch and enjoy an evening of pumpkin picking, festival vibes, pop-up bars, firepits, street food, performers, and spectacular seasonal entertainment.


Spray your own artwork using laser-cut stencils and water-based spray paints at Where The Wall's spray sessions. These sessions introduce stencil art, from the very beginnings of recorded human history to the modern day with Banksy's art.

Look out for...

#LoveBristolArts Campaign

Fans of art and culture are being encouraged to share some love for the artists, venues and companies they are missing most during 2020 using #LoveBristolArts.

From 19-23 October, Bristol Arts Marketing Network and Arts Marketing Bath are launching a collaborative campaign, mobilising audiences and organisations to support Bristol and Bath’s arts and culture sector at this challenging time.

Wildscreen Festival

Wildscreen goes virtual next week! From 19-23 October, Wildscreen will be running a world-leading programme of headline speakers and unmissable keynotes on their speaker page, with David Attenborough and Greta Thunberg appearing on the bill. Tune in to masterclasses, live Q&As and unique networking opportunities on their website.


Our October issue is out and about

As always, there are many great reads by our team of wonderful writers and contributors as well as beautifully presented advertising by Bristol's best businesses. We hope you'll enjoy the read. 15,000 copies are delivered door to door, and you can pick up a copy at many places around town and from our stands at Waitrose, John Lewis, House of Fraser, and Harvey Nichols.

Alternatively click here for a flippable read


Autumn essentials

A Kadai is a traditional Indian cooking bowl that combines as a fire pit and BBQ. You can get an original Kadai that's up to 100 years old – each one is completely unique with a rich heritage from years of use as a cooking bowl for weddings and festivals across India.
Hand-picked in Rajasthan and available in sizes from 60cm – 170cm diameter, the Kadai can be raised to the perfect cooking height with a handmade iron stand or can be used as an impressive fire bowl to enjoy evenings under the stars throughout the year.
Whether you just want a magnificent centrepiece for the garden or to experiment with traditional Indian outdoor cooking, a Kadai is perfect for the job.
The Boniti showroom (towards Bath on the A46, exit junction 18 M4) has an impressive selection of Kadais and accessories.


Redland Court Road, Redland, Bristol, BS6

Three contemporary family townhouses located in a commanding position on the superb Redland Court Road in the prime suburb of Redland.

This four-bedroom home falls within the Redland Green Catchment area and the school is circa 200m away. These stunning houses will be ready for occupation in the early months of 2021.

The beautifully designed family-flexible living space is set over three floors and features an open-plan living area on the upper ground floor with superb views across Bristol and bi-fold doors to an urban-style courtyard garden and/or first floor terrace. Parking is provided as an integral garage with electric doors. Residents will have access to the Redland Court grounds. On the market at £974,950.

For opportunity to purchase within this scheme then contact Ocean on 0117 9469838.

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