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


Paloma Faith

From number-one album success through to battling her way to becoming a mother, Paloma Faith’s remarkable trajectory continues as she sets her sights on a chart return with her ambitious new album.

Enjoy our seven minute read here



As always, there is many great reads by our team of wonderful writers and contributors as well as beautifully presented advertising by Bristol's best businesses in our November issue. 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, you can read the full magazine on our website


Win a case of Thatchers Katy Cider

We have six cases (12x500ml bottles per case) to give away to six lucky readers.

All you have to do is follow us on Twitter or Instagram, look out for the competition post over the weekend and follow the instructions.

Winners will be selected at random, and must be 18+. Competition closes on 14 November and Thatchers will deliver directly to each lucky winner.

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Spiritz of La Fiesta by Caleño

On a mission to bring joy to not drinking, leading alcohol free spirit Caleño presents the delicious new addition to its tropical line up, Caleño Dark & Spicy which launches this November. The distilled, golden and spicy blend, packed with warming pineapple tropical notes, ginger and kola nut spices is the perfect way to add some spice to your night and get the fiesta going. Grab your glass and get pouring...


50ml Dark & Spicy
15ml Lime Juice
25ml Orange Juice
25ml Cranberry Juice
Top with Lemonade


Fill your glass with ice, pour in the fruity flavours of lime, orange and cranberry – top with lemonade and you’re ready for the fiesta!


Recipes by Melissa Blease

There's nothing ghoulish about this rich, hearty, just-the-right-amount-of-spicy casserole: the perfect dish for Halloween!

Ingredients (serves 4)

700g stewing steak, cut into chunks
1 generous tbs plain flour, seasoned
1 large onion, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2/3 large peppers (green, red or a mixture of both), deseeded and sliced
400ml can chopped tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato purée
2 tbsp paprika
75ml fruity red or dry white wine
300ml beef stock
Oil for frying

To serve: 150ml soured cream; 1 bunch flat-leaf parsley, chopped


  1. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3.
    Toss the cubed beef in the seasoned flour. Heat around 1 tbsp oil in a flameproof casserole dish and brown the beef in batches, adding a bit more oil after each batch. Set the browned beef to one side.
  2. Add a little bit more oil to the casserole dish and sauté the onions and peppers until soft and just starting to brown (around 5-10 minutes), adding the crushed garlic for the last couple of minutes.
  3. Add the wine and allow to bubble down for a couple of minutes before adding the tomato purée, the tinned tomatoes and the paprika. Allow to simmer briefly, stirring well.
  4. Return the beef to the pan, cover with stock, bring to the boil, pop the lid onto the casserole and either cook in the oven or on a gentle heat on the hob for a minimum of 2 hours (if cooking in the hob, remove the lid for the last half hour to allow the sauce to thicken.) Sprinkle with the parsley.
  5. Serve in warmed bowls drizzled with soured cream, sprinkled with parsley and accompanied by a pile of crusty bread (or better still Hungarian Langos) to mop up the rich, velvety sauce.


Halloween cocktails by Andy Clarke

Halloween this year is going to be a bit different to normal… For many of us, trick-or-treating is banned and we’ll have to get our fright-fix at home. So, as shown on This Morning yesterday, TV's Andy Clarke has got the perfect spooky twist on a classic cocktail for a ghoulish Halloween weekend.

Bloody Skull Mary (Paris 1920s / New York 1940s)

    Hotter than a regular Bloody Mary, this sinister drink contains wasabi vodka and is decorated with a salted rim and easy-to-make mushroom skulls.

    Ingredients (for two cocktails in a highball glass)

    A handful of ice
    50g onion salt (for rim decoration)
    200ml (4 parts) tomato juice
    50ml (2 parts) wasabi vodka
    A squeeze of lemon juice
    5 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
    2 dashes of Tabasco sauce

    For decoration:
    1 mushroom (carved to look like a skull)
    4 cocktail onions
    4 cornichons
    2 cocktail sticks
    2 rainbow carrots (to be used as stirrers) available at M&S.


    Put a little vodka on the rim of the glass and upturn the glass onto a plate containing onion salt. Put the ice in a shaker. Juice the lemon and add to the shaker. Put all measured liquids in, shake in the sauces in and shake the shaker for 20 seconds until the shaker is cold to touch. Pour into the glass and decorate with a carved skull mushroom. Add a carrot to stir.

    Catch up on This Morning here and take a look at Andy's website for more cocktail recipes; @TVsAndyClarke


    Buying real food made by local people

    Brand new Bristol start up, All About The Cooks, is enabling local home cooks to sell their dishes to the people of Bristol, making real food, made in kitchens not factories, available to everyone.

    Having launched officially on 15 October, All About The Cooks, founded by Claire Ladkin, who is also Chair of Bristol Food Connections CIC, aims to provide real home-cooked food for celebrations, family mealtimes, dinner parties or those keen to try freshly cooked dishes without the hassle of sourcing ingredients and cooking it themselves.

    Read more about All About The Cooks on our website


    Tudor Black Bay GMT Steel

    Inspired by the Tudor watches of the 1950s, the famous Black Bay divers' watch is available with a GMT function, so it's easy to operate across different time zones without the need for an hour hand adjustment. Sporting a 41mm steel case, luminous markers and a distinctive burgundy and blue aluminium bezel, (shown here with the fabric Nato strap option) the characteristic angular hands known to collectors as "Snowflake" first appeared in Tudor's 1969 ranges. Powered by Tudor's excellent in-house MT5652 automatic self-winding movement, the watch also features a large crown and is waterproof to 200 metres. See this model and many variations at Mallory.


    By Harvey Nichols

    And stick an olive in it. In No Time To Die, in a bar where James Bond (Daniel Craig) and Paloma (Ana de Armas) enjoy a drink, we can spot a pair of vintage martini glasses. We think these are possibly Paşabahçe Utopia, which can be sourced on Amazon. However, these LSA International clear bar glasses are a little more classic, hold 180ml, and a box of four are £50.


    The Harpy by Megan Hunter

    With the nights beginning to draw in, you’ll be in need of a clutch-your-knees-on-the-sofa sort of book to make the most of the chilly atmosphere, and Megan Hunter’s deliciously odd and disturbing new novel is just the ticket. A cuckolded wife comes up with a plan for revenge, the sheer vindictiveness of which starts to make her question her own grasp on reality. It’s both domestic and magical, terrifying yet oddly liberating.

    Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

    The long-awaited return from the author of the multi-million copy bestselling Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. Piranesi is a slow burn, literary thriller that will keep you on the edge of suspense right to the very last page.


    By Fareshare South West

    Bristol-based food charity, FareShare South West, has announced FoodStock 2020: a campaign with the aim to build a stockpile of emergency food with the infrastructure to deliver it to critical frontline organisations through a difficult winter.

    The FoodStock 2020 operation, which will source food from across the food industry at scale, aims to build a stockpile big enough to distribute food for one million meals in just three months and will be housed at the charity's secondary warehouse near Ashton Gate Stadium – formerly used by Dreams Beds.

    To more about FoodStock 2020 and how you can donate, visit:

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    Truth Seekers: Season One

    Truth Seekers is a supernatural comedy series about a team of part-time paranormal investigators who team up to uncover and film ghost sightings across the UK, sharing their adventures on an online channel for all to see.

    However, as they set out to film ghost sightings, but as their supernatural experiences grow more frequent, they begin to uncover a conspiracy that could bring about Armageddon for the entire human race.

    Created by and starring Nick Frost and Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz).

    Watch it on Amazon Prime now



    Get in to the Halloween spirit this weekend and watch a spooky classic at Bristol Filton Airfield. Grab a ticket for Hocus Pocus, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Exorcist, Ghostbusters or Beetlejuice and enjoy the film from the comfort of your car.


    This weekend, sign up and register for Black Girl Convention's virtual events. Running from 2–8 November, the convention is packed full of creative workshops, talks, panels and experience. General admission tickets for all Zoom events are bookable on Eventbrite. No booking is required for the Instagram live events. All sessions are free to attend but you must pre-register.


    Experience Ashton Gate Stadium like never before this Halloween, and book your place for our Halloween Horrors Murder Mystery night. Prepare to be entertained whilst trying to solve a murder mystery. Professional actors will tease you with clues, rumours and gossip to keep you wondering whodunit. Halloween fancy dress optional!


    Renowned music venue, cultural hub and one of Bristol’s few remaining independent live-music venues, The Trinity Centre, is running garden sessions all weekend. Catch the likes of Bandulu Records and Sofa Sound and enjoy a little light escapism.

    Look out for...

    Be inpsired

    Take a trip to Royal West of England Academy and be inspired this autumn. Browse over 600 artworks in their 168th Annual Open Exhibition (21 November 2020 – 7 March 2021). This vibrant exhibition includes painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, installation and mixed media works. There is something for everyone! Works will also be available to buy online.


    By Loaf

    Top sofa and home furniture store Loaf 's resident artist, Ben Lowe, has created nine brand-new and exclusive colourful prints – the perfect match for the brit-brand's whopping AW20 collection. Stretched on a wooden frame with upholstery tack detail, these new canvas prints are screen-printed using hand-mixed inks on a hessian fabric, giving them a brilliantly textured and natural look. Each piece of art is limited edition with only 350 prints available – once they're gone, they're gone. Shown here, Pinnacle by Ben Lowe, 90cm x 70cm. Screen printed in Gloucester on canvas. £375.


    Redland Road, Bristol, BS6

    This is a perfect family house with the ideal combination of generous space and convenient location in leafy Redland.

    At the heart of this elegant seven-bedroom, four-bathroom, Victorian house is the large kitchen/diner beautifully finished with a kitchen island, wood-burning stove, a window seat overlooking the garden, and a walk-in pantry. 

    The high ceilings on the ground floor, the ornate cornicing and working shutters on the bay windows give a feeling of grandeur to the house. Set over four floors, the space can be repurposed at any time; be it a perfect home for a large family – still with plenty of space for home working – or even for hosting international students (as the current owners often do).

    This property is on sale with Howard estate agents. Asking offers in excess of £950,000.

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