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


Tears, tantrums and tiaras

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II publicly declared 1992 an official annus horribilis. But did she suffer in silence throughout the decennium atrocious that was the 1980s? As season four of The Crown returns to Netflix on 15 November, this is our chance to find out.

Tears, tantrums and tiaras meet shoulder pads, sultry Sloanes and careless whispers as Lady Diana's fairytale marriage to Prince Charles turns into a nightmare, Margaret Thatcher rules a riot-torn country with a rod of iron and a crumpled, 25-foot long wedding dress train acts as a metaphor for the fast-appearing cracks that are set to shake the foundations of the British monarchy's reputation forever.

Appearing alongside Olivia Colman as Ma'am and Helena Bonham Carter as her difficult little sister, Gillian Anderson miraculously transforms into a formidable Margaret Thatcher and Emma Corrin steps into Princess Diana's low-heeled slingback pumps.

Click the image to watch the trailer and catch it on Netflix on Sunday


For composers, by composers

"I love the fact people are so down to earth about making music [in Bristol]. There is extraordinary talent in the city, and clearly a relentless search for new ideas and ways of working."

In our latest issue, we chat to Bristol independent film music label Wave Theory Records about this talented city, its musicians and expanding the label...

Enjoy our six minute read here


Win a case of Thatchers Katy Cider

There's still time to win a case (12 x 500ml bottles per case) of Thatchers Katy Cider!

The competition was launched on our social media channels last week and will close on 14 November. Check out the posts on Instagram and Twitter to enter!

Winners will be selected at random, and must be 18+. Thatchers will deliver directly to each lucky winner.

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Abiding by the spirit of the current lockdown period and wishing to respect Government guidelines we are rescheduling the publication of our December magazine - originally intended for 24 November.

Our aim is to now publish on the first week of December shortly after the lifting of restrictions when we will be able to sensibly commence our full residential delivery.


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 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 at Waitrose, where we will top up regularly during the lockdown period.

Alternatively, you can read the full magazine on our website


Buy one, give one this Christmas

Bristol Food Union is working tirelessly to support the food and hospitality industry, while also working to help keep the city fed. They've devised a delicious way that you can help!

BFU has teamed up with our city’s independent food and drink producers to create a range of delicious Bristol food boxes. Filled with tempting treats, each item has been handpicked to bring you a truly festive taste of our city.

As well as gifting boxes to team members, family or friends, BFU is asking you to dig deep and ‘give one’ by donating £18.50 to get Christmas provisions to a family in need. Their practical family hampers will include the makings of a Christmas meal, as well as a few much-needed luxuries.

All boxes will be delivered to families across Bristol between 19 and 23 December.

Their Bristol Food Box campaign has been organised in collaboration with local children’s charity Unique Voice. 10% of all profits from the ‘buy one’ hampers will go to support their creative work with excluded and vulnerable children.

The Bristol food boxes come in sweet or savoury options at £35 or £55.


Caring at Christmas

Caring in Bristol work in imaginative and creative ways with people experiencing or at risk of homelessness, with the public and community partners to bring about lasting change in Bristol and beyond.

Find out what you can do to support Caring in Bristol at Christmas...


Chicken cobbler

Hearty, nutritious and comforting, chicken cobbler is an old fashioned dish for right here, right now. 

If, however, you just fancy a straightforward chicken casserole, simply add the cornflour/water mixture after the initial 30 minutes of oven-cooking then return to the oven, covered, for a further 30 minutes. But be warned: the fluffy, golden dumplings that form a lid on this flavour-packed, cheerful concoction are the chicken cobbler's crowning glory.


For the chicken casserole:
8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs, each cut into 4 pieces
250g smoked bacon lardons
2 onions, sliced
2 celery sticks, thinly sliced
350g carrots, peeled and sliced
2 leeks, trimmed and sliced
150g button mushrooms (halved if large)
400g can chopped tomatoes, preferably plum
600ml chicken stock
2tsp dried thyme
1tbsp cornflour
Oil for frying

For the potato cobbler topping:
350g floury potatoes (King Edwards or Maris Piper work well here) peeled and cut into chunks OR 250g cold mashed potato
250g self-raising flour, seasoned
100g cold butter, cubed
125ml full-fat milk, plus extra for brushing


  1. If making mash for the dumplings from scratch, put the peeled potato chunks in a saucepan, cover with cold water, bring to the boil and simmer for around 15 minutes until tender. Drain in a colander, mash until smooth and allow to cool in a big bowl while you put the chicken casserole together.
  2. Season the chicken chunks with salt and pepper. Heat a little oil in a large non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and brown the chicken (you may need to do this in 2-3 batches.) 
  3. Transfer the browned chicken to a large flame-proof casserole dish and preheat the oven to 200c/Gas 6.
  4. Add a little bit of oil to the same frying pan used to brown the chicken and sauté the bacon lardons, carrots, onion and celery together for 4-5 minutes until lightly browned. Soften the leeks and the mushrooms in the same pan for another minute or two, then tip the vegetables into the casserole dish with the chicken pieces.
  5. Add the tomatoes, stock and thyme to the casserole, bring to a simmer on the hob, cover with a lid and cook in the oven for 30 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, put the seasoned flour in a large bowl or a food processor and either rub the butter in using your fingertips or process until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
  7. Combine 250g mashed potato with the butter/flour mixture and stir the milk in to form a soft, smooth dough. 
  8. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and roll into a thick sausage shape, around 24cm long. Cut into 12 rounds, each round around 2cm thick.
  9. Take the casserole out of the oven and season to taste. Mix the cornflour with 2tbsp cold water and stir into the casserole, then top the chicken/vegetable mixture with the potato dumplings to form a nice, snug, dumpling 'lid'. 
  10. Brush the dumplings with a little extra mix to glaze, season again and return to the oven without a lid for a further 30 minutes, or until the cobbler topping is well risen, fluffy and golden brown.
  11. Serve piping hot, with a pile of buttered greens (broccoli or spinach, perhaps?) on the side.


Hotpod Yoga

Ordinarily operating from an otherworldly cocoon of glowing purple lights, heady aromas and enveloping soundscapes on Fairfax Street, Hotpod Yoga is running a full timetable online. Classes are rooted in vinyasa flow – a style of yoga that synchronises movement and breath, to work the body and calm the mind.


Their tagline, ‘bender to slender’, probably couldn’t sound more Bristol, could it? And – to caveat – this is very much a group for grown-ups. These guys, who formed through a mutual appreciation of the local rave scene, adapted well to Lockdown 1.0 and have been equally active this time around. Join the club via Strava app to track your activity and see how others in the gang get on.

Move GB

Since launching in Bristol and with its HQ in Bath, MoveGB has been the UK’s largest fitness class provider, offering its 250,000 members access to over 6,000 activity venues across 25 cities in the UK. The company doesn’t run its own classes; it simply connects users to predominantly independent, community-based fitness businesses through its membership scheme to promote a varied activity regime. 

Trika Yoga

Independent North Street yoga studio Trika has taken itself online – and made classes free for NHS workers. You can join a whole host of classes, which are available to book with various fabulous teachers via Trika, including gentle restorative flow, yin yang flow, restorative yoga and more.


Longines Conquest Classic Steel

Since its creation in 1832, Longines has created beautiful Swiss timepieces with precision, performance and grace. The first chronographs Longines produced were in 1878, and just over 140 years later this famous watchmaker has recently launched the Conquest Classic line. Ever faithful to the long tradition of elegance and performance, this iconic watch features a bold blue 30mm dial with contrasting gold tone batons and a date display at 3-o-clock. The bezel and bracelet are polished stainless steel. and the case back engraved with the makers stamp. Quartz movement and water resistant to 50 metres. £730.

See this and more from the Longines range at Mallory:


Get arty with a giant colour-in tablecloth

A seasonal best seller, the Eggnogg colour-in Christmas giant tablecloth is packed full of Christmassy things to decorate. From smiling Santa Clauses and leaping reindeer, to French hens and geese a-laying, and plum puddings and presents, it's a must-have for a quiet family Christmas and makes for a great table decoration too.

Colour-in giant tablecloth; £10;


Perfect winter warmers from Corgi Socks

Luxury socks and accessories brand Corgi Socks has been hand-crafting luxury woollen goods for more than a century. The Donegal wool gift set pairs a classic beanie and matching rugby-inspired striped socks. Crafted from Donegal yarn, and super soft to touch, these flecked blue and cream accessories are a perfect cosy Christmas treat. Price £55.

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African Europeans by Olivette Otele

As early as the third century, St Maurice – an Egyptian – became leader of the legendary Roman Theban Legion. Ever since, there have been richly varied encounters between those defined as 'Africans' and those called 'Europeans'. Yet Africans and African Europeans are still widely believed to be only a recent presence in Europe. Olivette Otele – professor of the history of slavery at the University of Bristol – traces a long African European heritage through the lives of individuals both ordinary and extraordinary. She uncovers a forgotten past, from Emperor Septimius Severus, to enslaved Africans living in Europe during the Renaissance, and all the way to present-day migrants moving to Europe's cities. By exploring a history that has been long overlooked, she sheds light on questions very much alive today – on racism, identity, citizenship, power and resilience. African Europeans is a landmark account of a crucial thread in Europe's complex history.

£20, C Hurst & Co.


Pol Roger Brut Reserve; £209.94 per six bottles – save £10 per bottle

The favourite of Sir Winston Churchill, a classic Champagne blend of 33% Pinot Noir, 34% Chardonnay and 33% Pinot Meunier. The recognisable house style is composed from 30 still base wines drawn from at least two vintages.

Pol Roger founded his Champagne house in 1849 and it is still proudly independent and under family control. They own 89 hectares of vineyards on prime sites of the Vallée d'Epernay and on the Côte de Blancs. 

Normally £269.94 for six bottles, save £60 with this great offer. Free delivery for six bottles or more in Bristol;

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His Dark Materials

In a parallel world ruled by the sinister Magisterium, a battle rages over a mysterious particle called Dust. Can orphan Lyra stop the fight from spilling over into our time?

This gripping drama is also partly filmed in Bristol, look out for the city's familiar streets!

Catch up on series one and two on BBC iPlayer


One of Bristol's finest creators

Tracey Bowes is a professional fine art painter based in Bristol and creates original masterpieces designed to add statement and style to your interior and enhance the living space around you.

She has worked exclusively in the creative arts sector, winning awards and also working for the finest brands and discerning clients. She is known for her enthusiasm for visual language, as well as exploring meaning, colour and expressive making techniques both traditionally and digitally. Her work contains a visual narrative which is expertly conveyed. 

We love her fine art pieces of familiar landmarks around Bristol, but also her very affordable and delightful print designs such as Ruby’s Flowers (pictured) which starts from just £6.75 for an A6 unframed print and sizes and options range to £57.50 for an A3 print framed. Tracey also loves to customise products so she will happily source A3 frames and restyle them by painting to match or contrast your colour preferences.


Linden Road, Westbury Park, Bristol

This is an immaculately presented first floor, split-level apartment, with well-configured layout and a contemporary feel, in the heart of Westbury Park. It has two spacious double bedrooms, one bathroom, one ensuite shower room, a living room with Juliette balcony, a recently fitted kitchen/breakfast room and the rare benefit of off-street parking.

This period conversion is positioned on tree-lined Linden Road, in Westbury Park, just a stone's throw away from Waitrose, and all the cafés, pubs, restaurants and amenities of Coldharbour Road and Northumbria Drive. It is also a short walking distance to Durdham Downs, Redland Green and outstanding local schools. Guide price £400,000.

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