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


Get in to the festive spirit

Bouquets for Days is the project of Bristol florist Ellie Jones. Each week, Ellie designs a bouquet inspired by the blooms and colours of the season. Bouquets are available in two set sizes (Everyday & Special Day), wrapped in 100% recyclable packaging, and available for delivery across the Bristol area.

Three-month subscriptions are available: Winter (Dec-Feb) or Bespoke (months to suit) £55. Access an exclusive 10% discount on individual bouquet purchases as part of Bristol's online market from 8pm tonight (follow on Instagram for all the details).

Bouquets for Days will be selling Christmas wreaths throughout December. Measuring 30cm wide, these fresh foliage wreaths (pictured) are available to order in a sophisticated 'Winter Blues' or a more traditionally styled 'Festive Bronze'. Wreath delivery from 4 December.


By DBM Wines

Chateau Cissac have created a bespoke six-bottle tasting case just for DBM Wines – containing two bottles each of three marvellous but very different vintages. This is a magnificent opportunity to taste these lovely wines in perfect condition and explore the particular nuances that each vintage produced. The perfect gift for any claret lover.

Chateau Cissac six-bottle taster case£135.00 – save £15


Out on 2 December

As always, there will be so 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 at Waitrose, where we will top up regularly.

Alternatively, you can read our previous issues on our website


Vanilla panna cotta with raspberry sauce

Creamy, fruity, indulgent and glamorous, panna cotta is a fabulous finale to a celebratory dinner (and a wonderful alternative to rich, heavy christmas pud, perhaps?) But given such highfalutin' qualities, it's surprisingly quick and easy to make! To make it even easier, both the panna cotta and the accompanying raspberry sauce can be made up to 24 hours in advance of serving; just chill them both separately until you're ready to assemble and serve.


For the panna cotta:

250ml whole milk
250ml double cream
3 gelatine leaves
1 tsp vanilla essence (or the seeds of 1 vanilla pod)
1 tbsp caster sugar

For the sauce:

350g raspberries
175g caster sugar
175ml water
Optional: splash of cherry liqueur

To serve

Fresh mint, icing sugar


  1. Soak the gelatine leaves in a little cold water. Put the milk, cream, sugar and vanilla essence (or seeds) into a saucepan pan and bring to simmering point. 
  2. Take the pan off the heat, squeeze the excess water out of the gelatine leaves and add them to the warm, creamy mixture. Stir until dissolved before dividing the mixture between four ramekins or small bowls and allowing to cool before refrigerating for at least one hour, until set.
  3. Meanwhile, make the sauce: bring the water, sugar and cherry liqueur (if using) to the boil in a saucepan. Reduce the heat and simmer until the sugar has dissolved. Add half the raspberries and blend with a hand blender until smooth before passing the sauce through a sieve to remove the raspberry seeds. Add the remaining fruit to the sauce and stir gently, without crushing the fresh raspberries. Allow to cool completely.
  4. Turn each panna cotta out on to individual serving plates (you might need to run a knife around the inside of each ramekin to ensure a smooth transition).
  5. Spoon the fruit sauce over the top of each panna cotta, encouraging it to dribble down the sides a bit and form a pretty puddle on the plate.
  6. Garnish each panna cotta with a sprig of fresh mint and dust lightly with icing sugar.


Lalique Crystal glass fish sculpture

The original fish in glass was designed in 1913 by René Lalique and has become an important and iconic piece for Crystal Lalique, as a symbol of French luxury. It first appeared in turquoise and has been re-issued in an extensive palette of colours designed to mix and match to create a ‘Lalique Aquarium’. There are more than 20 colours to choose from so why not start your collection now? £75.

Visit Mallory Jewellers for more Lalique Crystal inspiration. 

Shown here: mint, cobalt Blue, yellow, and emerald green. Handcrafted in France. Dimensions: 4.5cm high x 5.3 cm wide x 2.1cm deep


Harvey Nichols' fabulous Christmas crackers

As well as the usual groan-filled jokes and party hats galore, these top-notch crackers from Harvey Nichols contain gifts you might actually want to keep for a change.

It’s potluck whether you'll get a delicious jar of Harvey Nichols jam, tipsy on damson gin liqueur, a Harvey Nichols Champagne stopper or the oh-so-chic tin of Minted by Harvey Nichols mints. For the inner child, there’s a slinky spring in one of the crackers and a wooden whistle that’s great for rousing Dad from his post-pudding slumbers. Box of six. These crackers are, well, real crackers that’ll make your party go off with a Harvey Nichols bang. £60.

Order online


With Clifton Wine School

Clifton Wine School is now offering ways for you to learn about wine online from the comfort of your living room. Ruth's 'classroom' courses are still going ahead for those who enjoy a more traditional wine tasting environment, however those who prefer the online option can now study for professional qualifications in wine as well as attend a variety of 'just for fun' events, all via Zoom. It's one way to make the most of this time spent inside – learning something new and having a great time doing it.

Check the website for upcoming dates:

Buying for someone else? Gift vouchers are valid for two years and can be used for all the courses offered. There's something for everyone:


By Thomas Fortin

A men's accessories company has launched just in time for the gifting season. Offering 100% silk pocket squares, printed and woven neckties and evening scarves – all produced using UK printers, weavers and makers – these dapper details will embolden any man's wardrobe.

Thomas Fortin was born during the lockdown. Co-founders Andy Thomas (Bath, UK) and Neil Fortin (Boston, USA) had spoken for years about turning their passion for the sartorial splendour of menswear into a venture of their own. When everything stopped in March, the stillness afforded them the time to develop their ideas. Thomas Fortin can now offer beautiful fabrics woven and printed in England, and hand-finished accessories, to the world.

Pocket squares from £38;

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Bombshell (2019)

The provocative real story of three whip-smart, ambitious, strong women who anchored one of America's most powerful news networks – becoming headlines themselves when they risked everything to stand up to the man who made them famous.

Starring Charlize Theron, Margot Robbie, Gretchen Carlson and Nicole Kidman, Bombshell picked up a number of nominations at the Academy Awards.

Watch it on Amazon today

Look out for...

North Bristol Arts Trail

The North Bristol Arts Trail has gone digital! The first event that is launching is the Facebook Virtual Trail and, from today, you can start buying! There are unique cards and stationery starting from just a couple of pounds, or blow the budget on a huge statement canvas to brighten up your home office… The team are also showcasing delicate jewellery, quirky ceramics, stunning glassware and original prints, all handmade locally in north Bristol.

Room 212 will be offering a 'click and collect' for paintings and prints by Jenny Urquhart and gorgeous jewellery by Katie Johnston.


By Oriental Rugs of Bath

Oriental Rugs of Bath have hundreds of rugs and kilims, all authentically craft-designed to suit homes and spaces of any size. These vibrant and authentic kilim cushions will make the room the heart of the home.

Left: Afghan natural kilim cushion; £45. Right: Afghan veg dye kilim cushion; £45

See the full collection here


York Road, Montpelier, Bristol, BS6

Buried in the heart of Montpelier, this five-bedroom property is adorned with all the impressive features of a Grade II-listed townhouse. The light-filled sitting room opens onto the south-facing garden, which has a Mediterranean feel when doused in sunshine. Spread out over two floors, the ground floor and the lower ground floor, the property boasts three bathrooms, all with good modern showers.

The garden is a natural haven for wildlife. A terrace was built for entertaining and a cobbled path winds its way through the trees to an extra hidden garden at the bottom. On the market at £700,000.

Read more about the property here and get in touch with Ocean Estate Agents for more details

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