A specially curated guide to help you enjoy the next 48 hours (or more) in Bristol
VANGUARD'S CHARITY AUCTION |DONATED GRAFFITI
Bid for a Banksy this evening at Lost Horizon HQ!
Grant Marshall (AKA Daddy G of Massive Attack) has donated two Banksy prints to Vanguard’s charity auction in aid of Bristol-based charities Temwa and Aid Box Community (ABC). The auction also features a range of pieces from Bristol’s beloved street artists as well as incredible works from African contemporary artists.
The funds raised from the auction will support Temwa’s life saving work on food security and forestry, water and sanitation, and education in Northern Malawi, East Africa, and ABC’s mission to provide support, supplies, and sanctuary to refugees and people seeking asylum in Bristol.
The sale, hosted by Vanguard, will take place at Lost Horizon on this evening. Doors open at 6:30pm with the auction kicking off at 7:30pm. Afterwards ,Vanguard will be celebrating their closing party at the venue with DJ sets from DJ ENNE, Boca 45 and Krust.
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Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year, in its tenth anniversary year, will be premiering for the very first time outside of London this month at The Royal Photographic Society. We took a closer look at some of the winners' work in our latest issue.
It's time to bring the slow cooker out of hibernation for the winter season... and Bonfire Night is this indispensable gadget's perfect coming out party. This deep, rich chilli is the perfect weekend winter warmer – after its been working hard all day (and you haven't), it's ready to go when you are.
You'll notice the addition of dark chocolate in this recipe – no, it's not a typo! Chocolate is a classic South American ingredient in savoury dishes such as this one, and brings yet more deeply umami depth to the party; you won't be aware that it's there, but you'd notice if it wasn't.
You can, of course, make this chilli on your stovetop or in the oven by adapting the process accordingly, but the slow cooker method results in a unique depth of flavour. To make a vegetarian version, use vegetarian mince and cook on medium for just 2 hours.
If you're not cooking for a bonfire night crowd, go with the quantities anyway – this chilli freezes well.
Ingredients (serves 6-8)
800g chopped stewing steak or beef shin 2 large onions, peeled and chopped 2 large green peppers, deseeded and chopped 2 green chillies, finely chopped (deseed if you want a milder chilli flavour) 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed 2 tsp paprika 2 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp ground cinnamon 2 tsp dried oregano 1-2 tsp red chilli powder (optional, or according to taste) 3 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes 2 tbsp tomato purée 2 tbsp soft dark brown sugar 3 tbsp cider vinegar 450ml beef stock 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 40g dark chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa solids), chopped 2 x 400 tins kidney beans (or, 1 x 400g tin of kidney beans and 1 x 400g black beans), drained and rinsed
1. Set the slow cooker to low, medium or high (depending on how slow you want to be). In a large frying pan, brown the meat in batches, making time to really caramelise the meat around the edges and tipping each browned batch into the slow cooker when done.
2. Add all the other ingredients except the beans to the slow cooker, season well, put the lid on and cook on low for 7-8 hours, medium for 6-7 hours or high for 4 hours, adding the beans to the pot for the last hour of cooking.
3. Top each bowlful with a dollop of soured cream and sprinkle with chopped, fresh coriander before serving with rice, cornbread, crusty bread or piles of nachos.
FOUR OF A KIND | BONFIRE TREATS
Words by Melissa Blease
Cheesy Honey-Mustard Hot Dogs (makes 8; easily adapted to vegetarian)
Roast 8 plump sausages of choice in a medium-hot oven for around 20-25 minutes, turning occasionally until thoroughly cooked (or, cook 8 vegetarian sausages according to the instructions on the packet). Meanwhile, combine 100g grated Emmental cheese with 100g grated Cheddar, 3 tbsp wholegrain mustard and 2 tbsp runny honey. When the sausages are cooked, heat the grill to high. Split 8 hot dog buns (brioche buns work well here), fill each with a sausage and top with the cheese mixture. Snuggle them up on a baking sheet and grill for 1-2 mins or until the cheese has melted.
Sweet Potato Melts (makes 12; vegetarian)
Preheat the oven to 200°c/gas mark 6. Prick 6 sweet potatoes all over with a fork, rub the skins with olive oil, season well and bake for 40-45 minutes or until tender. Meanwhile, melt around 50g butter in a small pan, add 1 peeled, crushed garlic clove, 1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary and 1 deseeded red chilli (finely sliced) to the pan and simmer gently for around 5 minutes. Take off the heat and set to one side. When the baked sweet potatoes are cool enough to handle, split each one into two and scoop out most of the flesh, taking care to leave the skins intact. Mash the flesh with the flavoured butter mixture, 100g Gruyère cheese and 100g Cheddar cheese. Pile the cheesy mash back into the potato skins pushing down as you go to create a firm-ish filling. Top with more grated cheese and a sprinkling of smoked paprika and put back in the oven for around 10-15 minutes until the cheese has melted and the tops are golden and bubbly.
Padrón Poppers (makes 24; vegetarian)
Preheat the oven to 180°c/gas mark 5 and line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper. Cut the tops off 24 Padrón peppers to create a 'cup' large enough to fit a teaspoon into, and scoop out (and discard) the seeds and membranes. Combine 450g cream cheese (reduced fat is fine) with 90g grated Cheddar cheese, 1 large peeled, chopped onion, 2 cloves of garlic (crushed), a generous handful of chopped coriander and cayenne pepper or paprika to taste. Season well, stuff the hollowed-out peppers with the cream cheese mixture and bake for around 12 minutes, turning halfway through, until the skins have charred and the cheese is bubbling. Allow to cool slightly (the hot cheese mixture will be very hot!) before serving.
Toffee Apple Cookies (makes 24; vegetarian)
Preheat the oven to 190°c/gas mark 5 and line 2 baking sheets with greaseproof paper. Beat 175g softened butter with 140g golden caster sugar until pale and creamy (a hand-held whisk helps here). Add 2 egg yolks, 225g self-raising flour, 50g ground almonds, 90g roughly-chopped toffee or fudge, 90g roughly-chopped, ready-to-eat dried apple chunks, 1 tbsp milk and 1 tsp cinnamon to the mix, combine thoroughly and roll into 24 walnut-sized balls. Place well apart on the baking sheets (the cookies will spread out while baking) and flatten slightly with your fingertips. Brush with milk and bake for around 8-12 minutes until golden. Leave to firm up for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely before serving.
SPECIAL EVENT | WINE TASTING AT THE OBSERVATORY
The Red & White wine party at Clifton Obervatory, 11 November
Red & White | Bristol Wine Merchant
Working hand-in-hand with vineyard owners and winemaking teams Red & White Wines help create, produce and distribute, artisanal wines around the world. Join them at their Wine Party at the spectacular Clifton Observatory on the November 11.
Enjoy a Gin & Tonic upon arrival, taste Red & White’s range of over thirty award-winning wines and take advantage of a handful of masterclasses hosted by its two Masters of Wine. Delicious canapés will be served all night and you can enjoy an exclusive 20% discount and free local delivery, on all orders placed.
Département 44, Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie (2019) Département is an exciting new range that tells the story of French wine in numbers. It celebrates different regions and delivers one outstanding example of an areas best work.Département44 Muscadet has aromas of apple, white flowers and the subtle warming scent of a bakery. This is as fine as Muscadet gets! RRP: £13.75
Petite Immortelle, Côtes du Roussillon Villages (2018) Immortelle is an outstanding range of wines from the Côtes du Roussillon region in the South of France. A combination of very old vines and traditional production methods are used, to produce wines that reflect the remarkable region. Petite Immortelle is a well balanced, fresh wine with aromas of herbs and dark, brooding hedgerow fruits. RRP: £8.29
MAÏA, Côtes de Provence (2020) Is it wrong to drink rosé wine during the winter? Not at all, it's so versatile. It's the perfect choice if you don’t want a heavy red at lunchtime but something with a little more 'oomph' than a crisp white. On the nose, this wine is eager and intense with orange peel and red current aromas.Try it with seasonal dishes like butternut squash soup, roast chicken, pad Thai or even (dare we say it!) turkey with cranberry sauce. RRP: £14.96
Welcome to Burger Theory, the burger company run by chefs. This Christmas the team invite you and your friends or colleagues to come and share a meal in their cosy restaurant where they will endeavour to bring a little Christmas cheer to the table through the medium of burgers. All food is made on site with locally sourced high welfare animals, British cheese, locally baked bread and a lot of love! Burger Theory offer their Christmas package to groups with a minimum of eight people in their flagship restaurant on St Stephen’s Street. One course: £15.00, Two courses: £21.00, Three courses: £26.00
Better Food opens fourth shop + 20% off for The Bristol Magazine readers!
The award-winning organic shop and café group, Better Food, is set to open its fourth shop on Gloucester Road at the beginning of November. The recent winner of the prestigious BOOM award for Best Independent Retailer (The Best of Organic Market Awards) will stock some of the best organic, local and ethical brands available, as well as organic fruit and vegetables, a huge range of organic food refills, locally sourced meat and household refills. Better Food is well known for catering for those with specific diets in mind including vegan, dairy free, gluten free and coeliac. The new space will also include a café and food hall, selling hot drinks, self-serve soups and porridge, freshly baked cakes and pastries and a wide range of deli specialities to take away.
To welcome customers to the new shop, Better Food will give a free goody bag to its first 50 customers on opening day; a free organic tote bag for the next 300 who walk through the door; and a free organic barista coffee (or tea) to customers that download or show Better Food’s Bee Better refill rewards app in the shop in the first month.
For 20% off at Better Food, Gloucester Road Store, pick up a copy of our magazine and find your discount voucher inside on page 47.
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Milgauss was introduced by Rolex in 1956 and designed to meet the demands of the scientific community working around electromagnetic fields.
The Milgauss was the first of its kind, and is capable of withstanding magnetic fields of up to 1,000 gauss and became a popular choice by scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva.
Its resistance to magnetic interference comes from a shield inside the case made of ferromagnetic alloys, which protects the movement.
This shield consists of two components, one screwed to the movement and the other to the case.
The name Milgauss is derived from the French mille, which means one-thousand, and gauss, the unit of a magnetic field.
There are two current models, shown here is the MilgaussOyster, 40 mm, Oystersteel in Z-blue - a most noticeable feature is the lightning-bolt second hand and the green sapphire crystal, the green tint catches the light and it becomes slightly luminescent at the bevelled edges. The baton markers and inlays on the hands also luminesce in low light. Other features are the superb calibre 3131 fully automatic perpetual movement, and waterproof to 100 metres. Contact Mallory for prices and to find out more.
Packaged in biodegradable paper pulp and housed in a recycled glass bottle, this limited edition N°5 bottle is adorned with Mademoiselle Chanel’s lucky number, 5, inscribed in gold on the label. Just launched! £130.
The ECCO MX is a versatile shoe which is great for an outdoor or a city hike. Treat your feet with comfortable shoes for a long day of adventures. We have various ECCO MX Styles available for men and women.
There are 10 episodes now available to stream of series 3 of Netflix's highly anticipated stalker series, You, just released this month. The series sees Joe (Penn Badgley) and Love (Victoria Pedretti) married and raising their newborn son Henry in the Californian suburb of Madre Linda. As their relationship dynamic takes a new turn, Joe continues to repeat the cycle of obsession with a burgeoning interest in Natalie (Michaela McManus), the next door neighbour...
Also starring Elizabeth Lail, Saffron Burrows, Tati Gabrielle, Shalita Grant, Travis Van Winkle and Dylan Arnold. Created by Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble.
A young woman is transported back to the 1960s in this endlessly inventive, time-travelling horror fantasy from the brilliant Edgar Wright.
For sweet-natured, 1960s-obsessed Eloise (Thomasin McKenzie), dreams really do come true when she gets accepted into fashion school in the bustling heart of London’s West End. But big city life proves a rude awakening for this small-town girl, and when her rowdy student halls become too much for her to take, she rents a room in the attic of the matriarchal Miss Collins (Diana Rigg, in her final film role). That night, in her new bed, Eloise finds herself inexplicably transported back to 1966 and into the body of an ambitious young singer named Sandy (Anya Taylor-Joy). But just as she starts to get used to her nocturnal time travels, Eloise slowly begins to uncover the terrifying reality of swinging 60s London.
With knockout performances from leads Anya Taylor-Joy, Thomasin McKenzie and Matt Smith, and captivating support from a host of British acting legends including Rigg, Rita Tushingham and Terence Stamp, director Edgar Wright’s genre-hopping marvel is a joyous (and often darkly violent) homage to the magic of the movies and a heartfelt love letter to the nation’s capital.
Whalebone is our latest US import, one that breezily claims that it started out printing T-shirts and delivering magazines in an old van around Montauk, NY and ‘it went from there. Well, it kind of is still there.’ And that’s pretty the vibe of this indescribable and amiable, vaguely beachy life-style magazine. Each issue is loosely themed, with recent topics taking in wine, sea creatures and the weather. This time it’s the ‘Hippie issue’ which cleverly strings together everything from badges to beekeeping, lunar cycles to tie-dying and deep diving to ‘deadheads’. £10.
Magalleria is a Bath-based shop and online retailer, selling fine and interesting magazines from independent and selected publishers from all over the globe. Visit the website to find out more: magalleria.co.uk
• WHAT'S ON •
MUSIC |TABLA CONCERT
Zakir Hussain, 23 November, St George's at 7.30pm
Presented by Asian Arts Agency, the evening will see Zakir Hussain’s spectacular tabla playing – one of the great sounds in contemporary music.
A complete virtuoso at the height of his creative powers, Zakir’s career is a roll call of highlights. He played with Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan, then made his name from a series of extraordinary cross-genre collaborations with the likes of John McLaughlin in the great acoustic group Shakti and Mickey Hart from the Grateful Dead. Zakir’s accolades include a Grammy Award and a Ratna Sadasya, Sangeet Natak Akademi’s most prestigious honour. He was awarded SF Jazz’s Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his “unparalleled contribution to the world of music”.
Hansel and Gretel, 1 December – 1 January, Arnos Vale Cemetery
As darkness falls, follow Hansel and Gretel through the magical illuminated woodland of Arnos Vale Cemetery, where not everything is as it seems. Discover a strange cottage, and a mysterious figure with an unsavoury appetite, and revel in this celebration of the imagination… but will you trust a trail of breadcrumbs to find your way home? Bursting with poetry and song from acclaimed writer Saikat Ahamed (Three Kings, Strictly Balti) and composer Ellie Showering (Rumpelstiltskin, The Tempest), this magical production will linger in your imaginations for many years to come.
For more information about performance times, and to book your tickets (from £12) visit insaneroot.org.uk.
HALLOWEEN |SCARY MOVIE
Spooky scenes at The House of Frankenstein
The team at our sister magazine took a look inside The House of Frankenstein earlier this year – the world's first attraction dedicated to author Mary Shelley and her creation, Frankenstein.
Blurring the lines between museum and immersive visitor experience, the attraction extends over four atmospheric floors including a particularly dank and foreboding basement experience.
So, turn your sound up, sit back and enjoy the horror movie – be warned, it's a scream!
Locals to have their say on permanent Cotham Hill changes
Plans to make increased pedestrian access and business space available on Cotham Hill permanent are being put before Bristol’s citizens for their views over the next month.
Initial engagement with citizens and businesses on Cotham Hill by Bristol City Council last November revealed that providing more space for pedestrians and outdoor traders was a high priority for those living and working in the area.
As a result, a temporary road closure to through traffic between Whiteladies Gate and Hampton Lane, and between Hampton Park and Abbotsford Road on Cotham Hill was introduced in April.
The upcoming consultation will ask for views on different options, including some that will make the road closures permanent, keep shared space for people walking and cycling in the middle, and provide space for businesses to continue trading outdoors on both sides of the road.
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: "[...] when we engaged with residents and local traders earlier this year, they made it clear that they saw the temporary road closure as a priority. Since the road closure in April residents have had more access to walking and cycling, and local hospitality businesses have benefited from outdoor trading.
“We now want to engage with the community on plans for making this scheme permanent. Our aim is to deliver more liveable neighbourhoods right across the city that are free from traffic congestion and pollution.”
New project to help vulnerable communities fight food insecurity
The Bristol Local Food Fund (BLFF) has announced its first crowdfunding campaign, aiming to raise £100,000 by 30 November 2021. It will give accessible, flexible funding to community food projects to help them fight food insecurity. Organisers will build on Bristol’s incredible community response to COVID-19 and unite the city in tackling a huge problem - affecting over 10,000 households.
Over £15,000 has already been committed to the campaign in advance of its launch, including a £10,000 donation from independent UK law firm Burges Salmon. Forty of Bristol’s local independent food and drink businesses are offering rewards to the crowdfunder to encourage donations.
Working in partnership with Bristol City Council, Feeding Bristol, Bristol Food Network, Bristol City Funds and Burges Salmon, organisers of the Bristol Local Food Fund hope to set up longer-term funding streams to make it (BLFF) a constant source of support to Bristol’s communities so that everyone can access good quality, culturally appropriate, affordable food.
30 October, Brentford City Stadium, kick off at 3pm
London Irish’s six month wait for a victory ended with their 33-21 win at Exeter on Saturday. The Exiles have not been victorious at Brentford in Premiership Rugby since beating Bath there 36-33 on 27 March, although they have drawn two of their last three matches there.
Bristol Bears only win in their last six Gallagher Premiership Rugby was 25-20 at home to Bath on 1 October. The Bears have lost their last three away games since their 26-23 success at Leicester in Round 21 last season.
Excluding the unplayed game in June, Bristol are unbeaten in their last three matches against London Irish since the Exiles 38-21 victory at Madejski Stadium in April 2009, a sequence which includes two high scoring draws. Bristol drew 34-all on their only previous visit to Brentford Community Stadium in February 2021.
Keep up to date with Bristol Bears on their Twitter and their website!
Our homes are becoming greener than ever and houseplants have become style accessories as much as exuberant celebrations of the natural world.
A new store in Broad Street, Chapter 22 Roots and Records, has taken this chilling-out-among-the-greenery vibe to heart, with a visionary retailing combination of houseplants and rock and roll. In this month's magazine, we asked plant expert Nicola Taylor to recommend a selection of houseplants that will suit different rooms in the house: here are a couple of our favourites...
CALATHEA MEDALLION (Rose Painted Prayer Plant)
Arguably one of the most beautiful low-light plants with medallion-like leaves with a brilliant green pattern on top and deep burgandy underneath.
Care: water once a week, allowing the top two inches of soil to dry out partially.
What room: bedroom
NEPHROLEPIS EXALTATA (Boston Fern)
This fern has broad green flowing fronds and grows up to 4ft long and 6in wide.
Care: maintain evenly moist soil, allowing the top quarter to dry out in between watering. Avoid overwatering.
What room: any south-facing or north-facing window, away from direct light or deep shade.
For more of Nicola's recommendations, pick up a copy of our magazine, or browse the digital version (p.74): issuu.com/mcpublishing
PROPERTY |LANDMARK LUXURY
75 The General, Bristol BS1
The property exudes a feeling of light and space throughout, is well proportioned and features impressive double height lofted ceilings, as well as a selection of well-appointed sky lights in almost every room allowing natural light to pour in.
On entering the apartment, a spacious entrance hall offers access through to a spacious double bedroom on the right which is well served by a large sky light.
Opposite to this bedroom is a useful storage cupboard. Across the hall is an spacious and contemporary fully tiled bathroom, complete with a panelled bath with an overhead shower, wall-mounted sink, w.c, vanity mirror and a heated towel ladder.
Adjacent to the bathroom is a sizeable main bedroom which boasts the same stunning lofted ceiling and is also wonderfully bright, with two additional sky lights situated overhead along with a sash window with shutters. At the end of the entrance hall is the beautiful open plan kitchen and reception room. The room has a great deal of character and features a striking pitched ceiling, a further selection of (five) sky lights in addition to three large sash windows, allowing an abundance of light throughout.
The kitchen is modern and well-appointed; with a sleek expanse of light coloured hard work-surfaces and plenty of floor and wall mounted storage cupboards with under-counter lights.
There are a range of Neff integrated appliances including a double oven and grill and ceramic hob as well as an integrated full height fridge/freezer and dishwasher. The living space is bright and airy and is flooded with natural light creating a comfortable and relaxing environment.
Outside: The General is approached via a well-maintained and glamourous entrance courtyard, complete with a working carved stone fountain. All of the residents enjoy the benefit of a Concierge service with a dedicated estate office. 75 The General has an allocated underground parking space which has its own electrical vehicle charging point. Guide Price, £474,950
For further details and more images see the property on the Rupert Oliver website: rupertoliver.co.uk