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


Welcome back!

The wait is over: the Michelin-recommended restaurant will reopen on 28 October with newly appointed head chef Lucy Lourenco at the helm. The stylish Second Floor Restaurant will be celebrating its first weekend open with some spooky treats; expect Halloween-themed afternoon tea and cocktails and some ghoulish decor


By DBM Wines, Clifton Village

The team at Le Plan des Moines, led by winemaker Claude Serra, have crafted a series of remarkable, organic, low-intervention wines, with fruit sourced from their own vineyards across the diverse terroirs of the Rhône Valley.

Their aim is to produce terrific, genuine and, above all, natural Rhône wines, going a step further than most by creating wine that's so effortlessly smooth, banishing any rough edges sometimes found in the bigger production wines from the region.

Les Plan des Moine's Côte du Rhônes start at just £10.99 with 'La Borde'. But there are more delicious wines to explore. There is a lovely taster case if you wish to explore their range.

Côtes du Rhône 'La Borde' 2018

£65.94 per six bottles, save £18,

£131.88 per 12 bottles, save £36

Sourced from a 12-acre vineyard located just north of Avignon, the Grenache and Carignan vines have an average age of 35 years. The fruit is handpicked, with fermentation carried out naturally in stainless steel tanks. Completely unoaked, the finished wine is super fresh and incredibly easy to drink!

Côtes du Rhône Villages 'Le Pre de Suves' 2017

£83.94 per six bottles, save £18

'Le Pré des Suves' is a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan grown on sand and clay soil, surrounded by round pebbles that trap the heat. The Grenache and Carignan are aged in concrete for 10 months whilst the Syrah is aged in neutral barrels for six months and then blended in - resulting in minimal tannin and maximum freshness.

Free local delivery in Bristol for orders of six bottles or more

If you can't come into the shop, don't worry. Place your order online or call 0117 370 9930 and the trusty DBM van will deliver your wine to your doorstep the next day.


By the Bristol and Bath Rum Distillery

Dead Man's Fingers Hazelnut Espresso Martini

This recipe uses Dead Man's Fingers hazelnut spiced rum to put a new spin on the hugely popular espresso martini cocktail. Deliciously decadent, it's the perfect choice for those looking for a little indulgence.


· Dead Man's Fingers Hazelnut Rum
· Espresso
· Kahlua
· Nutella
· Ferrero Rocher (optional)


Add 50ml Dead Man's Fingers hazelnut rum, 30ml espresso, 20ml Kahlua liqueur and a teaspoon of Nutella to a cocktail shaker with ice, shake it up and pour. Garnish with a Ferrero Rocher (optional).

Bristol Rum School

The rum school at The Bristol and Bath Rum Distillery offers the unique opportunity to explore the fascinatingly diverse world of rum through unique rum-packed experiences. Be entertained with rum's rags-to-riches story - the dark chapters, and the light-hearted ones - in interactive classes that will entertain and inform, while you enjoy delicious rum cocktails throughout. The best part is that you get to take home your very own bottle of rum, which you have masterfully curated, with a personalised bottle label.


Wallace & Gromit: A Close Shave turns 25

Film fans in Bristol are being offered the rare opportunity to take home a part of the city's history in celebration of the silver anniversary of Wallace & Gromit: A Close Shave. 

To mark the momentous moment in the region's heritage, the creators at The Vine Lab have partnered with Aardman to design an exclusive collectors' model of one of the most iconic scenes from the short film. The highly detailed, silver effect model will depict the moment that Gromit flies into the air in his sidecar plane at the end of the sequence that ultimately leads to the demise of the film's villain, Preston.

In a nod to the film's original release date, there will be just 1,995 models available as part of the special edition release. However, in order to make the incredible concept a reality, The Vine Lab is asking local fans to pledge their interest in securing a unique piece of Bristol's history via Kickstarter, a crowd-funding platform that supports creative projects come to life. The site will be live until 26 November, or until all the models have been claimed.

To claim your part of local film history, visit:


Recipes by Melissa Blease
Beef and butternut squash curry

Curry doesn't have to be complicated – and this dish proves the point.

This comforting dish of spicy satisfaction can be as hot or mellow as you choose. Because you're letting a decent curry powder do the hard work for you, you can choose to turn the heat up or down accordingly, and while the coriander and cumin further enhances the flavour, the fresh ginger adds warmth without fire – and the fresh red chilli is there if you want it.

During cooking, the butternut squash breaks down into a velvety sauce that binds the dish together, while the chutney elevates this dish to stellar heights, bringing depth and a unique sweet/sour personality to the party – either a fruity, complex aubergine pickle or milder mango chutney work really well. Meanwhile, if you like your curries creamy, the coconut milk does the trick.

This is a classic low 'n' slow dish, happy to wait for when you're ready to eat it rather than the other way around. It also benefits from being made 24 hours before you plan to tuck in, which allows the sauce to thicken while the meat relaxes and the spices get to know each other. As with all curries/casseroles, it also freezes well.

Ingredients (serves 6)

1.5kg stewing beef (shin is good), cut into approx. 3cm cubes
750g peeled, diced butternut squash
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
2 onions, roughly sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
5cm knob of ginger, grated
Finely sliced fresh red chilli to taste (optional)
3–5 tsp curry powder (choose your strength)
500g good chutney/Indian pickle
Approx 800ml beef stock
400ml tin coconut milk (optional)
Oil for frying
To serve: plain boiled rice (pref. basmati); roti


  1. Preheat the oven to 150˚C or set the slow cooker to low.
  2. Season the beef with the cumin and coriander.
  3. Heat the oil in a large ovenproof casserole dish and brown the beef in batches, putting each batch aside as soon as the chunks have caramelised around the edges.
  4. Add more oil to the pan if necessary and sauté the onion, butternut squash, garlic, ginger, fresh chilli (if using) and curry powder for 4–5 minutes, until soft and fragrant. Tip the browned beef back into the casserole dish with the chutney, stock and coconut milk (if you're not using coconut milk, add an extra 400ml of water or stock) and stir well.
  5. Cover the pot and cook in the oven for around 4 hours (stirring occasionally and adding more water/stock if necessary) or in the slow cooker for up to 8 hours, until the meat is very tender. Serve with rice and roti.



Breaking tradition, and strongly tipped to be the next 007, Lashana Lynch, who plays agent Nomi, wears an Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra in No Time To Die. The exact watch is an Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M Co-Axial Master Chronometer with black dial and 38mm case. The case is stainless steel, with a wave-edged design featured on the back. The black dial has a horizontal 'teak' pattern which is inspired by the wooden decks of luxury sailboats. The dial shows a date window at six o'clock and rhodium-plated hands and indexes filled with white Super-LumiNova. The watch is powered by the OmegaMaster Chronometer calibre 8800 automatic movement. In the film, Nomi has replaced the standard steel bracelet in preference for the Omega black nylon Nato strap. Cool.

For details on the model and similar versions visit


A new outlook

Throughout October, Whistles will be launching their latest styles ready for A/W20. From tea dresses to sleeveless jumpsuits, from tailored blazers to faux-fur coats, Whistles has it all this month.

Check out their new season trends and shop in store or online at


Let’s Do It: The Authorised Biography of Victoria Wood, by Jasper Rees

In stand-up and sketches, songs and sitcom, musicals and dramas, Victoria Wood became a much-loved entertainer. Those things that might have held her back – her lonely childhood, her crippling shyness and being a woman in a male-run industry – she turned to her advantage to make extraordinary comedy about ordinary people. Victoria had plenty of stories still to tell when she died in 2016, and one of those was her autobiography. "I will do it one day", she told author and journalist Jasper Rees. That never came to pass, so Jasper Rees, who interviewed her more than anyone else, here tells her extraordinary story. Granted access to Victoria's archive of material, and interviews with her family, friends and colleagues – including Julie Walters, Celia Imrie, Dawn French and Imelda Staunton – what emerges is a portrait of a true pioneer who spoke to her audience like no one before or since.

£20, published by Trapese

Here We Are, by Graham Swift

It is Brighton, 1959, and the theatre at the end of the pier is having its best summer season in years. Ronnie, a brilliant young magician, and Evie, his dazzling assistant, are top of the bill, drawing audiences each night. Meanwhile, Jack – Jack Robinson, as in 'before you can say' – is everyone's favourite compere, a born entertainer, holding the whole show together. As the summer progresses, the off-stage drama between the three begins to overshadow their theatrical success, and events unfold which will have lasting consequences for all their futures. Rich, comic, alive and subtly devastating, Here We Are is a masterly piece of literary magicianship which pulls back the curtain on the human condition.

“This novel has an archetypal quality, reminiscent of a folktale, that encourages the reader to think of the vanished stories their own family histories might reveal.” The Guardian

£14.99, published by Simon & Schuster


Celebrating Black History Month

This Black History Month, children from Bristol and beyond can learn more about characters of African descent from around the world thanks to a free online initiative dreamt up by a Bristol activist group.

Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees, poet Vanessa Kisuule, Bristol City football player Han-Noah Massengo, and CBeebies Swashbuckle actor Joseph Elliot are just some of the people telling stories in a series of free online videos.

The initiative has been created by Staple Hill Community Action Against Racism (SHCAAR) which will broadcast two videos each afternoon during half term on its Facebook page. The videos are suitable for children aged up to 10 years, and were chosen because they feature central characters of African descent or who come from communities of African descent and the diaspora around the world.

Stories will be uploaded on to the event during half term at 4pm and 6pm each day with an additional story at 3pm on Saturday. The stories are much loved classics like Full, Full, Full of Love by Trish Cooke.

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The Secret Garden

Adapted from Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic children’s novel, this Sky Cinema Original Film asks you to step into a world of fantasy. When a young orphan (Dixie Egerickx, The Little Stranger) is sent to live with her stern uncle (Colin Firth), she discovers a garden full of wonder within the grounds of his home. Penned by award-winning writer Jack Thorne (His Dark Materials) this charming family movie also stars Julie Walters.

Watch it on Sky Cinema here



The world-renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition opens at M Shed on 24 October with a brand new set of stunning images. Now in its 56th year, Wildlife Photographer of the Year showcases the world's most extraordinary habitats, remarkable species and far-flung landscapes.


Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal is set to unveil 15 sculptures in various locations around The Mall at Cribbs Causeway from 24 October. Enjoy a mini trail of Bristol's treasured duo around the shopping centre this weekend.


This Saturday, head down to Brunel's SS Great Britain and admire a large black-browed albatross and six lifelike model penguins. The albatross is a gift from the Falkland Islands, marking the 50th anniversary of the SS Great Britain's rescue and 8,000-mile journey.


Carve some fun into the October half term and enjoy a pumpkin trail at Bristol Aquarium. Ask the team your most frightful aquatic questions and get up close to monsters of the sea!


November's magazine is jam packed with so many great things

As always, there will be 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.

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Keep cosy in a garden room

There’s something hugely peaceful and romantic about winter nights. And what better way to enjoy them than by cosying up in a garden room, the perfect space for your outdoor winter socialising and relaxation? Your garden room doesn’t have to be off limits just because it’s cold outside. If you’ve ever come off the slopes after a day’s skiing you’ll recognise that unbeatable feeling of walking into a warmly lit, timber-clad cabin with log burner glowing and gluhwein bubbling on the stove.

Garden Affairs' garden rooms have everything you need for a super cosy winter retreat. With solid timbers, double glazing and insulation, they’re snug all year round, especially in winter. Stock up on candles, fairy lights and lamps for mood lighting and intimacy. Style your space with warm, rich textiles, cushions and blankets, it all adds to the cosiness and ambience.

Don’t forget outdoor lighting too. It’s easy enough to put in some LEDs to light the paving/decking area around your cabin, so you can sit out, perhaps on a deck or built-in veranda and stargaze (with a glass of mulled wine).

For inspiration visit their display site in Trowbridge to find out how you, too, can enjoy the benefits of a garden room this winter.

Garden Affairs


Sneyd Park, Bristol

A stylish and beautifully presented modern home of exquisite proportions; with an integrated garage, off-street parking and sunny fully enclosed private garden.

Stylish detached family house * Circa 4500 sq. ft of internal accommodation * Stunning double height drawing room * Open plan kitchen and dining room * Two further reception rooms * Boot room and separate coat-room * Utility room * Six double bedrooms and five bath / shower rooms (three en-suite) * Integrated speaker system * Superb private gardens and integrated double garage * Underfloor heating throughout. Guide Price £1,850,000

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