All posts by Clare Lowe

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Burns Night 2018

It’s a new year and we’re all heading into 2018 timidly after a whirlwind of a 2017! Be timid no more, shake off those winter blues and get on those dancing shoes because at the Canteen we’re getting ready for some Burns night celebrations.
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If you’re going to celebrate Scotland’s greatest poet then you definitely need the kind of full-blooded roots music that Fitty Gomesh make. Ripsnorting traditional folk dance tunes from the Celtic fringes all cranked up to get you stripping the willow until you can strip no more.
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Factor in some single malt and a special ‘Burns night’ menu and there’ll be no timorous beasties in the house.
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Christmas and New Year at The Canteen

Christmas time, Star Wars & wine, drunkards singinging Christmassy rhymes, with rum in your belly & vegetarian treats, it’s time to rejoice in the Caaaaa-an-teen!

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Christmas is upon us once again and we’ve got a few treats on the bar for you to enjoy! As well as our usual offereing of local ales and sustainable wines, we’ve got mulled cider and infused spirits that will give you that warm glow from your head to your toes!
We’ve recently been nominated in the Good Food Awards for ‘Best vegetarian’ too and our winter menu is really helping to showcase why, packed full of seasonal flavours with our usual Canteen twist.

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It’s not all about food and drink at the Canteen though. We are having our last pub quiz of the year and this one is going to be epic! The Quizmaster strikes back is going to be a night where we celebrate what December is really about… new Star Wars movie!
Gather your mates for a quiz night Stokes Croft style! There will be 8 rounds of general knowledge and general silliness with an extra point avaliable to the team with the best name. Click interested on the Facebook event for more information.


We’re also kicking it old school this new year’s eve with an amazing offering with the tiny price tag of a £5 suggested donation.
Join some incredible DJs and the afrobeat masters Matuki as we celebrate seeing the back of 2017! We will have a capacity of 300 so make sure you arrive early to enjoy  New Years Eve in style.
Check our Facebook for more details.

So, if you’re looking for something a little more quirky this December, head on down to The Canteen.

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Halloween at The Canteen

Halloween is just around the corner and we have a couple of spooktacular nights happening to get your in the ghoulish mood!

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On Thursday DJ Cheeba will be on the decks from 9:30pm with a night of odd ball Halloween videos, edits, music, and other oddities to get your blood pumping and feet moving!
You can dance, you can watch quietly but you can never escape.

Then on Saturday we’ll be looking to be decked out in our Halloween best and ready for some Klezmer dancing!  We’ve got Karşilama and the Feathweight Space Biscuit with their unique blend of Klezmer, Balkan, Swing and Originals.

They’re acoustic Balkan Swing Space Klezmer at it’s finest, that promise to rock until all of your socks have been meticulously obliterated. All of them. Off. Rocked off.


So, whether you turn up zombified , mummified or your regular Stokes Croftified we’ve got you covered this Halloween weekend.
Kicks off at 9:30pm

Entry is free as always, but arrive early to avoid disappointment.

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Summer highlights at The Canteen

How is it June already?
The spring went by in a flash and we’re gearing up for a summer of free musical highlights with our usual offering of fantastic food and drink that will make The Canteen the perfect summer venue for those days when you are not festival bound!

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In June we have some stand out and unusual bands heading to our stage like the experimental Dog In The Snow, Brighton-based Helen Ganya Brown experiments with existential-driven lyrics and layers of off-kilter sounds to create a peripatetic musical landscape.
Finding  inspiration in juxtapositions: the warm project title goes hand-in-hand with the grim ending of Kafka’s ’The Trial’. Inspired by the dark underbelly of Scott Walker, the mortal anxieties of Sufjan Stevens, the glistening soundscapes of Susumu Yokota, this is going to be a magical set not to forget.

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Then later in the month we have the brilliantly bizarre Il Conciorto. They’re probably the only band that gets to eat their instruments on a regular basis, the Italian duo wire up peppers, cauliflowers, fennel and aubergines and proceed to make music with them. Every vegetable tells a story in their hands, revealing their secret passions and powers … or so the Conciorto boys would have us believe.

https://ilconciorto.bandcamp.com/releases
www.youtube.com/channel/UCVs3mTrl2BsJmgbO7Bh6TfQ

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In July we are hoping for some good weather for the Boom Sound BBQ. BS006 Flavour launch party. Where Leo Samson feat. Gardna & Tiffani Juno are launching Flavour. You can expect plenty special guest DJs & MCs, a Neverlution Sound System and a big  Boom BBQ going on out on our decking with some bangin’ food & cocktails

There’s more to come too so keep and eye on our facebook page for more events.

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Burns Night

Happy new year to all our Canteen customers!

Our first event of 2017 is just around the corner and we are celebrating Burns night at in style.

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Throughout the day we will have dishes on the menu that celebrate Scottish culinary traditions (Haggis will be a feature!)  and a wide range of lip smackingly good whiskey behind the bar, perfect for a post work tipple.

Once the sun is down we’ll have a very special musical guest taking to the stage to celebrate in raucous style.

Keep an eye out for more announcements as you won’t want to miss this one.

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Jungle – New Years Eve at The Canteen

Jungle is AND WILL BE massive!

The Canteen is preparing itself for one MASSIVE New Years Eve from the guys who brought you Asbo Disco and BrisFest comes Jungle:

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Calling all creatures great and small

Over the great plains and across the mighty gorge exists a tropical paradise untouched by the outside world. A perfect balance of nature exists here where rich diversity flourishes and natural resources are plentiful. All of the animals live here in perfect harmony. Word is being passed from parrot to python, bat to bear, leopard to lemur and cricket to crocodile; that message is universal – together we shall celebrate the New Year.

Expect themed decor, Jungle dress code and a wild atmosphere.

Our beast of a lineup will be announced on 1st December
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Way down deep in the middle of the Jungle where they creep to the smooth beats – let the bass rumble.

Tickets available now:
http://www.bristolticketshop.co.uk/eventdetails.aspx?e=13981
Info and group bookings: enterthejungle@gmail.com

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The Severn Project Crowd Funder

We have been buying top quality produce from the Severn project for nearly 7 years. They can always be relied upon to provide fantastic service with the personal touch as well as really high quality ingredients that help keep The Canteen sustainable and seasonal.

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The Severn Project is constantly evolving and developing and they need your help to put down some roots of certainty in Holt (Wiltshire). Moving to the new site would mean that they can expand their range to include vegetables and would be able to grow around 15 tons per year of parsley, coriander, mint, dill, edible flowers and peashoots to keep up with customer demand.

If you are interested in local food production at scale this crowdfunder should interest you. They are an organisation that invite the community to integrate with the whole business of food production from field to plate, helping to stimulate the local economy through both sales and employment.

To back this project follow this link and help make market gardening viable and visible.

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Action Against Hunger at The Canteen

LoveFoodGiveFood LogoToday we join 100’s of restaurants across the UK to raise vital funds for Action Against Hunger .
25p from every main meal we sell throughout September will go to projects providing clean water & good nutrition to malnourished children in over 50 countries worldwide. It’s a great cause and one we really want to shout about it, so next time you’re in take a look at the leaflets and posters that are dotted around the bar or for more information visit their website.  

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Dub BBQ at the Canteen

We’ve got what your summer has been waiting for!

On Saturday 20th August we will be firing up the BBQ with plenty of incredible eats out on the decking while DJ Selecta Fiyah Mama & Dj Ruben Robinson blast out some stonking dub that will keep you dancing throughout the day.

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Best part?
It’s free entry, so come along to our event of the summer and party with us all day long.

More info:
Date: 20 August 2016
Time: 1:00pm–9:00pm

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Total Produce Open Day

Earlier this week executive chef, Scott Hislop, was up bright and early to visit one of our suppliers on their open day.

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Total Produce is a large whole sale service that works with growers and producers from all around Somerset and the UK and provide us with fresh produce as well as dry goods to use in our kitchens.

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Brand manager Charlie Hicks, was kind enough to give us a tour around the whole sale market where we got to try some of the delicious ingredients and find out more about how they work closely with some of Britain’s best growers to get the best quality produce to your plate.

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As well as all the great suppliers they had chefs, Adrian John Kirikmaa and Romy Gill cooking much needed sausage sandwiches early in the morning and giving cooking demos later in the day.

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We even got to see our own dedicated shelves where we found our latest delivery of beautiful English tomatoes ( which Scott was pretty pleased with! )

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If you are interested in finding out more about what Total produce do and find out about any more of their events visit their website or follow them on Twitter for their latest news.