Papadeli catering & hampers

Papadeli catering & hampers
Papadeli - delicious food in Bristol

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Bristol's cookery school @ Papadeli

Papadeli Cookery School 2012

Through a combination of teaching, demonstrations, putting your learning into practice and trying out new techniques and tips, you will create a delicious meal for you to sit down and enjoy with your fellow chefs.

Pick up tips from the best of Bristol’s chefs and take home know how to do it yourself and wow your friends and family.
To book:
email or tel: 0117 973 6569
Book online here

All classes will be on Thursdays from 6.30 to 9.30 

Classes are held in our brand new top floor kitchen in Clifton, Bristol - a beautiful space and a pleasure to work from.
We can recommend accommodation should you need it.

Papadeli salads and seasonal cooking £65 January 19th

Make those delicious salads and casseroles using those everyday store cupboard ingredients and liven them up with seasonal vegetables, herbs and spices. You will never see chickpeas, lentils, pulses and beans in the same light again!

Papadeli sweet and savoury treats £65 February 2nd
 Lori, ex Ballymaloe and now Papadeli pastry chef leads a masterclass of sweet and savoury baking. We will be covering pastry techniques and learning the secret of those famous Papadeli cakes and treats.

Vegetarian Cookery £65 February 16th
Papadeli Head Chef Stephanie will demonstrate European vegetarian cookery with a focus on healthy dishes using sustainable
ingredients. A masterclass in creative seasonal cooking learning how to come up with delicious and easy meals suitable for both a Monday night supper or Saturday dinner party

Spiced to perfection - Indian Cookery £65 March 1st
Navina from Coconut Chilli will take you on a spice trail across India. Learn to cook traditional Indian dishes like spiced lamb keema with petit pois, South Indian sambar or blackened tandoori chicken.

Papadeli Meat Masterclass £95 March 8th
Jake, a chef who's worked in all the best Bristol restaurants, shows you how to break down various cuts of meat supplied by Ruby and White butchers . We will look at which cuts are best for which dishes. Learn to cook delicious slow braised dishes along with quicker supper meals.

Provencale Cookery £75 March 15th
Big flavours with rough edges. Mountains, rivers and the sea. We will cover fish, meat and vegetable dishes with seasonal variation. A real treat for lovers of provincial regional cooking.

Spring in Italy £75 March 30th
A celebration of beautiful ingredients and wonderful rustic cooking. Risotto, polenta, pesto, panzanella, Italian breads. slow braised meat dishes. From Tuscany to Sicily this is a celebration of  all things Italian.

Papadeli breads and pastries £65 April 12th
Lori ex Ballymaloe and now Papadeli Pastry Chef lets you into the wonderful world of breads and baking. You will make both savoury and sweet breads and bakes and come away which a renewed passion for baking!

Papadeli Fish Masterclass £95 April 19th

 Jake, one of Bristol's best chefs, will take you through all you need to know about fish and shellfish. Simple techniques of how to cook fish to perfection. Sourcing sustainably, what to look for when buying fish, focusing on filleting skills and preparation. For fish lovers and those in need of converting!

Papadeli tapas class £65 April 26th
Simon aka Papa loves all things Spanish and this is a chance to put together one of our famous tapas feasts. Dishes will include the best of Spanish tapas from tortilla Espanola, aioli, albondigas, slow braised squid, huevos rancheros, pan con tomate, pinchos, mushrooms, almonds and sherry vinagrette, salt cod brandade, croquettes and much, much more…….

Children’s classes £30
“It was a fun entertaining way to learn to cook. I especially enjoyed eating it all at the end! “
These hands on cookery classes taught by the lovely Louise Barnard are fun and inspiring, teaching children how to prepare healthy and tasty dishes from fresh ingredients. Papadeli believes in developing children’s cookery skills through active learning. Children will get the opportunity to cook dishes such as Moroccan spiced chicken, lemon cous cous, chocolate fudge cake and pitta bread. Get them into cooking early!
Classes run during holidays and are suitable for 8-14 year olds.
Wednesday Feb 15th Saturday 25th February Tuesday 3rd April

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Papadeli Christmas pop up shop!

Papadeli pop-up shop - Thursday 15th December 6-8.30pm

Studio Amour's original & stunning scarves & cushions for Christmas

Aimee Greaves, textile designer who has designed for  Nicole Fahri, has created a range of stunning, hand printed scarves and cushions that will be for sale upstairs at Papadeli for one evening only.


Jess Townsend's beautiful prints inspired by Cornwall, nature and the sea

Bristol printmaker, Jess Townsend will be exhibiting her wonderful prints which are always incredibly popular.

To see more of Jess's work, please look here

Papadeli Hampers, exquisite fair trade wooden bowls & candelsticks, Portuguese ceramics and traditional Christmas treats
Papadeli downstairs will also be open for a glass of mulled wine and a browse amongst the mouthwatering array of delicious treats and beautiful gifts.

 Papadeli hampers can be sent by courier anywhere in the UK.

Tell us your budget, or what you'd like in it eg Spanish foods, chocolates, cheeses, charcuterie, Christmas goodies etc and we'll make it all look lovely and send for you.

To order Papadeli hampers online, go here

We look forward to seeing you on the 15th!

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Papadeli Christmas wine tasting

Papadeli Big Fine Wine Tasting for Christmas

Wednesday, 30th November 7.30pm £40

Need some new ideas for wines this Christmas? Fancy learning a little more about some big reds and sparkling wines?
Do you fancy spending an evening tasting and learning about these wines and feasting on Parma ham, figs, panettone, cheeses, meats, crab, prawns, pates.....

Held upstairs @Papadeli's top floor space, feast on delicious foods and taste fabulous festive wines.
And learn something new about wine.  Suitable for all levels of food and wine fans.
Could make a lovely gift for someone?

To book email us or ring 0117 973 6569

Friday, 4 November 2011

Papadeli banana & maple syrup cake

Papadeli cakes
Banana + maple syrup cake

A deliciously more-ish sticky cake from Papadeli.

150g unsalted butter
55g soft brown sugar
60ml maple syrup
3-4 bananas, peeled and cut in half lengthways
230g castor sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
160g self raising flour
1 tspn baking powder

This cake both looks and tastes beautiful. Serve with some vanilla ice cream or crème fraiche.  Some like it warmed a little so that the ice cream melts deliciously over it!


Preheat oven to gas 4.
Melt  the 50g of butter, brown sugar and syrup in a small saucepan.  Heat until golden brown.
Pour into a cake tin (9 inch).
Arrange the bananas  flat side down in the tin.

Beat the remaining sugar and butter until creamy. Beat in the eggs one at a  time, then mix in the vanilla.  Fold in the flour and baking powder.  Spoon the mixture into the cake tin to cover the bananas.

Bake the cake for 35 minutes.  It is a good idea to place on a baking tray in the oven just in case the syrup escapes!

When golden brown, remove from the oven and leave in the tin to cool a little.  Transfer to a large plate. 

Papadeli orange and cinnamon cake

Papadeli cakes
Orange and cinnamon cake

 People just can’t get enough of this deliciously moist orange cake. It is superb with crème fraiche as a pudding or on its own with a big mug of coffee. The other great thing about it is it uses stale bread – what better use could it be put to! Once tasted, never forgotten!


2oz slightly stale white breadcrumbs.
3-4 oz ground almonds
7 oz caster sugar
1 large teaspoon of baking powder
7fl oz sunflower oil
4 eggs
1 whole lemon’s zest, finely grated
1 whole orange’s zest, finely grated

Citrus syrup
Juice of one whole orange
Juice of one whole lemon
3oz sugar
1 cinnamon stick
2 cloves
cream or Greek yoghurt

Grease and flour an 8inch tin. Line the base with greaseproof paper.
Mix the sugar, breadcrumbs, almonds and baking powder.
Whisk the oil into the eggs, and add to the dry ingredients.
Pour in the orange and lemon zest.
Spoon the mixture into the tin. Put into a cold oven and turn on the heat to 180 degrees centigrade/350 degrees Fahrenheit or gas mark 4.
Bake for 45-60 minutes (until it’s golden brown).
Cool for about 5 minutes and turn out onto a plate.

To make the citrus syrup, put all the ingredients into a saucepan.  Bring to the boil gently, stirring until the sugar has dissolved.  Simmer for 3 minutes.  While the cake is still warm, use a skewer to make holes and pour the syrup into the holes.  Leave for a little and then spoon on excess syrup until it’s all used.
Use the cinnamon stick and clove to decorate the cake.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Papadeli Hampers, hampers, hampers!

Papadeli hampers are always a memorable gift.

Selecting a gift for people isn't always easy, but there are few people out there who wouldn't appreciate a gorgeous Papadeli hamper full of delectable goodies.

Companies wanting to thank their staff order Papadeli hampers.
People send hampers to friends to congratulate them on a new baby, new home, special birthday or to say thank you.

Hampers at Papadeli are all unique. 

How do I order a hamper?

1. Come into the shop, choose from an array of mouthwatering, original, handpicked foods and we'll arrange them beautifully in a wicker or card hamper.  You can take the hamper away or we can deliver anywhere in the UK.

2. Email or ring us, let us know your budget, choose a theme (Italian, Spanish, Chocolate, Savoury, Papadeli selection), arrange when to pick it up or let us know where to deliver it.

3. Click on the right hand side picture of a hamper.  This takes you to our shopping site where you can choose a hamper and pay there and then.  Money will only be taken from your card when the hamper is ready to be sent.

Please get in touch if you'd like to order a hamper, or if you'd like to know more.     tel: 0117 973 6569

Friday, 23 September 2011

Italian gifts and foods arriving

Foodie gifts & treats

This is the time of year when lots of delicious and beautiful looking goodies arrive in the shop already for the Festive Season (can't quite bring ourselves to say Christmas).

There are so many wonderful foods available this time of year - not least from Italy, which is where our delivery was from this week.

We have fluffily moist panettone cake and fruity panforte which is a slab of densely packed dried fruit and nuts that is delicious with a slice of pecorino sheep's cheese.

We love these miniature chocolate meringues which melt in the mouth that just go so well with brandy soaked fruit or just pop one in your mouth at the end of a meal with your coffee.

These earthenware olive oil bottles are beautiful too - a lovely addition to any kitchen and you can just keep refilling it when the oil finishes.

We have lots of fun at Papadeli selecting (and tasting) all the fine foods and love it when the shop gets really full of the gorgeous delicacies.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Rhone wines - tasting 
28th September 7.30pm at Papadeli

Take a ramble down the Rhone from North to South, Cotes Rotie to Chateauneuf du

A lovely way to learn about the wines of this region.  Sit on our top floor - a lovely light space looking out onto trees and taste and learn about wines of the Rhone region, whilst sampling delicious Papadeli food.

Always informative, always delicious, always fun!

Please email or phone 0117 973 6569 to book.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Seasonal Supper 23rd September 7.30pm

Seasonal Supper
This date is now fully booked - so we have another date if you didn't manage a place
Extra date - 28th October 2011 
September 23rd 7.30pm £40
Our new chef, Stephanie Smith (previously of Jamie Oliver's in Watergate Bay, Cornwall) has come up with a deliciously mouthwatering menu that's not to be missed!
A selection of appetizers
Crab + chilli arancini with sweetcorn puree.
Bruschetta of Jerusalem artichoke, Fig + Vulscombe goats cheese .

Pickled heirloom pumpkin with young pecorino, roasted chestnuts + confit nutmeg Pippin apple.

Mallard with porcini, butternut squash puree, rainbow chard, rosemary + quince juices.

Porcini, cep, sweet potato cannelloni with rosemary + walnut gremolata + shaved aged pecorino.

Wild blackberry, fig + damson bread and butter pudding with spiced apple ice cream.

A selection of local cheeses with Quince jelly + chargrilled pear + goats cheese crostini

Book now! Email  or phone 0117 973 6569

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Papadeli's making jam!

Papa's mum and dad have some lovely plum and apple trees, and little Tomos has been busy collecting the fruit ready for some jam and chutney making.

Archie the Golden Retriever tried to do his bit by eating as many fallen fruits as possible.

The trees this year seem particularly laden with juicy fruits so picking was easy.  Lots and lots were eaten as well!

We will be using the jams and chutneys in the cafe so come and try some - we'll let you know when they're ready!

Friday, 15 July 2011

Fairy cakes for Bristol garden party

Favourite event of the week? 

We made food for a garden party and the creativity going on in the kitchen was just amazing.

Lori excelled herself with delicious fairy cakes and bakewell slices whilst Kelly got down to making some beautiful pinchos topped with smoked salmon and cream cheese, parma ham and pesto - all superb to look at and scrumptious to taste.

The food, as you can imagine, had a wonderful response with everyone being extremely complimentary and every tiny morsel being eaten.

Kelly and Messalina, who worked at the event were also praised for their helpfulness and efficiency.

All in all an very successful event!

If you'd like to have Papadeli party food at your event, please email

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Tom Herbert of Hobbs House shows you how to make the perfect loaf

Bread making masterclass

Learn how to make the perfect loaf with Hobbs House Tom Herbert.
Tom is keen to get people eating delicious, flavoursome bread again, and is widely written about and featured on Radio and TV.

This is a great opportunity to find out how he does it and learn more about the history and heritage of bread.

This class is not be missed if you're a fan of real bread and Hobbs House bakery.

When:  28th July
Time:  6-9pm

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Author & chef, Jenny Chandler teaches how to make perfect paella!

Spanish Cookery classes

Jenny Chandler, author of Spanish cookery books and brilliant chef is coming to Papadeli to show how to make the perfect paella, mouthwatering soplillo (almond meringues), delicious Catalan specialities....

Tuesday 21st June   6-9pm   £50
Spanish outdoor entertaining. Melon gazpacho & crisped jamon, Paella, almond & lemon soplillo meringues and the ultimate sangria!
Tuesday 28th June 6-9pm      £50
The best of Catalan cooking - chargrilled vegetables with Romesco,  Pinotxo's chickpeas, Mar i Muntanya (chicken with prawns),  Crema Catalana.

To book, please email or ring 0117 973 6569 - or call into the shop!

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Cookery Classes at Papadeli

Cookery classes are always great fun and informative AND you get to eat what you made. 

So no wonder they are becoming a really popular gift fro children and adults alike.

Simon MacDonnell, also known as Papa, runs classes on how to make the delicious salads for sale in the counter in the deli and how to stay calm an cook a fabulous dinner party!

Simon has also invited some of his favourite chefs to hold classes, including Jenny Chandler (author, The Food of Northern Spain) and brilliant Spanish food specialist,  Tristan Hogg, founder of Pie Minister and Louise Barnard of Baby Bites, who shows children and young adults how to become confident in the kitchen.
Dinner parties      
Wed  29thJune   6-9pm £50
Papa prepares a dinner party Canapes, starter, main course & pud.  All of this and still be able to chat to your guests!

Jenny Chandler, author, chef and lover of all things Spanish...

Tuesday 21st June   6-9pm   £50

Spanish outdoor entertaining. Melon gazpacho & crisped jamon, Paella, almond & lemon soplillo meringues and the ultimate sangria!

Tuesday 28th June 6-9pm      £50

Catalan cooking - chargrilled vegetables with Romesco, Pinotxo's chickpeas,Mar i Muntanya (chicken with prawns), Crema Catalana.

Cooking for Kids (8-12 year olds)
Join Louise Barnard and get the kids excited about food!

Teenagers & school leavers

Give them the gift of cooking! This class will provide a sound foundation for simple and nutritious cooking (but tasty at the same time!) so your school leaver will be able to eat well when you're not there to cater for them!

Saturday 23rd July 10-1pm  £50

Summer cook school for children
Workshops that will teach children to cook confidently and inspire budding chefs! We’ll cover lots of basic cookery skills as well as food hygiene and kitchen rules. Most importantly, these classes will be fun!    

£35 per class, or book 3 for £100!                                                                   

Mon,Tues,Wed 25th-27th July            

Mon,Tues,Wed 1-3rd August  

Mon,Tues,Wed 8-10 August

10-12pm each day

Please ask about hen parties, children's parties and cookery days for companies.  0117 973 6569

07785 328991


Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Papadeli at the Royal Academy

Papadeli is now open at the RWA.  This stunning art gallery is a must visit for any art lover (and cake lover now Papadeli's in the building!)

We are lucky to have such a wonderful institution in Bristol, and now more than ever, the RWA is the place to visit if you fancy a day out and a bit of culture!

Currently the RWA is showing a though-provoking and controversial exhibition by Robert Lenkiewicz. Full size canvasses grace the walls of this beautiful space - go and see what you think of the subject matter.  Perhaps most shocking is the corpse of an elderly man - certainly makes you think!

Damien Hirst was in the building yesterday, overseeing the installation of his enormous statue "Charity", making the RWA even more of a must visit this month.

After all the excitement, you're going to need to sit down and mull over what you've seen - and what better place than to install yourself in the Papadeli cafe, sip a cuppa and enjoy some gorgeous cake or salad, all made round the corner at Papadeli Alma Road.

Open 7 days a week. 9.30-5pm, 11-4.30pm on Sundays.

For more information about the RWA's exhibitions, go to

Friday, 8 April 2011

Papadeli cafe at the Royal Academy!

We are extremely excited about opening a cafe at Bristol's Royal Academy Art Gallery - a stunningly beautiful building at the foot of Whiteladies Road.  The cafe is due to open on April 18th and will serve good, organic coffee, sandwiches, cakes.
So now you can visit the art gallery (there are lots of exciting exhibitions planned) and it and relax over a coffee or tea.
Look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, 4 April 2011

Fancy sipping some wine at Papadeli?

Wine tastings

Artisan & Rare sherries April 27th £35
History, tradition & what makes a great sherry unique!

Natural wines May 25th £35
Naked wine! Nothing added & nothing taken away. For the open minded wine lover!

Light reds & roses June 29th £30
Delicious suggestions for those alfresco lunches  & suppers

Rhone Valley Sep 28th £35
The Romans were here first! The rest is history. A vinous journey from North to South

Piedmont Oct. 26th £40
Truffle country! Italy’s greatest reds – Barolo, Barbaresco plus a few surprises!

Class Acts Nov 30th £45
Fine Wines for the Festive Season
A special selection to enhance your festive table.

To book, phone 0117 973 6569


Thursday, 24 March 2011

Another reason to come and visit us!

Breakfast for a fiver!

A different breakfast treat every day of the week.
Free wi-fi - perfect for a morning meeting or a spot of work!
Until 11.30am.

Poached eggs on toast
+ coffee/tea

French toast + berries
+ coffee/tea

Bacon butty
+ coffee/tea

Scrambled eggs + tomatoes on toast
+ coffee/tea

Sausage sandwich
+ coffee/tea

Free wi-fi
Perfect to set you up for the day

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Celebrate Spring with a Delicious Feast at Papadeli

Friday 8th April
Book now

Amuse bouche:
Salmon tartare, cucumber, red onion, ginger and sesame seed salad and wasabi mayo

Red and golden beetroot, orange, and black olive salad, goat's curd
Thyme and parmesan crusted squash wedges, sour cream
Lamb fillet with salsa verde
Aubergine croquettes with rosemary aioli

Slow roasted shoulder of pork
Sweet potato gratin with sage and shallots
Caramelised fennel
Crisp spring green salad

Vegetarian:  broccoli and gorgonzola pie with sides

Custard tart, rhubarb and stem ginger mascarpone cream

Montgomery cheddar, an apple, pear, date, and ale chutney; Hobbs house multi grain bread

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Papadeli tapas evening March 4th 7.30pm

Tapas Evening March 4th 7.30pm £35

Pitcher of Sangria
Spiced Catalan almonds, garlicky olives
Warm paprika spinach dip + flatbreads

Monkfish wrapped in pancetta + fragrant rosemary
Montenebro goat’s cheese, pickled beetroot + rocket salad
Crispy chicken + mushroom croquettas
Piquillo peppers stuffed with morcilla + roasted pepper sauce
Spicy chorizo baked with mushrooms and sherry
Boards of more-ish Teruel serrano ham with pan con tomate
Orange, black olive + fennel salad for a fresh zing!
Rich & spicy salad of chickpea, tomato, aubergine + saffron

Moist almond + Seville orange cake with Manzanilla-soaked raisins & vanilla cream.

Fruity Manchego Villarejo curado + membrillo

To book, phone or email

0117 9736569

Cookery School opening soon

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Thursday, 27 January 2011

the story so far....

the gap at the top has now been filled!
So, Christmas and New Year over, we closed the shop and cafe for two weeks whilst Hank and his team took down the old staircase, built a new one, along with a fireproof wall and porch in to the downstairs coffee shop/deli and upstairs cafe.  He got it all done and we opened again on time (more or less).  Closing a business for that length of time is pretty stressful as there is NO money coming in and everything you have taken over Christmas flies out the window.

the new top floor!

Hank is now finishing off the top floor which was built as a shell before Christmas.  The new glass doors will arrive soon, a floor will go down, bathroom in, kitchen and cookery equipment is all on its way.  We're looking to open it all at the beginning of March, which is very, very exciting.  Papa, being a teacher originally all those years ago, has been dreaming about teaching people how to do his favourite thing, which is cooking, and finally his moment has come..... well, nearly!!

We already have bookings for a hen night, some corporate cooking events and lots of interest in how to make Papa's delicious food, so things are so far so good.

If you'd like any information at all about how it's all going, what classes will be on offer or what catering services we offer - just email us or phone 0117 973 6569.