There are plenty of places to treat your small gathering to a special meal, from a boat with a view to a hidden away speakeasy…  

Colleagues meet for lunch at The Ivy Clifton Brasserie

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The Ivy Clifton Brasserie 

Have your get together in Clifton at the only Ivy outside London. The Georgian building is full of grandeur, with high ceilings, chandeliers, glass panelled walls and period furniture. The two private dining rooms (The Eastern, for up to 12, and The Western, for up to 16) are beautiful bright spaces to enjoy the modern British menu, inspired by the original Covent Garden restaurant. 

Hotel du Vin & Bistro

Hotel du Vin’s candlelit tables set just the right mood for some serious dinner conversation. From the rustic Ruinart room, with its original beams, to the Lanson, a more intimate space with a cosy fireplace. Or for something superlative for six people, try the bespoke wine tasting and dining experience at the Sommelier’s Table in the wine cellar. 

Beautiful squid dish at The Jetty restaurant, Bristol Harbour Hotel

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Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa 

Bristol’s newest hotel, housed in two opulent former bank buildings, is right on the money when it comes to private dining. Guests can feast on fresh seafood in The Jetty, a classy restaurant with bold, blue banquettes guests will want to luxuriate in for hours, or tuck into tasty sharing platters in the decadent Gold Bar. 

The Ox

For Great Gatsby-esque atmosphere, invite your guests to one of two sultry, vintage-decorated venues – on Corn Street or in Clifton. The Ox restaurants are famed for their succulent cuts of steak, but that’s not all they do so be sure to ask about delicious seafood and vegetarian options.

Colourful private dining room at the Milk Thistle

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The Milk Thistle

Host a private dinner at this Bristol speakeasy to ensure a memorable meal. The Attic seats 16 or a seasonal supper produced in collaboration with The Milk Thistle’s cousin, The Ox - would a lobster banquet suffice? There’s also a pop-up bar so guests can try some of their sophisticated libations, and for some fun entertainment they can even take a cocktail masterclass. Rum Conferances all round then... 

No. 4 Clifton Village

Your guests will love being wined and dined amid the Georgian splendour of Clifton Village. The pretty walled garden, lit with twinkly lights, is ideal for a summer barbecue soiree. While its elegant Admiral and Galley rooms, combined with AA rosette-winning cuisine, are wonderful year-round. Mix in a gin tasting masterclass and let the fun begin! 

Fountain in the garden at Berwick Lodge

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Berwick Lodge 

Play lord or lady of the manor for a night and host a dinner at this gorgeous country house. Guests can mingle in the garden, quaffing bubbly round the fountain, then sit down to a slap-up meal. And everyone can fully relax, safe in the knowledge they don’t have to drive home - there are great big beds just waiting for them to collapse into at the end of the night.

The Square

Tucked away off Park Street you’ll find this private members club in a Berkeley Square townhouse, just perfect for an exclusive group dinner. Choose from three exquisite menus - pan roasted scallops with fennel puree, prosciutto dust and pickled samphire anyone? Make your evening extra special by offering guests a glass of Pimms or prosecco on arrival. 

Pretty white plate of food with edible flowers at The Square

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Glassboat

Take to the Lower Deck for a private dining space with glistening views onto the water from the ship’s bow. Up to 40 people can enjoy a fine French dinner, making the most of West Country produce, in this very Bristol location. 

Glassboat restaurant in the evening with twinkly lights reflecting on the water

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River Cottage Canteen

Your guests will delight in the first-rate organic fodder at celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Bristol restaurant. Housed in a former church on Whiteladies Road, the private dining room can accommodate up to 16 for delicious sustainable fish, dependable meat and seasonal veg dishes. 

Bordeaux Quay

Your guests are bound to be on board with dinner at this Harbourside restaurant - especially when they can arrive by river taxi from Temple Meads Station. The Private Dining Room is perfect for a meal for up to 20, but you could also go for the Wine Bar or First Floor Dining Room. For a foodie team building experience, for six or more, you can also arrange a class at the onsite Cookery School.

Business associates meeting up for lunch at The Lido

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The Lido

Exceed all expectations with a poolside meal at Bristol’s Victorian Lido. Choose three or four courses from a changing a la carte menu devised by top Bristol chef Freddy Bird. Example dishes include wood-roasted sea trout with radish salad and seared beef with beetroot and orange dressing, polished off with a passion fruit mess perhaps.

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