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New Year Wellbeing

With the festive period in full swing, we may wish to begin planning ahead into the New Year and cleansing our minds, bodies and souls of the effects of the party season. The beginning of the new decade brings new opportunities and a chance to make a New Years resolution worth sticking to!

Dry January

After the indulgence of Christmas and the New Year many of us may choose to ditch the booze and partake in dry January. If you’re worried about missing out on your big night out, look no further… Bristol is embracing the low and no alcohol trend and many of the cities best cocktail bars are providing more and more options without the guilt, or the hangover!

Off the beaten track the super-healthy Ethicurean is amazing for detoxers and dryathletes, the super-hip restaurant actively encourages non-alcoholic drinking. They have a wide array of seasonal mocktails which are made using Seedlip non-alcoholic distilled spirits, and the owners have come up with suggestions of soft drink pairings to match with their fantastic food.

ethicurean collage

The Mocktails, or Antidotes as they call them, at Aluna are not to be sniffed at. What their magical creations lack in alcohol they more than make up for in originality and flavour, and all at a very reasonable £4.50.

Milk thistle:
Having recently been named as one of the top 50 cocktail bars in the country, secret cocktail bar Milk Thistle is well known for its creative menu and top notch mixologists. Their bar staff are so good they don't even bother with a mocktail menu, simply let them know your favourite flavours and they’ll create you a bespoke beverage.


Many are trying to cut back on their meat consumption whether for ethical or health reasons and veganuary offers you the perfect opportunity to give it a whirl. Bristol is one of the best cities for vegan food in the country.

Koocha: This gem just off Gloucester Road showcases the best of Persian cooking with a love of plant-based ingredients for everyone – vegans and non-vegans alike. Everything on the Koocha menu has been designed to taste, try and share with family and friends. The vegan doner kebab is a must try.


Suncraft: is Suncraft is a forward thinking, health conscious plant based restaurant and takeaway serving up flavours from around the world. On Bristol’s vibrant Gloucester Road, all their food and drink is freshly made and is both plant based and gluten free.


Oowee vegan:
However, if you fancy something more guilt inducing Oowee Vegan Burger is an easy going stop for plant-based vegan junk food such as fried chicken & burgers, dirty fries plus soft-serve ice cream. Or their newer venture Oowee Vebab serves up the tastiest vegan kebabs you have ever tried! All of the sauces, pickled chillis, salads, and kebabs are made in-house, fresh every day. Alongside the kebabs there are their range of dirty fries and sides for you to pimp up your Vebab!

For a more fine dining experience, Root in Wapping Wharf has sustainability at the heart of all its restaurant operations, Roots puts vegetables at the heart of its menu, switching convention to make meat dishes the side options on the menu.



Exercise and yoga particularly are great for mindfulness and wellness, clearing your mind and refocusing your energy. The New Year may be a great time to consider a new hobby. 

Sweaty Betty:
Just down the road from several of our hotels Sweaty Betty offer many free in-store classes and workshops with everything from yoga, to HIIT to barre, they’ve got the class for you.

sweaty betty

Square works: Our very own workspace will offer yoga sessions in our soon to be expanded space: FREE Yoga with Tilly Session : Every Tuesday if you keep up with it until summer, the sessions take place outdoors on Berkeley Square.

Pure Yoga:
Wapping wharf Pure Yoga is an urban yoga studio providing a sanctuary of calm amidst the vibrant harbourside area of Wapping Wharf. A warm and cosy space with a beautiful oak floor with under floor heating. The studio is fully equipped with chunky 6mm eco-friendly yoga mats.



If you fancy something less strenuous and need to unwind after hosting the family Christmas or pulling too many shapes at the work Christmas party then perhaps a massage or spa day is in order.

Loop Wapping wharf:
Loop Massage & Wellness was born out of a desire to give the busy people of Bristol an urban retreat; it's a little hub for busy humans. their mission is to help ease tired bodies and soothe busy minds; to help restore you, to you or actually, the 'You' you are on your best day. Every person (and every body) is individual and their massages reflect this. Offering a range of bespoke treatments; Holistic, Deep Tissue, Sports and Remedial Massage, Reflexology and Bowen Therapy.


Nuffield Health: Guests of any of our hotels get a half price day pass and Berkeley Suites guests a free pass to Nuffield Health. You will have access to their spa facilities, gym and pool.

Enjoy your New year and soak up every aspect of the wellness trend as we roll into the 2020's!

Posted on 11th December 2019 by Imogen Cox