Cafés in Bristol: things to know before you go
Bristol is one of the most bohemian cities in the UK and has a food culture to match. Its cafés, bars and restaurants boast an eclectic mix of delicacies to try. Here’s your guide to cafés near you in Bristol.
Where can I get the best afternoon tea in Bristol?
The perfect indulgent treat, afternoon tea gives you the chance to scoff away the day in style. With so many great places for afternoon tea in and around Bristol, you’re spoilt for choice – but these are two of the best.
- The Hilton Garden Inn. Nestled among the cafés of Bristol city centre is something a little different. This plush hotel overlooks the 17th-century Temple Church and Gardens and serves an exquisite afternoon tea. It’s one of the few cafés you’ll visit that has an informal dress code, so make sure you wear your Sunday best when visiting.
- Winford Manor Hotel. Set in seven acres of beautiful countryside on the outskirts of Bristol, this one’s well worth making the journey for. The building itself is a 17th-century manor house, and if you squint you could easily convince yourself you’re sipping your tea in a scene straight out of a Jane Austen novel. They serve a range of sweet and savoury options and it all comes with a choice of prosecco or wine. Happy days.
Which café in Bristol serves the best breakfast?
Filling up on a big breakfast is one of the best ways to start the day before ambling through the city’s bustling shopping centre and roaming the Georgian streets. Here are three of the best cafés in Bristol to grab breakfast or brunch.
- Blue Pig Cafe is a real local favourite. Stop in a few times on your way to work and you’ll soon get to know the regulars. Located on Colston Avenue, it serves loads of different breakfast sandwiches – helping you get your day off to a cracking start.
- The Crepe and Coffee Cabin is an eccentric little spot that claims to be the world’s smallest coffee cabin. Don’t count on being able to eat in, but do count on getting a delicious pancake for your trouble.
- Boston Tea Party just half way down Park Street you’ll discover what’s truly one of the best cafés in Bristol city centre. A lovely little sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the city, it even boasts a hidden tiered garden.
Which coffee maker makes the best tasting coffee?
Coffee aficionados will argue this one out for hours, but we’ll go ahead and assume that you don’t want to go ahead and spend a fortune on a good quality espresso maker and give you two suggestions.
- Cafeteria. This relies on two of the three key components when it comes to making good coffee – time and heat. By leaving it to stand for five minutes or so, you give your cafetiere time to extract as much coffee from the grounds as possible before separating them with the plunge.
- Aeropress. This is perhaps the most versatile coffee maker on the market. It mimics an espresso machine in that it pressurises your coffee to ensure the grounds are exposed to as much hot water as possible during the process. The aeropress can be used to make espresso, cappuccinos, and thick java in the style of a cafetiere.
What's the difference between brownies and blondies?
Brownies and blondies are two sides of the same delicious coin. Both should be a little dense and more-ishly chewy. Where a brownie’s base flavour is chocolate, a blondie’s is vanilla. Both are arguably at their best when they’re freshly baked and taste divine with a cup of your finest tea, head to one of the city’s many bakeries to sample both.