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The Cloakroom Cafe

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by Tom Fieldhouse (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer, living in Bath with my wife and son. I love my city, and love to live here. I write about Bath a lot, and sometimes about travels in Ireland and France.
Published November 19th 2021
Coffee and cake in a private place

Just off Bristol's bustling Park Street is a wonderful cafe. Housed in a lovingly restored public convenience (public toilet), it is now a cosy but stylish coffee treasure trove! The tiled and immaculate interior is still full of period features, cunningly transformed into a plant and light-filled space.

An unusual experience awaits!

The building itself is very beautiful and has a halcyon, nostalgic feel to it. Little cosy nooks, or 'snugs' in local lingo, are scattered throughout the space. Formerly filled with toilet cubicles and sinks, visitors can find nooks throughout the place.

Authentic interiors

There is an array of hot and cold drinks, teas, coffees and snacks available, and they are all beautifully made and presented.

Clean air zone

My favourite aspect of this unusual place is the many, many water cisterns that are still in place. Once water tanks for the toilets, they are now beautiful planters and filled to the brim with trailing plants and air-cleansing blooms.

Bright and breezy

There is a lot of natural light in the cloakroom, from the massive glass ceilings and skylights. I think this is the most wonderful of the Edwardian features. Many, many buildings used glass roofing, as a means of drawing in light to interior spaces.

Toilets, toilets everywhere!

The interior is worth a visit in itself, but combine this with a cosy sit down and beautiful drinks and cakes, and it is truly special.

The bustling street outside
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Why? Edwardian cafe with coffee, light bites and cake!
When: Please consult website
Phone: 07597 763741
Where: Just off Park Street, Bristol
Cost: Very reasonable, for food and drink of high quality
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