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