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The Local Coffee Scene: Bristol Loaf (Bristol Beacon)

In this series of blog posts we’ll be shining a light on some of our favourite local cafes. Up today is the Bristol Beacon branch of one of the best independent, artisan bakeries in the city: The Bristol Loaf.

We visited the Bristol Loaf after a trying Saturday morning shopping trip around Cabot Circus and Broadmead. Feeling slightly worse for wear and in serious need of a pick me up, it provided the perfect remedy. A short walk through the stylish interior led us to a welcoming Brew Bar offering two single origin espressos (roasted by Extract and Ritual) and two filter coffees. While consulting with the knowledgeable barista we could feel our mind wandering… not to how much money we must have spent last night or to whether anyone saw our extremely suspect dance moves, but just to the right of us: a counter absolutely laden with delicious looking, freshly baked pastries! The temptation was real. After collecting our thoughts and wiping the drool from our chin, we ordered, paid and found a table.

The coffee was top notch: a smooth, tasty latte with perfectly frothed milk that went down a treat. And as for the pastry… it was enormous! (The cinnamon roll was actually bigger than my head, no exaggeration!) In summary, great service, brilliant coffee and top-quality pastries. The Bristol Loaf also offer artisan loaves, substantial breakfast and lunch meals, evening plates and natural wines from Native Vine. We can’t wait to go back!


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