Early starts bring fresh taste of France to shopping street
SHOPPERS on Gloucester Road are being offered a taste of France when they step inside a new cafe and patisserie.
L'Artisan, near the junction with Nevil Road, has been opened by French couple Salima and Mohamed Garti, who make and sell hand-made French cakes, pastries and petit fours every day.
On offer are tarts, eclairs, custard slices, and sponge cakes, which Mr Garti works through the night to create.
The couple, from Lyon, moved to Bristol in 2000 and now live in Redcliffe. Mrs Garti, 40, has worked at Windmill Hill City Farm and Mr Garti, 35, has worked in cafes across the city, as well as running other businesses himself.
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Mrs Garti manages the business, and her husband is in charge of the baking.
She said: "We opened L'Artisan because we wanted the freedom that running your own business brings. We wanted success and to prove that we could do it and to make the most of Mohamed's expertise in French baking."
Mr Garti often goes into work at 9pm to get started with his work, and then leaves it overnight before returning in the morning at about 5am to bake the patisseries.
He said: "These are typical French cakes, freshly made. I start work very early, in fact it's normally the middle of the night.
"The streets close to the shop are full of family homes, and that is reflected in our customers. We've been making birthday and wedding cakes for these families, which is a lovely way of getting to know people."