Local lunch Well priced and full of Caribbean flavour
There was a time when Church Road in Redfield was known only for its hot Clark's Pies – but times are changing in this part of BS5.
You can still buy the aforementioned pies, of course, but new places are popping up all the time, reflecting the changing face of this up-and-coming area.
First, there was Grounded, the smart café run by local estate agent Toby Holbrook, which has already started to expand and spread its tentacles across other parts of the city.
And now there is The Olive Tree, which first-time café owners Tamer Temel and Genevieve Cronin opened in July.
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Open from breakfast until late afternoon, this friendly little place is essentially a café with a sandwich shop under one roof. There are just three tables inside and a few outside on the pavement, but the room is dominated by the large refrigerated counter where local office workers and residents queue for sandwiches made to order.
With its plum purple and olive green paintwork, it has a Mediterranean feel at odds with the busy Church Road outside.
Inside, there is the heady smell of freshly ground coffee, bags of which are also available to buy and take home.
Everything here is made on the premises where possible and there is an emphasis on healthy options, although all day English breakfasts are also available.
But it's the prices that catch the eye at The Olive Tree. Lunchtime sandwiches are just £2.30 and baguettes £3. A mug of Tetley tea is £1.20 and a latte will set you back £1.80.
You probably couldn't eat and drink that well for those sorts of prices closer to the centre of town.
A daily soup special might include a nourishing bowl of potato, cabbage and carrot (£2.80) or the hot main course of the day could be curry goat with coconut rice and peas for just £5.50.
I chose a similar Caribbean path with a takeaway portion of jerk chicken (£4) which was served in a generous plastic tub and filled to bursting. The rice-based dish was packed with tender chunks of chicken thigh, diced peppers, kidney beans and enough spice to ensure my tongue was still tingling at least five minutes after eating it.
Being located a short walk from Easton, you have to be pretty confident when it comes to offering a Caribbean dish such as this and this one certainly passed the test.