Tasty haven for tired shoppers
TUCKED away in a lane behind Bristol's central bus station, the newly opened Café Refectoire is part of St James Priory, the 12th-century church that recently reopened after a renovation and restoration programme partly funded by a £3.2m Heritage Lottery Fund grant.
The new cafe is part of the church's renovation and any profits will be ploughed back into the ongoing maintenance costs of this hidden architectural gem. The kitchen is overseen by Simeon Walker-Cousins, who used to be sous chef at the old Jury's hotel in Prince Street.
His menu is simple and sensibly priced. Breakfasts are served from 8am and include bacon rolls (£2.20) and double egg roll (£1.80).
Lunch starts at 11.30am and there is a range of sandwiches and filled baguettes made on the premises, priced between £2.65 and £3.60. There are also toasted paninis (£3.60), baked jacket potatoes (£3.50) and a house salad of bacon lardons, croutons and boiled eggs with dressed salad leaves (£3.95).
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I ordered the special of the day, which was an enormous slice of homemade cherry tomato and Brie tart (£4.75), served warm. Well made, with a wobbly onion and tomato filling, it arrived with a garnish of old-fashioned round lettuce and coleslaw. From a selection of cakes I plumped for a slice of banana cake (£1.50) which was incredibly light and had a full-on banana flavour.
A peaceful place for tired shoppers in need of a coffee, the Café Refectoire is a welcome haven away from the bustle of the bus station and nearby Broadmead.
Café Refectorie St James Priory, Cannon Street, Bristol. BS1 3NZ Tel: 0117 929 9100