A quick coffee Sheer delight, morning, noon and night
The newly opened Mum's Café is a permanent daytime café housed within 40 Alfred Place, a flexible venue that also hosts a number of pop-ups.
In the evening, this former restaurant (it was for years the Portuguese bistro A Cozinha) is transformed into regular pop-up supper clubs and events run by local chefs and foodies.
Tucked away in the back streets of Kingsdown, its new daytime guise as Mum's Café seems to have been embraced by the locals.
Open from 8am, it is popular with the many students who live in the area, but it also attracts parents on their way to and from the school run, as well as young mums with babies. On a Friday morning, pre-school children are treated to a regular 'Crispy Juice' storytelling and song session from local musician Paul Bradley.
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With its whitewashed walls and floorboards, rickety wooden chairs and blue-edged white enamel camping plates, it's an informal, relaxed place.
Drinks on offer include excellent Extract Coffee roasted in Bristol and Attic Teas, whilst the popular breakfast options on the small chalkboard include bacon rolls (£3), bacon, egg and chorizo rolls (£5) or sourdough toast and jam (£1.75).
Mum's Café is set across two floors and can be pre-booked for meetings and conferences.
Lunchtime choices might include soup of the day with bread (£4.25), a plate of Spanish charcuterie (£6) or the brilliant 'Turbo toasties' (cheese and leek, £4, or cheese and ham, £4.50).
Far more interesting than paninis, these toasties are the ultimate in comfort food. Made with Hart's Bakery sourdough (which is baked and sold on the premises on Thursdays and Fridays), the cheese and leek one I had was spot on – the bread was toasted until just crisp and the hot, melting filling oozed out of the sides. The cheese and leek mixture also benefited from an unexpected and generous pinch of cayenne pepper, which gave it quite a spicy kick.
Mum's Café also has free wi-fi, which makes it even more attractive to those of us who spend a large part of the week working on a laptop and drinking endless cups of strong coffee.