In a Victorian railway arch at Temple Meads station lies a real Bristolian treasure. Under the curving corrugated-iron roof the buzzing café all kinds of baked treats are sold, drawing a crowd of savvy brunchers from across the city. Bristol may not be short of upmarket artisan bakeries, but Hart’s Bakery really stands out. It is certainly one of my most exciting recent discoveries in the city, and makes me look forward to going to the station.
Opened by Laura Hart back in 2012, the café offers up perfect cups of coffees, succulent sausage rolls, sourdough toasties, patisseries and the best pasty I ever ate (it was filled with spiced lamb and sweet potato, by the way). Their recipes are creative and unfailingly tasty.
Seating its customers at communal tables adds to the sense of café’s community feel, and it is the ideal place to sit and wait for a train, idling away the time mesmerised by the bakers working away in the open plan bakery behind the counter.
Lower Approach Rd
+44 117 992 4488
Photos by Hester Underhill