Located in the bustling, urban cultural hub of Stokes Croft, The Crafty Egg is a charming and quaint independent café, with a variety of alternative brunch options on offer. Nab a table by the window to enjoy views of street life and art that contribute to the café’s creative buzz. Its large windows and stained glass border make for a scenic façade, and the atmosphere is very warm and friendly. All food made here is homemade and locally sourced, encompassing Bristol’s sustainable and environmentally friendly ethos.
On a Sunday morning, the place is brimming with people – be prepared to queue – but it is certainly worth the wait! Locals wander in after morning classes with yoga mats ready for a sumptuous breakfast.
The full English breakfast option feels much healthier and less greasy than your standard order. The vegetarian option comes with delicious slices of crunchy halloumi and wilted spinach. For those who are really ravenous, the “Crafty challenge” may be right up your street. Choose the meat, veggie or vegan crafty breakfast and whack it on top of a pancake stack with maple syrup and 3 fried eggs.
Their varieties of baked egg-based options on offer are abundant (naturally free range) – from Afghan, Moroccan, to cheesy eggs. If you have a specific craving, you can add on anything from chorizo to avocado for a couple of extra pounds. More traditional options are also available, with a selection of bagels with salmon/avocado on the menu, or your standard avo-toast. A particular favourite of mine is the “salmon and avocado potato stack”, which comes with cream cheese, rocket, and a poached egg for a reasonable £7.50. If you have a sweet tooth, go for the pancakes or eggy bread with maple. Optional add-ons include bacon, sausage, eggs, mixed berries or nutella.
However, brunch is not the only thing on the menu – in the evenings, this haunt is very popular for its cheese fondue menu for two – perfect for an evening’s activity.
Its hot drinks menu is extensive – you can order anything from a beetroot latte to a Massala chai. They also offer a range of homemade smoothies and other soft drinks. The homemade mint & ginger lemonade is a particularly good option for those looking to quench their thirst. They also have a range of alcoholic drinks, such as their signature “The Crafty bloody Mary”, and a range of beers, lager and ciders.
What’s to lose?
This is just one of the many cafés that the creative area of Stokes Croft has to offer, the destination to be in for its tasty, alternative eateries with friendly service.
113 Stokes Croft
Photos by: The Crafty Egg (Photo rights obtained)