Girl in Bristol checks out the new cafe on the block, Bakers and Co, for a spot of brunch on her birthday.
Gloucester Road has an extensive café scene with the likes of Ronak Café, Coffee #1 and Relax Café Lounge all being within a few meters of each other. However amongst these, Bakers and Co are the most recent (ish) addition to the road. Their bright yellow and white exterior successfully drawing the eye to the wonders that lie within.
Those who are well acquainted with the Bristol food scene will also know Bakers and Co has come from the husband and wife duo, Kieran and Imogen, who are also the owners of tapas Bar Bravas which is based on Cotham Hill. Although unlike Bravas, Bakers and Co has a much more brunch-based menu and a more café feel.
The interior of Bakers and Co is minimalist with rustic themes. The white painted walls and tables corresponding well to the wooden panelling found on the right wall and at the bar which is situated directly behind Baker and Co’s double doors. The cakes are also at the forefront of the bar alongside a variety of homemade breads and vegetable boxes which are crammed full of delicious fruits. There is also stool seating just behind which looks over the open-plan kitchen. A small sofa-style seat is right at the back near the ‘restrooms’ for those looking to curl up with a coffee and beyond the door, there are a couple of tables and chairs beneath Baker’s bright yellow sunshade – which exactly matches the colour of their mugs might I add. Cute!
Inspired by the San Francisco café culture, Bakers and Co offer a rather unique menu. Their breakfast/ brunch options boasting dishes which are inclusive of ingredients such as pinto beans, tortillas, alioli and avocado. We went for the ‘Huevos Rancheros’ (£7.95) veggie option which was delicious. It was truly a rarity to have a cooked breakfast out and leave feeling remotely healthy! The tomato salsa was succulent and sweet, the eggs were perfectly cooked and the pinto beans were stewed to perfection. We ensured every remnant of the sauce was soaked up by our toasted tortilla until the plate was pretty much white again.
Of course, there’s also the more traditional granola and fruit and yoghurt up for grabs if you want something a little more familiar. I’m told Baker and Co’s take on chocolate spread on toast is pretty incredible …
The coffee sourced from local roaster, Extract and blended with Ivy House milk is also delicious and creamy in texture. Our flat white’s served in cheery yellow cups with beautiful coffee art to boot. There was a kick to it which gave us the reboot we needed to begin our busy day, but there was no hint of bitterness which we were grateful for, playing testament to the in-house barista’s abilities.
What a great decision it was to come here for my birthday brunch. The staff were friendly and upbeat in service, the atmosphere was relaxed and the interior was light and simple with a splash of sunshine yellow. It is rare to find a café where the food and coffee are on par but Bakers and Co have got it down to a T. What a delight it is to have them but a few doors away from home.
193 Gloucester road, Bristol, BS7 8BG