M5, Junction 14; 10 mins
Sun–Thurs 9am–10pm, Fri-Sat 9am-11pm
Free WiFi for visitors
Vegetarian or vegan options
An affable café-bar marooned in a 1960s shopping precinct in the thriving market town of Thornbury. Drop in here to enjoy the gentle murmur of gossip and live music, or kick back with the heaps of books and games.
The mottled stone building opened in 1859 as an off-licence and enjoyed a long spell as a pub before its reinvention as a community café. Owners James and Simon have played to its traditional roots, preserving the exposed stone walls, arching beamed ceilings and cosy nooks.
Food is fresh and delicious, the cake cabinet piled high. All-day brunch includes American pancake stacks, one-pan wonders and sourdough sausage sandwiches. The rest of the menu changes seasonally, but might include pork and apricot meatballs with tzatziki or a vegetable burger topped with avocado and baba ganoush. If you’re here early, try the breakfast bowl, stuffed with fruit and homemade granola.
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