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Openings etc

HOW DO YOU BREW? Pro barista Alex Zeal, and top baker Bethen Reid (who makes cakes for the likes of Boston Tea Party and The Vintage Birdcage Cakery), have joined forces to open a café in Bristol. Located in the Grade II* listed Royal West of England Academy, The Epiphany is open from 10am (11am on Sundays), serving not only great brews and cakes (think tarte aux cerises, Madeleines and friands) but also fresh, seasonal dishes such as frittatas, sarnies, salads and tarts, all made with local ingredients. A carefully chosen list of wines and craft beers are also on offer, and every Sunday an ingredient from one of the pair’s producer friends will be showcased on the menu.

HOT CHOCOLATE A new chocolate-themed café has appeared in Bristol, in the form of Mrs Pott’s Chocolate House. The Park Street venue was launched in September by Michael and Jennifer Potts, who hail from Australia – where chocolate bars like this are super popular. This Bristolian version, though, sees the couple working with local suppliers such as Guilberts Chocolatiers and Wogan Coffee. The venue has a large marble counter at its centre, where you’ll find pots of silky melted chocolate, ready for customers to dive into. (Not literally, you understand – we couldn’t possibly condone such behaviour…) Expect various takes on the traditional hot chocolate, as well as regular teas and coffees, and desserts along the lines of soft-set chocolate pots, chocolate tarts and an Eaton mess drizzled in (yes, you guessed it) chocolate.

RETURN OF THE MAC The Urban Standard on Gloucester Road has launched a brand new mac ’n’ cheese night. Each Wednesday now sees a dedicated menu on the go, packed with variations on this classic comfort food. Think ‘beef and blue’, chimichurri sweet potato and shrimp, and even a mac ’n’ cheese burger. Yup, really. It’s head chef Jasper Prickett who’s come up with these new dishes, which will hopefully become as popular as The Urban Standard’s staple ‘dirty mac ’n’ cheese’, which has been going down well with punters since the indie bar opened in 2014.



Crumbs Bath & Bristol - Issue 68  
Crumbs Bath & Bristol - Issue 68