By Sam Marshall Evans
If you frequent the shops and socials of Cheltenham Road, you’d be hard-pressed not to find At the Well Café & Laundrette intriguing. Formerly Bristol’s first coin operated laundrette, the city’s eccentric charm has crept into this space under the Georgian townhouses of Stokes Croft, when the Grist sisters renovated back in 2012, transforming it into another of Bristol’s must-visits.
Stepping inside you’re greeted by a hipsters’ paradise; recycled furniture, including an old church pew, arrayed over the polished stone floor, lamps over the counter adorned with vintage shades. An amalgam of Moonlight Serenade and the soft rumble of washing machines floats in the background as you approach the counter and hipster-lifting aromas beckoning from the kitchen.
To those fans of a particular boy wizard, I’d recommend you take a trip to At the Well and sample the ‘Drink That Must Not Be Named’ (think what the trio used to drink during those trips to Hogsmeade). To everyone else who has no idea what I’m on about, get down here and try it anyway! Whilst you’re at it, be sure to taste some of the fluffiest, most perfectly cooked pancakes drizzled in maple syrup and dappled with blueberries and maple-glazed bacon. Or sample one of the many dishes prepared with the care and attention that you only ever really get at those independent ventures like At the Well. Whilst not the cheapest place to sate your appetite, the food, drinks and timely service with a smile are definitely good value for money.
So, if you’re on your way to lectures one crisp morning and find yourself famished, or just fancy a crack at some perfect pancakes and have a pile of laundry with powder on its peaks, pop into At the Well Café & Laundrette; it’s worth being a bit late for.
Hours and Address:
Open 9-5 every day
145 Cheltenham Road
Photos: Sam Marshall Evans