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The wonderful new Bristol cafe that is opened in essentially the most elegant location

An award-winning barista and one in every of Bristol’s greatest cake-makers – The Epiphany had a successful recipe even earlier than it opened its doorways on the finish of final week.

 

 

 

 

This new cafe on the bottom flooring of the Royal West of England Academy (RWA) – Bristol’s oldest artwork gallery – has taken over the area beforehand occupied by Papadeli and it’s the primary enterprise for UK Barista Championship finalist Alex Zeal and baker Bethen Reid, whose eye-catching muffins additionally pop up in native cafes.

From fruit grown by mates on an Easton allotment and St Werburgh’s-roasted espresso to Devon-made Ashridge fruit juices and Bristol-brewed Wiper and True beers, the menu doesn’t look a lot past the South West for its elements. There’s additionally a variety of loose-leaf teas from south Bristol-based Canton and Hobbs Home Bakery breads for the sandwiches.

Years in the past, this slim area was the RWA’s relaxation rooms and bathrooms, though the one reminders of this are the sumptuous glazed tiles on the partitions. It’s now a lightweight and modern area with pink neon signage that wouldn’t look misplaced in a Tracey Emin exhibition.

On the opening weekend, enterprise was so brisk at The Epiphany that they didn’t even get the possibility to print menus – every part on provide was displayed on the counter or listed on the brief specials board.

There was a concise selection of frittatas, tarts, salads and sandwiches – a lot of it being snapped up as quickly because it was being carried out of the kitchen.

Served heat, my beneficiant, deep slice of Cheddar quiche (£3.85) was filled with peas and sufficient mint to make its recent and herby presence identified. A portion of pink-hued beetroot couscous and a well-dressed salad of leaves, cucumber, tomatoes and yellow peppers was effectively well worth the further £2 funding.

Bethen’s French grandmother offers inspiration for lots of the bakes, together with the madeleines and fruit tarts. Different candy treats on provide embody chewy banana, cherry and nut flapjacks; gooey chocolate and peanut butter brownies and delicate, zesty lemon and blueberry friands.

I went for the colorful carrot and pomegranate cake (£3) – a lightweight and moist slice topped with a crunchy pink layer of raspberry icing studded with recent blueberries, juicy pomegranate seeds and a fairy-like sprinkling of edible gold rainbow mud.

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