Sourdough Cafe

24 04 2011

St Nic’s Market may not seem the likeliest location for a cream tea of homemade scones with Brinkworth dairy clotted cream, Clevedon country market strawberry jam and a pot of English breakfast tea. But for £5 in the Glass Arcade you can order a treat more commonly associated with likes of the Thistle hotel around the corner on Broad Street.

Sourdough Cafe sits near the foodie heart of the market by the High Street entrance, just before you pass the people who sell carpets and fabrics, and after stalls that sell English pies, Morrocan tagines and Jamaican jerk chicken.

There are two wooden benches outside and a cart that once sat in a reclamation yard, full of sandwiches ready to be toasted. Baguettes, croissants and cakes are all freshly and expertly made by chef Arnaud Kaziewicz.

Arnauld and co-owner Emmeline Dacke opened this cafe in March 2009 as Bakery Agnes. The name changed not long after and when I visited at lunchtime on Tuesday I don’t suppose many people would know it as anything but Sourdough.

The new name is a clue to what they specialise in, with artisan breads from Hobbs House Bakery served alongside sandwiches in combinations such as bacon, rocket and tomato served on a cinnamon and raisin bagel, and a baguette with chorizo, humous and roasted vegetables.

I chose a pot of fragrant elderflower white tea to enjoy alongside my bacon, blue cheese and red onion jam toastie. My coffee from Extract Coffee Roasters was exceptional, made by Emmeline who gained her skills at Baristas Coffee Collective.

As I paid for my lunch I couldn’t resist the beautiful cakes on display. A slice of lemon polenta cake was bought for an appreciative friend while I enjoyed a superb brownie.

Sourdough Cafe provides more than a location for a spot of lunch. It adds a touch of continental spirit to central Bristol.

By Joanna Papageorgiou

Sourdough Cafe, 5-6 The Glass Arcade, St Nicholas Market, Bristol. 07917 541556.



2 responses

24 04 2011
Nose in a book

I really like Sourdough Cafe. They do good teas and coffees and the location is great. I’d prefer the sandwich fillings to change more frequently but that’s my only complaint.

19 09 2012
That's difficult

Theyre so good they don’t publish their menu or prices !!! Why is that ???
Paul visitor to Bristol

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