top_border11

..........

The Birdcage: music, fashion, food and coffee

Promising “yesterday’s clothing, today’s coffee and tomorrow’s music”, it’s the sort of quirky venue you’d expect elsewhere in the city

The Birdcage

The Birdcage

Bringing you the best of Bristol Bites - the definitive guide to food and drink

“The hangout of choice for the arty party and style set”, proclaims the website of brand new venue The Birdcage– “a thriving creative scene and social hub in the heart of the city”. It’s great to see 28 Clare Street once again occupied, and by something a little different to the chain venues that make up most of its surroundings.

On their opening afternoon of Saturday, September 8, a band had taken to the small stage area while customers relaxed with a coffee on the old Chesterfield sofas, or browsed the range of vintage items available for purchase, each of which is hand selected by the Birdcage team.

Promising “yesterday’s clothing, today’s coffee and tomorrow’s music”, it’s the sort of quirky venue that you’d expect to be more at home elsewhere in the city, but which already seems to be popular.

The Chesterfields sit alongside vintage china, a wall decorated with bicycles, and various other odds and ends which lend a homely, personal air to the venue.

At one end of the room is a large pull down projector screen, with plans to organise both evening screenings and afternoon films for parents and their small children.

A range of 18 loose leaf teas comes from Jeeves & Jericho – and it’s the Turkish Chunky Apple, which includes rosebuds (I’m addicted to rose…) that I’ll be trying on my next visit. Coffee is supplied by Bath’s Easy Jose Coffee – winners of the South West Barista Of The Year award – and is all traceable back to the farms in which it was cultivated. The Birdcage use 100% Arabica beans, and for those who – like me – stick to decaf, you’ll be pleased to know that the Swiss Water Process is used on their decaf coffee, meaning that it’s 100% chemical free.

Fentimans and Bottle Green soft drinks are also available, with those wanting something a little stronger also being able to take advantage of the offer of a selection of beers and wines.

While The Birdcage do not have their own kitchen, they offer a range of sandwiches and cakes to their clientele, made offsite and using local suppliers. Sandwiches, bagels and filled croissants are all courtesy of the Sourdough Cafe, while cakes and bakes are provided by the fantastic Crumpet Cakes. The range will change every few weeks, and the team are open to feedback: tell them what you’d like to see on offer, and you may see it behind the counter! I enjoyed a huge sandwich of goats’ cheese, beetroot and spinach: perfectly fresh and a great Friday lunchtime treat.

It’s a fantastic venue with something for everyone, and I’ll definitely be heading back for more than just a takeaway sandwich when I have more time. What I’m possibly most excited about is that it’s the perfect place to meet for an evening tea or coffee – a great place to spend time catching up with friends when you don’t fancy a pub or restaurant trip. Definitely recommended.

Find The Birdcage on the Bristol Bites Directory…

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.

Today's news and features
Bristol bus boycott: Hero of historic campaign unveils plaque

Dr Paul Stephenson, who led the fight against racism on Bristol's buses more than 50 years ago, has unveiled a plaque to commemorate the historic camp(Read more...)

Frustration bubbling on Bristol to Bath cycle path

More than half of Bristol and Bath Railway Path users are frustrated by the actions of other pedestrians and cyclists, a survey has found (Read more...)

Bristol Metrobus: Campaigners call on minister to axe funding

Alliance to Rethink Metrobus group said they were angry at the "double act" of committee chair and planning officer railroading scheme past councillor(Read more...)

Bristol News Wire: August 29, 2014

Bringing you a round-up of the top headlines from around Bristol this morning (Read more...)

Bedminster can’t afford row over affordable housing

Tony Dyer questions reasoning of councillors to defer a decision on St Catherine's Place housing development (Read more...)

Bristol food sets its sights on world domination!

As one of the main cultural hubs in the UK, Bristol has long drawn a wide range of dynamic, energetic and passionate people from around the country (Read more...)

Sign up for the Bristol24-7 newsletter

By signing up, you will receive access to news and special offers

It's quick and easy to join... just fill in the form below. Thank you!

Your Name*

Your Email*

Your Postcode area (BS1, BS2 etc)*

What are you most interested in? (You can choose more than one!)*
What's On Food and Drink Business Motoring Travel Special offers 

Bristol247 newsletter