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New cafe to open in former Edwardian toilet

By martin booth, Thursday Aug 15, 2019

The Cloakroom will most definitely be unique when it opens soon on the corner of Park Row and Woodland Road.

The new cafe is located in a former Edwardian toilet block that Bristol City Council sold at auction for £215,000.

The 115-year-old Grade II listed former public convenience was closed to the public in 2001 and has since been used for a number of art exhibitions.

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Its new incarnation as The Cloakroom promises to be “an innovative, unique coffee shop and cafe”.

“We specialise in fantastic coffee, juices, smoothies and delicious seasonal lunches,” said a job advert for a barista at The Cloakroom.

“We strive to make speciality coffee accessible and enjoyable for all. We are located in central Bristol in a historic building of great character and want staff to match these creative and inspiring surroundings.”

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The Cloakroom Cafe is not the first business in Bristol to open in a former toilet.

It’s not even the first cafe either, with Retreat on the Downs a popular spot for many years and a new cafe also due to replace an old toilet block near the Sea Walls.

In Sea Mills, Cafe on the Square opened in a former derelict toilet block in 2011.

The Cloakroom is opening in a former toilet block that was built in 1904

Read more: The day of the public toilet is over

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