Your eyes are not deceiving you: there is indeed a cafe within a garage of a quiet residential street in Easton.
The Secret Larder has been opened by three friends and will remain as a pop-up during the summer months on Heron Road on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Inside, there is space for a dozen people to sit on four small tables, each with pieces of chalk in glass jars with customers encouraged to use them to draw on the tables.
A couple of wooden chairs were also set up on the pavement on a recent Thursday morning. Between 9.30am and 10am, only one car passed by.
With the rain falling outside, it reminded me of The Stowaway cafe in Tenby, run by a former Bristol resident within an arch overlooking the harbour.
On the counter is a selection of food which on this visit was gluten-free blueberry muffins and gluten-free dark chocolate torte, both vegan-friendly; with toasted sourdough sandwiches for lunch.
On the other side of a false wall behind the counter is the sign writing business that used to take up the whole of the garage – just a few hundred yards from Stapleton Road – before the space was split in half to make way for The Secret Larder.
With art for sale on the walls from 30 different artists and a soundtrack worthy of a Giles Peterson compilation on the stereo, this whole set-up could be a wonderful dream – but it’s decidedly real.
The Secret Larder, 62 Heron Road, Easton, Bristol, BS5 0LU
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