Despite a stubborn pursuit of all thing brunch related, it’s rare to sample the spoils of Bristol’s newest breakfast purveyor – rarer still to enjoy it surrounded by sparkling washing machines. @ The Well is joining a slow trend of cafés moonlighting as launderettes, throwing together freshly brewed coffee, fast internet and clean pants in one easy package. Eating here is like stepping back into the 50s via Latitude festival: bunting abounds, and the place is peppered with black and white photos, vintage tea cups and fresh baking on cake stands to a soothing soundtrack of folk and reggae-heavy tunes. All the soaps, powders and pegs you could need are behind the bar, as is a short chalked up menu for breakfast: American pancakes with blueberries, bacon sandwiches, filter coffee and homemade lemonade were on offer when we were there, all simply made and delicious, and fantastic value. It’ll be hard not to find something you’ll love – children will be looked after with mini portions and little armchairs, there are chairs outside and it’s a fine suntrap in the morning. It’s a well-known Stokes Croft spot – next door was the squat at the centre of the riots last summer– so you might be treated to the occasional souped-up car rev or competing music from the flats above. However, you can be sure there will be a host of characters to meet and greet here, including the staff, who are lovely.
Price: from £2.75 (bacon sandwich).