Cox & Baloney Tearoom

Bristol on a sunny Saturday afternoon. After a stroll from Stokes Croft up to the top of Gloucester Road and back, a girl is need of some sustenance. Having only frequented the area a few times (and those were most often in the back seat of a taxi passing through, or wobbling by on a bike), it was the first time I came across Cox & Baloney Tearoom.

The charming little haunt is a vintage clothes shop, furniture emporium and traditional tea room all rolled into one. Glass jars of house teas line rough-finish wooden shelves, and guests are invited to perch on beaten up old arm chairs. Tea – including the elaborate afternoon tea of fruit scones and a fine selection of sandwiches and cakes with your chosen brew – is served on Granny's best china; a brilliant selection of mis-matched fine bone pieces that together make the most wonderful sets.

At the back of the shop is a feature fireplace adorned with unusual statuettes and pretty spring flowers. The whole place has a feeling of comfortable nostalgia and offers a charming venue for traditional refreshment. I enjoyed the Granny's Garden tea (Elderberry, apple and hibiscus) with a piece of homemade chocolate cake whilst Elizabeth had a herbal detox of lemongrass, ginger and mint – The Temperance Movement – with her blueberry polenta cake.

As we left an old vinyl was spinning around a needle, beating out a well-known hit from Grease.

Photo: Rosie Pentreath


Photo: Rosie Pentreath
Photo: Rosie Pentreath 
Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Photo: Rosie Pentreath



Photo: Rosie Pentreath 
Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Photo: Rosie Pentreath 
Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Photo: Rosie Pentreath


Visit: coxandbaloney.com

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