Didn’t You Do Well is the second in our hit list of three young Bristolian coffee shops. Update, August 2015: we’re sad to say that the excellent Didn’t You Do Well has closed.
Recommended by a reader, it looks and feels very different from our first stop, Small St Espresso. It’s a picture of pristine white and wood, backed by a petrol blue feature wall that adds a vital splash of colour. The striking Slayer espresso machine provides yet more eye candy.
The overall effect is chilled and minimalist. First thing on a quiet Saturday, it was pure zen.
Owners Will and Ally met at university in Newport. After graduation they struggled to find the right job, and, deciding a change in strategy was in order, they set up Didn’t You Do Well with the support of the Prince’s Trust.
They told me that they didn’t have to do too much to the space, keen to make the most of the original features. They did little more than put in a new floor and counter.
It was a spot on, commendable approach, making the most of the gently beautiful decor.
My flat white was fruity, gorgeous and very well presented. It was even better than the excellent cuppa at Small St. The beans come from the renowned roastery Has Bean.
The idiosyncratic name ‘Didn’t You Do Well’ is a quote from Will’s grandfather, who said it if you were doing something for yourself and making a darn good job of it. That’s very apt for this impressive pair of young, talented entrepreneurs.
Of the three brilliant young Bristol coffee shops we visited this week, we couldn’t pick a favourite. However, because of Will and Ally, if we had to choose one we wanted most to succeed, it would be Didn’t You Do Well.
20 Park Row
We visited on 12 April 2014.