We visited the lovely city of Bristol in search of a triumvirate of speciality coffee shops recommended by readers (and the small matter of a wedding). Small St. Espresso was first on the list.
Small St. is owned by baristas Chris Chubb (present during our visit) and John Drysdale. It opened around 18 months ago.
Our eyes were drawn immediately to the gorgeous baby-blue La Marzocco coffee machine with matching cups (more often, La Marzoccos are a deep metallic red). I told Chris it was beautiful, and congratulated him on finding coordinating cups. To our surprise, Chris said that the cups came first; they then took the machine apart and had it sprayed to match.
The coffee comes from local Clifton Coffee. They have rotating guest beans, for example from Square Mile, Nude and Caravan. My flat white was a picture of perfection and tasted fantastic.
The decor is bare brick + white walls + stripped floorboards + black metro tiles + exposed pipes. It’s a familiar combo but looked smashing and suits the building.
We got our Bristol weekend off to a flying start with Small St. It’s a young place bursting with energy, talent and style.
Will the others match up?
23 Small St
We visited on 11 April 2014.