Tired of monochrome, laminate floored, multinational coffee shop chains? Then look no further than The Bridge Coffee House. A tiny place, tucked away on a corner under an old viaduct, it glows with warmth from the outside. Stepping inside it is a visual tsunami - beautiful brass coffee machines sit behind the ornate bar, along with a magnificent old till, while the walls are festooned with black and white photos, murals, gilt mirrors and vintage adverts. Meanwhile your olfactory senses are hit with wonderful fresh coffee. Long and thin inside, you either prop yourself up at the bar, or along the adjacent wall. Towards the back, you'll see a cabinet filled with cakes, tarts and sweet things from all over the world. If downstairs is a little too cramped, there is also an upstairs bar, even more wildly decorated than downstairs. Think of a psychedelic Louis XIV. Of course, this isn't a coffee shop review site and happily they also serve alcohol - although only bottled beers, wines and spirits. Service was also certainly very friendly on our visit, if a little shambolic. Still, we didn't mind and happily spent a couple of hours relaxing here, promising to return when next in the area.
Reviewed by redcat
30 Dec 2010