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Bakery and hospitality business, The Bristol Loaf, has launched a ‘community foodie hub’ in Bedminster, a Bristol suburb. Practically, this translates as an ‘ethical’ supermarket with products from local artisanal producers as well as a cafe.

As such it is symptomatic of the trend that increasingly sees relatively small producers going direct to the consumer, rather than vying for space on the shelves of a large supermarket.

The cafe-store sits within Engine House Developments, a boutique, mixed-use development taking up the whole of the site’s ground floor of around 350 sq m, of which 90 sq m is back-of house. A materials palette of white tiling and solid ash timber lends the space a rustic feel, backed up by exposed concrete and brick – this is a long way from anything that might be termed slick.

The design is the handiwork of Phoenix Wharf Asssociates and The Bristol Loaf has been up and running in a prior location since 2017.