Bristol, Stokes CroftEmmeline, our editor checks out this Stokes Croft hotspot

By Karen Brown, Glowcation Editor
9 November '17

(EMMELINE IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED AWAITING STRUCTURAL REPAIRS TO THE SHOP FRONT AFTER A VEHICLE CRASHED INTO IT)

Emmeline sits in the heart of Stokes Croft – Bristol’s vibrant cultural hub of award-winning restaurants, cool bars and edgy music.

Small and perfectly formed, Emmeline entices with fresh juices, smoothies, breakfast bowls, stacked sandwiches and lattes. The café offers non-dairy options and will happily cater for any diet.

Emmeline supports local, independent suppliers and is open from 8 am – 6pm.

If that’s not enough, it also sells gorgeous plants and gifts.

The Setting

Emmeline is in pole position for fans of Banksy and street art, plus Stokes Croft’s independent shops and bars. Emmeline is a cute, plant filled, shop, café, take-away on Cheltenham Rd in Stokes Croft.

There’s a cushion filled bench to perch on surrounded by plants for sale.

Another wall is stacked with shelves selling organic toiletries, chutneys and T-shirts. Emmeline has a real community feel.

At 10 am, there was a constant stream of locals buying hot drinks and smoothies and stocking up fresh sour-dough sandwiches and salads for lunch, so the limited seating wasn’t a problem. There’s also a couple of chairs outside. The vibe is friendly and inclusive and the prices are value for money.


The little things

Emmeline has serious environmental credentials and uses biodegradable straws.

You can also buy your own metal straw to take away and use elsewhere.

The staff also check if you’re vegan before adding bee pollen to your drinks.

The Green Juice Test

Emmeline has a choice of three juices: green, red and yellow, all of which can be adapted to taste. We went green – a delicious combo of spirulina, apple, cucumber, ginger and wheatgrass topped with a boosting sprinkle of bee pollen.

The bill

Green juice £4.00
Pot of Goodness £3.00
Vegan Super Vegetable Cake £2.50
Matcha Almond Latte £3.00


What we ate

We chose from two “pots of goodness”: jumbo soaked oats (with non-dairy milk, chia, gojis, nuts, seeds, prune sand cocoa nibs) or granola. We went with the granola: a yummy mix of organic yoghurt, chia seeds, coconut water and fresh strawberries.

Filling and not too sugary-though the staff are on hand with honey for the sweeter toothed. We couldn’t resist the Vegan super vegetable cake, again not too sweet, but beautifully moist (and guilt free)…

Finally, we had a soothing mug of Matcha almond latte whilst we took in the surroundings.

What else?

Emmeline doesn’t sell plastic bottles of water, but keeps a stock of recycled glass bottles that they happily fill up and give you to take away free of charge. They also accommodate all dietary wishes and requirements.

What made us glow?

The buzz and the bee pollen. Dogs are very welcome and an impressive regular did spins for snacks from the staff, whilst we ate.

Emmeline

116 Cheltenham Rd, Bristol BS6 5RW, UK

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