Posted: September 6, 2019
Park Street Golden Oldies
Who says the high street is dead? These guys have been going strong on Park Street for decades, and they’re showing no signs of stopping! Be sure to check them out next time you’re in the area…
The Bristol Guild of Applied Art was founded in 1908, originally offering artists and craftsmen a space to sell their wares and learn from one another. Nowadays it still operates as a gallery, but is more commonly known for its department store and café on the ground and first floors, selling everything from greetings cards and dinner party games to kitchen appliances and furniture.
Diana Porter established her business in 1993, and her studio and shop on Park Street followed not long after. Specialising in functional, contemporary jewellery Porter and her team still uses the studio, which is tucked behind the shop, to design and create her pieces. Pop in to browse the beautiful collections or book an appointment with the woman herself if you’ve got a bespoke commission in mind!
The Folk House is the oldest education centre in Bristol, with its origins dating back to 1887 in a docklands area. It’s existed in its current incarnation on Park Street since the 1920’s, where it has been dedicated to providing a community space for education. These days alongside the education centre you can find event spaces and a cafe run by Bowl of Plenty.
A Bristol stalwart, Woodes has stuck to its guns since day one, offering simple and quick food on a budget. The dark, wooden interior has a distinctly 60’s feel to it, suggesting the Park Street cafe hasn’t gone through refurbishment many times in its decades of trade! Expect no-frills sarnies, baps and cakes in this charming establishment.
Boston Tea Party
The flagship cafe on Park Street was opened in 1995 and since then it’s become something of an institution. Now a big chain with sites all around the country, the first ever Boston Tea Party set the bar for friendly service and delicious food – and did you know they’ve got an incredible hidden garden out back?
Not only has this quirky vintage shop been around for over 25 years, but so has their manager! Known only as Pickles, you’ll find the GM and owner of BS8 behind the till most days, offering a friendly smile to all who enter. Everything in the shop is one of a kind, discouraging the modern-day plague of fast fashion and making for a truly unique shopping experience.
This iconic Italian restaurant on Park Street has been owned by the same family since 1970! Serving up a huge menu – there’s over 50 choices for mains alone – at a tiny price is what this place has been known for since it’s inception, however it’s future is looking shaky at best with approved plans to demolish it in the next few years, so you’d better move quick if you want to try out this Bristol institution.