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Primrose Cafe

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended
Primrose Cafe 2, Clifton, Bristol

Time Out says

5 out of 5 stars

A vast menu of homely breakfasts and a sunny pavement seating area – just be sure to get up early if you want to bag a table

A Clifton institution: if you can find someone with a bad word to say about the Primrose, they’ve probably never lived in Bristol.

Best in the summer when the large pavement seating area is the perfect suntrap and Boyce’s Avenue bustles with shoppers, kids and well-to-do locals. Choose from a lengthy menu featuring cut-above fry-ups, bubble and squeak, waffles, mushrooms on toast and the world’s most indulgent hot chocolate, then place your order at the counter in the homely downstairs dining room.

There’s no fancy modern interior design or out-there ingredients here – and no need for them either. Primrose has been going strong for over two decades (the restaurant is a favourite local dinner destination too) and its regulars are fiercely loyal. In fact, the only thing we can think of to complain about is how difficult it can be to get a table at the weekend; set the alarm early for prime positioning next Saturday.

Written by Emma Howarth


1 Clifton Arcade
Boyces Avenue
Opening hours:
Cafe: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm; Sun 9.30am-3pm. Bistro: Tue-Thu 6pm-late; Fri 7pm-late.
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