Image - Sarah Thorpe outside Room 212
As well as a bustling hub for all things arty, Room 212 is Sarah's family home. This means she spends nearly all her time on Gloucester Road, but that's fine by her. Sarah is so enthusiastic about the area that she handles all the social media and publicity for Glos Rd Central (the mid section of the high street containing Room 212) and organises events such as Mayfest, the North Bristol Art Trail and the Christmas Street Party. She is a Wildlife Champion for Avon Wildlife Trust and last year installed planters of flowers outside all the shops. Her current project is to put banners of artwork by different Bristol artists up on lampposts along Gloucester Road to form a giant outdoor art exhibition.
Fantastic for brunches, lunches, coffee and fresh smoothies. This friendly funky cafe has a lovely little garden to the back and is covered in art and plants.
Draws a wonderfully diverse crowd and can cater to large groups. It offers an incredibly wide range of fresh juices and huge tasty plates of Middle Eastern specialities
A stylish yet comfortable gastro pub with a lovely big back garden. Very popular with the Gloucester Road community, it's buzzing most nights.
A friendly, family-run little cafe offering great breakfasts and simple lunches. Sit out on the sunny front terrace, slung with flowering baskets.
A vibrant atmosphere with loads of outside seating to watch the world go by. Live bands play regularly, there's a restaurant area tucked in the back with a gallery exhibiting Bristol artists.
The Golden Lion
A friendly pub with great burgers, a Monday night music quiz and live bands on most nights. They organise a music festival every year when they close off the side street and set up a stage.
About the author: Sarah Thorp owns Room 212, an Aladdin's cave of Bristol art on Gloucester Road. Her 212 Eco House, built from sustainable materials with a living roof, is tucked in a lovely garden round the back of the gallery. Sarah rents out the Eco House as a guesthouse and also uses it as a venue for events and creative workshops. She co-owns a fine art printing business, 212 Productions, with fellow artist Neil Roberts.