Posted 13th March 2011
Updated July 2014: I’ve revisted Folk House on a number of occasions since this original post and have always been impressed.
My most recent visit was to the Christmas Flea market where I was able to do a spot of shopping and then indulge in a warm winter salad, some tea and cake – bliss!
Another of Bristol’s hidden gems. Located half way up Park Street the folk house education centre offering courses from pottery to hula hooping, French lessons to life drawing. Their award winning cafe bar is modest, simple and welcoming with a daily menu on the blackboard and an ample supply of homemade cakes. The cafe also boasts a large courtyard – perfect for warmer weather.
Meals are mainly vegetarian but there is also the carnivore’s dish of the day and homemade beef burgers to satisfy meat eaters. The cafe is licensed so a wonderful stop off for some local ales or cider in the week.
I have weekly lessons at the folk house and am always tempted by the aromas of their menu – evoking memories of home cooking and family mealtimes. After weeks of mouth watering temptation I succumbed and went for the moussaka on the recommendation of the barman. I was delighted to learn that the chef was Greek so the dish was definitely authentic. Now it wasn’t exactly fine dining presentation but I wouldn’t expect it to be – instead it was warming hearty and utterly satisfying – a generous portion of top notch food.
The relaxed, laid back ambience combined with arty types attending various events at the folk house is a welcome contrast to the hustle and bustle of the more trendy Park Street. I think that this is what I love about it most though – it is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of busy Bristol life and relax with some local cider, a hearty meal and maybe even a cake!