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Thursday, 9 August 2012

Lounge Bar to Open in Blockbusters Site

Anna's in the kitchen with HDR...
(Photo credit: bildungsr0man)
I knew there was something missing from Westbury on Trym village centre. There just aren't enough cafes. The proposed opening of a new one - part of the Lounge group - in the former Blockbusters shop - will thankfully solve the problem.

Until this happy day, if I park my car in the Health Centre car park, I have to walk a whole 20 metres to the first cafe  - the Costa on Westbury Hill. If I don't fancy that, or have forgotten my loyalty card, it's miles across the zebra crossing to Cafe Mundo on the roundabout.

If that's too busy, or the clientele are not quite to my sophisticated taste, I have to walk all the way to Carlton Court to the recently-opened Number 7 Kitchen, in the former Me to You card shop.

The new Lounge Cafe (it's part of the chain that owns Tinto Lounge on Gloucester Road and Deco Lounge on Cotham Hill) will, thankfully, be within stirring distance of Coffee #1 ("friendly, relaxed" blah, blah). So that's that side of Canford Road covered at least.

At the other end of the High Street, though, I've only got The Kingfisher Grill, which, despite being under new management, and offering the best all-day cooked breakfasts in Westbury, cannot possibly match the Lounge's claim to be an
"informal, neighbourhood food led cafe/bar open all-day.... offering an extensive brunch menu, a great selection of tapas, & more restaurant-in-style monthly specials."

Nor can the Kingfisher Grill's interiors claim to be

"comfortable, inviting, and a bit eccentric"
Or to offer
"highchairs and a free neighbourhood book swap"

So, that's sorted then. Six cafes within a two minute walk.

Anyone would think Westbury is experiencing an influx of baby boomers.

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