There’s a common saying that is “enjoy the little things in life” and we think a good cup of coffee is one of them. Great coffee is abundant in Bristol, however one business owner saw a gap in the city’s coffee scene and decided to open his very own coffee shop just centimetres away from his doorstep to help bring the community together through the medium of coffee.
Housed in a converted garage in Redfield, the Bristol coffee shop, 3ft 6, is named after the length from the front of the counter to the back wall and is said to be the smallest café with a permanent premise in the UK. 3ft 6 is owned by artist and designer Rob Savage, who transformed the space during the lockdown, and now opens the garage door from Friday to Sunday to serve coffee and baked goods to local residents and visitors to the area.
Located on Lancaster Street, 3ft 6 can be glimpsed from nearby Netham Park, with its blue façade and bright contrast to the neighbouring houses. The coffee served at Bristol’s smallest café is roasted by Blind Owl on the nearby Feeder Road and you can even purchase bags of their ground coffee to enjoy at home.
3ft 6 serves a range of cakes and sweet treats on the counter including croissants, brownies and flapjacks, alongside savoury items like sausage rolls, flans and cheese and bacon turnovers, to name a few. But be sure to keep on their Instagram page to find out their latest bakes.
And to make up for the lack of space in the converted garage, there is also outside seating located on the paths for patrons to enjoy a leisurely coffee in the sunshine (when it chooses to come out). With this new tiny addition to Redfield, coffee and cake lovers can now enjoy another little thing in life.
3ft 6 is open 10am-2pm on Fridays and 10am-4pm on weekends.
3ft 6, 0.5 Lancaster Street, BS5 9QL