Colstro

By Colstro

The Tobacco Factory

We were in Bedminster, in South Bristol, today.  After we had finished our main business there we dropped into The Tobacco Factory for tea and cake.

This building was what its name suggests.  It was opened by W.D. and H.O. Wills in 1912 and remained in use as part of Imperial Tobacco until 1986 when all production was finally moved to Hartcliffe on the southern outskirts of Bristol.

The building was saved and now houses a theatre as well as the cafe bar we visited.  There are many activities which now take place here, including live music, a Sunday Market, and regular life drawing classes.  The cafe bar is a relaxed area where we saw many people sitting with their laptops and headphones, accompanied by a cup of tea or coffee (or, in several cases, a glass of beer or wine). A very  pleasant place to pass an hour or two.

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