My neighbour took me along to a new cafe in Bristol today, called Café du Jour. She’s something of a Francofile and enjoys going there to keep up her French by reading Le Monde and the other French newspapers they leave lying around. For several years as a teenager, I spent time each summer with a French family in Bordeaux and was also an au-pair in Meribel in France for a ski-season, so I can claim some French affiliations myself.
I passed on the croissants and stuck to a café au lait, while checking out what Le Monde made of Barack Obama, and realised that my French has got a little rusty. The latest fashions in Milan were also featured a little lower down on the front page – now let’s get our priorities right. Anyhow I passed a French speaking couple at the next table, so that must be a good sign.
There were a couple of other things I liked about Café du Jour. One was that they are clued up on the internet front with free wifi and a couple of terminals at the back which were free for customers to use. The other is that they were obviously family friendly, with plenty of open space for buggies and a little terrace out the back for when the summer eventually arrives here in Bristol. Oh, and they also use Fairtrade tea and coffee which aways earns brownie points in my book. I got the impression that they were trying to please both locals and the many international students in this areas, as there are a couple of language schools nearby.
The decor has a red and black theme and is pretty slick – especially loved those jet black chandeliers. I was surprised when I checked their website that they only have one branch as the whole place seemed very professionally run. You can find them on Facebook too although their website was under construction when I looked.
Now I’ve re-discovered my French side, I’ll be nurturing it at Cafe du Jour.
Café du Jour, 72 Whiteladies Rd, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2QA Tel: 0117 9731563