With its stained glass windows and chic Scandinavian-style furniture, Tradewind Espresso offers a respite from busy Whiteladies Road. Tradewind was opened by a local micro-roaster, Roasted Rituals, after their mobile van gained a devoted following. So it comes as little surprise that you can find one of Bristol’s finest cups of coffee at Tradewind. There is a seasonal house blend and a selection of custom blends and single origins, each, they say, with their own ‘distinct character and story’.
Tradewind also offers an exceptional all-day brunch. As much of the food as possible is made from scratch, from the nut milks to the preserves to the cured fish. Popular dishes include a BLT with homemade chilli jam and the chorizo, egg and avocado on toast, dancing with the sweet heat of charred corn salsa and citrusy coriander pesto. Even the humble porridge (here, comfortingly thick and stodgy) is elevated by seasonal fruit compote, natural yogurt and the hum of a crunchy hazelnut dukkah.
If you’ve worked up an appetite walking up the hill or across the downs, you’ll be delighted to discover that the beloved La Marzocco coffee machine sits beside an impressive cake counter. Regulars here include brownies and blondies, granola bars and almond friands studded with fresh fruit. There is also a rotating list of seasonal visitors. A recent favourite featured a ring of peaches set into a deliciously squidgy, syrupy sponge of ground almonds and flecked with lavender.
Tradewind offers a winnning trifecta: beautiful interiors, a fine cup of coffee and delicious food. With a house move on the horizon, I know that I will sorely miss being able to call this lovely little cafe my local.