Bristol’s top barista Alex Zeal will open a modern, chic café at The Royal West of England
Academy (RWA) this August. With the help of Bristol’s queen of cakes, Bethen Reid, the new café will serve locally-sourced treats and award-winning coffee in the stunning surroundings of Bristol’s oldest gallery.
The Epiphany at the RWA is the brainchild of Alex – a finalist in the Bristol heats of the UK Barista Championships – and Bethen, who creates deliciously decadent bakes for top eateries like Boston Tea Party and The Vintage Birdcage Cakery. The new café has found its home in Bristol’s RWA – a spectacular Grade II* listed building in the heart of the city.
The fuss-free, contemporary menu will focus on high-quality, locally-sourced and seasonal ingredients, treated with love and care. Lunches will include a selection of frittatas, tarts, wraps and salads, plus warm, Hobbs bread sandwiches, generously filled with top ingredients like Portobello mushroom, mozzarella, red onion pickle and olive tapenad.
Every Sunday, the menu will feature a star ingredient that is grown or produced by one of the pair’s many foodie friends. The tarte tatin, made from rhubarb grown on an allotment in Easton, and the soup that uses courgettes and peas from a garden in the Forest of Dean, illustrates Alex and Bethen’s commitment to local fare, cooked with care.
As home to Bristol’s premier barista, The Epiphany at the RWA will specialise in world-class coffee. Alex is so dedicated to the perfect cup, he will be sourcing beans in Peru shortly before the opening event. The café will also serve a hand-picked selection of wines, locally-brewed artisan beers and Canton teas.
To launch this exciting venture, Alex and Bethen invite guests to a special evening party, where there will be a chance to sample the menu and enjoy an espresso martini on the RWA balcony. If you would like to go, head to their event page
The event will include free access to the RWA’s current exhibition Air: Visualising the Invisible in British Art 1768-2017.
Set against the backdrop of the RWA’s breath-taking marble interior, The Epiphany will suit fans of great art and gorgeous food alike.