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Fantastic place

I cannot say how impressed and happy we were to spend some time at St James Priory... Susan is... read more

Reviewed 6 November 2018
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One of the most interesting churches in Bristol

St James Priory is considered the oldest building in Bristol and one of the oldest in England which... read more

Reviewed 18 October 2018
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St James Priory is the oldest church in Bristol dating from 1129.Originally a Benedictine Priory it has survived the ravages of change,the Reformation,wars and time. St James still survives as a jewel in the crown of Bristol. Although hidden away it...more
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Whitson Street, Bristol BS1 3NZ, England
+44 117 929 9100
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All reviews oldest building lovely cafe beautiful inside hot and cold food an oasis of calm wonderful building steeped in history church charity century
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Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

I cannot say how impressed and happy we were to spend some time at St James Priory... Susan is absolutely lovely and the place really is an oasis of calm and peacefulness in the city. What a wonderful building and amazing people. We’ll definitely be...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 18 October 2018 via mobile

St James Priory is considered the oldest building in Bristol and one of the oldest in England which alone is the good reason to visit. It has been the center of social life since middle 12th century being actually the reason the Broadmead district exists....More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 17 October 2018

The improvements and conservation made to the St James Priory are tasteful, sympathetic and high quality. The atmosphere is tranquil, with meaning.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 26 June 2018 via mobile

Had a lovely day hearing of the great work St James Priory today from Susan Jotcham Really saw the value in cleaning up the gardens and painting doors and supporting the great work this charity does.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 7 June 2018 via mobile

I’ve lived in Bristol for 12+ years and only recently uncovered this little gem. It’s a beautiful little cafe tucked away behind the bus station which extends onto the oldest building in Bristol that has gone through extensive refurbishment. That aside, it serves an awesome...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 5 June 2018 via mobile

Oldest building in Bristol located next to the bus station. It has a lovely cafe with plenty of seating. Nice selection of cakes, hot and cold food, everything we ordered was very nice and came very quickly. Can definitely recommend the cafe and priory itself,...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 4 June 2018 via mobile

A beautiful oasis in the centre of Bristol. The church does amazing work for the community and I feel privileged to have been able to explore the oldest building in Bristol. The food and coffee at the cafe was delicious. I will be back!

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank RyanJ116
Reviewed 4 June 2018

Well how many coffee shops open up into a church (well worth a look)? This one is a highly convenient place to meet friends as it is just next to the bus station and pretty central for shopping. Good coffee, friendly service’, good cafe food...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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John J, Manager at St James Priory, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2018

Many thanks for this review.

Reviewed 24 May 2018

I’ve worked in Bristol for 20 years and never knew this little hidden gem existed. The Priory and small gardens are stunning and the cafe is a perfect place to pop in for lunch or a coffee and a home made cake. It’s so much...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank NickyT1970
Reviewed 24 May 2018 via mobile

A magnificent building (the oldest in Bristol), lovingly restored over many years. Loads of interesting info on boards inside. Highly recommend popping into the cafe after your visit for a cuppa.

Date of experience: May 2018
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