Room 212, Bristol: accommodation review

A one-bedroom, eco-friendly, holiday let on trendy Gloucester Road proves cute and practical enough to ward off any charge of pretentiousness, despite its arty leanings

There cannot be a more Guardian thoroughfare in the UK than Bristol’s Gloucester Road, which winds and climbs north from the centre into Bishopston and claims to be Europe’s longest street of independent businesses. There’s a Tesco Express somewhere and a Subway, but otherwise it’s over a mile of small concerns: art galleries, jewellers, health food shops, a handmade kids’ clothing boutique, and more cafes, bars and restaurants than you could shake an organic focaccia at.

And just when I’m thinking this is one of those places where it’s easy to buy a handmade card but not a cauliflower, I spot two greengrocers, then a craft beer emporium, a fish shop (line-caught tuna, organic salmon), and a couple of bakeries and butchers (one selling fresh faggots).

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