About Gloucester Road
Home to people from all walks of life, where a rich variety of locally run shops, cafes, bars and restaurants manage to thrive alongside the usual high-street chains.
In an increasingly standardised world, Gloucester Road is a breath of fresh air. Practical hardware stores neighbour inviting gift shops. Friendly dry-cleaners butt up against artisan jewellers, and mouth-watering bakeries sit next to graffitti-decorated pubs.
It is worth making time to do your shopping along this street in North Bristol - a chore turns into something infinitely more pleasant, as shopkeepers become familiar, and each store reflects their individuality and expertise.
Businesses and residents alike, are proud of an article in The Independent by Mark Rowe called The Last Great British High Street. An edited version is below...
"Welcome to Gloucester Road, Bristol, one of the last traditional high streets in Britain, where shop staff smile and bend over backwards to help.
The superstores that have obliterated similar retail communities all over the country also lurk nearby, and yet somehow the increasingly anachronistic Gloucester Road continues to go about its business.
The shops there serve the community in much the same way that they did half a century ago or more.
You can buy pretty much anything you need here, says Peter Browne, honorary secretary of the Bishopston Traders Association. How often do you see a butcher's nowadays? The baker's has people queuing out of the door, more like a French bread shop. The street has just evolved. I don't know how you could ever replicate it."
The Independent on Sunday, 8th August 2004