Food 8.5 Drink: 7 Atmosphere: 9 Overall: 8
Monty’s Café is a stone’s throw from the booming Oowee Diner and a street away from Cheltenham Road, however it remains one of Bristol’s best-kept brunch secrets. A hidden gem in plain sight, this isn’t your typical café - the menu is meat-free, but if crispy hot waffles, crêpes, milkshakes and gelato meats your needs, you won’t be going hungry.
Upon entering, it feels as though you’ve stepped into an artist’s cosy front room: overflowing flowers and plants dangle from the ceiling, a friendly cactus sits in the corner, and dainty illustrations of woodland animals line the walls. Near the floor to ceiling window a handful of quirky industrial lamps are available for customers to purchase. The atmosphere is incredibly inviting - the sort of place you wish you had hours to while away deep in a book or a board game. Manager May says the aims are simple: good food made with the best ingredients, in a café that is for the community. They use as many local suppliers as possible, make nearly all their own food, and stand in resolute defiance against soulless chain cafes. In the current climate of contactless cards and self-checkouts, service with a smile makes all the difference. Montpelier has a huge mix of people, and Monty’s is proud to welcome them all in for a cuppa.
The menu is in-keeping with their aims of catering for the many and not the few, with waffles and savoury crepes, creamy pies and monstrous veggie breakfasts to name a few. This place also offers your daily dose of smashed avocado, greens, and fresh juices. Breakfast covers the likes of veggie and vegan fry-ups, eggs Benedict, and fresh fruit salads, whilst lunch is roasted veg and halloumi crepes, homemade pies, and the daily-changing specials. Monty’s are all ears when it comes to the increasing trend in meat-free diets. There are plenty of places you can get a traditional full English close by, but they just do it there own way here. This self-confident but understated independence is what makes Montepellier so charismatic. After a full inspection of the menu, I greedily requested ‘The Full Monty’ (£8.95): two poached eggs on sourdough, roasted vine tomatoes, homemade beans, veggie sausages, grilled halloumi, chestnuts mushrooms, potato rosti, sautéed spinach and kale. After spending the morning slumped in the library, staring at a screen, this mean veggie feast did just the trick. Creamy soft mushrooms, perfectly poached eggs, and well-fried halloumi were just some of the delicious standouts.
Though finishing with hardly any room to spare, we jumped at the mention of dessert: a gloriously large banoffee waffle shared between two of us. Drizzled with toffee sauce and topped with white chocolate flakes, sliced banana, and a dollop of whipped cream, this waffle already claims the award for my guilty pleasure of 2018. Pricing stays at an excellent value, with £3.95 for poached eggs on toast with sautéed spinach and kale, creamy leaky pie with fresh veg for £5 and waffles for £3.99 (and with a generous dollop of whipped cream, it’s a pretty sweet deal). The only setback is the scale of the lunch menu, with limited choices especially for vegans.
Matching homemade charm with great-tasting grub, a visit to Monty’s is that eatable hug you’ve always wanted. You can also find Monty’s on CityMunch, a free food app which offers 30% discount on food during the week.
62 Bath Buildings, Bristol BS6 5PU