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Arnolfini - est 1961
image taken by Lisa Whiting prior to the Coronavirus outbreak


From Monday 6 July, Bristol Beer Factory, an independent brewery who manage the Arnolfini Café Bar, will open an exclusive, enclosed decking area outside Arnolfini, in accordance with Covid-19 secure guidelines to keep customers and the team as safe as possible.

Arnolfini Café Bar will offer a selection of soft drinks, smoothies and alcoholic beverages on a table service basis only. Hot drinks and coffee may not be available initially.

Tables are subject to availability, with a one-in, one-out, one-way system in operation to accommodate social distancing measures. Capacity will be limited with tables for groups of up to six people.

Opening times are 12pm to 9pm, seven days a week, subject to the vagaries of the weather. There will be no access to the inside of Arnolfini Café Bar at the present time.

NHS workers and students receive 10% discount on presentation of a valid ID card.

Domhnail Barnes from Bristol Beer Factory said “We have carefully considered how best to open Arnolfini Café Bar, with our primary concern to keep all our customers and team safe. This is new territory for all of us and when we’re completely confident and happy things are going as we hoped, we may then look at possibly expanding the offer for a take-away service in the future.”

Full details of around the opening of Arnolfini Café Bar including rules Bristol Beer Factory ask customers to comply with, are at

About Bristol Beer Factory

BBC Food & Farming Award winners, Bristol Beer Factory started life in 2004 brewing just a few standard cask conditioned ales in a vibrant part of South Bristol. Realising there is so much more to brewing and so many more styles of beer, their range has now developed into over eight different regular bottled ales, seven regular cask ales and up to five specials throughout the year.

Their enviable national award-winning core range includes Independence, Milk Stout and Southville Hop, they have also recently launched the Brewery Taproom on North Street, The Beer Club and their new 4% session ale, Fortitude. Fourteen years on, they are still fiercely independent and focused on producing great beer.

In 2017 Bristol Beer Factory appointed new investors Guy and Becky Newell and Josh Eggleton as Non – Executive Directors.