Ten good things of 2016

Ten good things of 2016

I get news from The Guardian and my social media echo chamber, so widespread agreement that 2016 has been an utter ballbag should come as no surprise. But despite the end-of-days ambience, you have to seek out the positives. As the year draws to close, it’s comforting to look back and scrape together a list of not-altogether-shite things that have happened close to home. In no particular order, here are 10 good things from Roll for the Soul in 2016. (An entirely subjective list by Rob.)

Roll for the Soul is a not-for-profit café, bike workshop and event space. We celebrate and support people who do stuff with bikes, and DIY culture more generally. We’re a Community Interest Company and a living wage employer (and we don’t mean the made up ‘national living wage’), trying to make a positive contribution to Bristol.


We offer good-quality, fairly-priced vegetarian and vegan food. Open from early morning, we serve a light breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as cakes, snacks and great locally-roasted coffee. We have a licensed bar, but anyone of any age is welcome. Click for more about the cafe.

Bike workshop

We have a fully-equipped bike workshop upstairs, offering servicing and repairs to all types of bike. We also sell a range of parts and accessories, some of which you can find downstairs in the cafe, and offer maintenance tuition designed around what you want to learn. As well as that, we provide bike hire and bike trailer hire. Click for more about the workshop.

Music and events

With the cafe downstairs and a flexible space upstairs, we host live music, exhibitions, informal meetings, fundraisers and lots of other events. We try to help other non-profits and voluntary groups with cheap or free space. Part of our mission is to provide a city centre space for non-corporate, grassroots activity. Click for more about live music. Click for more about venue hire.

Find us

Roll for the Soul cafe and bike workshop
Unit 2, St Lawrence House,
Quay Street, Bristol

Cafe opening hours

Monday and Tuesday 0800 – 1800

Wednesday and Thursday 0800 – 2100

Friday 0800 – 1900

Saturday 1000 – 1900 (kitchen closed between 1500 and 1700)

(We prep food in the mornings. The kitchen opens for lunch service at 1200, but you’re very welcome to grab drinks, cakes, and light breakfasts before then. The kitchen closes an hour before the cafe, or at 1800 when we have live music in the evening. Please check the calendar on the right for listings. The kitchen is also closed from 1500 to 1700 on Saturdays.)

Workshop opening hours

Monday to Friday 0900 – 1730

Saturday 1000 – 1730

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