It's refreshing to know there's still a little heart and soul to be found around the border of Thornbury and Preston, despite the legion of concrete towers springing up along High Street. An elusive warmth can be found in the courtyard of Lowlands where, particularly in the summer months, the sun-drenched kitchen garden becomes a second home to local coffee lovers and foodies alike.
Fellow caffeine addicts will be happy to hear that the owner-operators regularly cycle through a range of exciting local blends including offerings from Market Lane, Clement and Seven Seeds. Connoisseurs can also sample a range of cold-drip or filtered blends from around the globe that go down a treat in the Summer sun. Tea fans, presumably, will likewise be impressed with the variety of blends available, though the under-caffeinated cousin of my beloved coffee is not quite my... cup of tea?
The food is outstanding, with a breakfast-heavy seasonal menu that incorporates fresh ingredients prepared with bold intent. I've gone back for the caramelised eggplant with mint and labne (and two poached eggs) so many times that its become a standing joke with other regulars.
And that's the crux of it; everybody feels like a regular. The staff are friendly and attentive, and the patrons are all so happy to be in such a beautiful environment, enjoying such delicious food and coffee, that the atmosphere can't help but combust with positive energy.
This is a warm and inviting family business, and what family would be complete without a pet? Keep your eyes peeled for Esther the courtyard cat sun baking on the roof.