Green spaces – The Chocolate Factory

Greenbank is can be deceiving. Whilst it can at first seem quiet and tranquil, it doesn’t take long to discover independent shops, cafes, restaurants, deli’s and bakeries nestled amongst the Victorian rooftops. All enjoyed by the friendly and strong community spirit that makes up the neighbourhood.

Bordered by the green corridor that is the Bristol and Bath Railway Path and with easy access to several parks and open green spaces, living in Greenbank means residents enjoy the feel of a leafy suburb in a quiet residential neighbourhood while still having good pedestrian, cycle and transport links to easily access the energy of city life.

Over the last few years new openings in the area have included Public Market, Garden of Easton (from the team behind The Bristolian in Montpelier), The Red Church (from Team Love Inn) and Native Vine – the new organic wine shop from Bristol Loaf, just opened on Church Road.

Greenbank Cemetery, with its Victorian statues and War Memorials is a fascinating and peaceful place to take a walk or stop for a picnic. Just on the edge of The Chocolate Factory on Greenbank Road, the site is a much loved and well used resource for local residents.

Part of the national cycling network and maintained by Sustrans, the Bristol and Bath Railway Path is used by the local community to get around the neighbourhood, take a stroll with friends or travel to work. Stretching from BS1 to Bath (and back again) it is a vital sustainable transport link that connects the area to the city centre – Temple Meads, Wapping Wharf and harbourside in around 15 minutes.

Off the Railway path and a 10 minute walk from The Chocolate Factory, St George Park is one of the finest examples of a Victorian park in Bristol. The park boasts such amenities as its ornamental lake, basketball court, well equipped children’s play area and skate park. The main entrance fronts onto Church Road so you are never far away from grabbing a snack or a refreshment, that’s if the ice-cream van or park café haven’t grabbed you first.

Troopers Hill Nature Reserve is a little farther away but still walkable if you’re so inclined. Wide open green space with far reaching views across the south of the city are the main draw here. Its also a great spot to watch the morning or evening balloons take off from Ashton Court during the International Balloon Fiesta that takes place every August.