January 30, 2020 - No Comments!

Hidden gems in the heart of St Paul’s!

While working in the heart of St Paul’s & Stokes Croft you really get to enjoy the wonderful variety of day-to-day activities, cultures, and spaces, which gives the area it’s unique vitality. However, as a visitor to the area it might be hard to stumble across this thriving community as sometimes the best kept secrets are hard to find, and are only noticeable due to small sign boards on the pavement!  So, to help you discover more about the local area, here are our top three favourite hidden gems;


Fantastic coffee and amazing pastries make’s FARRO BAKERY the only place to go for that mid-morning pick me up! Situated on the corner of Brunswick Square and Bond Street, you might recognise this small independent bakery’s name, as you will often find them serving up all sorts of delights across Bristol’s famous farmers markets. For as they suggest on their website; The bakery is fighting the good fight against the sliced white status quo and mediocre pastries!



Coach House Café

After the Pear Café shut down in 2018, many of us locals were left wondering where we would go for a good lunchtime sandwich! However, we didn’t have to wonder for long, as the Coach House Café soon came to the rescue. Handily taking over Pear’s vacant premises, this small and friendly cafe offers a delicious range of salads, soups, sandwiches, porky baps, and enough sweet treats to make your mouth water. Though you can’t sit in, this takeaway is a staple for the local business community.

Coach House

Milk Teeth

Established in 2017 on the corner of Bishop Street, Dean Street and Portland Square, Milk Teeth is a fantastic small independent coffee shop!  Alongside great coffee, comes a welcoming, intriguing and accessible interior which creates some seriously good vibes. From the prefect flat white to a scrumptious chai, and topped off with a little coconut macaroon side treat, Milk Teeth always delivers (normally by the owner himself Josh Bowker).  As Josh describes on the Milk Teeth website; It’s the small ones you want to watch… (Someone once said that to him about dogs, but he thinks it’s true of businesses, too.)



January 23, 2018 - No Comments!

New year, fresh look!

Utility House is having a creative makeover thanks to two students from the Surface Pattern Design course at the University of Wales Trinity St David.  Jess Hill and Stacey Mead also known at Pitch Collective, will be designing new signage and a range of fresh interiors for our entrance lobby and meeting room.

Pitch Collective

By focusing on bringing together the colours and patterns which already exist within Utility House, the students hope to create something fresh, zingy and bold, but also something still in keeping with the building’s sense of identity. Using both digital and traditional surface design techniques, Pitch Collective will be exploring how interiors can be decorative yet functional. Watch this space to see how the designs develop!

Pitch Collective



December 08, 2017 - No Comments!

Our local community has plenty to satisfy everyone’s appetite!

Situated in the heart of Stokes Croft, Bristol, Utility House is just steps away from a whole host of delicious restaurants.  Serving food from all corners of the globe, our local eateries serve up some of the best food in the area while still retaining that local Bristol feeling! Here are just some of our current favourites.

Jamaica Street Stores

A new addition to Stokes Croft, this restaurant evokes the same laid back attitude as its artisan neighbours, and with a range of unusual and tasty food combinations, it is no wonder this place is fast becoming a firm favourite in the area. With lunch menus starting from £10 and their ethical produce-focused menus mirroring the changing seasons in the UK, this restaurant is pure West Country food at its most contemporary and best!


Jamaica Street Stores


If you are looking for some of the best coffee and comfort food this side of the river, then Ceres would be the top of our list. With a range of scrumptious cakes, delicious breakfasts, and tantalising lunch treats all served up by the lovely Dan, this Melbourne –inspired café is small but perfectly formed! We are just sad they don’t open for dinner!





December 08, 2017 - No Comments!

Christmas has arrived at Utility House!

Christmas TreeThe tree is up and our tenants are like Christmas elves, busy making all their Christmas orders!  With the festive season upon us, everyone at Utility House is looking forward to gathering for mince pies and festive cheer before we all down tools for Christmas.

However if you are still searching for that perfect Christmas present, then look no further than two of Utility House’s residents – Tovi Sorga’s beautiful hand crafted printed leather, or a fabulous sound wave print from Yve Print Co. Who wouldn’t want to find these under their Christmas tree?


Tovi Sorga

Tovi SorgaTovi Sorga, based in our ground floor studio,  is a British designer specialising in printed leather. His luxurious hand-crafted accessories are internationally renowned for their beautiful designs.  Together with his partner, Agnes Davis they design statement pieces as usable everyday objects such as tech cases, totes, notebooks and keyrings. Inspired by wild nature and the integration of contemporary and classic design, Tovi’s collections are truly unique. I’d be happy with anything from their collection in my stocking this year!

Check out Tovi Sorga’s website >>

Yve Print Co

Yve Print CompanyLooking to make a music lover smile this Christmas? Then Yve Print Co based in our first floor ‘yellow’ studio, can turn a favourite song and it’s sound wave into a hand crafted work of art for you!  Yve Print Co believes good design relies on beautiful aesthetics and quality materials. From their studio at Utility House, they create personalised music related and typographic prints, for the home, with style and fun in mind. Check out their range of personalised services at Not On the High Street

Discover more about Yve Print Company >>



October 09, 2015 - No Comments!

It’s all happening in Stokes Croft…!

Just a few of the delightful places on our doorstep:

D e l i c i o u s   f o o d  / p l a c e s  f o r   a   t i p p l e : 

Poco– http://eatpoco.com/

The Runcible Spoon– http://www.therunciblespoonbristol.com/

Katie and Kim’s on Picton Street- http://www.katieandkimskitchen.com/

The Bristolian,  Picton Street- http://thebristolian.co.uk/

The Canteen– http://www.canteenbristol.co.uk/

Pie Minister– http://www.pieminister.co.uk/restaurants/stokes-croft

Herberts Bakeryhttp://www.herbertsbakery.com/home.php

Cafe Kino http://www.cafe-kino.com/


Boston Tea Party– http://www.bostonteaparty.co.uk/

Cosies- http://www.cosies.co.uk/

Pear Cafe- http://www.thepearcafe.com/

G e t   o n   y o u r   b i k e ! :

Jakes Bikes– http://www.jakesbikes.co.uk/content/index.php

The Bike Workshop at Hamilton House: http://www.hamiltonhouse.org/bristol-bike-project/

Y o g a   a n d   d a n c e:

City Yoga– http://www.bristolcityyoga.co.uk/

Wilder Studios– http://wilderststudio.co.uk/

G a l l e r i e s :

Here Gallery- www.thingsfromhere.co.uk/

Hamilton House-http://www.hamiltonhouse.org/

Jamaica Street Studios-http://www.jamaicastreetartists.co.uk/


September 29, 2015 - No Comments!

Our business, Willis Newson, will be on the top floor!

Studio 5 : Willis Newson


‘We create positive, welcoming and engaging healthcare environments by integrating art into the design of architecture, landscape and interiors.’

1218 macmillan runcorn Alison Milner, photo Steve Speller (3)

Integrated art and interior design lends individuality to healthcare environments, supports wayfinding, encourages engagement and creates a strong sense of local identity. Using the latest print and production processes across a range of materials we deliver safe, robust and cost-effective results.

Creative Participation

Creative participation is at the heart of our work. Sensitive and well-managed consultation and engagement means that projects are appropriate and unique to each place, generating a strong sense of local ownership. An evidence-based approach and our pioneering use of research and evaluation means that we deliver design that works.

Through an inclusive and solution-based approach to art and design your patient environments will support compliance with NHS and CQC guidance, BREEAM, the NHS Friends and Family Test and the 15 step challenge.

Knitting art installation by Ali Brown at the 101 NBT Fresh Arts Festival at Southmead Hospital, Bristol, UK. September 2015. Picture by Clint Randall www.pixelprphotography.co.uk

September 29, 2015 - No Comments!

Another addition to the creative community at Utility House…which means we only have one studio left now!

Studio 3 : Big Fan


‘ We create standout brand experiences that make noise and get you noticed. We utilise great ideas and design to connect you with your audience, building a loyal, passionate fan base. As a team of ideas-driven individuals, we’re committed to brand and its capacity to influence behaviour and enable businesses to thrive’

September 16, 2015 - No Comments!

Our studios are filling up fast with some great creative businesses!

Studio 1 : James Gibbs

‘I thrive on working with inspiring and innovative people, using my illustration & lettering to help bring clarity and life to their ideas. Whether it is for a visual identity, an educational guide, or any other application, story-telling is at the heart of my work.’



Studio 2: Tovi Sorga

‘Tovi Sorga has built a reputation as a true expert in printed leather since he began experimenting with larger jewellery pieces around fifteen years ago, making his name in East London Boutiques. He has honed a unique printing technique that produces rich, saturated colours, astonishing detail and a sensuous finish.’