is one of the last survivors from the vast Imperial Tobacco site. It was saved from demolition by architect George Ferguson – read more about our history here.
Today, Tobacco Factory is a multi-purpose building that houses a lively Cafe Bar, Makers Market, meeting spaces, the offices of several creative organisations, a performing art school and residential apartments. The building is also home to Tobacco Factory Theatres – one of the most exciting performance venues in the country.
Strike a light for independents
Led by Bristol’s first elected mayor, George Ferguson, Tobacco Factory is a leading light in the campaign to support and champion independent, local business.
Founded on George’s belief that independent businesses are the lifeblood of our city, and give North Street its distinctive character, Tobacco Factory is proudly reliant on independent brewers, producers and suppliers.
The building’s transformation has been a catalyst for regeneration in the area, and Tobacco Factory’s continued support of independents has made it a hub for the area’s flourishing business community.
Find out more about just some of the local producers and supplies we regularly work with on our Friends & Suppliers page.
We are committed to supporting the local community and reducing our impact on the environment. Here are some of the ways that we try to make a difference…
- Our coffee machine is solar powered, serving around 52,000 hot drinks a year
- Up to 33% of the Tobacco Factory Theatre’s electricity is generated by solar energy
- We separate and recycle at least 80% of our waste
- We grown our own – with as many ingredients as possible coming from our own farm in Backwell, or other local suppliers
- Bike racks are provided on every floor
- Energy saving lighting is used throughout the building
- An electric car charging point is provided for public use
- We work hard to keep our prices fair
Seeing the potential for an exciting mixed use project, George saved the Tobacco Factory building from demolition and set about creating the cultural, social and creative hub that it is today.
Having joined Tobacco Factory at the outset to set up the Cafe Bar in 2001, Sarah oversees all aspects of Tobacco Factory's Cafe Bar, including events, the Sunday Market as well as Grain Barge.
Looking after all aspects of the Tobacco Factory building and the Grain Barge, Tim is a self confessed construction nerd and is never happier than when calculating wall thickness and heat retention.
Previously the Cafe Bar Manager, Anna is these days very happily throwing our parties, being responsible for the many events at Tobacco Factory and Grain Barge, ensuring that everyone has a joyful time.
Responsible for spreading the word about our market, David works with the team to ensure that everyone gets to know everything that’s going on.
Charles joins us with a mission to spread his belief that food should be ethical and fun - bringing people together with classic dishes made with locally sourced seasonal ingredients.
It is Géraldine's love for food, creative independent businesses and the buzz of the market atmosphere that gets her up early most Sunday mornings for our market - come rain or shine.
When not dreaming up copy or snapping photos Jen spends her time cultivating an extensive slogan t-shirt collection, raving about Hamilton to anyone who will listen, and eating a lot of chocolate.
Jenny heads up marketing and design across all our venues. When not at work you'll most likely find her in a boat rowing on Bristol harbour!
As well as picking (and drinking!) the beer we sell in the Cafe bar, Connor is a dab hand at wearing a Beanie hat and reading lots of books. Currently he’s reading “100 years of Annoying the French”.
Bringing 25 years experience to the role, Shaun describes his special skill as ‘patience’. When not enjoying writing up the weekly staff rota, he juggles drawing, painting, printing, cycling and hiking.
Responsible for all the financial details, Evi runs a tight ship.
Formerly our Café Bar Manager – Jonathan had been enthusiastically growing his own vegetables on his allotment for some years, so was the perfect person from our team to take on running Five Acre Farm.
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