Welcome to our news platform. Over the lockdown period we will try our best to regularly keep you all updated with what we are up to and news on our plans for the future. We hope everyone is doing ok and we look forward to you all being able to come back to our venue and have a good time!

“Spruce up our Street” – plans have begun

Cloak Room CIC have opened a channel of communication with the local businesses on “the Stretch” and Colston Girls School to make plans for a big open day and street event which showcases everything the street has to offer. We are making plans to host live music, performances, craft stalls/food market as well as therapy sessions, kids activities and graffiti art-works which will transform the courtyard and buildings into a vibrant space. We also want to make planters to encourage wildlife and cleaner air. We plan for the event to happen late summer or Spring 2022 depending on funds and safety guidelines.

Business Interruption

On the 15th February the Supreme court announced that Insurance Companies should pay out for Business Interruption due to lockdowns. We have contacted our broker to proceed with a claim and 3 weeks later we still haven’t had the paperwork, we are getting completely ignored! We advise if you run a small business to check to see if you were insured for Business Interruption and to chase them! Seek legal advice if necessary. Good luck everyone.

Farewell Omer

We were very sad to hear about the passing of Omer Makessa today. Omer performed here in January last year with his band Kayali Roots. We did a themed free evening event serving soul food, bringing positive vibes with the focus on shaking off the January Blues. Omer was full of warmth and friendliness, extremely talented and performed with many bands, dancers and theatre groups across Bristol. He will be missed.

Alcohol free in April?!

There have been many newspaper announcements today about how pubs and restaurants will be re-opening-some saying the 10pm curfew will be scrapped, some saying pubs can open but can’t serve alcohol and others saying “substantial” meal to be waived.

As business owners in this sector we find the rumours, rules and talk incredibly frustrating as we find ourselves constantly adapting our plans to what newspapers speculate. Until there are official government announcements our booking system will continue to remain offline. We will re-open as a clothes shop when the tier system is back in place until we are certain it is safe for the public to offer events, drinking and dining again.

Yet more changes to the building 😊

We have been using the lockdowns to complete necessary works to improve the venue. We have knocked through a redundant stairwell to eventually convert into an additional customer toilet block and changing area. This will help reduce queuing and maintain social distancing in the venue. We have applied for funding through the Screwfix fund to make the building more accessible and to finish our new studio area. We are making the kitchen and cellar safer for staff by replacing the flooring with non-slip and protecting the walls to increase hygiene levels.

Where are our kick starters? New changes announced!

When the government announced the Kick start scheme to start in August last year we were very keen to get rolling. The scheme was created to employ people aged between 16-24, on universal credit, who have found difficulties finding employment. In order for us to register to the scheme we had to team up with BARBIE and apply for 30 positions at a time. We have applied for 11 positions to expand our team and 6 months later we are still waiting for news on where they are!!!

The government have now amended the scheme to make it easier to recruit kick-starters by cancelling the minimum you can apply for. This change will apply from 2nd February.

We are looking for the following to join our team, no experience necessary:

Caretaker x 2
Cleaner x 2
HR and Administration assistant (can work from home)
Event Assistant (can work from home)
Trainee Chef
Cocktail and Coffee Barista
Security Guard
Retailer (can work from home)
Marketing Assistant (can work from home)

If you meet the criteria to be a kick-starter and are interested in any of the positions above, please email for a full job description and details of training provided. We will notify you once the scheme has launched with information on how to apply.