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Here at Armada House we're proud to represent local and independent business in Bristol. We thought we would dedicate a blog article to why it is so valuable to choose local.

We found this useful article from The Guardian on Seven reasons to shop locally but we thought we would go a little deeper to explain why choosing a venue such as Armada House for your conference or event is a positive and economic choice.

Local economy

As the The Guardian article presents, research shows that for every £1 that is spent in local businesses, £0.63p stays in the local economy. At Armada House we use local suppliers which means that the money spent with us also supports other local businesses. Here are some of our local suppliers: Bath Ales, Bramley and GageTotal Produce,  Clifton CoffeeBrislington Laundry, Bakers of Nailsea

And we work with local businesses such as 365 Bristol, Visit Bristol, Disco's for HireEnchanted Weddings, Wedding venues in Somerset, Sound commercial, Somerset designBMC

We're very fortunate to be able to spend the successful local currency the Bristol Pound that can only be spent within Bristol postcodes. Using Bristol pounds means that the money circulates around the city again and again making the local economy greener, fairer and stronger. Read more about them on their website

Ethical Choice

Shopping local means that you support local farmers, producers and keeps the carbon footprint down. Bristol has a great network and infrastructure to choose local and to cut the supply chain keeping the money in the economy, Choosing to use multi-nationals and chains drains money out of the local economy and out of the country.

Bespoke service

At Armada House we offer something different to your standard hotel experience.  Our venue is a grade II listed building with historic and period features that work as a great backdrop for events, weddings or day to day conferences and meetings. If you're looking for a bit more of a unique choice for your next event rather than sterile conference and meeting rooms then we're a good choice.

We pride ourselves on the standards of our catering and as we have in-house catering facilities, we can be flexible with what catering you require for your event. From dietary conscious food, to heathier lunches, just speak to our staff who are always happy to help with finding the right lunch, buffet or 3 course dinner for you.  



Our director Colin Porter and our small team of staff respond quickly to customer and product demand in the industry. Rather than rigid inflexible packages at Armada House we're committed to working with you to get the best deal with flexibility and bespoke options. Our team of staff have lots of experience within the hospitality and events industry and are happy to respond to our customer’s needs and ideas as we know that every event is different.

We're always happy to help with whatever you need on the day, from an emergency laptop or projector to booking that taxi to the station.  Choosing local and independent usually means you choose the better choice


Armada House is a dedicated conference and events venue situated in the heart of Bristol old city on Telephone Avenue off of Baldwin Street. Our grade II listed building with eleven rooms over two floors makes us suitable for a variety of events. With 11 years of business, Armada House is proud to represent local and independent business in Bristol.

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  • "Your venue is charming and with such a good team I do wish you every success for the future. The next time we organise such an event we will certainly be in touch."
    - Justin Ryan, Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
  • "Thank you for a fantastic evening on Saturday for our end of season awards evening. The food was absolutely delicious and the wine was also spot on! "
    - Firebrands Hockey Club
  • "Your team were very attentive and did a fantastic job- thank you!"
    - Vanessa Freund, McKinsey and Company
  • "We had a lovely time and the food was excellent. "
    - Debbie Burunou
  • "Thank you - it was a great event, the staff, venue and food were excellent. "
    - Thomas Dewey- Ovation
  • "The Armada House team were fantastic. They were great at facilitating us, and made the experience stress-free and smooth. From the warm welcome, to the very delicious catering, everything was thought of and no request was too much"
    - Fran - Talking Money
  • ""With its central location, beautiful building and friendly and professional staff, Armada House is the perfect venue for your event." "
    - Mel Hackett, University of London
  • ""Thank you all for a fantastic day... You were tremendously helpful and flexible over all the arrangements and everything went according to plan. The (organic) food and wine was delicious and everyone commented on the surroundings .Thank you all again for your help." "
    - Bee West, Green Books (Green, environmental and cultural publisher)