Boston Tea Party
Food 7 / 10
Drink 6 /10
Atmos 7 / 10
Boston Tea Party Large and popular Cheltenham cafe
The Longer Read Boston Tea Party is part of a chain of circa 20 restaurants, with branches mainly in the south west of England. It’s a large cafe with plenty of seats (150 plus). BTP’s only-just-off-centre location and fast turnover makes it a good bet when the town is busy.
The BTP formula of exposed wood and walls and industrial lighting ensured an initial hipster following of beards and chaps with no socks . Over time, as the look has become almost a cliche, so BTP’s customer base has shifted to mainstream – you’ll find a buzzy mix of shoppers, students and families. The dining space has various alcoves and corners – the room at the back is handy for laptop types since it’s easier to plug in there.
There’s a large menu beginning with West Country Breakfast (£8) or toast, eggs, bagels and baps. Brunch includes items such as Eggs Benedict, Sweetcorn Hash or Sourdough Eggy Bread with Smoked Bacon & Avocado. There are lunch mains such as Sesame Chicken (£9.50), Halloumi Pitta (£8.25) or Ultimate Burger £9.25. Salads are substantial. Service has improved recently – it’s positively zippy in fact – something has clicked into place in the kitchen. The staff who take orders are friendly – here you order then find a seat.
A pumpernickel with avocado and poached eggs and a mushrooms on toast from the ‘Lighter’ section of the menu are both tasty. with a mint tea and a (so-so) flat white, that’s lunch for two for less than £20.
Any niggles? They should buy more newspapers and refresh them half way through the day. Tabletops are sometimes a little sticky, menus often tatty and food stained. On my last visit there seemed to be a bowl of dog’s drinking water under my seat, but hey – BTP is on my list of OK places.