Brew & Bake
Food 7 / 10
Drink 7 /10
Atmos 7 / 10
Brew & Bake Entirely useful café with a community feel.
The Longer Read Brew & Bake is in Bath Road. Bath Road is beloved of Cheltenham estate agents for its ‘villagy-feel’ (row of shops) and, in truth, it’s a lively, interesting area. Brew and Bake is always a pleasure – look around and your other punters might be school kids on the way home, start up types glued to their Macs or smart locals exchanging the goss. Quite a few seats fitted into a small space so it’s usually not too hard to eavesdrop. Coffee is good, £2.35 for a flat white. Serious coffee heads can choose from (on our visit) a couple of filter coffee bean options (Ethiopia and El Salvador) – with four brew methods (V60, Aeropress, Chemex and Syphon). By the way, if that’s all Greek to you, you’re missing out – check out our blog post on Coffee brews.
The food offering is hearty with chunky portion sizes. breakfast (served all day) runs through toast (Hobbs House Bread), porridge options (£2.40), yoghurt/granola and toasted muffins with sausage, bacon or mushrooms with fried egg (£4). Pretty good value, although our muffin was doughy/undercooked in the middle. If you can make it before 12 there are brunch options. Cakes and pastries always available – baked on site, free range egg policy.
Brew & Bake are now offering Wednesday/Thursday 5 – 9pm bring your own bottle option (£1 corkage) with flatbreads to accompany (£7). Hopefully that will take off – phone to check maybe.