Black Gold Independent Coffee Shop

  • Food 4/10

  • Drink 6/10

  • Atmos 8/10

Black Gold Independent Coffee Shop

The Longer Read  Black Gold Cafe has opened on the High Street, near where it turns sharp left and becomes the fashionable* Bath Road. More or less opposite MooChoo.

When the signs first appeared, we’d been wondering what sort of business Black Gold was going to turn out to be. The logo is pretty black and gold macho-distinctive, we wondered if it might be a fruit machine cabin? A vape shop? Or, surely not, a Welsh coal retail outlet?

Anyway; upon opening, Black Gold turned out to be a Anglo-Czech enterprise, an independent coffee shop.

Decor has a strong coffee theme, not surprisingly. There’s a giant artwork of a coffee cup made up of coffee-related words. And a wall of clocks with coffee on their faces. There’s a large ‘Powered by Caffeine’ sign. And there’s a very limited selection of teas. So this place is definitely all about the coffee.

The outside signage, in black and gold is pretty heavy, but things soften up a bit inside, which was wise. There are the usual Edison lightbulbs, wooden floor, exposed walls but, given that we called in on the day of opening, it looked fairly lived in and comfortable.  The cups and saucers have a handmade feel. This place will be cosy in the winter.

The owners or-was-it-the-staff have had the idea of piano-pattern braces for the uniform. Bet that doesn’t last.

Food and Drink at Black Gold

Food offer covers sandwiches, cakes (lemon drizzle, carrot cake and coffee walnut, cut from the whole cake £2.50) and biscuits.  I ordered a flat white coffee (£2.70) and a tea cake. I got a white coffee and a flat tea cake.

Coffee was slightly bitter to my taste, but that might just be me. I’d say the roast was a little too heavy and the froth too thin**.  The tea cake was just odd, far too flat and not an especially pleasant taste. Cakes looked better.

Hopefully Critical Cheltenham has proved by now that it loves a good independent coffee shop, so it would be more fun to write nice things about Black Gold – remember that it was the first day of opening, so things will take a while to shake down. And it’s a comfortable looking place. Black Gold is not a Costa, so go and support it.

We’ve visited again since and the coffee had improved substantially, plus the welcome really was very warm.

* Andrews Estate Agents
** As noted elsewhere, these are first world problems…

64-66, High Street, Cheltenham GL50 1EE
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