The Coffee Dispensary

  • Food 7 / 10

  • Drink 9 /10

  • Atmos 8 / 10

Coffee Dispensary Warm and friendly coffee-centric cafe in the centre of town. Takes coffee seriously.

The Longer Read The name is a nod to the fact that this is the site of a former pharmacy. Gary, the owner, seems to apply the same clinical standards to the preparation of coffee – but in a good way. This place is spotlessly clean, coffee beans are carefully sourced and processed.  Decor is smart, Edison lighting and a few newspapers and magazines around.

The house espresso is Cast Iron (Guatemala), with guest coffees, on this visit, from Rwanda and Ethiopia. Filter coffees from Costa Rica,Ethiopia and Kenya. If that sound daunting, check out the tasting notes on the board behind the bar. The house espresso, for example,  delivered the promised chocolate, caramel and and cherry notes. You could also arm yourself with a few pointers from our coffee blog entry.

Cakes and pastries on offer (thumbs up for the cheesecake brownie), plus a few sandwiches. Bread and a toaster have just popped up (geddit?) – you can make your own. Tea is served properly too, with a timer to tell you when it’s ready.

Your cappuccino will cost you £2.60. Take a seat overlooking Regent Street and you can look into the windows opposite, at the queue for Cafe Nero (cappucchino also £2.60) and wonder… why?

What’s not to like? Well, apart from stocking the Daily Mail… just wish it had a few more seats.

The Coffee Dispensary is good news for those who really know their coffee, but should you feel overwhelmed by choice it’s equally good to just ask for a cappuccino – and you’ll be delighted.

The Coffee Dispensary, 18 Regent Street, Cheltenham. GL50 1HE
Tel: 01242 260597   Web: