Food 5 / 10
Drink 5 /10
Atmos 7 / 10
Druckers Time Warp Cafe in Regent Arcade
Sadly, Druckers closed in January 2018, presumably caught up in the PatVal vortex. There is now nowhere to buy a chicken mayonnaise-filled croissant in Cheltenham, so it’s not all bad news. Miss the staff though.
The Longer Read Druckers Vienna Patisserie might summon up images of an ace team of Viennese patissiers slaving away to get the Schwarzwalderkirschtorte to the airport in time for daily deliveries. Unsurprisingly, the reality is a little more prosaic.
Druckers is actually based in Birmingham and, bet you didn’t know this, share the same management team as Patisserie Valerie. Happily there really was a Mr Drucker who kicked things off in 1958. The Cheltenham Druckers sits more or less opposite Carluccios and, despite its Austrian heritage, represents a part of England that will never be Carluccian.
On offer are basic teas and coffees, filled rolls, what my mother would have called ‘fancy’ cakes and, weirdly, an extravagant choice of crisps (Walkers for old school punters, Kettle Chips for those still with their own teeth).
So, did I come to sneer? No. I happen to quite like Druckers and, after a few weeks of cafe reviews in Cheltenham, let me tell you there are only so many poached eggs on crushed avocado chilli a chap can eat. I like that Druckers hasn’t been faffed around with. I don’t even think there’s WiFi, people have a cup of tea and a conversation, like in the old days. The cheese in my sandwich is a little bit too mild but there was a hefty dab of pickle. Coffee isn’t fantastic, but, after all a cup of tea is a cup of tea and a packet of crisps is a packet of crisps. So: lunch for £6. Service is as old school as the menu and all the friendlier for it.
Also on the menu are jacket potatoes, toasties and breakfast. And, if you’ve ever wondered where to go to get a chicken mayonnaise filled croissant ( Jesus ) this is the place.