Kindness & Co

  • Food 7 / 10

  • Drink  6 /10

  • Atmos 7 / 10

Kindness & Co Closed Down January 2019.

The Longer Read We visited when Kindness & Co was finishing its first week of trading. The cafe is just over the road from Boston Tea Party – the pleasant owner* was outside, meeting the people and talking them through the menu.  The cafe is awaiting a few finishing touches on the signage front, but Kindness & Co was already pretty busy. The basic premise is nutritional food. It’s not vegetarian, but there’s definitely a strong leaning towards vegetarian and vegan food.  If you want to sum up the feel, it’s mini Daylesford but, I would say, with less pretentiousness.

So, here we have a small cafe (circa 25 seats downstairs). Walk in, then either up a few steps to the food bar to order, or downstairs to the dining room, a basement womb-room in Scandi-colours. Spotless, as you’d expect from a new cafe. Clientele is smart, mixed age, lap-tops a go go.

The menu breaks down into Kindness for Breakfast and Kindness for Lunch. Breakfast is porridge or toast with appropriate toppings/additions (good gluten free options). Lunch revolves around substantial salads, plus a chicken or fish or veggie protein choices.  There’s a daily hot meal special and soup of the day.

The salad options were slightly ravaged after a busy lunch service (they’ll sort that out in time, no doubt) and so I had a very satisfying sweet potato, coconut and chilli soup with seedy bread. The soup was beautifully spiced. Also a flat white (which was perfectly OK, but not quite of the standard of the food) and a pistachio and oat bar. It was good to see an attractive choice of cakes free from refined sugar.

Lunch was £11 and lived up to the ‘nutritious’ premise in a genuine way, rather than popping a few leaves on the plate.

*Having said that I met the owner, I’d better point out that Kindness & Co runs on an employee shareholder basis, with decisions made collectively. That might explain why the staff (partners?) were so up for it. Think John Lewis.

38 Clarence Street, Cheltenham GL50 3JS
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