• Food 8/10

  • Drink 7/10

  • Atmos 7/10

Cafe Moochoo Tried and trusted High Street cafe

The Longer Read

MooChoo often stops passers by in their tracks with its window display of cakes and brownies. Inside a long, wooden-floored, gallery room has tables and chairs and, in position, ‘A’, a sofa looking back down the whole room. One wall has art for sale. And, there’s a small courtyard terrace garden too.

Punters were a healthy mix of types of people on our last visit. There was a ?Dutch photographer, a PhD student, some office types, a lady reading (without a trace of irony) a Jeffrey Archer novel and a proto-Goth. Of such a mix of customers are great cafes made.

We also liked that Moochoo doesn’t have 3000 menu options and appears to be a smashed avocado-free zone despite industrial style lighting overhead. A (toasted) sandwich was nicely done: good bread, properly filled with goat’s cheese and pepper and a tasty pesto For a mere £3, a sausage roll with salad was great; flaky pastry and a proper salad with a beautiful thin, subtle dressing. A million miles away from the usual ‘plus salad’ offering of two or three debagged salad leaves.

Coffee was good enough and – ta-rah! – we found a new candidate for best brownie in Cheltenham – it looked regulation coffee shop fare, but was, in fact, a bit of a chocolatey, gooey classic. ‘Nuff respect – it rivals the offerings at Scandinavian Coffee Pod.

Service was friendly. Tap water on offer.

All in all, Moochoo is a great find; good food and a nice atmosphere. And, at the time of writing, their website is either a work in progress or a work of minimalist genius – let’s hope that they don’t change it.  Closes at 4pm, Monday to Saturday and closed on Sundays.

51 High Street Cheltenham GL50 1DX
Tel: 07890 845005  Web: