O’Hara’s Coffee House

  • Food 6/10

  • Drink 6/10

  • Atmos 6/10

O’Hara’s Coffee House Breakfast, Sandwiches, Coffee

The Longer Read

O’Hara’s Coffee House is pretty new, just opened in fact, so another independent cafe/takeaway joins the ranks. It’s on the site of what was the AJO pizza cafe (which is quite missed), not far from Badlands Records, the Brewery Quarter and the Cosy Club.  It’s a small shop this – inside there are window seats and stools at the counter.

As you would expect from a new venture, O’Hara’s Coffee House looks smart and ready for action. It’s a good looking exterior too with glass panes that fit in with the Coffee House theme and at its very best when the sun’s out and you can sit outside.

O’Hara’s offers a breakfast menu of Bacon Sandwich (£3.49), Sausage Sandwich (£3.49) – or a Breakfast Burrito. Toast, poached eggs, porridge.

For lunch, O’Hara’s Coffee House has a same-price sandwich (again at £3.49) – 7 fillings that sound good.. roast beef rocket and horseradish mayo, prawns with lemon mayo and black pepper, pulled pork with house coleslaw. Toasted Panini’s (sic) at £4.25.

Cheltenham, we need to talk about ‘Paninis’ (let alone ‘Panini’s’).  At the risk of sounding like Damien Trench – why the apostrophe? And ‘Panini’ is ALREADY THE PLURAL. First world problems. OK, so you’re probably more interested in whether the food here is any good. I tried a beef and horseradish sandwich which was made with good ingredients and restrained use of the mayo – pretty nice, in fact, if Englishly lacking a little in generosity. On the other hand, if I worked in an office and wanted an alternative to a freezing cold M&S beef and horseradish salty sandwich or an overfull Subway effort… I’d definitely come here.

Coffee is £2.50 (Flat white), £2.10 for tea – both have farm direct, fair trade credentials.  O’Hara’s offer smoothies at £3.45/£3.95 and a choice of ice cream shakes (strawberry protein, ‘very chocolatey’, honey and banana) at £3.25.  There are cakes.

I like the set up here – limited but appealing menu, sensible prices. Let’s hope that it does well.

35 St George’s Place, Cheltenham GL50 3LA
Tel: 01242 373318  Web: www.oharascoffeehouse.co.uk