Salt Waters

  • Food 7/10

  • Drink 6/10

  • Atmos 6/10

Salt Waters Nautical but Nice Cafe in Tivoli.

The Longer Read Actually, there are no obvious seafaring touches to Salt Waters. It’s a cafe that relocated from Gloucester Docks.

The café sits beached in the row of interesting shops (including a good butchers and the estimable Tivoli Wines) in Cheltenham’s upmarket ghetto of Tivoli.  In the window, the business announces itself as Tea Room, Giftables (oh dear) and Home Things. A shop a few doors down offers Knick-Knackerie FFS.  If this carries on, there’s a danger of this area becoming Tweevoli.

For those that don’t know Cheltenham that well, it’s worth coming up to explore the Bath Road, The Suffolk Street areas and Tivoli, which are each adjacent. You’ll find interesting shops and plenty of other cafes such as Tea at Ten and Baker and Graze.

Salt Waters Food

Anyway, there’s nothing wrong with a good tea room and, despite a bright, pleasant and modern interior the menu is refreshingly old school; tea cakes, sandwiches, crumpets, salads and toast to the fore. Breakfast tea was good, in nice chinaware and a flat white was well made.  Their tea cakes were properly toasted, which is important.  The cakes looked good too. Carrot cake was top drawer on a return visit.

So, what we have here is a thoroughly useful cafe.

And the Giftables? Sorry, I mean: And the shop stock? Greenscape Organic body lotions, bags, jewellery, a great selection of scarves, clothes and a gift card wall. Shoppers should also head down to the basement for more stock. Salt Waters is not for everyday shopping, but it is definitely a chance to find something a bit different for a gift.

This cafe opens 8 ’til 4 midweek and 9 to 4.30 on Saturday.

28 Andover Rd, Cheltenham GL50 2TJ
Tel: 01242 510568   Web: