I’ve tried a lot of coffee shops in Bristol but Boston Tea Party has always been one I keep coming back to. The stores have a welcoming, homely feel, their food is fantastic (avocado fans look no further) and you can guarantee the coffee will never disappoint.
Their lattés and mochas come smooth and frothy and with beautiful coffee art and, if you’re visiting on a hot day, make sure to try an iced coffee – they’re the best I’ve tried in Bristol! Their smoothies are great too. The blueberry and ginger one is particularly popular although I tend to go for raspberry and mango. Oh and I also recommend their red berry and hibiscus iced tea – it’s fruity, not too sweet and perfectly refreshing for summer.
So there’s my favourite drinks… but their menu doesn’t stop there either. For you more adventuorous types, perhaps a yellow gold oolong, a ‘first flush’ Darjeeling or an organic gunpowder (yes that is a coffee blend, not one of Guy fawkes’ favourite café haunts, before you ask) may be more up your street?
But what makes Boston Tea Party so loved by its customers? Its philosophy and commitment to the highest quality ingredients is one of its main attractions. As the café’s ‘House Rules’ state, everything served is made from scratch; meat and eggs are all free-range, everything is organic and salmon and tuna are line-caught from the UK. There’s also a real emphasis on local sourcing; 80% of the suppliers come from the West Country, milk is Yeo Valley, salad comes from the Severn Project and the bread comes from the award-winning Hobbs House bakery. They also recycle their food waste, have a ‘green’ energy rating and have been awarded a full 3-star rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association. Impressive eh?!
We’ve covered drinks; now let’s talk food. Their menu consists of two sections – breakfast and mains – both of which are served all day. If you’re wanting something lighter, you could try their smashed avocado on rye bread or a classic Eggs Benedict, or if you’re feeling a bit more peckish, perhaps go for their Teriyaki Salmon or the ‘Ultimate Burger’ (complete with bacon jam and even available with alpaca meat if you’re feeling a bit more daring).
Boston Tea Party was set up as a vegan café twenty years ago and has flourished ever since. It still offers a great selection of veggie, vegan and gluten-free options, but also has plenty to keep the meat-eaters happy. I love coming here on weekends just to chill and catch up with friends and its buzzing atmosphere tells me that that’s what everyone else finds too. Boston Tea Party dispels the assumptions that customers aren’t willing to pay more in return for better quality food – but you’re still not paying through the odds. £15 would easily get you a main, side and drink.
Boston Tea Party has 5 cafés in Bristol (Park Street and Clifton are my favourites), as well as 13 other locations around the UK, including Birmingham, Exeter, Bath and Plymouth.