Wednesday 23 January 2019

19 of the best independent coffee shops in Gloucestershire

Spanning cosy cafes, artisan bars, delicious delis and refined roasteries, SoGlos rounds up 19 of the best independent coffee shops in Gloucestershire that are definitely worth a visit.

Coffee connoisseurs in need of a caffeine kick can look no further as Gloucestershire is home to a dizzying selection of independent coffee shops that are flying the flag for good quality coffee.

Whether you’re a latte lover, avid americano drinker or you find a moreish macchiato hits the spot, there’s nothing better than a perfectly made brew. SoGlos has selected 19 of the best spots in the county, sponsored by Cheltenham’s award-winning café, The Find.

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1. The Find

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Fusing together an undeniably stylish setting, carefully crafted coffee from James Gourmet Coffee in Ross-on-Wye, and seriously scrumptious cakes, bakes and pastries from Salt Bakehouse, The Find in Cheltenham has already earned itself an award within a year of opening.

With cosy corners to chat over a perfectly frothed cappuccino or warming latte, The Find uses only free-range milk from local farms in its coffees. The coffee house also boasts delicious breakfasts and brunches, and even offers evening dining and incredible cocktails on the weekends.

What’s more, there’s a host of tasty vegan treats and a great variety of non-dairy milks so that everyone can enjoy a coffee or two in the stunning setting. Topped with marshmallows and cream, the heavenly hot chocolates are definitely worth a try too.

2. Café 53

Funky furniture, a gorgeous garden and cakes to die for, rightfully earns Café 53 a place in our round up of the best independent coffee shops the county has to offer.

Also boasting bountiful breakfast options from perfectly made pancakes to bacon bagels, Café 53 is a perfect spot for sipping a latte in the sun-drenched alfresco dining area.

3. Guru Coffee House

Home to a host of tasty delights and great coffee too, Guru Coffee House in Gloucester boasts a seriously good selection of smoothies, shakes and of course, classic coffees.

Expertly selecting its coffee beans, the café promises visitors the chance to mix it up by trying out its Coffee of the Month whilst sinking into the squidgy sofas and relaxing.

4. Jolly Nice

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Transforming a once dull petrol station into a haven of local produce, scrumptious seasonal delights and not to mention, fantastic coffee, Jolly Nice is a farm shop which is a must-visit for coffee lovers and foodies alike.

Using coffee which is roasted in Ross-on-Wye, Jolly Nice use organic milk and serves up a host of tasty cakes to accompany the delicious drinks.

5. The Scandinavian Coffee Pod

The Scandinavian Coffee Pod has attracted a cult following since it opened its doors in Cheltenham and it certainly packs a punch with its freshly roasted seasonal beans, which change on a weekly basis.

The artisan coffee bar, located in an über-stylish setting at Festival House near Royal Well Bus Station, celebrates Nordic coffee culture and also serves up a mean cinnamon bun.

6. Broadway Deli

Foodies and coffee lovers will be in heaven at Broadway Deli. Nestled on the quaint high street, the deli is home to some scrumptious treats and goodies and also serves up a great cup of coffee.

Whether you’re after a strong americano, or prefer a frothy cappuccino, this deli is a haven for delicious delights, as well as serving bountiful breakfasts and light lunches.

7. Veloton

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The concept for the unique bike shop-cum-coffee bar in Tetbury was inspired by the owners’ travels in Australia, where coffee and cycling are very much integrated in the island’s way of life.

The café is small but serves up impressive high-quality blends, with milk delivered from a local dairy, along with home-made organic cakes.

8. Coach House Coffee

Nestled in the Cotswold town of Stow-on-the-Wold, Coach House Coffee serves up a range of coffees made from RAVE beans, along with a delicious selection of locally-made baked goods.

This three-storey coffee house offers a delightful setting for enjoying leisurely coffees or for grabbing a takeaway if you’re poised to explore the charming Cotswold market town.

9. Hubble Bubble Coffee House

Serving up a selection of coffees, hot chocolates and an extensive range of herbal teas, Hubble Bubble knows a thing or two about whipping up a delicious drink.

Situated just a stone’s throw from Gloucester Cathedral, the coffee house is a family-run business and its extensive menu favours organic and locally sourced produce, not to mention the incredible selection of scrumptious cakes.

10. Lavender Bakehouse & Coffee Shop

Those looking to enjoy a spot of retail therapy with their caffeine hit, should venture to Lavender Bakehouse, a charming gift shop and café situated in the village of Chalford near Stroud.

Alongside quality coffees, visitors can expect a delicious array of cakes and patisserie, along with tasty locally-sourced dishes.

11. Jaffé & Neale

If you’re a book lover and want to indulge in your love for all things literary whilst enjoying a quality cup of coffee, head to Jaffé & Neale, a charming Cotswold bookshop and café in Chipping Norton.

Save room for the abundance of Aga-baked goodies on offer, spanning classic Victoria sponges to gluten-free Clementine cakes – perfect with your mid-morning brew.

12. Huxleys

Situated in the Cotswold town of Chipping Campden, Huxleys is the perfect spot for catching up over a cappuccino, with its cosy interiors and stellar selection of delicious coffees and cakes.

Also earning itself a reputation for heavenly hot chocolates, Huxleys serves up bountiful brunches and tasty breakfasts, too!

13. Campden Coffee Company

Promising bags of Cotswold charm, the Campden Coffee Company is the perfect place to enjoy a coffee or two, with one of its board games on cooler days and in the courtyard in the summer.

Whipping up a storm in the kitchen, visitors can also expect a variety of tasty treats including freshly baked scones, vegan and gluten-free cakes; which are sure to go down a treat.

14. No. 85 Coffee Kitchen

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Baking delicious cakes and serving up a corking coffee, Number 85 Coffee Kitchen is triumphantly earning its place in our round up of the county’s best coffee shops.

With a wealth of experience creating sensational food, coffee and cakes, owners Steph and Miles, offer everything from seriously scrumptious coffee to breakfasts, burgers and even takeaway roast dinners!

15. Star Anise Arts Café

Head to this Stroud-based café to sample delicious artisan coffee sourced from Bristol-based Extract Coffee Roasters. While sipping on your coffee, browse the walls to soak up works by local artists, or head to the outside courtyard on sunnier days.

And, if you’re feeling peckish, check out the diverse menu which features an inspiring and colourful array of healthy bites, all of which have helped put this established café on the map.

16. School House Cafe

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Sourcing its coffee from ethical growers, The School House Café in Cheltenham combines serious coffee knowledge with a welcoming and warm atmosphere.

Using only gourmet coffees and offering a community space to eat, meet and study, The School House Café prides itself on creating beautifully blended lattes and cappuccinos, and even serves up a unicorn hot chocolate for the kids, too.

17. The Little Stocks Café

Expect a quality caffeine hit and super-stylish surroundings at the recently refurbished café at The Old Stocks Inn, a boutique hotel in Stow-on-the-Wold.

The Little Stocks Café has teamed up with Bristol-based roastery Extract Coffee, to offer customers drinks made from ethically sourced beans, along with scrumptious baked goods galore.

18. Cotswold Artisan Coffee

Coffee is serious business at this Cirencester café, which offers customers a Brew Bar featuring a plethora of choice, alongside details of the roaster, process method and variety of bean.

The café also stocks an array of coffee for purchase from a host of UK artisans including Union Hand Roasted, Round Hill Roastery and Coffee Factory.

19. Theoc House

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Sip on a smooth coffee over a good book or a fun-filled board game at Theoc House in Tewkesbury. With comfy arm chairs, huge tables for big groups, and cosy corners to get lost in a paper, it’s definitely worth a visit for coffee lovers.

Making a mean macchiato, perfect piccolo or bold americano, it’s no wonder Theoc House made it into our top 19.

For more information, see The Find, call (01242) 575228, or visit directly.

By Sophie Bird

© SoGlos
Tuesday 24 July 2018

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