Support local businesses and get a quality caffeine fix, with SoGlos’s round up of 19 of the best independent coffee shops in Gloucestershire.
With so many brilliant independent coffee shops and cafes to choose from across the county, this hot list is by no means exhaustive, but packed with 19 brilliant choices if you’re keen to get a flat white away from the High Street chains.
1. The Hide Coffee and Tea House in Tewkesbury
The ideal pitstop during a day out in Tewkesbury, The Hide Coffee and Tea House has a delicious selection of drinks in its South African-inspired café – with locally-sourced coffee from the Stow-on-the-Wold roastery, Stow Town Coffee, as well as traditional South African Rooibos tea. There’s also afternoon tea, tasty homemade cakes, pastries and traybakes. Yum!
2. Botanica Coffee Kitchen in Cheltenham
With not one but two shops to visit in Cheltenham, Botanica Coffee Kitchen serves delicious coffee and tempting cakes in a unique botanical setting. Using coffee from Girls Who Grind, an all-female coffee roastery, order everything from chai, beetroot or matcha lattes, to mochas, macchiatos and espressos.
3. Café 53 in Tetbury
Funky furniture, a gorgeous garden and fabulous cakes, rightfully earns Café 53 in Tetbury a place in our round up of the best independent coffee shops. Café 53 also boasts bountiful breakfast options – from perfectly made pancakes to bacon bagels – as well as a perfect spot for sipping a latte in the sunshine.
4. Guru Coffee House in Gloucester
Home to plenty of tasty food options, with a particularly good vegan selection, Guru Coffee House near Gloucester Park is also a fab place to head for smoothies, shakes or a matcha latte. Feeling adventurous? Try out the coffee of the month, whilst sinking into the squidgy sofas.
5. Jolly Nice near Stroud
Transforming a once dull petrol station into a haven of local produce and scrumptious seasonal delights, Jolly Nice farm shop, near Stroud, is a must-visit for foodies. Grab a delicious coffee – which is roasted in Ross-on-Wye and served with organic milk – and enjoy alongside one of Jolly Nice’s tasty cakes.
6. The Scandinavian Coffee Pod in Cheltenham
The Scandinavian Coffee Pod has attracted a cult following since it opened its doors in Cheltenham, thanks to its freshly-roasted seasonal beans, which change on a weekly basis. The artisan coffee bar, located in a stylish urban setting near the Royal Well bus station, celebrates Nordic coffee culture and also serves up a mean cinnamon bun.
7. Broadway Deli
Foodies and coffee lovers flock to Broadway Deli, nestled on the quaint High Street. 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.
8. Veloton in Tetbury
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 a way of life. The small Cotswolds café serves up impressive high-quality blends, with milk delivered from a local dairy, along with homemade organic cakes.
9. Coach House Coffee in Stow-on-the-Wold
Stow-on-the-Wold’s 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.
10. Hubble Bubble Coffee House in Gloucester
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.
11. Lavender Bakehouse and Coffee Shop in Stroud
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 cakes galore, along with tasty locally-sourced dishes.
12. Jaffé and Neale in Chipping Norton
Books and brews combine at the charming Cotswold bookshop and café, Jaffé and Neale, in Chipping Norton. Indulge in all things literary whilst enjoying a quality cup of coffee and save room for the abundance of Aga-baked goodies on offer – spanning classic Victoria sponges to gluten-free Clementine cakes.
13. Huxleys in Chipping Campden
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. Huxleys also has a good reputation for heavenly hot chocolates too.
14. Campden Coffee Company in Chipping Campden
Promising bags of Cotswold charm, the Campden Coffee Company is a great place to enjoy a coffee or two, with one of its board games on cooler days and in the courtyard in the summer. Expect a variety of tasty treats including freshly baked scones, as well as vegan and gluten-free cakes.
15. Number 85 Coffee Kitchen in Cheltenham
Baking delicious cakes and serving up a corking coffee, Number 85 Coffee Kitchen in the Fairview area of Cheltenham is well worth taking a detour from town. Offering everything from seriously scrumptious coffee to breakfasts, burgers and even takeaway roast dinners!
16. Star Anise Arts Café in Stroud
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 a colourful array of healthy bites.
17. School House Café in Cheltenham
Sourcing its coffee from ethical growers, The School House Café in Cheltenham’s St Paul’s combines serious coffee knowledge with a welcoming and warm atmosphere – offering a community space to eat, meet and study. It even serves up a unicorn hot chocolate, too.
18. The Little Stocks Café in Stow-on-the-Wold
Expect a quality caffeine hit and super-stylish surroundings at The Old Stocks’ Little Stocks Café in Stow-on-the-Wold. Teaming up with Bristol-based roastery Extract Coffee, expect drinks made from ethically-sourced beans, along with scrumptious baked goods.
19. Brew and Bake in Cheltenham
Brew and Bake is a cosy coffee shop at the top of Bath Road in Cheltenham, serving freshly-baked cakes, tasty sandwiches and delicious snacks. We rate the sausage ciabattas and vegan oaty date slices.