follow url The Boston Tea Party is a small chain of seven in and around Bristol. I visited a leafy branch on Park Street, and the day after popped into another in nearby Bath.
I think it was the hottest day of the year when I wandered in to the branch on Park Street in Bristol. It has a wonderful tiered garden, which provided pretty much the ideal surroundings for the first coffee of the day. If I lived anywhere near Bristol I’d be a regular fair-weather visitor.
My coffee was smashing. It was a “Boston latte”; different from a normal latte because the beans were medium-roasted, as opposed to dark-roasted (I may well have got that the wrong way round). The finishing touches were added in front of me by a friendly barista.
There are some interesting options on the menu (including my Boston latte), plus a large range of non-coffee drinks and plenty of food. For less summery days, there’s lots of space inside, mostly upstairs.
It’s all very comfortable, friendly and pleasant.
The next day my cohort and I went to gorgeous Bath (my first time in the city).
The Boston Tea Party on Kingsmead Square was our first stop. We sat at a table outside (a very continental setting), enjoyed a coffee and cake, read the papers, and considered staying there all day.
I imagine it can’t be quite so perfect when it’s pouring with rain, but there are a fair few tables inside. Like the one in Bristol, it’s a smashing coffee shop, and my brew was excellent.
Although the “BTP” is a chain, it’s independent and family-run, and, unlike the franchises, the emphasis is on really good coffee. The two branches I visited had their own character and style, and managed to create equally delicious brews.
For a chain, it seems fairly non-corporate, which is one of the aims of the owners.
Bristol (Park Street) and………………………… Bath
Apparently it employs around 125 people, so borderline between indie and chain, but I thought it was marvelous.
At the address / location below, and also 19 Kingsmead Square, Bath, BA1 2AE (we visited both).
Other branches at Barnstaple, Bristol (Clifton), Bristol (Whiteladies), Exeter and Honiton.
75 Park St
http://ezeta.com/index.php?option=com_k2 Website: http://www.bostonteaparty.co.uk/
We visited on 30 May 2009.