Some restaurants and cafes make you feel more welcome than others when you have children. Boston Tea Party is one of those where I’ve always felt relaxed as the staff are so friendly and tolerant!
We went along today as we were invited to sample the new menu. We arrived at noon and there was the usual mix of mums, families, office workers, couples, people on their own. It’s hard to find somewhere that seems to get it right with all types of people but it works.
BTP have added new options to the menu to get away from the ‘burger or salad’ image. At the Cheltenham café they have added halloumi and lamb flatbreads and pork belly or hot smoked mackerel grain bowls. There are also new interesting smoothies to try along with ‘shrubs’ which are ‘healthy’ drinks made with apple cider vinegar. (Is this the new Cheltenham Spa water..?)
Ed and I met my husband for lunch as he works nearby and we tried the carrot and turmeric smoothie – very nice and healthy tasting. We also had a strawberry shrub which made us all make faces but yes, very interesting and healthy!
To eat, we had the halloumi flatbread which came with a herb salad and lovely yoghurt and harissa dressing and the pork belly grain bowl with buckwheat and black quinoa. Both were lovely but I’m not sure we would pay up to £10.95 for a ‘salad’ lunch at a cafe (Ha, writing about quinoa just makes me laugh!) Maybe I need to change my attitude towards salads…
The rest of the menu is very reasonably priced with the kids’ menu items from pancakes, bacon, and maple syrup for £3.95 and a milkshake for £1.95. While on the main menu, you can get an all-day breakfast, ‘The Boss’ for £10.95 or an ultimate burger for £10. There are loads of healthy and wholesome options which I want to try, including the Vietnamese Banh-Mi Sandwich and the spiced lamb flatbread.
Overall, I think BTP gets it right and it’s great that it listens to customer feedback with continual revamping of the menu. For us it’s a lovely place to go for breakfast or lunch and feel welcome and relaxed. You could also go for an evening meal/snack/drink as it’s open until 8pm on most days. They do ales, beers and wines. Highly recommended.