Boston Tea Party, Alfred Street, Bath
Boston Tea Party, the popular West Country and Midlands chain of cafes has been a favourite of the Fear On Food team for over 20 years since the original and flagship cafe opened on Park Street in Bristol in 1995.
Now with fast approaching 20 venues, the latest addition is in the World Heritage city of Bath (second in the city, the first being close to the Theatre Royal off Kingsmead Square) with a large cafe in the lovely Alfred Street, just off Bartlett Street.
This very light and spacious Grade Two listed building opposite the Assembly Rooms has undergone extensive and complete refurbishment and sits in a enviable location just slightly off the city centre but still with plenty of bustle that is the essence of this vibrant city.
Managed by a clearly capable Phil and served by the very friendly and helpful Alice on a busy lunchtime in Half Term, it certainly delivered on quality food, drink and service in a cheerful environment based on our our experience today and which maintains what we have come to expect from ‘Boston’ of the years.
The new Alfred Street cafe has quite a different feel from the other Bostons’ in our opinion, being slightly fresher in decor and general
appearance and offers some excellent booth style seating which is particularly good for a private meeting.
We enjoyed a light lunch of toasted sandwiches and coffee with a close friend, Nick Sandy along with his dog Monty (as the cafe is dog friendly) and we can’t fault any aspect of the food, venue or service, which to be honest is quite unusual! The menu choice is extensive and everything is fresh, and although the cakes aren’t the subject of today’s review, based on past experience they are certainly worth a try!
With 17 venues now and two more about to open in Stratford-upon-Avon and Moseley, Birmingham, we’re pleased that Boston is thriving and offering more people the opportunity to experience the lovely feel of this chain, which is unusual because it doesn’t feel like a chain!
Boston Tea Party pride themselves on their ethical approach and actively seek like minded suppliers, close to their spiritual home in the West
Country. According to them over 80% of their suppliers are based in the region, including Devon Rose Farm, Yeo Valley, Hobbs House, Blackacre Farm, Extract, Canton, A David and The Severn Project.
Overall we are pleased to give Boston Tea Party, Alfred Street, Bath a well-deserved 5 Forks based on this review and we highly recommend it if you’re in Bath. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
What we ate and drank:
2 X Reuben Toasted Sandwiches (Salt Beef, Pickles, Gruyere and Dijon Mustard).
1 X Hot Chick Toasted Sandwich (Chicken, Sweet Chili, Cheddar and Coriander).
1 X Regular Americano with milk
1 X Regular Latte
1 X Sparking Water
(Please note that all dishes are made on site from scratch and that all meat and eggs are free range).
Boston Tea Party
8 Alfred Street
Telephone: 01225 425318
Mon – Sat 7am to 9pm
Sun 8am to 6pm
Fear On Food Fork Rating: 5 Forks