My girl Clo-banana was partying like a fresher in Australia for a couple of months this year, and when she came back I was like, I NEED TO SEE YOU. It had been seven months! So, when we both happened to be in Cheltenham the week she got back from Aus we went to check out the (relatively) new Boston Tea Party to catch up on all the weird stuff that had happened since graduation and talk about the future(!)
We were seated promptly by a friendly waitress, and found some menus on another table. Aesthetically, the place is gorgeous, and I honestly couldn't fault it. This is exactly how I would decorate a cafe. It's fun, relaxed and spacious, with lots to take in. A perfect setting for a breakfast, lunch and tea, and a coffee or milkshake in between, whether you're with a friend or dining alone.
It was a boiling hot day so I, naturally, opted for an iced tea, served in a shamelessly hipster-ish jar type of glass (it had a handle?!) with a sprig of fresh mint and a straw. It was fresh and tasted like tea. Simple and delicious.
Sometimes I just fancy a salad. It doesn't happen very often, but when olives and feta are on the menu, I can't resist. Despite how delicious this salad looks, I was actually disappointed. I had a grand total of three olives - very juicy, tasty olives - but only three. There weren't many tomatoes either, the dressing was bland and there were far too many chickpeas, making the whole thing very tasteless and sad. If there had been more of the good bits - cheese, tomatoes and olives, then it would have been really yummy.
Chloe's pancake stack, however, was a different story. I need to learn to just trust my gut instinct. I know I always want pancakes, no matter how much I tell myself salad is a good idea. Next time I'll be ordering these, for sure. You can never go wrong with sweet, fluffy pancakes, drenched in maple syrup and topped with salty crispy streaky bacon. Yum.
Have you been to Boston Tea Party? Aside from the salad, I absolutely loved it and I wouldn't hesitate to go back. It's an all round interesting place to eat/drink - especially on a gorgeous, summer's day - and I think next time I'll get up extra early and go for some breakfast... or brunch.