Life can be busy in Cheltenham, as it seems that everyone is doing something, be it hurrying to and from work, ferrying the kids around between school and clubs, or checking out the town’s amazing architecture.
What you need, then, is to dive into a coffee shop to stop, take a breath and refuel before getting back out there into the fray. If you don’t fancy a big chain brew, Cheltenham has quite a few independent cafes for you to try out.
The Coffee Dispensary, 18, Regent Street, Cheltenham
Monday to Saturday 9.00am to 5.30pm
Sunday 10.00am to 4.00pm
Founded by serious coffee enthusiasts in an old pharmacy back in 2015, The Coffee Dispensary offers bean fans an ever-changing menu of carefully-selected brews from special estates all over the world.
Not only will you love the coffee that the knowledgeable staff will make for you, you can buy the beans and equipment to recreate the buzz at home.
Even better, The Coffee Dispensary sells cocktails, wines and beers between 6.00pm and 11.00pm Thursday to Saturday, as well as delicious cakes and pastries every day of the week.
Brew & Bake, 217 Bath Road, Cheltenham
Monday to Saturday 7.00am to 4.00pm
Sunday 10.00am to 3.00pm
Brew & Bake loves its coffee and cakes almost as much as it loves to welcome dogs. All of the beans here are sourced from local traders and its cakes, sandwiches and other baked goods are made from local ingredients, with an emphasis on vegetarian and vegan options.
The cafe is popular among locals and tourists alike for its friendly staff, great breakfasts and scotch eggs.
Havanas Coffee, 14, Prestbury Road, Cheltenham
Monday to Friday 7.30am to 5.30pm
Saturday 9.00am to 5.30pm
Sunday 9.00am to 4.30pm
You’re always guaranteed a warm welcome at Havanas, no matter what you’re planning to drink. The staff here are happy to advise customers on the best coffee choices for their tastes and are even prepared to go off-piste if you ask nicely.
Then there’s the food. Havanas offers freshly-baked cakes and a tempting selection of wraps, panini and other light bites and most options can be made gluten free or vegan.