South West

Boston Tea Party, Bristol and Bath

30 May 2009

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.

Boston Tea Party, Bristol

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.

Boston Tea Party, Bristol Boston Tea Party, Bristol

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.

Boston Tea Party, Bristol Boston Tea Party, Bristol

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.

Boston Tea Party, Bristol

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.

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The Boston Tea Party won the Beverage Service Association’s 2008 National Group award and recently gained a best UK small coffee chain title, following a consumer survey.

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.

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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


We visited on 30 May 2009.

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  • Dave 17 June 2009 at 8:49 am

    Breakfasted daily at their Kingmead Sq branch when on holiday in Bath a couple of years ago – found coffee and food excellent at the time.

  • Lydia Komapsunida 29 April 2010 at 3:01 pm

    I practically live in the Bath branch and their club sandwiches could start wars <3
    They have great staff and the atmosphere is very chilled out and welcoming. They do a very good flat white and the location is ideal.

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