Named as the most ethical Family-owned independent cafe chain in Britain, Boston Tea Party has 22 establishments across the South of England, Bristol, and the Midlands with a purpose to ‘Make Things Better‘.
Did you know? Renowned as being one of the first cafes to completely ban disposable coffee cups, owing to this BTP has lost over 25 per cent of its entire takeaway drink sales. This classically British brand is delightfully quirky, with all cafes having different layouts but same sustainable values. They serve great British dishes ranging from breakfast to lunch time snacks and all ingredients are ethically sourced, so you don’t feel as bad for eating that huge burger like I did! The dishes are of excellent quality, affordable, and come with a plethora of gluten free and healthy options too. Seriously, what’s not to love about this place?
Voted as the best place for breakfast and lunch in Stratford by the Stratford-upon-Avon awards, Boston Tea Party is located just a short walk away from the Windsor Street car park in the heart of Stratford. It’s ideal if you want to nip out in the car for a quick bite to eat. The best part is that they are a 100% breastfeeding friendly cafe, and welcome dogs too.
For this specific write up, I was asked to come in with a friend to try some of the new dishes and drinks – some of which included the new burger specials, flat breads and salads. Jenna and I opted for some healthy smoothies to start, mine was the Kefir Colada – a mixture of pineapple, kefir milk, lime, coconut and honey (£3.35). I was feeling piggish on arrival and it was the Boss Burger that was highly recommended to me. The burger meal comes in at £13.95 and consists of a Emmental covered beef burger, with fried egg, hash brown, smoked bacon, avocado, pickled red onion, red pepper relish all on a sesame seed bun.
If I’m honest, I usually wouldn’t choose a burger meal if it was above £13-£14, but what I would have lost in money made up in flavour. The burger was a monster to hold, extremely messy from the perfectly cooked ooziness of the egg, but the flavour combination was wonderful. I’m not usually a fan of avocado on a burger as it can get too mushy and sickly but this one didn’t phase me at all. The patty was cooked well but wasn’t tasteless and was still tender to bite. If you love a kaleidoscope of colour and texture on your burger, then I honestly think you’ll enjoy this one. I personally think it comes in a little steep at £14, but it comes with a good portion of fries and coleslaw on the side. I won’t lie and say I’ve eaten tastier burgers for less, however I can’t fault the size of the meal or the presentation.
Sitting opposite with baby in tact, Jenna ordered a healthy option of gluten-free sourdough with avocado (£6.50) and an additional supplement on salmon. Again, portion size were decent although half the size of my burger, and the dish came with two runny eggs, a sprinkle of decorative cress and lemon on the side. Vegan alternatives are also available when ordering bread dishes. Jenna ploughed through hers and said it was light, refreshing and very enjoyable for a brunch time item.
We were extremely full and bypassed the sweet snacks on the counter. Instead I ordered two pots of peppermint tea to finish. The treats look amazing and definitely want to try the passionfruit cheesecake next time. On the day, staff were extremely welcoming, attentive and kindly talked us through the new items on the menu before leaving us in peace to enjoy our food. They don’t hover around or bother you, but still love how quickly someone came to my rescue with napkins after I have burger dripping down my face. I can highly recommend the Stratford-upon-Avon branch of Boston Tea Party as there is plenty of open space, seating for 150 people and a garden area suitable for families, large groups, couples and even those with babies. Boston Tea Party is an extremely welcoming place and invites everyone to kick back, relax and enjoy the food and drink they have on offer. You can understand why it’s rated so highly, not only for it’s political stance on saving the planet but also for it’s great service and tasty treats.
Open 7 days a week – Mon – Sat 7am – 6pm and Sunday from 8AM.
St Gregory’s Hall, Henley St, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6QW
Huge thanks to BTP for inviting myself and a +1 down to the Stratford cafe to enjoy some quiet time with wonderful food. Everything you see in this blog post was complimentary in return for honest feedback. As always, opinions are my own.