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Boston Tea Party

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75 Park Street,

(0117) 929 8601 

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Review byCeline Asril28/05/2008
One of seven cafes in this small family-run chain in the South West The Boston Tea Party is a good place for a calm cuppa.

The Venue
There are two floors and a patio to this Park Street branch. The upstairs is a plain area packed with dark wood dining sets, a few sofas, contemporary portrait art, and obscured unused fireplaces.

On the ground floor there's a spacious display-and-prep area flanked by numerous blackboards. Aside from the barstools and suspended tables that line the front windows, there isn't much seating in this room. You need to head to the patio cove in the back for seats.

The People
The entrance room acts as a thoroughfare for diners who wish to eat in. The turnover rate is high, especially in the mornings when cuppas sail out at a steady rate.

In the patio and the first-floor room, it's calmer. Even though the patio is outdoors, the surrounding windowless walls of the buildings and the table umbrellas allow it to retain almost the same level of privacy as the room upstairs.

The Food
The menu has the usual cafe fare of salads (£6.50), paninis (£4.50) and baked goods. Boston Tea Party also goes a bit further with regular specials of wraps (£6.25), burgers (£6.25) and soups of the day (£3.75). All the foods are also available so you can take it away and munch, say, aboard a boat on the nearby River Avon.

The Drink
The tea list sparks no revolution, although it probably should as there isn't an impressive, or expansive list of teas to pick from, nor is there anything unique or painstaking about the way it's prepared.

The teas (£1.50 to £1.65) are well-exported generic types, but the coffees seem to require more effort in their preparation. Boston Tea Party's position as a cafe also sees concocted drinks being offered – from iced coffees (£2.45) and teas (£1.95) to smoothies (£2.75 - £2.95) and homemade lemonades (£2.05).

A type each of white and red wine are also thrown in (£2.60 a glass, £11.50 a bottle) for good measure.

The Last Word
Its name misleads – the Boston Tea Party is extremely limited when it comes to teas, but this Park Street branch is a good find for those who seek a comfortable, private patio.
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