If you’re looking for a hidden gem for coffee in the Cotswolds, look no further. Whether you want to sit and relax with a cup of delicious latte or grab an espresso on the go, we have rounded up the best secret coffee spots that won’t be full of tourists.
Ready to check the best coffee shops Cotswolds style? You’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re looking for sweet treats, afternoon tea, delicious coffee or homemade cakes (yes, pleaaase) we’ve got you covered.
Many offer indoor and outdoor seating, perfect for all year round, whether you’re there for the breakfast menu, having a wintery hot chocolate or enjoying fresh juices. Let’s get stuck in.
Botanica Coffee Kitchen – Cheltenham
Botanica Coffee Kitchen in Cheltenham is a cafe that specializes in organic and specialty coffee. They are passionate about their craft, taking pride in sourcing 100% sustainable beans to create the perfect cup every time. The relaxed atmosphere of the cafe is great for catching up with friends or enjoying some quiet me-time while you sip on your favourite latte.
Favoured by those who enjoy the outdoors, this spot is covered head to toe with greenery, and with the location not being central you’re destined for a quiet coffee date. No problem if you’ve got the pooch with you, this little coffee kitchen welcomes all!
Pretty and Pip – Cirencester
The atmosphere at Pretty and Pip is just as great as the coffee. With cosy seating indoors and out, it’s easy to spend hours here reading a book or catching up with friends while enjoying your favourite drink. And with free Wi-Fi, you can get work done or check emails in relative peace. For those who want to take the experience home with them, Pretty and Pips also sell their own coffee beans by the bag.
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This way, you can recreate the cafe’s signature flavours without having to leave your house! The rustic/chic setting of this seemingly simple coffee spot will have you buried in a book for hours. Or why not have a stroll down Blackjack Street to burn all that new energy? Pretty and Pip is right next door to this iconic street that makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in time.
The Lock Keeper’s Café – Stroud
The Lock Keepers Cafe in Stroud is one of the most unique and charming eateries in the area. Situated right at the foot of a canal lock, it’s a great place to stop off for some delicious food after a day out exploring the town.
The cafe itself has an endearing atmosphere; bright, modern decor adds a contemporary touch to its historic setting. On sunny days, guests can enjoy their food and drinks in the outdoor seating area overlooking the lock. Whilst Stroud is known for its quirky café culture, this tucked away gem will grant you a coffee with a view – the perfect combo.
My Coffee- Cheltenham
My Coffee in Cheltenham is a perfect little spot not too far from the centre (but enough to get away from the hustle and bustle), offering a cosy upstairs seating area with little views of Cheltenham- great for any avid people watchers! It’s the perfect place to grab an espresso while taking in some of the city’s most beautiful sights. The staff are always friendly and happy to help you choose your beverage, whether it be one of their delicious house-blends or something more exotic like Ethiopian Sidamo or Costa Rican Tarrazu.
Henry’s Coffee and Dairy House – Minchinhampton
The atmosphere at Henry’s can only be described as cosy, with the exterior looking like a picturesque ‘ye olde English’ cottage. The interior of Henry’s is decorated with pieces of rustic charm, from framed photos of the building over its long history to comfortable couches inviting you to relax after work or with friends.
Being close to Rodborough Common, this is the perfect post-walk treat and with it almost like something out of a J.K novel, the seclusion of this little café makes it a great spot to keep a secret, perhaps for a digital cleanse?
Grouch Coffee – Moreton-in-Marsh
If you’re eager to try speciality coffee, and get your hands on some sweet treats, you’re gonna want to visit Grouch Coffee. Situated in Moreton-in-Marsh, Grouch Coffee started as an events business, kicking off business with a three-wheeled Tuk Tuk Piaggio Ape. Having set up a fixed site in February 2021, they’ve never looked back.
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You’ll be chuffed to hear they offer plenty of options, including great coffee (of course!), alternative milks (Oatly, Alpro coconut and Alpro Almond), as well as hot chocolate, gluten free treats and plenty more. Check out Grouch Coffee for more.
Jolly Nice Farm Shop – Stroud
Now, this one isn’t quite an independent coffee shop, but with a drive through available, you’ll also be met with some wonderful food and coffee.
Their varied menu includes everything you could ask for, including Macchiatos, Americanos, Espressos, and a variety of teas.
Stow Town Coffee – Stow-on-the-Wold
One of the smallest coffee roasteries in the UK, Stow Town Coffee is situated in the beautiful Cotswold town of Stow-on-the-Wold.
While they’re not really a cafe – you may have to explore elsewhere for food and sweet treats – their coffee is quite simply out of this world.
Take a peek at Stow Town Coffee to find out more.
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Written by the wonderful Lily Meyers