Boston Tea Party Alfred Street – Bath Food Review
Posted on: 2016-11-15
Back in September we reviewed the Kingsmead Square location of Boston Tea Party (BTP), so we thought it only right that we visit the much more recently opened Alfred Street café that’s already proving extremely popular. We went along to see why it’s attracting so many people. Here’s our review:
There’s no denying that as soon as you walk into the BTP on Alfred Street it’s a completely different dining experience to its predecessor in Kingsmead Square. The café is huge in comparison, plus it’s light and airy with lots of windows to create a wonderfully bright space to enjoy a sit down and some food. There are even some sofas with tables in the middle, for a more relaxed vibe, or for those who want to sit and work on their laptops (there are lots of plug sockets ideally placed in this area).
Settled down and ready to order, I was eager to try a brunch dish as BTP are famous for their delicious healthy breakfasts and brunches. There’s an amazing range of food to choose from including porridge, pancakes, cooked breakfasts, eggs benedict and much more. Being pretty hungry I chose the Smoked Salmon, Scrambled Eggs and Avocado on Sourdough Toast. Sourdough bread is one of the main types of bread BTP serve because it’s known to be more flavoursome and easier to digest or ‘healthier’ in a lot of people’s views. BTP seem to pride themselves on healthy balanced meals, so it’s no wonder they don’t primarily serve white bread or fatty foods.
When my food arrived it was very pleasing to the eye, as far as food goes, thanks to the various colours and the fabulous presentation. There was a lot of smoked salmon, scrambled eggs and avocado on the toast - they didn’t skimp on the portion size and it was all seasoned beautifully. The sourdough bread, because of the way it is made, was naturally a little bit tougher to cut into than other breads but there was a lovely drizzle of olive oil to tie the whole dish together. The avocado wasn’t too ripe, it was actually perfect, and with two slices of bread this dish was more than enough – it’s worth the £8 price tag. My dining partner had the Lamb Kofta Pitta (£8.50) which is served with hummus, crunchy herb salad, tzatziki, pomegranate and spiced cous-cous. It was once again a beautifully colourful plate with a range of flavours. It was fresh and clean tasting and amazingly each flavour complemented the other.
The staff recommended that we try the new little cakes on the counter, called Friands. These are French cakes typically made with almond flour, egg whites, butter and powdered sugar. The ones we tried had a gooey chocolatey centre and they had a texture similar to polenta cake. They were delectable though and it’s hard to stop at just one, so they are a must try. Washed down with a glass of sparkling rhubarb I have to say that although every BTP has its place, this particular location is far and beyond the best BTP I’ve ever been to. It is without a doubt one of the best café restaurants in the city.
Born in Bath, Safia has lived on the outskirts of the city her whole life. After studying journalism in Bristol she now spends a lot of her time searching for new things to see in Bath and soaking up the beautiful culture. You're most likely to find her sipping a soya latte in a lovely little independent cafe! Call Safia on 07468 516375 or email editor@365Bath.com.