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We all know the same old sight of seeing chain restaurants and cafes dominating our high streets, taking away the local spirit and saturating the hearts of our beloved towns and cities. Well, Gloucester is one of those rare examples of being home to many great independent places to eat and drink symbolising local efforts to reclaim that sense of community, which is why we are providing you with 5 of the most unique and quirky cafes in Gloucester.

Comfy Pew

The Comfy Pew

Located in the heart of Gloucester, Comfy Pew is a family-run café serving local food to local people since 1975. Over the years Comfy Pew, which is situated in a charming Tudor building, has adjusted to the times by transforming the menu to include contemporary dishes whilst still keeping an element of good ol’ hearty traditional meals.

It’s the perfect spot to grab a light bite or warming home-cooked meal whilst resting after exploring the incredible city of Gloucester. In the summer months, when the weather wants to behave, you can sit outside (although not on nearly anything as cool as the pews on the inside) and bask in the glorious British sunshine.

Address: 1 College St, Gloucester GL1 2NE

Café on the cut

Cafe on the cut

Hop on board Café on the Cut, a truly remarkable and unique café, located directly on the water. After many years of living on a narrowboat, the owner decided to seize the opportunity and combine her love of boats and food to create the ultimate café. Serving delicious delights from freshly prepared lunches to delicious homemade cakes.

The atmosphere isn’t the only friendly thing going, Café on the Cut uses only locally sourced foods and recycled packaging, as well as having solar panels to operate the café (pretty good going eh).

Address: The Barge Arm, Gloucester GL1 2DN

Hubble Bubble Coffee House

Hubble Bubble

There are so many exciting choices at this family-run independent cafe, our mouths did water a little on inspection of the menu. With vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options, there really is something for everyone. Enjoy a wild boar burger or crushed goats cheese salad, tasty ciabatta melt or scrumptious mac ‘n’ cheese.

Being adjacent to Gloucester Cathedral and right among the bustling atmosphere of the historical city, Hubble Bubble really is one of the trendy places about. Make sure you also take full advantage of the afternoon cocktail deal also!

Address: 42-44 Westgate St, Gloucester GL1 2NF

Lily’s Restaurant and Tearoom

Lily's Restaurant and Tearoom

Escape for some rest and relaxation in this quintessentially British tea room, filled to the brim with cucumber sandwiches and homemade cream teas. Lily’s Restaurant and Tearoom was recently awarded This England’s Finest Tea Room and it’s the ideal place to escape to and while away an afternoon sipping tea (or a little fizz) and feasting your eyes on some tasty teatime treats.

Being a stone’s throw away from Gloucester Cathedral and the main shopping area, come and relax with your girlfriends, give your partner a break from shopping or stop by after a family-friendly action-packed day and unwind with some traditional, delectable food and drink choices.

Website: 5A College Green, Gloucester GL1 2NJ

On Toast

On Toast

It really is as simple as it seems. Everything served in this quirky café, located right by the water overlooking Gloucester Docks, is on toast. Take your taste buds on a journey around the world with the wonderful selection of toasties. From a traditional Italian mozzarella and fresh basil to a gourmet, Moroccan minted lamb and natural yoghurt, a delectable Canadian brie and bacon or fiery Welsh dragon with cheese, leeks and tabasco sauce, the choice is yours.

And before you leave, watch out for the unexpected twist. Desert toasties… Aside from the locally famous mars bar toastie, feast your eyes on the mega banoffee surprise with banana and a mars bar thrown in for pleasure. We know it’s not the conventional dessert menu you were thinking, but with a café name like so, don’t knock it until you try.

Address: 15 Severn Rd, Gloucester GL1 2LE

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Image attribution: Hubble Bubble Coffee House, On Toast, The Comfy Pew and Lily’s Restaurant and Tearoom via TripAdvisor

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