Situated on Cheltenham Road (between Gloucester Road and Stokes Croft), this cosy shabby chic Tearoom, Cox & Baloney is the perfect place to catch up with old friends or get to know new ones. It was a venue that I frequently passed but had never gotten around to venturing in. Therefore, I was rather excited when a friend kindly treated me to vouchers for my birthday!
The atmosphere is lively without being too noisy or hectic, which was ideal when I visited to end a day in town in the sun. I had pre-booked the Prosecco for arrival which arrived as soon as we got comfortable in our seats. The waitress then double checked our order and brought over two empty tea cups with an assortment of saucers. All of which were beautifully painted with a vintage flower pattern. Right up my street! We were then left to catch up as we sipped our bubbly.
Every Thursday and Saturday night they host a Gin and Cheese Club, which caught my attention on the website due to my friend and I being big fans of both treats mentioned. It arrived a little while later, displayed interestingly on a wooden block for us to share. It was revealed that the gin was actually tea infused on site and complimented the range of cheese that was making my mouth water. We were able to smell the tea jars before tucking in which collectively proved to be both informative and impressive as our waitress took the time out of serving others to fill us in. It was the first time I had tried gin of the tea-infused variety and I must say it’s a bit of a game changer, a classic Gordons will feel boring now for sure!
We went for the prettiest looking gin first; a pink, forest berry infusion which was rightly paired with the blue cheese. It was a sweet offering created with lady garden foraged berry tea-infused gin, served with forest berry’s and was most definitely my favourite. Next to reach our taste buds was the sweet orange; flavoured with orange blossom and apricot and served with fresh zingy orange. It was complimented by the cheddar and was the most refreshing of the trio. Last and least in my opinion consisted on lavender flower tea-infused gin, served with a sugar rim and complimented by brie. It was not ill in taste at all, simply my least favourite but each to their own. All three were pleasant and served in large egg cup shaped glasses, accompanied with two helpings of toast served in another mismatch tea cup. We finished the lot over conversation and were more than satisfied with our visit given that the service matched the quality of the food and drink.
I would definitely recommend Cox & Baloney if you are a cheese and gin lover like me; I would be surprised if you were disappointed. As well as this, I have also been told that their afternoon tea is delicious and just as impressive, so I am looking forward to sampling that on my next visit.
To end this post, I would just like to point out that it is independently run, which started as a stall ran by two women, so they are setting the example similarly to Gloucester Road.