September BID Business of the Month – Mister’s Cafe

Mister’s Café, Cheltenham’s newest Independent café based in Grosvenor Terrace opened its doors for the first time post-lockdown.

Located just off the high street away from the hustle & bustle, customers can enjoy home cooked breakfasts, brunches & lunches, afternoon teas and daily specials.

The small business has gone from strength to strength since opening during the most severe global economic downturn since the Great Depression.

Cheltenham BID’ s Digital and Communications Exec Maria Allebone interviewed Rex Gibson, on the café’s owners.

MA: Why Cheltenham?

RG: We chose Cheltenham as there is a thriving and ever-growing foodie culture here. There’s a great mix of independent cafes, bars and restaurants all working hard to grow the culture and make Cheltenham a top foodie destination! And of course, there’s all of the wonderful festivals and events that the town hosts, which we are excited to become a part of!

 MA: What inspired their décor?

RG: The thing that originally inspired the decor was our logo, we wanted the black and gold theme to be running throughout but without being too in your face. We made a lot of the things in the cafe ourselves, from the menu stands to the black and gold mirror, so that we made sure that as much as possible had a personal touch. Add into that both of our eclectic tastes and being magpies for anything that’s a little bit quirky and original, and you have the recipe for our decor!

 MA: What is your best-selling food item?

RG: That’s a difficult one! It changes week to week really, our new Brunch Menu is going down a storm at the moment, but overall, we would have to say it’s the Mister’s Burger. Our customers love the fact that we make the burgers ourselves, and it has always been a favourite of friends and family that encouraged us to open a cafe!

 MA: How do you work with the neighbouring businesses – if they do?

RG: We have great neighbours! Dave and Zena from Regency Dry Cleaners and Greg and Kate from Strand Jewellers have been incredible and so supportive of our new business. So much so, they’re actually our most regular customers! We’re currently talking to them about how we can boost business for all of us, watch this space!

 MA: What local suppliers do you use?

RG: All of our fruit and veg comes from a great supplier in Bristol, and our meat all comes from a wonderful family butcher in Worcestershire. We opened in lock down, so we reached out to suppliers we knew would be able to supply us under the circumstances. Part of our business plan is to source everything we can as locally as possible, so we’re always on the lookout for new suppliers close to home.

MA: Have you any plans to bring some festive flavours to their menu?

RG: Oh yes, we can’t wait to bring our festive flair to the cafe! Christmas dinner in our house is always about 25 people, and we love it! Mike is already planning on what he’s going to put on the menu! As with the decor, we try to make as much of the decorations as we can, and we’re really looking forward to welcoming all of our lovely customers over the festive period.