The Broad Street Townhouse
when the clock strikes 6, something rather magical happens here...
The raison d’etre of The Broad Street Townhouse modus operandi is, on one level, the 11 spacious, sumptuously-appointed, fashionably elegant ensuite bedrooms dotted hither and thither across a characterful Grade II listed higgledy-piggledy building that retains lashings of authentic historic charm in a bang up-to-date way; if you’re looking to solve the eternal conundrum of guests coming to stay but you’ve no space to accommodate them, we’ve just solved that problem for you. But sleepovers aside, there’s far more to the BST than super-seductive overnight dreams come true; read on, and prepare to be very skilfully seduced by multiple civilised charms.
Beyond the original, respectfully renovated shopfront façade of No 32 Broad Street, there’s a coffee shop that springs into life from 7am for light breakfasts and carries on doing the coffee shop thang including lunches, afternoon pick-me-ups and, of course, chic caffeinated (or otherwise) fixes as the clock rolls along. But when that clock strikes 6, something rather magical happens here…
If Becky (Vanity Fair) Sharp was meeting up with Carrie (Sex and the City) Bradshaw for a bout of badinage, this would be their spiritual home. If Frank Sinatra’s original Danny (Ocean’s 11) Ocean wanted to meet George Clooney to discuss what happened after he revamped the character in 2001, that debate would take place here.
The first to arrive might, perhaps, take to a seat on the velvet-covered mini-banquette nook in the corner right next to the gold leaf scroll-scrawled picture window that offers a lesser-spotted, direct view of the stunning, historic former King Edward’s School building just across the road. The flickering candlelight negates all reason to stress about whether your lipstick/coiffure slipped when you got out of the cab. A sophisticated selection of upmarket, proper cocktails takes you back to the days before the Gold Rush wrecked the reputation of the Whiskey Sour. The wine list is small, but very intelligently formed. There’s good beer too (Butcombe, and craft). Plates of exceptionally good British cheese and/or sublime charcuterie are being circulated; a subtle, super-cool soundtrack creates a gentle buzz; an overall vibe of refined bonhomie wraps you up in the atmospherical equivalent of a cashmere shrug… little wonder then that, once ensconced at your table, you won’t want to leave. Might I refer you back, at this juncture, to our opening paragraph…?
- Free wifi available ,
- Dog friendly ,
- Gluten free options ,
- Baby changing facilities