I have been big fan of tabletop/board games since I was properly introduced to them by my good friend Julien a couple of years ago. The board game has experienced a resurgence in recent years, and this has led to a small but steady emergence in cafes that specialise in catering for board gamers.
The South West now has its own permanent game cafe which opened earlier this year, and I couldn’t wait to get down South Street to see this game changing cafe in full play.
Board is a little different to a regular cafe. Firstly you pay an admission fee; this gives you a chance to play the games on offer, have some tuition from one of their Game Gurus and order food & drink too to have whilst you play.
Our visit was last bank holiday. It was quiet-ish, with only a few other tables being used. Although we had eaten, our gaming companions had not which gave me a chance to see the food on offer.
A straight forward menu that compliments any gaming session. Hot drinks, grilled sandwiches, burgers and fries freshly cooked to order (I think?).
You’re not left in the dark about how Board works; there is a handy board up by the till which details prices and how the cafe works. Then once you’re clear about what the deal is, you can take your place at a double-deck gaming table, either in the window or in one of the booths that line the length of the cafe.
The games for rent are at the back of the shop, there must be nearly 100 games on offer ranging from epic-RPG games to smaller quicker games like Zombie Dice which we played at the end of our session.
This won’t be my last visit. Viva la Board!