A Cafe with a Twist

By Lacey Mannell

Taking drinking coffee to a competitive level, Twist Board Game Cafe offers a new way to drink your latte whilst having fun. 

Twist was recommended to me by a friend who’d visited a few times with family. Located near the Armada Centre in Plymouth City Centre, it’s easy to get to, and a great place to relax after a day of shopping. Originally, I wasn’t all that interested in the cafe, but as soon as I went, I kept wanting to go back. 

It’s a bit like a book you don’t want to put down, which aligns with Haley’s, the founder of Twist, own ideas for her cafe. Haley described Twist as the book she wants to read, a place of: ‘chilling with friends, board games, tasty homemade food and quality drinks.’

Twist was created around seven core values: fun, inclusive, conscious, exciting, social, quality and easy-going. I believe the cafe meets all of these values. 

It’s both fun, exciting and social, with great games that encourage people to engage as a group – whether this is by competing or teaming up. There are no limits to who can play games, with a £4 charge for under 16’s and a £5 charge for those over 16. The cafe is both clean and modern; with wooden tables that look like boards and a menu including a variety of cakes (which tasted delicious) and a range of beverages from coffees to gins. The atmosphere is calming; a room full of people relaxing and having fun (unless they’re losing at Monopoly, or when a Jenga tower falls over).

There are a variety of two to eight player games on offer. From Scrabble, Monopoly and Ludo, to party games like Chameleon (one of my favourites) and Bucket of Doom or First Dates. There are quick games that take a maximum of five minutes and games that can take up to an hour (I never quite realised how long Scrabble takes until I played with my friend at Twist). There’s a bit of something for everyone, whether you like something strategic, or simple and fun. 

One of the best aspects of the cafe is the welcoming staff members, or more specifically, the ‘Gurus’. There are Gurus who help with the games, taking the time to set them up and go through the rules, and even making recommendations if your table is in need of something new. 

Twist Board Game Cafe is a lovely addition to the list of places for a nice day out in Plymouth, and I’d definitely recommend it for anybody who’s looking for a day of fun and laughter. 

For more information on the cafe visit: https://twistbgc.co.uk/about/

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