A new café is looking to bring tabletop-gaming to Southwest London when the Library Pot opens its doors to Richmond later this month.
Visitors to the new Library Pot – billed by its owners as the new games and brains destination for the UK capital – will find a variety of board games on offer, from classics like Cluedo and Boggle to the more risqué Cards Against Humanity.
The new café arrives in the midst of what venue owner and Library Pot co-founder Emily Knight calls a ‘board game renaissance’ in the country, as more Board Game Cafes pop up across the UK.
“It is no longer a case of roll the dice, have an argument and wait ten minutes for your go to come around again,” she said. “Modern games often have simultaneous play or phrases to keep you engaged.”
In what it believes to be a point of difference to other Board Game Cafes, the Library Pot encourages customers to join up with other gamers on open tables.
At the Library Pot, titles such as Boggle and Trivial Pursuit sit alongside Europpean hits such as Carcassonne, Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride and more.
“We are really pleased with our menu,” continued knight. “And with a range of popular burgers, tasty steaks, a very delicious soup and desserts plus dishes suitable for gamers, such as maki sushi, noodles and gyoza, we’d aslo like to think of ourselves as much as a restaurant as a games café.”
The launch party for the Library Pot will take place on Friday, January 29th from 7pm to 10pm, allowing visitors the chance to check out the venue and look through its library of over 200 games.
“There are some great games at The Library Pot, and we can help you find one that will suit you. Dobble is a great quick-fire entry game suitable for people who don’t consider themselves gamers,” said co-founder Rob Cormican.
“And you should really try three-player chess, that will really bend your mind.”