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Board Games, Coffee and Beer 
We do a few things well! 

How it works

We are Common Meeple 



A meeple is a playing piece in a board game and we wanted to create a community around playing and enjoying board games, hence the name Common Meeple (also, we love puns!).  Book a table, bring some friends and play a game from our library, alternatively if you don't know where to start any of our staff can recommend some games and help get you playing.

Pay to Play

£3 per person for 2 hours and £1 for each hour after this.  

This cover charge goes towards maintaining and expanding our games library.


Food and Drink

Delicious coffee made with freshly ground beans from Gower Coffee Co.

A great selection of locally brewed Craft Beers.

Hand-stretched, freshly made Pizzas.

Nachos with homemade Salsa and Guacamole

Paninis and Wraps made fresh to order.



Common Meeple was set-up and is run by Mike Lear and Jack Smith. We met in 2016 while both serving in the British Army. Our friendship grew over shared interests in beer &coffee (common in a lot of soldiers!) and board games (perhaps less common!) and when we both hit a crossroads in our respective careers we decided to set up our own Board Game Cafe, in Swansea, based on these shared passions.

We wanted to set up a welcoming, community focused environment where everyone feels welcome and relaxed, and we hope that is what we've achieved. All of our beers are sourced from local breweries, all within 50mile of the cafe, as much of our food as possible is prepared fresh in our small kitchen and our coffee is from the brilliant Gower Coffee Company.

With the focus on community we decided to support a local charity every month and have so far raised money for Swansea branches of The Samaritans, Mind and Crises through our monthly charity nights where all cover charges go direct to the respective charity.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to get in touch using the details below or just come on in to the cafe and have a chat, one of us is always here!

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