Archive for June, 2010
Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
Situated below the Pappardelle restaurant on Arundel’s High Street, Osteria is in a great setting. On offer is a selection of different coffees (Illy’s brand) and a small selection of food.
The inside is fairly spacious with exposed brickwork and wooden beams, copper topped tables and custom made comfortable metal chairs. Check out the glass panel in the floor which allows you to look down into the cellar. This can be very interesting when you go to order (it’s counter service here) and look down between your feet to see the cellar below!
I’ve had a couple of coffees here now; the latte and cappuccino were both good, not great, but good enough.
To be honest, the biggest disappointment about the place was the service. There just seemed to be a lack of enthusiasm to serve. Very strange considering how lucky the place is with it’s location.
Apart from the service I would give the place a thumbs up. The ambiance is pretty good and there’s always papers and magazines to read if you get bored of staring at bricks!
There’s plenty to do in Arundel including a boat trip on the lake nearby, Arundel castle and a look at the Cathedral. Go check it out!
Monday, June 7th, 2010
The Camden Coffee House is located in Camden, North London within easy reach of the Camden Lock, Camden Markets and only a few hundred yards from the tube station. Something to note, however, is that the tube station is exit only on a Sunday due to the amount of tourists heading to the markets.
On offer are a wide variety of coffees, bagels, cookies, milkshakes and smoothies. I’ve tried out many of their drinks including coffees and milkshakes and have always been impressed. Their coffees are a good strength with thick, creamy froth and are generous in size. The milkshakes are huge and taste amazing!
The cafe interior is clean and modern with exposed piping and chic swivel chairs. There is also a hidden garden out the back which is surrounded on 3 sides by bamboo screening. On the other side are a few trees scattered about which really add a lot, especially in the middle of London! The garden has tables and chairs with parasols and is great on a warm day when the sun is out. It’s also amazingly quiet considering it’s location.
Service is friendly and there’s a rewards card scheme in place (5′th Coffee free). There is also a word of the day on their website, enabling 10% off the bill – always handy!
All in all, The Camden Coffee house is a great place – I highly recommend a visit !
Address: 30 Camden Road, Camden Town, London (Directly Opposite Sainsbury’s)
Opening times: Mon-Fri: 7am-6pm, Sat: 10am-5pm, Sun: 10am-3pm
Wifi? Yes, FREE!