While on the Capital Ring Walks over in South and West London, we have found more Coffee Shops, here is what we think.
Since starting the Capital Ring Walks we have at times struggled to find even a chain Coffee Shop, but here are some of the finds that we did manage to get a cup from and what we think.
This little shop in the parade next to Wimbledon Park is the one that looked the best and didn’t serve drinks in tiny cups. Inside it is more of a deli – selling meats, preserves, wines and sandwiches.
They had a picture of the Queen above the counter, but they were very Italian. They were really helpful and gave little tasters of their Fudge. Over all the coffee was good, real good! and it was really cheap!
This was the first time doing a walk that the sun dared to make to an appearance and so we went for an Iced Black Americano and an Iced Oat Mocha.
Inside is big, bright and airy and they offer a selection of food.
The Americano was better than the Mocha, because there was a lack of chocolate in it and the server seemed confused as to what a Mocha was at first – it showed in the drink.
Caffeine Co – Greenford Station
We were thankful for a little Indy coffee shop rather than having to go to Costa at Greenford Station. The barista was clueless, he didn’t know what a Mocha was at first, the other woman explained and the result was a rather frothless but still good tasting drink, that was more of a Hot Chocolate. The Black Americano was good, nice and plummy!
The coffee Shop at Syon House is located at the end of the Garden Centre and could be a nice place to sit if the weather was nice. However for us the weather was truly awful that day.
The staff were pleasant but OMG they were slow, it must have taken 20minutes to get served, there were two old ladies in front and the servers chatted away to them like they were the only people in the world.
Eventually we got served and then it took another 10minutes to get a Black Americano and an Oat Mocha. We took out drinks and carried on the walk trying to make up lost time.
The drinks were weak and had no taste at all. The rating gives 1 star for the staff’s pleasant nature and 1 for the coffee!
This is the ONLY coffee shop in Preston Park it seems (well except for 3 Costas in one parade of shops!) so we gravitated here. (They also have Bubble Tea shop down the road, but we’ll have to try that another time!)
It’s a tiny place and clearly family run and proud of it – it must have been there for years. The woman serving was nice and chatted as she made the Black Americano and Oat Mocha. There was another woman sitting at the side, who was clearly talking about us in an Eastern European language and the barista wide-eyed told her to stop, this was the only problem we had with Maya’s.
The cups were huge, a proper size, the first taste was a shock, it was soo good and it really didn’t last long, she even tempered the Black Americano with the right amount of cold water to make it instantly drinkable (but not too cold!). We would definitely be back there if it was ever on our journey again.
This is a Pretzel Shop in Richmond Station and a better choice than the AMT Coffee on the other side of the entrance to the platforms, we have enough experience of there so called coffee!
The staff in Knot were fun and chatty and really helpful, the coffee was good, but it was pretty tepid and even thought it states it is ‘Artisan Coffee’ that usually means tiny it actually was a decent size. Unfortunately by the time Bob ate her Pretzel it had dried up a bit, but it was still pretty good.
The Kiosk Cafe in Richmond Park, just before you get to Pen Ponds is another of the Collici Chain, that we gave an award to in our Best Coffee of the Year post last December and this one is equally as good. Thankfully we had a nice day to sit, sip and make friends with some Crows and Geese and enjoy the views.
It’s a shame the barista was a bit stupid though! He almost poured cow’s milk in the steaming cup, but Ash spotted and warned him! Apart from that the coffee was well worth the walk to get to it!
Well there you go, if you are heading out to do the Capital Ring Walk, we have at least found you the best coffee to aid your journey around the city. Come back next time for another post next week.