Lovely setting, amazing-looking cakes and lovely salads & pasta. If you’re a tea-lover, all the better – it’s full of wonderful, exotic tea blends from around the world.
The coffee is also good: I would say light, but full favoured with a hint of roast nuts. Decently priced too. Friendly staff completes the package.
Others **** (food, tea…)
Great fruitcake! Only a couple of small tables (toilets, not extra seating, are found downstairs) but pretty decor and large windows mean perching on the barra looking at the quiet cobbled street outside is a pleasure. Coffee is long, good crema, and the cup is nicely heated so it keeps its warmth without burning the coffee. Lots of interesting sandwiches available.
Coffee *** (perhaps more – still tasting fruitcake!)
Service **** – friendly and efficient
Everywhere feels ancient in this twisty maze of lanes that fill the gap between St Paul’s Cathedral and Blackfriars, with the river Thames marking the southern edge. Cafe Hill is one of the small shops that are scattered between law firm offices, sandwich shops and barbers. It has two entrances – one on each side of the building – and about six small tables inside. Pleasant decor and a bright, clean layout, it’s quite a pleasant place to sit ( though no super-comfortable sofas). There’s a table on the pedestrian street outside.
The coffee is decent – 100% arabica according to the sign outside – but long and not especially remarkable.
I’d like to love this place, but unfortunately it’s average.
A member of Speciality Coffee, no less, so high expectations. Also, small place but there’s an Italian in here – a very good sign.
Coffee *** (I may have spoiled it by using a wooden stirrer!)
Environment **** (tiny but very well designed)
Others **** – they have knowledge and speciality coffees available
Pricey, but great coffee and really atmospheric place, it’s good for cold, grey days when you don’t want to be outside in the market. Lots of dark wood panelling and a few tables for coffee and cakes ( the larger part is for the restaurant) with a funky, bohemian vibe.
Coffee is short, strong and slightly caramel / treacle flavour. Lovely.
Independent and decent sandwich shop, with nice-enough coffee and not-as-nice prices, as they add VAT or service charge if you sit in. Shame. Good seats and friendly, sit upstairs for quiet, or outside if it’s warm. Best of local area independents, but will perhaps struggle against Pret and Eat chains.
£1.75 (inc. VAT) sitting in
Lovely. £1.40 for Monmouth coffee. Nice line in mint chocolate brownies. Only a few tables and a bench outside. Friendly service.
Others *** (nice brownies)
Nice place; a couple of classy red leather armchairs inside alongside several tables, and lots of tables outside. Pleasant service. Good selection of food. Very handy for the local market and the diamond district.
Decent little place and well priced (especially given the diamond shops all around – check out the modern pieces in Landale Ltd opposite, for example). There are plenty of seats and they do a good range of sandwiches. Not classy, but a good, basic lunch stop. Shame the coffee is lackluster – decent crema, but weak and earthy.
Great little Italian style (though lots of Portuguese influences from the staff) cafe. Toasted sandwiches (panini and baguette as well as a few focaccia ), pasta and salads for lunch, with soft or alcoholic drinks to wash it down. Pastries and cakes on offer to complete the meal. Oh, and nicely homemade chips from the fryer. There’s a decent number of seats in the narrow space upstairs, and plenty of tables outside, both under cover and in the sun. Good prices and portions too.
Coffee **** (Illy)
Cakes *** (pasteis de nata are good)
Service *** (friendly if a bit rushed by the lunchtime crowds)