Store Street Espresso is conveniently tucked away in - Store Street, surprise, surprise. It is a short stroll to Soho, Covent Garden and the British Museum, easily accessible from Goodge Street or Tottenham Court Road tube - making it a handy pitstop or a coffee destination unto itself.
The coffee is in the upper niche now growing in London - quality machine, single origin and multiple brew choices. The standard blend is usually Square Mile, with guest blends - on this visit 'jailbreak' from the fantastic Has Bean roasters from Stafford. My delivery of choice is espresso and Store Street espressos are pulled well - tasty, full bodied and never burnt, served at a reasonable drinking temperature.
Store Street purveys bakery fare both sweet and savoury, with the pork buns whispered about with longing (but they go fast, to the disappointment of the after lunch crowd).
The sweets are top notch, and this visitor can personally vouch for the custard brulee cake, the chocolate, raspberry and violet cake and the pastries.
Store Street also serves the ultimately refreshing San Pellegrino range of italian sparkling sodas, with the Aranciata Rossa (blood orange) being essential after a hard walk, an overly hot tube ride or a marathon visit to the British Museum.
The atmosphere is laid back - except at lunch-hour of course, the staff friendly and enthusiastic about coffee. The patrons are a widely mixed bag of city workers, tourists and coffee enthusiasts, and on the whole it's a light, airy and pleasant place to pass some time with a great coffee.
Definitely worth a visit, but save some calorie allowance for the cakes!
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