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“A Little Treasure”

The Faringdon Coffee House
Ranked #1 of 3 Coffee & Tea in Faringdon
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Romantic, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Oxford
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85 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“A Little Treasure”
Reviewed November 24, 2012

We've been going to the Faringdon Coffee House for a few years, now, & for us its virtue is that it doesn't change much. Tracey is passionate about her business, so the quality doesn't lag. Firstly, this Coffee-shop is one half of the premises its in, & that makes it rather small & cramped. I don't know if the building is listed, or not, but there's not much to be done with the structure, which, as has been observed here, has nooks & crannies, beams & fireplaces. Its divided into two 'rooms' with the front half seating a mere seven patrons, with room for more at rustic tables through towards the rear. There is keen competition amongst customers for the two seats in the window, from where one can observe the life of a small market town. In summer, or whenever the weather allows, there are tables & chairs outside to extend the seating.
The menu is not huge, but carries a good selection of breakfasts, lunches & snacks, with a daily 'special' on a blackboard: today's was fish & chips. There is a good spread of cakes, priced at about £2.50 for a substantial slice, & one wall acts as an old-fashioned sweetshop. The coffee, in these coffee-soaked times, is good, & my wife always has a cafetiere of Jamaican Blue Mountain brew. Warning: This habit is not cheap! There's variety of beans on display behind the counter, so you can specify what sort you want. The loo is clean, but as another customer has observed, it makes the point forcefully that they only want paying customers to use it. Tracey says that people take advantage otherwise, & she's had some trouble in the past where a loo-user also helped themselves to some other kit that was close by. Perhaps its a problem that should be addressed by the local council, who might provide a better public facility?
Coffee House staff are unfailingly polite & efficient, & tables are promptly cleared. Prices are not low, though, & my brunch/fast comprising 2 fried eggs, 2 rashers of bacon, 2 sausages, mushrooms, 2 cherry tomatoes & 2 slices of toast, though good & hot, came in at £7.50. The sausages are from the old-fashioned Butcher's just a few doors away, & are recommended. we have no hesitation in recommending the Faringdon Coffee House to anyone needing lunchtime sustenance. Its closed on Sundays, & doesn't do evening meals.
Tip: In the same doorway as the C/House is a lovely little jeweller's, run by the estimable Mr Perra. He sells classic & modern jewellery, & does a very good line in repair work.

  • Visited November 2012
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English first
Oxford, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Coffee house”
Reviewed November 7, 2012

Your standard coffee house, overlooking the market square, just up the road from the Market Place Restaurant. Comfortable with home made cakes and fresh food.

Visited September 2012
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
“Sweet”
Reviewed October 28, 2012

Just like a coffee house should be, its got a large outside terrace on a cobble stoned area with rickerty tables and chairs. Deffinatly not costa-bucks-nero type affair.

Visited October 2012
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Oxford
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69 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Good food, cosy atmosphere”
Reviewed October 26, 2012

This little coffee house has good food and a cosy atmosphere. There are old fireplaces and wobbly beams aplenty.
The only letdown is a slightly whingy set of notices: in the tiny toilet there are 3 large notices reminding us in no uncertain terms that the toilet is for the use of paying customers only (and another one on the door); there's another notice regarding their charges for using their electricity (to power one's laptop, I suppose); and the menu has more stuff in it than food, things like rules for bringing dogs in.
There is parking right outside, but beware - it's 30 minutes maximum.

Visited October 2012
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Coffee in style”
Reviewed October 20, 2012

I like everything about this place, the decor, the coffee, the way food is served, the cakes, the soup, I just wish it wasn't quite so pricey so I could afford to come more often!

Visited September 2012
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