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.