Since visiting the Rathbone Place coffee shop I have wanted to visit another of the Tap’s so we ventured down Tottenham Court Road to find one of the others. Found it just as there was a few spots of rain. Looks just like the others – so no sign outside but I knew what to look for this time.
I had a decaf latte and an almond and walnut florentine whilst Kerry had a flat white and nothing to eat – as much because the options were maybe on the posh side as her not being too hungry.
My latte was really nice, very smooth with a little kick at the end of each sip, not the biggest but didn’t expect it to be. And size isn’t important when the coffee is that good. Kerry didn’t enjoy her coffee at all unfortunately as it was far too bitter for her. I tried it and even with her added sugar it tasted very bitter to me too. But the milk came in a cool bottle!
The florentine was really good, I’ve never had one before but as I am now developing a taste for nuts I had to try. Would gladly have another of those. They don’t look the prettiest though!
The place was big enough, staff were friendly and service very quick, always nice to have coffee delivered to the table, we’re just a bit lazy!Picked up a loyalty card (Alice too the one from last visit) so got my own little men sitting on the bike. I’d go again but would either have to be with Alice or I’d have to get a take out so Kerry could get coffee elsewhere or she’d have to have a non-coffee based drink.
First things first – take a moment and just look at that cake selection, I make it that there were 14 different sweet treats to try!
This is a cafe inside Waterstones, at the back above the stationery section on what is really a mezzanine. It’s a really small counter area, 1 guy with 1 coffee machine, so the selection of cakes is just superb. It was a tricky choice but I opted for a a slice of blackberry frangipane with a decaf latte whilst Kerry just had an Americano as was full from previous eats that day. £8.35 was good really, especially seeing that my slice was £3.50, but a good size for that price.
The coffee was nice, quite bitter so had to sugar it but that isn’t a bad thing really. Not the biggest cup full though. The frangipane started nice, good sized portion and first bite had a nice sour tang from the blackberry but after that it just seemed a bit boring, like it needed a bit more fruit in really. It was still nice, just not as nice as I wanted it to be – especially give the others I could have chosen from.
Kerry’s coffee was really nice, it disappeared very quickly even though it was hot, sugar added as standard of course but with tongs which is very posh and I volunteered to help with that.
It was busy but we got a seat near the window easily enough, the barista was a nice guy but he could have done with an assistant to clear and wipe the tables really. Given my addiction to books and this being a massive one there is a good chance we will be visiting again to try some of the other cakes at some stage in the future.
I was hoping we would go to a particular coffee purveyor today but we couldn’t find it and as we were to walk through Kensington Gardens and this place is there is seemed a no brainer really.
Reasonable selection of cakes, if a little unexciting, we both opted for scone, cream and jam, although I substituted butter for the cream. Kerry had an Americano and I had a decaf latte, total price was £11.80 which isn’t bad really, and cool that decaf is marked on the receipt with 0.00 – shouldn’t be punished not wanting to bounce off the walls.
The latte was a decent size and was nice and smooth, nothing massively exciting but nice enough. The scone was nice, all looked just different enough to have not come from a mass producer, my only issue was getting the butter to attach to the scone, knives were wooden which didn’t help and butter is harder than cream of course, just about got there in the end!
Kerry thought the scone was really nice, easy to chew, massive amount of cream which she didn’t manage to finish and I helped with the cutting due to the wooden knife. Her coffee was a bit small but tasted nice, sadly it went cold a bit quick, not due to me adding too much milk as I am well trained by now.
The cafe was bright and airy, we sat inside but there is a nice outdoor area too. Staff were friendly and were keeping the place clean and tidy.They even have a loyalty card, of which we are collecting far too many that we may never fill. We like to walk through the park so I expect us to visit again in the future.