When I asked what you guys want on the blog, there was a resounding vote for some local guides. While many of you like reviews of restaurants in far-flung places, it seems just as many of you want some local love and some guides with a few ideas, so here we go.
Kicking off a little series of local guides, here’s my guide to some great places to get a coffee in Coventry & Warwickshire. Of course, there are a million places you can grab a cup of something hot including all the biggest chains that pop up everywhere you go.
But this list are the places that offer that little something different. Far better coffee than you’ll get from a big name, with that bit of something special. Of course, these aren’t ALL the best cafes and coffee shops in Coventry and Warwickshire so make sure you pop your own suggestions in the comments.
Inside the 22
These guys do all sorts, from live music to cocktails, food and yes, coffee. Their coffee isn’t just any old coffee, it’s sourced from Flying Horse Coffee in London and is really rather lovely. Also goes well with some of the great cakes they do. Go and check it out.
If you don’t know what you’re looking for, you could miss Square in Dunchurch, but you really will be missing a trick. Great coffee, a lovely secret garden out the back, and some great street food vendors every weekend serving up fabulous food. What more could you want?
Bean and Leaf, Coventry
A great addition to Coventry’s scene, I haven’t been half as much as I should have. Small but perfectly-formed, these guys produce great coffee and the last time I went (which was far too long ago) they served up great treats including slightly toasted marshmallows. The perfect autumn treat.
I haven’t had a chance to try these guys myself but I have it on good authority that they do an amazing mocha. One for the Coventry list.
Okay, you don’t come for just the coffee – you come for the amazing cakes and lovely sandwiches too, but the coffee is pretty good too. Anyone I know who has gone to Pumpkins has fallen in love with it, so I have no hesitation in recommending them. Get down there and order everything.
I finally made it to Procaffeinate this summer and kicked myself for not going sooner. You’d be forgiven for missing it in Leamington if you weren’t looking for it but it’s definitely worth getting the old Google Maps out. Their coffee is great, as are the staff who are some of the most dog friendly I’ve ever met. My pal Hungriness swears by their food too, which is next on my list to try.
Warwick Street Kitchen
A place I don’t get to anywhere near enough, Warwick Street Kitchen has it all. Lovely people, wonderful food, delicious cakes and yes – good coffee. Go and check it out, or check out their sister cafe, Saint Kitchen, in Birmingham.
Forrest Coffee House
Forrest has proven a hit since it opened and weathered the storm despite being a new business hit by the COVID crisis. They now do all sorts of loveliness including cocktails, and some tasty food dishes, but if it’s just a coffee that you won’t, they still excel at that. Don’t forget a Puppacino for your four-legged friend!
It’s utterly criminal that I haven’t properly sat in Jack’s Shack and enjoyed coffee and lunch, but I have tried their coffee several times at various events in Warwick and can confirm it’s fab. They’re lovely people and their coffee van pops up all over the place – even for hire if that’s what you fancy!
Market Place Pantry
You’d be forgiven for wandering past Market Place Pantry in Warwick, dismissing it as just another cafe, but there’s something about it that’s rather lovely. Family-run, serving up lovely baked goods, decent coffee and a few choices with a difference, it’s definitely a good stop.
Dough & Brew
Yes, I may be biased as I’ve done some work with Dough & Brew, but I know how many people assume they ‘just do pizza’, which just isn’t true. Good coffee, a funky interior, and some rather delightful baked goods from cinnamon rolls to pastries. Get yourself down there!
I remember when Bardia’s in Stratford opened at the entrance to Bell Court and wondering if it would work. Fast forward a few years and it’s still there, always with people sitting out and in, enjoying coffee and cake in a lovely floral environment. They do their own family-run coffee and seem to offer a lovely selection of cakes.
I’ve clearly missed loads of places. Let me know in the comments what your favourite coffee shops and cafes in Coventry and Warwickshire are.