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10 Excellent English Coffee Shops

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by Erin Connelly (subscribe)
I am a medievalist in the process of completing a PhD (involving medieval medicine). I travel as much as possible at home (UK) and abroad. I'm always ready for new experiences!
Published January 13th 2016
English coffee at its best
The following is a selection of some of the best places to find superb coffee in a few of England's major cities (London, Manchester, Liverpool, Nottingham, York) and a more remote outpost (Lindisfarne Island).

Photo by Julius Schorzman (Wikimedia)


The Bean, Beeston (Nottingham)

The Bean. Photo by Erin Connelly


The Bean is located a short walk away from the University of Nottingham in Beeston, a suburb of Nottingham. The Bean was one of the first 'speciality coffee shops' in the UK. It has won awards in previous years for its coffee of 'exceptional character.' The shop also brews whole-leaf teas and provides an excellent range of sandwiches and cakes.

The Bean
1 Stoney Street
Beeston
Nottingham
NG9 2LA
0115 967 7222

Flat White, London

Flat White. Photo by Wikimedia (user: eins_elf_111)


Flat white is the name for an Antipodean-inspired coffee of strong espresso mixed with steamed milk. The drink has taken off in popularity over the past decade, but Flat White was one of the first to bring it to London. The cafe also serves a selection of foods influenced by Australian and New Zealand food traditions.

Flat White
17 Berwick Street
London
W1F 0PT
020 7734 0370

Kaffeine, London

Image by kaffeine.co.uk


After five years of service, the original shop on Titchfield Street near Oxford Circus is well-known for its excellent coffee and loose leaf teas (from the Rare Tea Company). A second location opened in March 2015. Apart from coffee and tea, both shops serve a selection of English juices, Italian sodas, and a weekly changing menu of fresh items made onsite.

Kaffeine
66 Great Titchfield Street
Fitzrovia
London
W1W 7QJ
020 7580 6755

15 Eastcastle
Fitzrovia
London
W1T 3AY
0203 730 5878

Moose Coffee, Manchester and Liverpool

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Moose Coffee is inspired by the diner culture of New York City. The cafe offers authentic American and Canadian-style breakfasts and brunch (such as pancakes with maple syrup) paired with the shop's own coffee blend.

Moose Coffee
Liverpool
6 Dale St
L2 4TQ
0151 227 4880

Manchester
20 York St
M23BB
0161 228 7994

The Perky Peacock, York

Lendal Tower. Image by perkypeacock.co.uk


The two sites of the Perky Peacock have the most appealing locations of all the shops on this list. The original shop is tucked away in a thirteenth-century Tower under Lendal Bridge. The second location is on the historic street of Gillygate next to York's medieval wall. Cheerful decorations, historic ambiance, and great coffee make this shop the perfect addition to a tour of York.

The Perky Peacock
Lendal Bridge
York
YO1 6HU
01904 623658

70A Gillygate
York
YO31 7EQ

Pilgrims Coffee House, Lindisfarne Island

Lindisfarne Island. Photo by Erin Connelly


The Holy Island of Lindisfarne was a lonely monastic outpost and place of pilgrimage. It is most famous for being the site of a severe Viking raid in 793, which destroyed the monastery and caused great terror in the settled population. Despite this violent history, the island retains its original monastic aura of serenity and quiet. The sole coffee shop on the island is a cosy retreat from the mist and rain of the island. Often the best places are in surprising locations and Pilgrims lives up to the local claim of 'the best coffee in England.'

Pilgrims Coffee House
The Holy Island of Lindisfarne
Front Street
Berwick-upon-Tweed
TD15 2SJ

Pink Lane Coffee, Newcastle

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Pink Lane Coffee opened in 2012, but has quickly established itself as one of the most popular coffee shops in Newcastle and the Northeast. The shop is known for its pleasant atmosphere, focus on local ingredients, and selection of single origin coffees.

Pink Lane Coffee
1 Pink Lane
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 5DW
07841383085

Tina, We Salute You, London

Architectural Installation. Image by tinawesaluteyou.co.uk


This quirky, iconic cafe originally started off as a cupcake stall. The shop still sells delicious cakes and a seasonal menu along with a range of hot drinks. The main feature of this coffee shop, apart from great coffee, is the dedication to promoting artistic talent. Every eight weeks local artists are selected to decorate the walls of the shop; customers are also invited to write their names on a loyalty wall to track their purchases.

Tina, We Salute You
47 King Henry's Walk
Islington
London
N1 4NH

Wild & Wood Coffee, London

Image by wildandwoodcoffee.co.uk


The creative atmosphere of Wild & Wood along with its Monmouth coffee served with Jersey milk made it London Lifestyle Awards' Best Coffee Shop of the Year in 2014. It was also selected by Time Out in 2013 as their favourite coffee shop. The shop is furnished with antique church furniture, including pews and wood panelling. It is a tiny shop and, despite all of its accolades, it still has the sense of being an undiscovered secret.

Wild & Wood
47 London Wall
London
EC2M 5TE
07525155957

The 200 Degrees Coffee Shop, Nottingham

Photo by Erin Connelly


The 200 Degrees Coffee Shop is located in the building of the former Flying Horse Inn, a public house dating to the late fifteenth century. The shop offers a Brazilian House Blend or seasonal arabica beans. Both blends are roasted locally in Nottingham. The 200 Degrees Coffee Shop also functions as a barista training school, so every drink is prepared by an expert.

The 200 Degrees Coffee Shop
16 Flying Horse Walk
Nottingham
NG1 2HN
0115 837 3150
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