A brand new year and a brand new coffee shop for Chiswick
In a corner plot on the border of Hammersmith and Chiswick, dedicated Artisan staff spent their New Year's Eve working into the night to ensure their fresh new cafe was ready for its grand opening on January 1st. The space, which had previously been empty for a while, was in need of someone to step in and make the most of its huge windows and high ceilings, and on first glance the owners - who already have one successful cafe in Putney have done a good job of bringing it to life with minimalist decor, an exposed brick wall and quirky lights. If the steady stream of New Year's Day customers is anything to go by, their new business venture will do very well, as the place was thriving.
Artisan - so new they've not got a sign outside yet!
The main focus is of course coffee, however there are numerous teas, cold drinks, cakes and sandwiches on offer too. Despite the lunch-time rush, the staff appeared to be coping well with opening day, and we were soon served a couple of very tasty toasted sandwiches on rosemary focaccia bread priced at £4.50 each, washed down with a cappuccino and a pot of berry tea.
There was no room left for cake, but the selection set out on the counter looked very tempting indeed. The Artisan Coffee website (currently only featuring the Putney branch) has more details about their menu and also has a link to the owners' blog which tells the story of them starting up in Putney just over a year ago. The cafe also has a Facebook page - www.facebook.com/artisancoffeeshop - and a Twitter account too - @artisan_coffee.
Located at 372 King Street, London W6 0RX, the nearest tube is Stamford Brook and there are regular buses stopping right outside that go towards Chiswick or Hammersmith. It's nice to see an independent business opening in the area rather than a giant coffee shop chain, so here's hoping they have continued success.