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Published February 16th 2017
Fresh coffee and a spot of people-watching
Wooden benches, fresh coffee and all the coffee paraphernalia you'd want to buy, and all a stone's throw away from the tube station.
It can be hard to find a decent coffee amongst the various coffee shops that sit along a high street, but Harris & Hoole is something special.
The small coffee chain opened with the help of a partnership with the coffee expertise of Taylor St Baristas and supermarket chain Tesco. Now, Harris & Hoole, still in its infancy, has made a name for itself for its premium coffees.
Flat whites, cappuccinos, mochas, filters-coffees and macchiatos are just a selection of the coffees on offer whilst they also serve fresh and interesting juices and herbal teas. The staff are knowledgeable about the base beans used in their coffees and are always able to help you decide if you're overwhelmed by the seasonal beans they bring in.
Along with your coffee, you can enjoy a fresh sandwich, hot soup or one of the freshly baked treats that sit temptingly around the counter space. Brownies, gingerbread men, croissants and tarts make the perfect accompaniment.
There's always a sense of community. Despite the slightly more secluded spaces for those sitting at their laptops working, there are sofas and sharing benches whilst the store is decorated with local leaflets and a board of classes that take place throughout the week.
It's the setting in which you can take an embroidery class or bring your little ones in for 'Laugh & Learn' or 'Movers & Shakers'. But on your average day, it's somewhere to sit back and enjoy the music; anything from jazz, to indie or German pop.
Local art often decorates the walls, but the shelves are always filled with all the coffee paraphernalia you'd want to buy. Drip-filters, reusable coffee cups, drip-scales, coffee beans, tea-pots and coffee books.
It's a little local gem that's worth a visit, set amongst local shops and directly opposite the notable architecture of Southgate tube station.