Locally sourced, hand crafted breakfast, brunch and lunch
Recently opened (August), Benedict's Store is the rather picturesque coffee shop in Beaconsfield. The coffee shop-come-deli serves a delicious brew of stuff for the coffee connoisseurs who appreciate variety. It is only on special occasions where I drink coffee, and considering I was randomly meandering through, I considered this special. They serve fresh, filtered Monmouth coffee, and coupled with toasted sourdough it's one of the best ways I've started my day.
Most of Benedict's menu is made from locally sourced ingredients, such as the sandwiches, which use bread from the nearby bakery: Flour Power. I do like a bit of sourdough, but their pastries are exceptional too.
I enjoyed a rather indulgent brunch with a few of my friends as we were driving to Oxford, and decided to take a little detour because we were in dire need of food, and needed energy for the party we were having later.
Benedict's has an old school charm, which a lot of new cafes lack. It screams old money, British heritage and its core values can be felt in the air. I can't quite explain it, but as soon as we pulled up, we could taste the country charm, and we'd only sniffed the familiar scent of baked bread and coffee.
The cafe is well-sized, and considering the Autumnal weather, my two friends and I easily fit on to a table set for four people. It was a relatively quiet 10.45am visit, but we loved the low hum of bustle in the kitchen, and whizz and burr of the coffee machine. Glass windows line the front of the cafe-come-shop, so it's bright and airy, and I can imagine the outdoor seating is wonderful during the summer months.
Benedict's also sell jarred, tinned, and packaged artisan goods, but frankly, their brunch options sold my friends and I, and I can't think of anywhere better to stop off, for a proper brunch, when the temperature drops, so familiarly, during my journeys to and from Oxford.