Caffè Nero opened their first store in 1997. Now they have stores all over the country serving Italian coffee and a long list of sweets, snacks and savouries. Caffè Nero Abovebar is just across from The Marlands on Above Bar Street and provides a warm and inviting place away from the cold.
Inside you can take your pick of your favourite spot to sit. There are sofas you can sink into, private little nooks for two, or large tables to suit big groups. It's instantly cosy and you feel welcome to sit down and unwind for a bit, rather than feeling like you need to drink up and get out as fast as possible. Pop in with your laptop and get a bit of work done (there's wifi available), or browse through the collection of books up the back. Brush up on your history, delve into some pulp-fiction, or learn everything you need to know about keeping backyard chickens.
As the name would suggest, coffee is their main trade. The coffee menu features your standard Italian drinks from espresso through to cappuccinos and cafe lattes - the Australian flat white has also obviously made the cut. Caffè Nero seem a little more serious about their coffee than some of their other chain store competitors. For starters they've roast their own coffee to create their house blend and they have a special espresso training school to make sure all their baristas are up to scratch. As well as the coffees there are also creamy chai lattes, hot chocolates and iced drinks if you're after something cool.
If you're grabbing a quick takeaway there are plenty of quick and easy food options like pastries, paninis, sandwiches, or small cakes. But if you're not in a rush, sit inside and take a little longer to enjoy things. The sweets menu includes cakes, slices, and brownies. You can eye them all off in the large display cabinet up the front. If you're starting your day at Caffè Nero there's a simple breakfast menu that includes muesli, porridge and pastries and at lunch there are some larger options like simple pastas and soups. There's no kitchen hidden away out back, all the meals are simple and quick, some just needing a quick reheat before they're served.
Caffè Nero may be a large chain, but they've managed to keep some of the warmth and charm of an independent coffee store. Caffè Nero Abovebar is open Monday through Saturday from 7am till 7pm and on Sundays and Bank Holidays from 8am till 6pm. For more info on the Caffè Nero brand head to their website or check out their Facebook page.