Writer, photographer, educator, explorer of places new, with a passion for adding fun back into life.
Published November 4th 2014
A place to meet your Cinderella or Prince Charming
Strolling down the cobbled streets of Chester and pleasantly immersed in its old world charm, I happened upon a delightful coffee shop.
I stepped inside Cinderbox Coffee. I stood on the white washed floorboards and gazed. Old met new, with deep red walls holding the lovely old beams aloft. A range of cakes beckoned seductively from the glass cabinets. The menu is short but covers a broad sweep of savoury and sweet choices for lunch or snacks.
A cosy booknook features shelves where books can be enjoyed again and again. The instructions are easy: 'to take one away, you must leave one to stay.'
Time for a spot of reading
The attractive ambience of Cinderbox Coffee features deep red bench seating, black wood tables and dark leather and striped couches in which you could easily while away a few reading hours. (Especially on Mondays when your second coffee is half price!) Even the coordinating red and black highchairs were trendy!
There is a real focus on going the extra mile in customer service, from the funky seating for babies to the Café Kidz activity packs, free Friendly Wi-Fi (which keeps kids safe from inappropriate content) and student discount every day. Cinderbox supports students to re-energise their brainpower with 10% off their purchases. Daily specials for those not studying range from second coffee half price on Mondays to 'Thank Cinderbox it's Friday' cake with your coffee for £3.95. Pick up a Loyalty card and get your eleventh coffee free.
Tell me about the coffee
The coffee is an Italian blend called Punchinella. Cinderbox describe it as 'blended to give you exactly what you are looking for – a higher roast coffee producing a powerful espresso and robust cappuccino. A real wake up and taste of Italy.'
I liked the hand-friendly cardboard wrap-rounds that allow your cuppa to warm your hands without burning them. Step into Cinderbox. The coffee is too good to miss.