Anyone that knows me knows I love my coffee. I also love finding coffee shops where I can indulge in my favourite habit of drinking aforementioned coffee. Last weekend, we took a trip into the beautiful Shropshire town of Shrewsbury in England, where we enjoyed the sunshine and I wired myself to the moon with some serious coffee fixin'.
Off The Square:
Off the Square
This is a lovely little Cafe on Market Street that is, as its name suggests, just off the main Shrewsbury Square. It's a pretty little location, which is central and easy to locate, as well as being just a minute's walk from the main shopping precincts. I loved the decor in the Cafe and the waitresses were just lovely. They make a mean tea cake, which was devoured in record time and my cappuccino was a served in a good sized mug and was excellent. The Cafe also has free wifi and was reasonably priced.
Cafe on the Cop:
a great spot for people watching
Situated at 20 Wyle Cop, this little Cafe serves up great food in a similar atmosphere. As we discovered, it's a good spot for a bit of people watching as it's very centrally located. The coffee was good and, although we didn't eat, the menu looked excellent, with a great range of homemade cakes on offer. It's an excellent spot to rest up and get your strength back before you hit the shops.
Quirky Coffee Cafe:
it just draws you in...
Located very slightly off the main thoroughfare in Shrewsbury, this gorgeous little Cafe is the perfect spot to escape the shoppers and relax with a cup of coffee and make an empty promise to yourself that you if you DO have cake, you absolutely, definitely will go for a run the next morning to offset the calories. And then, if you're like me, you won't actually follow through on your promise and then feel just a little bit bad about it. Not bad enough to stop you eating cake in the first place, you understand...
Quirky Coffee also boasts a range of milkshakes and more types of tea than I could count. Friendly staff and a lovely atmosphere throughout. I just loved the exterior, too. It's the kind of place that you just CAN'T walk past without checking out.
Ginger and Co. Coffee:
chill out and watch the world go by
Ginger and Co was successfully launched in 2014 via the Crowdfunding website and is located at 30 Princes Street in the town centre. It's a great pit stop with an amazing range of rolls and sandwiches, in addition to their hot drinks. It also stocks a saliva-inducing array of cakes and calorie-filled treats. You deserve one, though, don't you? I know I do. Luckily, I have my own cake eating companion in Les. His hollow legs ensure that he can eat lots of cake, I can write about it, and neither of us gets fat. It's the perfect match.
CarMar Tea Room:
fill your boots
This tea room is located at 38 Castle Street in the town and is a family run Cafe with a sister site in the local shopping centre. It has a great range of teas and coffees (and a variety of syrups, cream and marshmallows to go along with them). They home bake their cakes, muffins, tea cakes, scones, and a plethora of other sweet treats.
If you're more tempted by savoury food, CarMar produce their own quiches and burgers, which you can stuff in your chops and tell yourself you'll make up for it by not eating for the rest of the week.