Being a mum is amazing. Except for the times when it's a total pain in the ****. Today, my used-to-be-lovely-til-it-was-covered-in-baby-sick White Company jumper is covered in baby sick for the 2,165th time. I have heard the alphabet song on 'that' singing purple dinosaur for the 173rd time and it's only 11am. On top of that, my delightful 9 month old is happily testing out his newly discovered vocal chords to see how loud they go. On days like today, I just need a cup of tea and it has to be made by someone else. That is where Harris and Hoole comes in.
Just a 10 minute walk from home, or 5 minutes from Twickenham train station, this cafe is an oasis of calm, buggy space and baby changing facilities. Harris and Hoole is a small chain of 36 artisan coffee shops around London and the South East, but it doesn't don't have the generic feel that a lot of the bigger chain cafes have. They make an effort to feel local, with a local events board and local message board. With Ella Fitzgerald crooning in the background, I can feel the stress slip away as I sip my lovely hot cup of tea. The place has a cosy feel and the decor is largely wood and muted colours that bring a real warmth.
Harris and Hoole really pride themselves on their passion for great coffee. Unfortunately, I can't comment on this as I don't drink coffee but their tea hits the spot and their toasted banana bread reminds me of when I lived in Sydney. And any place that can make me think of sunny Sydney on a rainy, grey, English winter's day with a noisy 9 month old in tow must be winner. Worth checking out with or without a baby.