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by Tom Fieldhouse (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer, living in Bath with my wife and son. I love my city, and love to live here. I write about Bath a lot, and sometimes about travels in Ireland and France.
Published February 7th 2018
Come join a joyful society- feel a part of something
Soothing, Stylish and Speedy- a wonderful combination.

Society Cafe can be found at the corner of Kingsmead Square, which is a vibrant and bustling part of the city of Bath. They open at 7am, and welcome all manner of folks from early risers and sleep-deprived parents to breakfast meeting colleagues and even Weekend Notes Bloggers. Once inside, visitors are greeted by serene music, light and airy sitting areas and a plethora of beautiful photographs and photo books to peruse. For bicycle lovers, this place is a veritable art gallery of cycling. Oh yes, and they also serve truly wonderful coffee, at very reasonable prices in this most expensive of cities.

Cafe interior
Main ground floor room, complete with stylish bicycle. There are several little booths and nooks and crannys dotted around.

The cafe is spread over two levels, comprising a ground and basement floor. The open counter area is here, with a large seating area bathed in light from long Georgian windows. Around the corner are some cosy armchairs with low tables, which are perfect for the more solitary or technically engaged customers. The walls upstairs and down are decorated at the moment by the stunning photography of a local gentleman, and framed and unframed works are available to buy. There is always a steady stream of folks getting coffee to go, as well as those looking to stay for a while. I have popped in three times this week (it has become my new writing haunt), and am always gladdened by how friendly and genuinely welcoming the staff are.

Basement level
Downstairs. This photo is taken from my booth of choice, which is a little table tucked away. For those seeking some cinema, there is also a projector room that shows short films and movies, and some tables and sofas set up for small groups.

A Truly Creative Society

At virtually every table there are beautiful art, travel and photography books to enjoy, and there is an openness about this place that seems to encourage people to enjoy them. There is a buzz of creativity at the cafe, and going there always makes me feel inspired to create something. One look at the walls upstairs illustrates this perfectly, with its list of social media platforms and free wifi (which is far and above the fastest that I have found in the city).

Social media platforms
There is a palpable sense of creativity and self- expression here, that I find very inspiring.

Today I had a chat with Elliot and Beth, who were both enjoying the interaction between each other and customers. There are clearly a great deal of regulars who come here, and I found myself wanting to become one of them. Bath is a very busy and, at times, hectic city, and so it is great to see that a sense of community prevails here. Even folks dashing in to pick up a brew exchanged some words with the staff. That is a true mark of success to me. Elliot even showed me some latte art when I asked if I could photograph him and the counter. I felt very welcomed.

Beth and Elliot- master brewers!
Two very friendly and approachable barristas.

A Home From Home

What I love most about this place (apart from the coffee - go for the Americano without milk!) is the openness. There is an easy going and calming environment here that encourages people to enjoy the space in whichever way they wish to. Whether firmly plugged in to laptops or people-watching through the windows, this is a relaxing place to spend time. I often feel terrifically anxious, and yet Society Cafe never fails to soothe me, whatever time of day I pop in. The sense of pride and passion for high quality, responsibly-sourced food and drink is also infectious, and there is even a newsletter to enjoy, all about the mechanics, ethos and day to day operation of the cafe.

'Latte Art'
Elliot whipping up a frothy masterpiece, with gloriously self-deprecating humour.

Art on the stairs
Even the stairwell is adorned with art and photography books, for all to enjoy.

I am relatively unschooled in coffee, but one of my more informed friends swears that Society serves the best coffee in the city, and possibly in the whole South West of England. If you want to read up on this, then I thoroughly recommend visiting the website below." id="ccblink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Take a look at what's going on at Kingsmead Square Society Cafe

Tailor made 'people watching' spot, looking out to Kingsmead Square this morning.

A comfortable round table, with art to float away with.

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Why? Superb coffee in a creative space like no other in the city.
When: 07.00 am- 18.30
Phone: 01225 442 433
Where: Kingsmead Square, Bath
Cost: In a sometimes extortionate city, these prices are very fair.
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Excellent piece Tom... you’ve captured the spirit and vibe of this place perfectly!
by Ianmo (score: 0|3) 1647 days ago
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