The coffee here can be a little hit and miss. But always perfectly drinkable. It's probably because I've had the odd spectacular coffee at F&W that has set the bar high and makes most of the other coffees from here just seem like any other coffee you can get in this highly congested good coffee area. If you like something a bit stronger than a flat white, ask for a stumpy.
I normally stay away from coffee chains, and hoped F&W to maintain quality. This used to be one of my favourite coffee spots, when they had 1.5 branches in this area, but my last visit was a complete disappointment. Had a soy stumpy that was very weak (or should i say "milky") - again because of this annoying way of frothing soy milk with coffee shot 😳. Gave it another try and had a normal stumpy alas coffee was burnt. Shame.
One of the few places in London that is still serving Has Bean coffee. The coffee is delicious with great sweet aroma (as always with Has Bean), medium acidity, good body, and great flavour. It was a quiet afternoon so the atmosphere that sometimes tend to be hectic was very relaxed and calm. They offer plenty of great treats and delicious food dishes as well.
Small cafe, well equipped with all the right gear. I'd prefer smaller cups than the standard 220mls cups but ordered cappuccino came with well textured milk at the hot end of Ok. Taste was well rounded but a little diluted by the volume of milk. Portuguese tarts are excellent
Great atmosphere, it seems like it is always full with happy people... Their coffee is very good, my Flat White was rich, creamy and strong adn was marked with a nice latte art. They are using Has Bean coffee which is very good and can be found in many places around the city these days. In addition to coffee they have wide selection of delicious sandwiches and very good pastries.
I liked the fitout and atmosphere at this place. It had a nice relaxed feel about it and although a lot of people were there, it didn't come across as being too busy. The service was good. My cappuccino wasn't too bad at all. It could have been a little stronger, but it still went down well. The barista also made a good attempt at some latte art on top.
Have returned quite a few times now - I like the Beak St cafe but prefer the new(ish) one at Somerset House. I find that the flavour of the coffee really comes through strongly, more so than most other places, which is great as I really like their espresso blend. The barista mentioned that they grind 20g of coffee for each shot which is more than the usual which means it extracts slower, thicker and richer. Really good baristas at Somerset House, always interesting latte art and the coffee is hot but they don't warm the cups first to keep the heat in... I don't really like that so it suits me well. I think there are 3 branches in Soho now plus the Somerset House and soon to be one more in South Kensington. I love their Synesso machines - beautiful! Had an iced latte which I don't usually go for but it was really good with a bit of sugar syrup which they had on hand and offered.
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