In a nutshell
A compact coffee shop off Aldwych with Scandi style, serving Workshop coffee, pastries, fantastic toasties and some perked-up porridge, by the founders of Scotchtails, Oliver Hiam and Dominic Hamdy.
The menu is short, including a couple of salads, porridges and toasties, but what there is they’re doing well. The place is cosy, so everything on offer is in front of you. Go for the pickled peach, green beans, feta and hazelnut salad box for lunch, or a roast broccoli, chilli, almond and cheddar toastie. We went for a breakfast, and were comforted by a flat white and a generous, stylish-looking bowl of porridge topped with on-trend ingredients. We tried the fig, chia seeds, agave syrup and hazelnuts porridge which was well spiced with cinnamon, and the perfect consistency; not stick-to-your-ribs or too thin, with a gentle sweetness from agave and crunch from chia and hazelnut. The plums, ginger, greek yoghurt and granola porridge looked interesting too.
What I’ll order next time
We’ll definitely being going back for a toastie. Beer braised onions, kale and cheddar sounds right up our street if we’d past the 11am mark. Ask what the guest coffee is, we had the workshop coffee, but they’re aiming to always have a guest coffee blend too.
What’s the room like
It’s small, but elegant, with a contemporary scandi minimalist feel. There are only 5 seats at the bar at the back of the shop, so don’t expect to take your book and settle in for the afternoon, but if you’re passing by definitely don’t miss out on 5* coffee.
We could imagine if there are queues for morning coffee it might get a little tricky to manouver, but it was relatively quiet when we visited.
What we liked
Quick, no fuss food with on-trend ingredients done well. What’s not to like?
Good value: generous portion of porridge £4, flat white £2.90, regular salads from £6.
By Anna Glover
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