First, I hope everyone had a good weekend and second, Happy International Coffee Day! I hoped everyone spent had at least some part of the day with a cup of their favourite coffee, looking at the rain outside. Now you can catch up on my new post which is, what else but a review for the newest coffee shop on Bermondsey Street, The Watch House.
While walking through Bermondsey Street during the Bermondsey Street Festival last weekend, I noticed a new coffee shop opened right at the corner where Bermondsey Street meets Abbey Street. It was too crowded to go in on the day of the festival but it looked really welcoming and cosy and I knew I would be coming back to check it out later.
And that’s what I did this weekend. The cafe is a small, cosy, one-room building which I believe was the watch house to prevent grave robbers operating in the nearby church yard. Do not be spooked by this fact – once you see the place you will not be able to resist going in.
The café is, of course, very small with five small tables but the exposed brick and wood combination in the décor looked perfect. There are small windows high up near the ceiling but there was no dearth of light. The display looked lovely and inviting.
I sat down for coffee and a doughnut. The coffee is on the expensive side compared to a Pret or a Starbucks but that is the price you pay for Bermondsey Street! And when its good coffee, you don’t really mind too much (atleast I don’t). I also wanted a box of the ground coffee to make at home and was promised a call once it is available since the cafe was expecting their grinding machine to be delivered shortly. My doughnut was an apple jam doughnut, which wasn’t a great idea for a non-jam person like me since I mostly wasted the jam filling. It was otherwise perfect and not too sweet which I find difficult to find in most places.
My husband had some toast with raspberry jam and reported the jam was very good. He is a jam lover and in case you are wondering, insisted on getting me the doughnut.
The staff is great – cheerful, encouraging you in. I have already decided that I am going to try the hummus and falafel sandwich on my next visit which looked great but was way too big a portion for me or the ham and cheese croissant which was sold out.
If you live around here, definitely drop in and check it out. But due to the limited seating available it would definitely be a wait for the table during the weekends. I am pretty sure this isn’t my only and last visit.
Let me know what you thought of it?
Photos edited by Bidisha