Russell Square is an inevitable part of student life in London. Most students can, on cue, moan extensively about the lack of characterful but cheap places to eat in the area – especially ones where you can use free wi-fi to your heart’s content.
Bloomsbury Coffee House is a daytime basement café that solves this problem. Owned by a young couple, the café has two rooms, wooden floors and quaintly mismatched furniture and crockery.
The menu is short, but sufficient: three or four lunch options plus a selection of cakes, most made on the premises. On weekends classic breakfasts are served. Our full-bodied tomato soup with chorizo was almost stew-like, and the welsh rarebit was made with proper bread.
Our chocolate brownie was like a cake but somehow even better for it, and the pumpkin pie featured well-made pastry.
The ‘coffee house’ moniker is no false claim. The beans are from Allpress, and both our espresso and cappuccino were full flavoured and expertly made.
Bloomsbury Coffee House is a cosy place to hang out with your laptop, read a book, and nibble some cake. The prices are hard to beat too, and even better if you flash a student card for a 10 per cent discount.
A handy addition to the tourist/student trail around Russell Square, this two-roomed basement coffee house offers regulation refuelling and recuperation in a cosy, no-frills setting of bare wood floors and oddball mismatched furniture.
Coffee beans from Allpress and seven kinds of tea from Tea Pigs show that quality counts here, and the food spans everything from cooked breakfasts, homemade cinnamon granola and pastries to lunches of soup, sandwiches and the like – plus a host of home-baked cakes through the day.
Prices are very fair, and there are discounts for guests staying at the St Athans Hotel upstairs.
Located near Russell Square, Bloomsbury Coffee House is a basement level café, and a great place to find fresh and flavoursome coffee and tea, not to mention a variety of homemade buns and pastries, together with a lunch menu which changes daily, although generally includes a range of sandwiches, soups and salads. Served in a warm and homely atmosphere, the well decorated interior makes the Bloomsbury Coffee House a great place to relax with a cup of coffee and a pastry, and certainly one of the top coffee shops in the area.