Top 10 Coffee Shops in the UK, 2014

1 January 2014

Exciting times! After over 7 years and 125 UK coffee shops, we’ve spent the afternoon trying to piece together what we believe to be the ten best coffee shops in Britain.

It wasn’t easy but we’ve done it…

The Cosy Coffee Shops UK Top 10, 2014

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Here’s the full list, with links to our reviews:

  1. Colonna & Small’s, Bath
  2. The Window, Norwich
  3. The Perky Peacock, York
  4. Kaffeine, London
  5. Prufrock, London
  6. Tamper Coffee, Sheffield
  7. North Tea Power, Manchester
  8. Coffee Aroma, Lincoln
  9. Monmouth Coffee Co, London
  10. Laynes Espresso, Leeds

How have we chosen?

We’ve picked our top ten from the 126 UK coffee shops we’ve visited (see them all on a map). If you think somewhere else deserves to be reviewed, please tell us.

As always, it’s not just about fantastic coffee but also about atmosphere, friendliness and charm. For these reasons, some places with incredible coffee have not made the grade.

Find out more about what we look for in a coffee shop.

And, just for fun…

A few extra awards…

The oldest

As far as we’re aware, the oldest premises is the 14th Century tower by Lendal Bridge in York, housing the Perky Peacock.

The smallest

It’s got to be The Window in Norwich, ‘the world’s smallest coffee shop’.

The quirkiest

We’ve visited a few times but have yet to write a review: nevertheless, it’s got to be The Attendant, the London coffee shop in an old and, we hope, deep-cleaned public toilet.

Most like Hogwarts

Not entirely our cup of tea, but there’s no denying the Harry Potter charm of Gatehouse Coffee, York. Equally charming is the New England Coffee House, Stow on the Wold.

More amazing coffee shops

These may be our ten favourites, but there is an ever-increasing number of wonderful speciality coffee houses all over the UK. We do our best to visit as many as we can. For more of our favourites, see our top notch list. Or see them all on our UK coffee shop map.

Also, we should disclaim that Abi (co-editor, Mrs Cosy) is a barista at the Perky Peacock in York. We have tried to be as unbiased as possible, and we loved it waaaay before she started working there.

Thanks everyone. Have a wonderful, coffee-filled 2014.

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  • Barbara wyant 2 January 2014 at 5:20 pm

    From your Map I can’t see that you have visited anywhere south of the M4, Bath- is my map faulty!?

    You need to visit Whipped and Bajed in Chichester and see their suspended coffee scheme for homeless people and sit on their famous velvet sofa.

    Visit the Art House cafe in Southampton – all the activities that happen there.
    Then you can start to say your list ‘ covers the UK’

    Regards Barbara Wyant

  • Barbara wyant 2 January 2014 at 5:23 pm

    * Whipped and Baked

    • Cosy Coffee Shops 3 January 2014 at 11:49 pm

      Hi Barbara, thanks for getting in touch. We’ve visited Cornwall and would love to add more from the south. Sadly Cosy Coffee Shops is not our day job, so we can never go everywhere we’d like to – but we do our best! Thanks again. Tom

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  • Catherine 5 January 2014 at 11:39 am

    Great list, especially Monmouth where the staff are always so friendly and helpful but Bea’s of Bloomsbury does lovely coffee (not to mention the infamous Duffins!) To include North of the Border, may I offer Wellington coffee at 33a George st, Edinburgh? Wonderful coffee, lovely atmosphere. Great blog; keep up the good work and you may gently reeducate the Starbucks loving public yet!

    • Cosy Coffee Shops 6 January 2014 at 9:21 am

      Hi Catherine, thanks so much for your comments and suggestions – we’d love to visit both Bea’s and Wellington Coffee. Very much appreciated. Tom

  • Maurice 22 January 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Thanks for supporting the small coffee shops. If you like Monmouth coffee and old thatched cottages and your near Cambridge – call in to Teacake at Shepreth.

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  • Kate 14 March 2014 at 2:10 pm

    You need to get yourselves to Wales too (sniffle)…

    • Cosy Coffee Shops 14 March 2014 at 3:09 pm

      Hi Kate, we would *love* to. This year hopefully! Tom and Abi

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  • deborah caddick 23 September 2014 at 11:45 pm

    hi we love EAT DRINK LOVE in ORMSKIRK MARKET TOWN Lancashire

    the coffee is fab and the door step toast is legendary

    check this place out it places Costa its rival out in the cold plus the staff always greet you with warmth and a genuine smile and don’t make you feel like costa cattle waiting to be milked!

  • SconetoPot 16 November 2014 at 4:35 pm

    We completely agree with you about Monmouth coffee! Could happily drink it all day every day!

  • Brenda Piers 4 December 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Fantastic site, I love my coffee, I was searching for reviews on coffee makers as I needed a new one found your blog while searching, great! Had a pleasent hour reading thru. I am in Copanhagan at the moment and had a super 2 shot latte at Joe and the Juice, in the Magazin shopping mall, well worth popping into one of their cafes if you are ever there. Also welcome to pop on my site anytime and leave a comment –

  • Ben 23 March 2015 at 9:08 am

    Hi Tom,

    The best cup of coffee I’ve ever had was a small coffee shop called Spring Espresso in York. It was quite literally life changing as it’s what got me into coffee in the first place. It’s run by an award winning barista like some of the others in your list. He’s very knowledgeable and helpful when asked. They are also supplied by Square Mile so you know that the quality is guaranteed. I have some Monmouth in my cupboard which will be next in the machine as soon as I’ve devoured the current batch. I’m very much looking forward to a Square Mile vs Monmouth coffee off!