Top Coffee Shops In The UK

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I love coffee. It is my addiction, and I’m okay with that. This is why I will spend my life drinking coffee in every place I visit around the world.

For the most part, a good cup coffee can be found no matter where you travel and sometimes you get your hands on the perfect cup that leaves a lasting impression. Part of the coffee experience is the atmosphere in which you drink it. Whether that’s outdoors in front of a castle or in a great café.

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The key features to a good coffee shop will vary depending on your preferences, but while massive chains like Starbucks are to be found all over the UK, there are plenty of other coffee shops that offer a more unique and memorable experience. Independent coffee shops will often pay plenty of attention to details such as the sourcing and preparation of their coffee, and many of these coffee shops will be run by award winning baristas. There are some great options around the country if you are looking for a tasty cup of java in attractive surroundings. Here are some suggestions for stops on your coffee journey through the UK:

Prufrock Coffee, London

Prufrock Coffee

With a barista training centre on one floor and a cafe on the other, you can be certain that you’ll find plenty of coffee aficionados tasting the different varieties here. This cafe uses the latest techniques and machinery used to prepare each cup. If you’re not sure which type of coffee to go with, the staff are highly trained and knowledgeable and will be happy to offer a suggestion or two. The cakes, pastries and lunches that are served up in this Clerkenwell coffee shop are sourced locally to provide some wonderful pairings to go with your coffee.

Brew Lab Coffee, Edinburgh

Brew Lab Coffee, Edinburgh

This is another coffee shop which places a great emphasis on sourcing their coffee and preparing it perfectly. There’s a good selection of different roasts available, each with a distinctive flavour and taste notes. There is also the option of having a cold brew coffee, which is different to an iced coffee and is a very unique drink with a smooth coffee flavour. This is a great place for lunch with a range of tasty baguettes, sandwiches, cakes and salads, all made with premium ingredients that pair well with the coffee.

Steam Yard, Sheffield

Steam Yard, Sheffield

With a sleek interior decorated with retro American images and a nice little terrace, this coffee shop has a lovely relaxed ambiance making it a great place for a catch up with friends or for reading a book. There’s a regularly changing menu of different coffee roasts on offer, all prepared by the experts behind the coffee bar. Home-made bagels and sandwiches have a regularly changing menu of fillings, while the doughnuts here are sweet and indulgent.

The Marwood, Brighton

The Marwood, Brighton

This coffee shop definitely hits you with a quirky vibe with the odd mixture of pictures and artifacts that are mounted on the wall as soon as you step in. It has developed a reputation for great coffee-to-go.  There’s also a nice menu with some snacks including a great range of cakes.

Caravan, London

Caravan London

With a lovely spot overlooking the Exmouth Market in Farringdon, Caravan is a coffee shop, restaurant and bar, where the emphasis on quality food and drink is seen throughout the menu. Sourcing individual coffees and roasting their own beans in small batches, you’ll find the menu here changes seasonally in line with the coffee harvests that they can source. This can be combined with the excellent dishes on the menu, which are also prepared with thought and care.

Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms, Harrogate

Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms, Harrogate

Facing on to a lovely park area, this is a spot where people have been enjoying coffee and snack for nearly a century. Having been first opened in 1919, Bettys Café Tea Rooms has an excellent reputation for its chocolates and cakes. Bettys is part of the same family company as Taylors of Harrogate, which specializes in gourmet coffee, and you will see these blends featured prominently on the great menu at this coffee shop.

Where have you had the best coffee in the world?


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  1. March 18, 2020 / 8:33 am

    It is good to read a blog like this and get valuable information about such hidden places.

  2. February 3, 2020 / 4:12 am

    This place sounds like coffee heaven. I love a nice cup of coffee and love trying out different blends. Thanks for sharing such a detailed review on coffee shops.

  3. June 27, 2019 / 3:33 am

    im a coffee lover and a traveler. have been to uk once before and even tried out the caravan in london and loved it a lot. didnt know about the rest of the places so unfortunately missed out on them. next time i go there, i’ll def visit the rest of the places too. gonna bookmark this page and save the link in my todo list hahah

  4. April 1, 2019 / 10:22 am

    I’m a big fan of commentluv, have been since the start. I prefer it to Disqus e.g. One expensive coffee it is!

  5. January 1, 2019 / 3:10 pm

    Thanks for sharing such a beautiful article for us. A true coffee lover knows the value of one cup of coffee.

  6. November 6, 2017 / 1:30 pm

    “I love coffee. It is my addiction, and I’m okay with that. ”

    You literally stole my heart with that line 🙂

    PS: I’m also a coffee nerd.

  7. Rashaad Jorden
    March 2, 2016 / 7:30 pm

    I’m not a coffee drinker – I prefer hot chocolate. But just about every Saturday when I was living in Leeds, I would go to a café named Opposite after the ParkRun (a free 5km race that takes place in many British cities every Saturday). They serve delicious hot chocolate and brownies.

  8. February 9, 2016 / 9:27 am

    I am a coffee freak and I too love it that way:) I have been to London many times, but those are some new coffee shop names that I haven’t heard of before, but thanks for listing them up. Next time I will be visiting I will surely drop by one or two of them and taste what they have. Thanks for sharing.


    • February 9, 2016 / 9:39 am

      Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoy these places. I am a coffee freak too and love it so I’m pretty picky when it comes the perfect cup of coffee 🙂

  9. January 29, 2016 / 7:24 pm

    Oh my God, so want my cup of coffee right now!:)


    • February 9, 2016 / 9:39 am

      I know. Every time I come to my website and see this post, I need a cup of coffee haha.