Best coffee shops in Banstead
Best coffee shops in Banstead
Davina Hyde picks out the best spots for coffee connoisseurs
Banstead Village, situated on the North Downs, just a short distance from the M25, has one of those perfect high streets. Completely flat, an easy length to walk up and down, and it has a lovely community feel to it.
Plus, there is an abundance of independent coffee shops for the coffee connoisseur. We have picked seven of our favourite cafes in Banstead to head out to visit.
Chai, with its dimmed lights and impressive decor, and selection of speciality coffee and tea, artisan cakes and delicious brunch menu, is a firm favourite for the residents of Banstead. In the summer it has the added attraction of a pretty courtyard garden to sit out in.
Claire Mcgrath, a local resident says: “My favourite is Chai, as they make the best coffee in Banstead, do delicious food, have lovely décor and have lots of vegan cakes”.
With its cosmopolitan feel and attractive interior, Café Italia offers something for everyone. It has a fantastic selection of breakfasts and light lunches, and offers the locals an opportunity to enjoy a coffee, or a glass of wine in relaxed surroundings in the heart of Banstead.
Jenny Lister, a resident for seventy years, puts it at the top of her favourite coffee places. She said: “They are so welcoming there and it is very cozy, always buzzing, and the coffee is very very, good”
On your way out of Cafe Italia, take a peek down Wilmot Way, as situated nearly 600 feet above sea level, some roads off the high street have fantastic views across London.
A family-owned café and deli offering all sorts of delicious cheeses, cooked meats, chutneys, cakes and biscuits, Edibles is a favourite among locals. Opposite Waitrose with plenty of outdoor seating, it is a popular place for a coffee date. Offering a wide selection of coffees, they are also well known for their hot chocolate with marshmallows and whipped cream and Flake and don’t miss out on their thickly sliced home-made ham, egg and chips.
Valerie Brown manager of Edibles for 36 years says: “We do a lot of afternoon teas. We provide nine different type of teas, such as high teas, Devon teas and strawberry tea and 70 per cent of our cakes are home-made.”
Pick up one of their wonderful hampers on your way out.
A café with a lovely setting, and friendly staff, it is a great place to pop in for a coffee or nice breakfast, or a light lunch.
The café doesn’t take bookings, so just walk in and make yourself at home, and enjoy the tasty coffee and delicious breakfast and brunch menus.
Sammi McClure, an occasional visitor to Banstead said: “The food is yummy and the service very friendly”. His favourite breakfast is smashed avocado with poached eggs and salmon.
Situated at the quieter end of Banstead High Street, next to the the Woolpack, Banstead’s traditional village pub, Luigi runs a busy trade with its local clientele. You can see their menu online, but their Portuguese custard tarts are one to look out for with a cuppa.
This is a wonderful café run by volunteers from Banstead Five Churches, a haven for many people, and a popular café in the heart of Banstead for the elderly. If you don’t mind sharing a table as it is rather small and always busy, the food is very fresh and reasonably priced. In the summer customers can sit outside in the orchard which is lovely, just off the high street.
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Tucked away behind Banstead’s children’s playground near Barclays Bank, this is a very welcoming café for Mums and toddlers. There is a soft play area in the dog friendly coffee shop which has a nice local community feel to it. In the summer you can sit outside, but in the winter there is a nice indoor area too.
They do lovely Italian delicacies and a really good cup of coffee. Try their little brandy snap biscuits full of different flavoured creams.
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