Ordered the milk chocolate orange cookie. Expected big things. Was still shocked at the ridiculous deliciousness of it. Crumbs and cookie shame later, I still want more!
So lets get it out there straight away - I'm only giving Ben's Cookies two stars! I understand that to feel this way goes against many, many people's views, but it's just not my idea of a cookie. I'm sorry everyone!
I first tried a cookie from here when my sister brought me one home. I was very excited but as soon as a broke it in half to share I noticed how cake like it was. Well, I ate it and quite enjoyed it but it wasn't a cookie. I put this un-cookie like cookie experience down to the fact that it had been in my sisters bag all day. So, second time I was in Covent Garden myself and wanted to try it fresh from the bakery. I ordered the triple chocolate cookie and took it away to feast on. I just don't understand - its not a cookie. Its like a cookie cake! There's nothing wrong with cookie cake but I wanted a cookie!
Final thoughts - I enjoyed it, but it's not a cookie. Would I eat it again? Yes. Would I eat it if I wanted a cookie? No.
(Rant over - all views expressed are my own and I understand I'm in the minority!)
Ordered: Triple choc chip, Peanut Butter, White Chocolate cookie
Price: about £1.50 per cookie
Review: Happy, tall, slim, small, thin, sad, apathetic, ignorant, indifferent - SUITABLE at all times. Cookies were designed to be just like this. Ben has done a good job of encompassing the best qualities of a cookie! Love me tender should read the logo for Ben's cookies. Try and get the cookies as they come out of the oven - they are so much better when the chocolate is melting in the cookie, AND in your mouth as you bite! If you have a gf/bf - good luck sharing!! This is one for the selfish.
Oh Ben's Cookies, why are you so delicious?
My first day back in London in over a year, and somehow I luckily stumble by mere moments after a batch of dark chocolate chunk come piping out of the oven. So gooey they practically disintegrated on lifting... this is the warm welcome one likes to receive. :)
Summary: Located on the East Side of the Covent Gardend next to a cupcake shop. All the cookies fresh and delicious. Pay by weight comes to around 1.39-1.79 each.
The atmosphere: This is strictly to take away as there is no seating. A line begins to forms fairly early and does not let up. I arrived at 11am on Sunday and already there were a few indecisive people in front of me. The thing is that no one in this line has a clue which cookies they want until they get to the front. Unfortunately, there isn't a sign or any way for people to see the cookies to decide. Once at the front, folks treat this decision as one of the toughest they have ever faced. If this indecisive type is you, on behalf of the impatient, might I suggest getting more than one cookie. While the cookies are clearly perishable, I doubt the second cookie will be left uneaten long enough for it to be too big a deal.
For those that find a bit more humor in these things, it is actually fun to watch.
So which cookie should you choose? It doesn't matter. All are wonderful. I'm told chocolate chip is the favorite (milk chocolate). They also have a dark chocolate and a few with nuts. I would make an argument for the praline which I selected. However, as most are fairly unadventurous, the milk chocolate will likely be the freshest and warmest at any given time.
The cookie: It's a thicker soft bake. You can tell the ingredients are wonderful, especially the butter which - for cookie fanatics - makes all the difference. The milk chocolate is quite nice. It's more a semi-sweet milk than the untolerable type. All cookies are warm and melt in your hand so a wipe of some sort is key.
Beverages: There are a host of options. however, with so many good coffee choices in the area I opted to stop by Algerian cafe and then go to this spot.
Expensive cookie, raw in the middle. Yuck. Espresso was tolerable, but tested like cheap old beans. Won't be back.
The best damn cookie I've had in my life. I was humbled. I thought that we as Americans had the exclusive rights to having the best unhealthy fattening foods in the world. Not so. Ben's cookies were ridiculously good. They have an oven that is constantly churning out fresh cookies (conveyor belt style). The Milk Chocolate Orange cookie rocked my world... crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside...
I'm having a cookie identity crisis.
I've never had a Ben's Cookie and thought OMG DELICIOUS COOKIES MOOAAARR COOOKKIIIEES!! like everyone else seems to.
In fact, I've always thought*, 'This cookie makes me sad', which isn't really what you want when you're eating expensive cookies.
I once even bought a box of cookies for my colleagues and we all stood around in a little awkward circle back in the office eating Ben's Cookies after lunch, and they were all like FUCK YEAH COOKIES!!! and I was all like 'meh'.
Maybe it's me. But, I mean, cookies from Subway are 597 times better, people! And they're 3 for £1, not nearly £1 per cookie.
*I've thought this at least 3 times. Yes, I've given Ben 3 chances to win me over with his baked goods. 3 strikes and you're out, my friend.
My word, these cookies are AMAZING. They have so many different types and they are made then and there!
Not only do I bake all the time, but I get a good amount of requests for batches, and i have to say, Ben's is worth the trip. These cookies are generously sized and not overly sweet. And if you arrive at a good time, you will get them freshly baked (because yes, they sell out that fast). Also makes a great gift for friends. :)
In the on-going battle between David and the food shops that expand and become worse, Ben's is one of those that gets caught in the crossfire.
No, it's not as good as it once was. But they still beat most of the cookies in town. The saving grace, as far as I'm concerned, is the milk chocolate praline. Without MCP, I'd probably not have much use for Ben's anymore, but this variety is pretty much perfectly executed every time. Triple Chocolate - which used to be a favorite - is now too erratic in its execution (namely, the distribution of chocolate around the cookie and the perfect balance of all 3 chocolates) to warrant repeat purchase.
Why do I take cookies so seriously? I need to do something better with my life.
Warm and gooey. It's almost best not to buy one, because you will want 10!
Addictive and painfully good with loaded ingredients.
My friend told me the following, "When you go to Convent Garden, you will see a cookie store. You'll know it when you see it."
Cookie store? There's probably a bunch of them. However, I definitely knew what she was talking about.
I swear there's crack in these cookies. It was absolutely amazing. Crisp on the outside, nice and gooey and chewy in the inside.
I had the white chocolate cranberry cookie and it was amazing. I wish they had these in Toronto. I'm a bit sad that they don't have any. Mrs. Fields doesn't live up to it.
Slightly warm gooey chocolate cookies and cold milk. This is food porn at it's best. Excuse me while I lick my lips...
*purrs with pleasure*
I can never resist a Bens Cookie when I'm in Covent Garden, and as I'm there quite a lot, I eat plenty!
The cookies are somewhere between a cake and a biscuit - crunchy on the outside and soft and gooey in the middle, which is especially brilliant if they're fresh from the oven. My favourite is the white chocolate and cranberry, as I love the way the chocolate melts in the middle, but really all of the options are great.
The cookies are priced on weight, or you can get special deals on boxes.
Teas, coffees and milkshakes are also available and there are seats outside.
Anyone I have introduced to Bens Cookies has become an instant fan - they offer a spectacular breed of biscuit, which are the perfect sugary pick-me-up for a hard day's shop!
Good place for cookies, but not sure of all the hype? We tried
Chocolate and praline
Cookies are good but the praline cookies lacked pralines! Not bad but not as good as the hype makes it out to be here on Yelp!
Cookies from here are huge, plump, soft, goey, and so delicious! I've never had anything like it! The only downside is, it's loaded with lots of butter! Just lift the cookie off of the bag and you'll see a huge oil mark! But I guess that's why it's so good (but then so bad for you too)!
* Cranberry and White Chocolate
* Double Chocolate
When I went to Oxford, I saw a line and I was wondering what the fuss was all about so I decided to get on line to wait for what tasted like pure heaven! They were freshly made when I got there and it just melted in my mouth! I had the chocolate chip and oh my, oh my. The price per cookie is about 1.30.
They are to die for! Just becareful of how many you consume! After finishing my cookie, the first comment I made was "wow. that tasted like 5000 calories" ahhaha :)
Being single means one thing, solitary food. I haven't gone down the route of eating my pain but I have found on lonely days when my friends in couples are having trips to galleries or walking everywhere hand in hand that I crave the sweet embrace of something special and something whereby consuming it alone doesn't make one a leper.
Ben's Cookies are heavenly. I especially like the chocolate orange one - it is the right combination of melty, chewy and tangy.
They are a good little present for someone if you want to impress them but they are also a wonderful treat to indulge the self with.
I never thought such a seemingly small cookie could defeat me and yet it has. I bought a box as I thought they were small but found myself offering my husband the rest of mine as it was just too much.
Only thing that disappointed me was they had fresh chocolate chip cookies and wouldn't sell me one as they said there were too fresh :-(
Oh. My. God.
These cookies are AMAZING! I had the white chocolate macodemia nut cookie and it was huge and I don't think it was cooked at all in the middle and that's what made it so good.
Cookies are heavenly. I was given some by my flatmates whilst I was in hospital and loved every morsel of them! They were lovely and gooey inside.
I wish there were more Ben's cookies stores, sadly I can't seem to find any out of London :(
OHMYGOODNESS, shout out to the best honorary little sister ever for bringing me a tin of Ben's cookies from London! I devoured these bad boys within 24 hours - they were that good. My mind was blown. I had these in Oxford 7 years ago and had forgotten about the wonder that is Ben's. My favorite was this double chocolate chip one.. it really looked like a plain cookie with a huge chunk of chocolate in the middle. YUM. Ben's make the best souvenirs ;)
the cookies are heaven!!!! very soft and the chocolate was half melted... yummmm... if i could eat cookies everyday all my life and not get fat, i would just camp outside ben's cookies.
minus one star for the lack of seating... there are some small tables outside but they get filled up quickly as fatigue tourists all fight for seats to rest up and enjoy their heavenly sent soft baked cookies...
Cookies are delish but a little on the $, I like the fact that they are round but not perfect.
Go here and eat and be happy! Read my other review for the Oxford St. location for more details...
it's fine, they're just an orgasm in your mouth. unless that's not your thing. in which case, crawl back under the sad, flavorless and bland little rock you came from.
worth crossing the pond for. the end.
so... My LAST review of the ORIGINAL Ben's Cookies in OXFORD got 5 stars for obvious reasons... cause it's BOMB.
Check it: yelp.co.uk/biz/bens-cook…
but if I could... and if it was even possible, I would give the Ben's Cookies in Covent Garden ONE star above the original... 6 STARS!!! Not only did they have ALL the cookies that the original one in Oxford had, but they had Chocolate Praline (O my good god), Coconut, Lemon, AND they put ice cream on your cookies for another £1.50/ cookie (worth it). AND the one in London has the Ben's Box deal, where you get 2 free cookies, when buying 5. forget your diet and HIT THAT UP FO SHO.
My favorite still stands and the OG Dark Chocolate and the Oatmeal Rasin, but the Chocolate Praline kicked a good amount of ass and the Coconut was surprisingly good- very light and fluffy... total tropical treat in London!
Like the originals in Oxford... these cookies are amazingly big, which makes you think they may be overcooked and dry on the inside. but NO, they're moist and chewy as hell... and will most definitely make you rethink your mom's cookies, which you USED to call the best cookies you've ever had cause I guarantee you this will be your NEW BEST COOKIE. sorry mom.
forget that glass of milk... wash down that last cookie with another 450 calorie cookie.
I've never been a huge fan of chocolate chip cookies, but the milk chocolate chip cookies from Ben's are heavenly! Try to get ones that come straight out of the oven...they are amazing warm! The dark chocolate ones are great too!
This is a quite pricey but tasty place to drop off at. Seating is outdoor but you can take everything away. The cookies are cooked fresh on the day and the milkshakes are delicious. They do offers if you buy cookies and milkshakes together. There are such a range of flavours, this place is great.
Yum! These cookies are great! I bought a batch to the office and everyone was all smiles! They are best when they are still warm and gooey in the middle. The price is a little bit rich but your worth it right?
Milk chocolate praliné- just do it.
These cookies are amazing. Honestly if it were only a bit cheaper I'd probably be eating there bi-weekly if not weekly.
I went there with my sister,because.. she is big fan of the cookies in Bens Cookies.We bith agreed that these are one of the best cookies we've ever tried:) A vriety of different flvors will satisfy all your preferences.We recommend also to try the Ginger dark chocolte chunk and the Coconut cookies.really tasty! The cookies are a bit pricey,but you would love them. We often order some boxes of cookies that are offered online.
Food: These cookies are ridiculously good.
Service: Well the line is usually long but the staff is pretty quick to get you your cookies and be on your way..
Value: A single cookie is a bit expensive (I think 1.50 quid) but you get a much better deal if you buy a box of them.
Atmosphere: The one in the Market Building is just a tiny little shop with enough room for 2 people inside at the same time but there are plenty of tables outside. There is typically a line to buy them and the Market Building is typically crowded.
Conclusion: Overall great cookies and totally worth the price if you're in Covent Garden.
A great little shop to pop into on any visit to London, the lovely cookies can be purchased in any quantity starting from 1! Very friendly staff with extremely quick service. Cant wait to go back and try out a different flavour.
Ben's Cookies is Amazing. With a capital A. The flavor of these cookies is unparalleled. They are clearly attentive to detail and they are extremely deliberate in their recipe. Their cookies have the perfect consistency, with a slightly harder exterior and a soft, gooey, warm center. Try the double chocolate cookie and the oatmeal raisin (it has hints of cinnamon!). Make sure you have napkins because the cookies can get messy! It is also worth noting that the vanilla ice cream (and i'm sure the other flavors as well) is AMAZING and extremely tasty. Ben's Cookies ftw!!! I will miss this when I am back in Los Angeles.
This is the best cookie shop EVER!! The cookies are huge & insanely delicious. If you take them home they stay moist for days. Granted, at 6 pounds for about 6 cookies their not the cheapest but give one a try & you'll understand why it's worth the hole in your pocket. I talked these cookies up to my friends & still they weren't disappointed. Best. Cookies. Ever.
Yet another agrees with these 5 star, tummy-yearning, pieces of bliss that ARE NOT IN THE US AND I'M PISSED ABOUT THAT! Whenever friends travel to the UK Ben's Cookies is a Must-do, right along side the tour of Westminster Abby. I want one now!
Delicious, delicious cookies! Don't just buy one, buy a dozen!
Very good, but not quite as good as the ones made in Bath.
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