This is such a perfect little place to work away in peace, with a nice coffee, that I'm slightly afraid to review it... On one hand, I'd like to spread the word about this little gem of a café but on the other, I'd very much like to keep this little haven all to myself...! :D
There are a few Café Cohos dotted about Brighton, but this one is by far my favourite. Nestled in the lanes, tucked away in a great people-watching spot, this particular Café Coho has such a great atmosphere about it. The staff are very genuinely friendly and eager to help, the coffee is great (as is the cake) and, best of all, they have a cute and quiet little upstairs area that not everyone's aware of - making it the perfect spot to go and work in absolute peace.
Beyond the smooth, old school tunes playing in the background and the occasional sound of passers by, the upstairs seating area is very mellow. Big comfy chairs, proper tables and great wifi, endeavour to keep you there all day long, topping up on the café's treats as you go along.
I enjoyed a cheese and ham breakfast croissant, a coffee and a sparkling water - all relished casually over a few hours of work. There's no urgency to leave here - you're not constantly being hounded to finish up and leave or spend all of your money. The staff let you lounge and work, without hassle, which is a great attribute indeed.
I haven't tried the lunches here, but I have no doubt that I will at some stage! If they're anything like the quality of the food and drink I have sampled, they'll be lovely.
All in all, I'd say this is a real find. I think I'll be a regular in here, for sure!
Cafe Coho is one of my new favourite coffee spots. Providing you can grab a table (other people have cottoned on to this place too) it's definitely the kind of digs that deliver the goods.
These days (in me old age!) I've got to be quite careful with my caffeine intake and usually can't really drink coffee past 12pm, so with this in mind, if I treat myself - I've got to make it a good one! The flat whites here are heavenly and VERY strong. You know those lethal cocktails that are so easy to drink but end up getting you sloshed? A similar principle applies here. The coffee is full of flavour and kick but creamy, so I unwittingly underestimated it and slurped down 2. Whoops. For the rest of the day and still past 11pm I felt like I'd been partying with the gangsters of Columbia. Whoosh. Don't bother with drugs kids just pop down to Cafe Coho yeah? Much cheaper.
So the coffee's delicious but be warned! Go easy. Moving on to the CAIIIKE! Brownie lovers getcho derrières down here! Oush! It's very close to being the best brownie I've tasted. Serious. The rest of the selection are also out of this world. I haven't tried the sarnies or other savoury options but it all looks mouth wateringly good.
Service is fairly decent but as I say it can get uber busy so you may sometimes be waiting a wee while. That's the only reason it won't be getting the full five stars - cos sometimes I can't get into the damn place!
Pretty good. Lovely coffee. Slightly overtoasted slicey-in-the-mouth toast. Slightly overdone poached eggs. Decent massive sausages. Good bacon. A good old place to go, but not fantabulous. Nearly, but not quite, the fourth star.
Very, very, Brighton and very nice.
I've only ever had an Americano here but the coffee is STRONG (if you like that sort of thing) and the food always looks delicious. Will need to come back to grab a bite!
The one near Brighton station also has train times listed on a screen so you can have a coffee and not miss your train! Cool.
My first visit so I asked for their speciality they were good as they asked what sort of coffee I liked. I said Black Americano's but I wanted something different, so I got a Mocha and it was good.
But Mocha's are not my speciality so I'm going back again to try the Long Black.
Sandwiches and food looks fab. I had a doughnut (lunchtime) and it was dry, hence the mark down.
BUT I'm going back!
Really surprised to read the good reviews! I think the place is awful!
Terrible coffee, and far too pretentious (and let's face it, there's enough of that in Brighton already!
I always opt for The Marwood (right next door!) if I'm in The Lanes, or Naked Tea and Coffee place for tea (never coffee!!). Excellent coffee at The Marwood (and if you call nero/starbucks/costa beverages "coffee", then think again!!), really chilled, quirky atmosphere, and awesome garden out the back, with street art/graffiti all over the place...oh and free wifi, and awesome cakes/toasties,
Relaxed service? Check.
Really friendly staff? Check.
Excellent tea? Check. Situated not too far from the beach, not too far from North Street Cafe Coho is rapidly becoming one of my favourite new places to sit with a cup of tea and watch the world go by, catch-up with friends or set business meetings. Combined with free wifi (which I didn't know was available), a wide selection of hot/cold, sweet & savoury menu items and drinks, what's not to like? You can tell service is excellent when the baristas remember the first order you ever made the second time you come in. Be prepared for a friendly, no-worries atmosphere. Speaking of excellent, a brand of tea keeps appearing around Brighton that I'm slowly growing fond of called 'Tea Pigs'. I was confused when I first heard about it mistaking it for a teapot of sorts however you'll be pleased to know it's an ultra fresh variety of tea which comes in many varieties (superfruit, peppermint, redbush etc.,) not just your typical everyday breakfast tea. Irritatingly, the prices are rather steep (a tiny cookie in a jar for 50p?), small brownies for over £2.20 they also sell a variety of breakfast items, likewise boasting steep prices. (That might be because I'm a poor student though.) First impressions great. Lasting impressions even better. See you tomorrow.
Lovely sandwich. Lovely coffee. Shame they weren't served at the same time. How hard is it to make coffee? The 3 women at the table next to me had their coffees served one at a time, about 5 minutes apart from eachother!
Think I will go back to the Marwood next time.
Was really disappointed by the fact that their 'pancake stack with bacon and maple syrup' actually didn't contain a scrap of real maple syrup, but a cheap syrup flavoured with maple - not the same, and quite nauseating. Bad move, guys - what a let down. Makes it seem as though you think your customers are stupid, and wouldn't notice? Otherwise, this place is lovely - great decor, quick service, the other food we had was nice, etc. But when there are so many other fab cafes to choose from, it seems a shame to be so let down by a fib on the menu on our first visit!
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