You know what? *Hides face behind cushion a little* I'm a fan. But with a very important caveat - I'm only a fan in balcony weather. Why? Because when I came to this Costa, I took my kick-ass Americano up onto that kick-ass roof terrace and looked upon sleepy mid-morning little Didsbury Village with great joy. When I did, the sun was cracking the flags and it was bliss up here.
Otherwise, even without the balcony, it is a very nicely designed Costa! I know, and ordinarily they're bottom of my list when it comes to the coffee chains. Didsbury Village is definitely the chain end of the suburb, with its Slug and Lettuce, GBK, Zizzi and Pizza Express to name but a few. With an M&S Simply Food over the road you were bound to find a coffee chain here soon. And as coffee chains go, this was nice indeed. The loo was lovely and clean, tap water was provided without fuss and I left a very happy customer. Plus it's proper close to Warburton Street too, one of my most favourite streets in South Manchester.
Sometimes convenience wins out, but in the case of this place, the gigantic roof terrace does. Well done Costa, location location location!
There is a very similar story behind the recent opening of this Costa as there is behind the recent opening of Tesco in Chorlton. If you are not familiar with these stories then I shall summarise: plans for shop are announced, locals protest, plans go ahead anyway, annoyed protesters graffiti shop, shop opens, shop does good business, local businesses carry on doing good business.
OK, so it does add to the 'clone town' feel of Didsbury village alongside Pizza Hut, Subway, Zizzis, Café Rouge etc, but if there was no demand for these places then they wouldn't open, and there are still plenty of independent delis and coffee shops in East and West Didsbury and Chorlton.
I've noticed a lot of 1 star reviews for Costas around town, but come on, look on the bright side, they do good coffee, they have an outdoor balcony... and at least it wasn't a Starbucks!
As you will see from my other reviews, I am very pro independent stores rather than the chains but costa in didsbury serves a purpose, you know what you are getting it has an outside balcony away from the street, upstairs is large and comfortable and if you have small children it has excellent changing facilities. Staff are friendly, food is the same as other costas and you still can't beat their giatn massimo cups.
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