This became my special little coffee house on my recent week long trip to London. It was during the fall season when the weather was just getting kinda cold, perfect coffee drinking weather. Well, any weather is perfect coffee drinking weather.
In Covent Garden, walking down the narrow Monmouth Street, the aroma of freshly brewed coffee enters the receptors in your brain, that says: follow that smell! I'm so glad I did!
It's a smallish shop, with cheerful coffee loving staff serving you. There's usually a small line, but it moves fast. The seating areas are typically filled, so I always took my coffee outside and sat on one of the simple wood sidewalk benches. It was the best coffee I have ever had, each time I had it.
If you are looking for the best coffee in London, this is it. I somehow just wandered in to this shop and had no idea what amazing coffee I was about enjoy. These people really know what they are doing (and this is coming from someone who lives in SF and used to live in Portland, so I know good coffee when I taste it).
The prices are typical for what you would pay for a cup at any upscale coffee shop. The line can sometimes be long, but it moves quickly so you won't have to wait too long.
I cycle down Monmouth Street every morning on my way to work and often savour the delicious smells that woft out from the Monmouth coffee.
Given that I'm usually late I've never found the time to stop, until today. The lady serving me was great, asking what type of coffee I like, how I make it etc and we then agreed on a suitable coffee for me - Sitio da Torre.
I've just made my first cup and it's bloody lovely, which it wants to at £7.50 for 250g.
I get it why people are buzzing about this place. Their coffee is really good. By good I mean, bold coffee and probably the best flat white I've had in London so far. They make it to perfection. But the place alone is too small for a large coffee fans. I personally like to sit down and enjoy my coffee served in a cup and maybe with company of warm brownie or chocolate croissant. Especially for a good coffee, you need proper seating for people to cherish every sip they take of the coffee.
Got a bag of coffee beans as a gift and went to get the beans grounded at the shop. Went in and ask the barista for more information on the taste. He offered a sample so I could taste for myself after explaining a bit about the roast. I wasn't a complete fan after trying it out so he had offered another roast and upon tasting I liked it better. I was able to change the beans I came in with. It was amazing customer service and that is what London needs more of and that explains why they've been in good business since 1978. Also, he was knowledgable about the beans. Many places I go to, from any industry, when I ask questions, 9 out of 10 would say they don't know or they quickly run to a different colleague to ask. Here, all of my questions were answered confidently and even better, sold me to becoming a frequent customer.
Just had an espresso while walking down the monmouth street, taste of the coffee was great a way different from other chains, staff was so friendly. Very small but cute place to enjoy the tasty coffee flavour
Love the coffee but the vibe isn't great as there are usually loaaads of tourists and people in outerwear bustling around/waiting to buy coffee. You usually have to queue for a table. The various queues all get confused. Once you get a table it feels stressful rather than chilled because there are still people bustling around or waiting to sit down, and lighting is too harsh. Baristas have impressive knowledge of coffee though; I feel like I'm talking to bean somieliers. So basically love this place for take out or buying beans for home but not sure about the cafe aspect.
Great little coffee shop a short walk from Piccadily Circus. If you're familiar with Blue Bottle in the US, this compares quite nicely.
The staff are extremely friendly and will get you your drink in less than 2 minutes which is great. I ordered a cappuccino and it was just what I needed to continue touring around London shops. The only downside is that the place was packed so there were no available seats, it was a Tuesday afternoon. I'd recommend this place is you're planning on grabbing a quick coffee and heading out like I did, walking around the area is quite nice!
Very nice. I'm a big time coffee snob and at first, I thought that Monmouth would disappoint. Beans were stored in bins open to the air. The pourover wasn't measured or weighed. Well, I guess I was wrong. Monmouth is excellent. The macchiatos were deep and rich, perfectly extracted. The coffee managed to overcome the lack of precision somehow, yielding a rich brew. And the sugar in the flower pot is a nice touch!
The Monmouth St. location is very nice and central to the Seven Dials for a nice place to rest while shopping. However, it can get a bit crowded at times and sharing tables is de rigueur. Be prepared for a brief crush of humanity when coming and going, but Monmouth is worth it!
The best coffee I've had in the world. Any more words will simply do this place an injustice. Great job Monmouth!!!
Wonderful pain au chocolats and delicious apple juice.
Very cool atmosphere. And I want some more of that apple juice!
Gosh, I have not had such a good coffee in ages!! And now that I am writing this the second time because Qype deleted all but "Gosh" I am even more sure about my judgement. I went here this morning with a friend who had suggested it. I had actually walked passed here several times but never went in.
They only have a few tables so be prepared to share you table with up to five other people. We had cappuccino and flat white and both were great. Do not compare this with an average coffeeshop such as Starbucks - it is better. Way better!
The coffee is freshly grinded just before brewing. The milk is organic, I think. The staff is really friendly and they have delicious cake. Loads of people are always queuing to get a coffee to go. This already shows that you can compete independent with big chains such as Starbucks and provide better quality.
So, if you are around Covent Garden or Seven Dials, pop into this lovely café and enjoy a good coffee. It is worth every penny and that at prices below your average coffee.
Funny how a store don't allow you to take photo inside for memories. Been to way better coffee places all over the world. The cappuccino is a little blend I think. I would thought it would be a better experience for tourist to be able to enjoy
I drink a lot of coffee in a variety of qualities (I have a coffee maker, a cafetière and instant sitting at home). Monmouth is honestly verging on the best coffee I have had, if not the best. I am struggling to think of a better cappuccino anywhere.
Don't come for the quantity, or the seating, or the health factors (you're going to be getting full milk). Come for the hand-crafted beverages that you can take to sip in peace elsewhere. This venue (as well as the one at Borough Market) is always incredibly busy and there is rarely seating. Don't let that turn you off! The staff are always friendly and this may be the best cup of coffee you've had.
1. Espresso+milk drinks: £2.35
2. Espresso alone: £1.35
London coffee pricing makes no sense to me. £2.70 in Shoreditch. £2.20 in Soho. £2.30 in Pret south of Angel. £2.19 in Pret heart of Carnaby street. That kind of thing.
Here's what I can say: by any London rubric, Monmouth is an exercise in pure malicious lovely devilish thievery. Places get off on this "£2 espresso, £2.5 latte" sort of thing. Well here is very very arguably the best espresso in town for £1.35. Check.
Then we have the extra-conscientiously concocted lat/capp/flat/te/uccino/white assortment, whose [yummy full-fat duh] milk proportions support the espresso just so, for £2.35. Mate.
They also will perform a filter cup manoeuvre on any of the dozen or so behind-counter bean varieties for a similar price, and a "filter shot" (an interesting filter concept which uses a short pour to accentuate the secondary floral/herbal/fruity aromatics of the coffee by not extracting as much roast/tannin/caramel "body" notes). These are intense, well-extracted preparations (and the best way to really truly taste the intricacies of coffee). They're also something like £2.35 and £1.35 respectively.
So yes, indeed. A no-pretense celebration of fine fine coffee. Full embrasure.*
*"1609 Shakespeare Troilus & Cressida iv. v. 36 'Preuents Our lock't embrasures.'" (OED)
Ace place. As I said on the photo. With a ceramic coffee filter holder, some filters and a little bag of coffee you can have a cup of Monmouth on your desk whenever you want. How cool is that?
The shop is great and v busy, obviously they sell their great coffee here by the cup or by weight.
If you're unsure about a particular coffee they're happy to make you a little one to try before you buy your beans. I'm currently on the Santa Isabel Guatemala which is exquisite.
If you are buying their more expensive coffees the price per kilo is the same regardless of how much you buy, for the cheaper coffees you are better off buying 500 grams and over.
If you spend £8 on 250 grams you are spending about 40p per cup, which when you think about it, isnt really that bad at all. You can make anything drinkable with enough frothed milk and sugar but a cup of Santa Isabel tastes great naked.
I've no idea why there isn't a local Starbucks..... Oh! Actually, I think I do.
Randomly saw a line outside this coffee shop while shopping in covent garden. So glad my sister and I decided to get some coffee!
We got a flat white latte and cappuccino. The flat white latte was okay... Could have been a little better because it tastes a bit burnt. The cappuccino on the other hand was so delicious! I wish they gave me a larger cup so I could have drank more of it!
There was a long line to get the drinks and a longer wait to be seated in their tiny seating area. I suggest you just grab a cup and drink it while walking around doing some shopping!
I'm not exactly the best person to gauge how great coffee is but as a non-coffee lover this place is pretty good? Well I'd have to assume so because there is always a line to get some coffee.
I went to this location on one of the first days I came to London. It was pretty fun, I came with 3 of my future classmates and we sat at one of the booths discussing what we hoped and dreamed from the course. Anyway, we all ordered some type of coffee beverage and sat down. It was pretty cramped and we had to sit at an already occupied table but that was just fine with us.
This place has a nice homey ambiance and the prices aren't bad. They're average for London. All in all I'd come again if some friends wanted coffee.
Strong and smooth, I'm never disappointed with Monmouth.
Some might say the space is tight, some might say its a place to have a coffee alone or simply to go. Whichever you decide I urge for you to at least give this brilliant cafe a try. Everyone is serious about coffee and on top of their game. The staffs coordinate excellently and keep their smiles wide.
Coffee is amazing without a doubt. I particularly enjoy a filtered Columbia origin. It was subtle and slightly acidic, had a balance aftertaste too. The pastries are fresh and absolutely divine. From their wide selection of choices I was absolutely dumbfounded and held a line up.
Keep up the coffee connoisseurs in everyone going. I'm wanting to go back for more coffee.
Coffee was excellent, but the line was a bit ridiculous. I was willing to wait, however, cause I was dying for a good cup of coffee. If you are looking for good coffee in London, this is probably the place to go. The only other place I had good coffee was Fortnum & Mason (love!).
Monmouth Coffee serves the best coffee in London. It's definitely my favourite place for a cappuccino or a latte. The seating area is tiny. But that intimacy means that you usually get involved in conversations with fellow customers (ideal, perhaps, if, like me, you are often at the place on your own and are in the mood for a brief, casual chat). And because the place is small, the cafe is suffused with the delightful aroma of fresh coffee! Heaven! Service is friendly and efficient. The majority of customers seem to make takeaway purchases. And, although you're likely to have to queue for a seat, in my experience the wait is never long (particularly if you're alone or with just one other person). There's usually a wide variety of coffees available. I cannot recommend the place too highly.
Monmouth is very well established, there's always an orderly line of followers waiting for scrumptious coffee. It is rather packed, especially at the weekends so if you're looking for a low-key, book and coffee spot you might want to venture elsewhere.
They don't pander to skinny-minnie-latte's but you won't be disappointed with their creamy full fat options. More expensive than the high street coffee shops, and does not offer much in the way of service (i generally order coffee to go as it can be hard to get seating area) but they do like to advocate sustainable and ethical sourcing of their products from the bean to the happy cows, whether you like Guatemalan, Kenyan or Colombian beans, they certainly make it worth the wait here.
I've been in London four days now and tried a lot of coffees in that time. Nothing has even come close to Monmouth Coffee. The cafe is beautiful to look at, with all their foods on the front bench, and their small seating arrangement up the back.
So far, Monmouth Coffee has been my favourite thing about London.
Ok Monmouth... you're good. You're very veeeeeery good. So smooth and frothy, so fresh and complex, so sharp and earthy, such style, such flavour, such aroma, such a damn fine body...
But you know it.
I think I've dated you before. You screwed me... but I'm still not over you. Apparently I'm the bitter one.
(Refer to Larissa D's review HERE.)
Thank you to Larissa D for showing me the coffee gospel and introducing me to this place. I can't believe I worked in this area for so long and hadn't been.
Their coffee list is like a wine menu and even though you have to wait in an extremely British queue - its totally worth the wait. Fantastic coffee! brownies looked tasty too!
Spent £2.30 on a filter coffee 3 hours ago.... Still buzzing
(right now I probably looking like Beavis after doing the drugs in The Beavis and Butthead Movie)
I'm not looking forward to the come-down, it could be the biggest caffeine kickdown since I drank a cafetiere of Kona by myself when I was trying to write-up my PhD thesis. The shakes they are a'coming!
So why only 3 stars for excellent strong coffee?
Because of what came after my first word of this review.
Seriously... £2.30 for a filter coffee? It may not be the gourmand's choice but for that much money you can get a filter coffee from Pret, a Curly Wurly and a Kinder Surprise too!
Not only is the coffee absolutely delicious, but the food is amazing too. Even the staff are smiling, all easy going and the atmosphere is just great.
Now, it's a small place, so try not to be discouraged by the big queue. Sometimes it's just the people that go for the take away so sneak in and ask if there are seats available. Some other times, you'll just have to wait to be seated but don't you think of leaving because you WILL regret it!
The tables are communal! If you're not a sharer and are only going with your partner, then try just getting the things for take away. If it's four of you, you may get a table for yourselves. I loved to share mine with a lovely woman and her daughter, we even shared a jar of water! (liquid which by the way, just keeps coming your way if emptied).
The sugar is powdery! Never saw it before but have to say I fell in love. I ordered a ham and cheese croissant, SO TASTY! And Mum had a pear danish, which she enjoyed very much.
There's such a rustic feeling about it that you almost want to find a blanket and start watching a film with your hot cup of lovely latte. Especially when it's cold outside.
I have bought roasted coffee from there before too and they really do know their stuff. You can say exactly how you like/drink it, and they will find the right bean for you.
Plus... there are all sorts of shops around that area, so it's a great place to stop by and relax a little bit.
Cramped, loud, super friendly, great coffee. A classic, but not a place to hang out on your laptop.
Perhaps we're all obsessed with finding the "best" of any particular category of business - the best pub, the best coffee shop. Maybe in a big city like London there can be three or five or seven top-level coffee shops? I think we've actually reached that point in the last few years. For me, Monmouth Coffee held that crown for quite a few years before the recent and welcome explosion of new, "antipodean" shops. Despite this new development, I think Monmouth holds its own amongst *the* best coffee shops in London.
This reminds me that the first time I entered this shop, I noticed there were only a few seats inside, towards the back. I saw some stairs, and asked if there were any seats down there. The girl told me yes, there is one seat down there, with a smile. I later realised she meant the toilet seat.
I really needn't have to review this place because I'm sure I'll add nothing that hasn't already been said on here. However, Monmouth have rather kick-started a coffee Renaissance in my life after it fell out of favour, so I feel that I owe it a review.
My biggest gripe with most coffee shops in this country (I usually take a black Americano) is that in almost every case: i) the 'Barista' fills your cup right to the brim with water (compounded by the fact that many don't understand when you ask for a half-cup of water) and ii) it's scalding hot. So not only is your coffee more watered down than Fosters, but it invariably spills everywhere. Great. And, of course, it's too hot to reduce any of the volume in the cup, so it's an infuriating situation. [/First World Problem]
So on my first excursion to Monmouth, I expected to have a good cuppa, but I didn't expect to come back all that often - after all, I like Caffe Vergano a fair bit and I only frequent it a couple of times a year. On my arrival to a rather cramped cafe (cute as it may be) with a rather long line outside, I glimpsed a wonderful thing for the first time in my life: a drip filter. I had to have one. And it was delicious. So nowadays I find myself looking for any excuse to detour via Covent Garden. I am willing to wait for that oh-so-slow tube lift, to swim and spin through the crowds to get to Monmouth, only to get back on the Piccadilly Line at Leicester Square. If I told my mum, she'd roll her eyes at me.
I haven't really tried any of the cake-y stuff, so I can't comment (although their croissants do look pretty good). Their beans are great, as you'd expect. And the staff are always chirpy and friendly despite the denizens of incoming customers; it may not be an ideal location to go with a bunch of friends for a social afternoon, but ultimately I just want my damn coffee. In the end, the only problem I've had with this place is that now coffee at Imperial tastes a lot like Benson and Hedges. Gold Label. Expensive taste is expensive.
Is this the best coffee in London?
I vote yes.
The Best Coffee of My Life. Two and a half years after leaving London, I still crave it.
Exactingly prepared drinks and whole-bean coffee sourced at single farms, estates, and cooperatives. The tiniest (only?) single-person booth I have ever seen in an eating establishment.
Before Monmouth, I never knew that coffee could taste like lemons, or flowers, or currants, or any number of Robert-Parkeresque descriptors. Oh, oh, oh.
I'm not that picky about my coffee, but I was hoping to be impressed by Monmouth and I can't say that I was. I've heard say that London coffee is generally rubbish, to borrow my favorite Britishism, and I can believe it. Not that the coffee wasn't palatable, it just wouldn't stand out in most other leagues.
The space is small but limited table service is available, and I rather liked the buzzing environment. We sat right behind workers cleaning dishes with a view of the growing line at the cashier. I thought the vibe was fun. My mom, however, couldn't stand it. To be fair, the noise level is high, and ceramics and silverware don't make the most soothing music. On the wall of our little booth were sheets of paper hanging quaintly from metal hooks, offering the handwritten menu and information on Monmouth Coffee.
We ordered a coffee and a latte and were served promptly if not with particular care. The coffee of the day was a Brazilian roast, and like I said, it was good but nothing to write home about. Really, I wrote like ten postcards and not once was my pen induced to include a mention.
I really don't understand how a place with very limited seating space, stale cakes and average coffee gets all this popularity. I pass by every other day to find queues standing out of the shop waiting to buy coffee from there!!
so I - I stood in the queue, telling myself there must be something amazing about the coffee here-
first time, disappointed
second time with a different order, again disappointed
third time, nothing special
but the queue is still standing there every time I walk down that street. There must be something wrong with my taste buds !
Yeah, just simply the best coffeehouse in London. Located in the best part of Covent Garden (Seven Dials area), its one of the few places that actually feels the way a coffeeshop should here. It's super cute on the inside and has a very relaxed atmosphere despite being quite cramped. And the other two Monmouth locations (both in Borough Market) are just as busy, especially on a Saturday.
Ladies (and precious men such as myself), be warned that they don't do anything skinny or non-fat here...and I'm pretty sure the Jersey milk they use is essentially heavy cream. So it's a good thing the portion size (there are no smalls/mediums/larges here) are relatively small.
Also, be warned that they are NOT open on Sundays (traditional morning coffee drinking day in the US). But definitely worth a visit if you feel like upgrading from Starbucks/Nero/Costa.
Monmouth has been around for years, and it's an institution in my opinion for fabulous coffee. The shop is quite crammed - you walk in, and there's an array of pastries (flaky delicious almond croissants are my favourite), and then a few steps lead you to the espresso bar. There's very few seats (maybe 10) in the shop, and during peak times if you're a small group you will have to share with other people.
Although that could detract from the experience for some people, I personally don't go to Monmouth for the sit-down experience. They're extremely efficient so it's a reliable spot for me to grab my morning fix.
Given that they only use whole milk (no skim options here), the coffee is so silky smooth and rich with almost a fruity quality to the brew. It's a small cup for the price, but definitely worth the money.
I am as fussy about my coffee as I am about most things and once I had tried Monmouth Coffee there was no going back. This is a tiny venue that would be easy to miss were it not for the inevitable queue outside. Inside is a wonderful wood clad interior with a large counter and a small area to drink your coffee in at the back. You had better be the sociable type as most of the tables are in booths that seat more than 2 so if it's a private conversation you want then forget it. But this adds to the atmosphere rather than detract as you sit around wooden tables in what can only be describes as pews.
However it's the coffee that makes this place so special and the staff serving it. Not only is this the best place to get a drink-in or take out coffee, but also to buy your beans/grounds to drink at home. And this is where their expertise comes to the fore. They tease your tastes out of you by listening carefully and then coming up with recommendations. I have never been disappointed with a coffee from there and frequently delighted.
If you love coffee then you will love Monmouth. From this coffee loving Brit, you can stick you tea when a dink this good can be had
Good coffee but not great. I felt it was just trying very hard to be trendy and very American and failing miserably at that. The Batista's try very hard to be friendly but don't call me "Hi Guys". First off I am girl , and defiantly not 2 guys, maybe it was too much caffeine or smoking something they shouldn't be, that's the only reason were seeing 2 of me.
The coffee itself was over priced, the filter coffee was OK, but just not worth the price. Filter coffee - not impressed at all, house coffee meh. The booths are so small, even for me; and I am not a fatty. One has to literally squeeze oneself into it. Noise levels are too much, you can hear the banging of the dishes and general chitter chatter amongst the wait staff.
I am really don't know how this place is getting such good reviews, not recommending it to anyone whose friendship I value.
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