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  • 27 Monmouth Street
    London WC2H 9EU
    Covent Garden
  • Transit information Bakerloo Central Northern Piccadilly Get Directions
  • Phone number 020 7232 3010
  • Business website monmouthcoffee.co.uk

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  • 5.0 star rating
    19/6/2014

    Perfect. Perfect, perfect, perfect.

    Monmouth has delicious coffee. Even better? The atmosphere gives the coffee a run for its money. Simple, chic and everything you could dream of in a quaint little coffee shop.

    My favorite will always be their cappuccinos--light, airy and perfect for a morning or afternoon pick me up. A must try!

  • 4.0 star rating
    3/7/2014

    This coffee shop in Covent Garden gets rave reviews online, so I had to pay a visit. True to the reviews, the store is VERY small inside, so don't even think about getting a place to sit. If you visit, plan to take away. For 2.5, my latte was very small and indeed good, but not that much better for the trouble and price. Their system is amazing - they have 3-4 people taking orders, that then shout across the room and around customers to 2-3 others making coffee. I don't know how they do it but they keep it straight and deliver pretty quickly. Worth a try for sure.

    They also have a location in Burough Market, but the cue just to get in the front door had to be 20 people deep. Very popular place

  • 5.0 star rating
    17/6/2014
    1 check-in here
    Listed in Coffee Hit

    Monmouth is perfect.

    When it comes to a latte, which is generally my coffee shop order. No one delivers the quality that Monmouth does. It's getting all the little bits right and marrying them into a beautiful latte concoction. The whole fat (probably locally sourced) milk, the fine brown sugar in their bowlfuls. For the peckish, the delicious bits of pastry also on offer certainly helps. But we all know we're here for the coffee.

    I have a coffee snob ambition. As such, avoiding coffee giants and supporting the independent coffee shops is a developing habit. Monmouth is definitely one of my favourite. Sadly, knowing how good their latte is, I never order anything else. The other part of the problem is that they're rarely open when I'm in the area. I'm always at the seven dials on Sundays and sadly work just far enough, with enough unsociable hours to be denied Monmouth.

    To anyone who works where Monmouth is their local coffee haunt - are you hiring?

  • 5.0 star rating
    7/7/2014

    Nice choice, great coffee and brownies without a doubt! Good selection of coffee, mostly liked capuccino and latte. Filter coffee deserves some words too! Niceeee!

  • 5.0 star rating
    5/6/2014
    1 check-in here

    After stumbling upon the other Monmouth location near the Borough Market, I scheduled a casual meeting over coffee at this location. I was thinking Yelp should add an attribute for "good for business meetings" for situations like these. But I digress...

    - The coffee is excellent. Strong. Drip. Artfully presented.
    -  It sure is cozy. I'd probably give this a no for "good for business meetings" as you'll likely end up sharing a table with friendly strangers. There were no less than 3 small groups or pairs sharing our corner booth.
    - There's usually a line, but we didn't wait for more than a few seconds on a weekday morning. Nice.

    Normally, I'd say 4 stars but what pushes them over the edge to 5 (and what I'm shocked is not a Yelp Highlight already) is the fact that they serve Vichy Catalan, my favourite almost-salty water from Catalunya. I will continue to go out of my way for Vichy. I love it. So why not pair it with a nice flat white?

  • 5.0 star rating
    10/5/2014
    1 check-in here

    Monmouth is a special little place that feels like a long-lost family gathering... with amazing coffee. Drinks are strong, bold, and artfully displayed,  so that even the snobbiest of coffee drinkers are satisfied.

    First, the staff welcomes you in with a friendly "hello," shows you around the shop to your seat, and tells you how the ordering process works. Essentially, you'll sit in one of the few, small table booths, along with three or four strangers. Signs encourage a mobile-free environment, and there's no wifi. (This means you might actually have to talk to the people you're with, or make small talk with some other coffee-lovers. Shocking, I know.)

    This is NOT the place to go if you're looking for a spacious, comfortable, or quiet coffee shop for a meeting or revision. Prepare to bump elbows with a stranger or two.  However, in a city that has a reputation for unfriendliness, Monmouth is a refreshing change of pace -- with excellent coffee.

  • 5.0 star rating
    17/6/2014

    Possibly the best coffee in London. I am currently on my third London experience and have turned the city upside down each time searching for a delicious cup of coffee. Through a recommendation, I tracked down this little gem and got their 'house special' (just a cup of their individually filtered blend) with a dash of warm milk. Absolutely divine. Did not stay to enjoy the cozy atmosphere but it is quaint with booth seating. Will stay for my cup next time!

  • 5.0 star rating
    12/6/2014

    Great coffe, nice brownies, impressive history, super busy and.. Girl-power! Managed by almoast all ladies staff..

  • 5.0 star rating
    10/12/2013

    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.

  • 5.0 star rating
    2/4/2014

    A friend suggested this place to me... what wonderful coffee! I'm not much of a coffee person but this is one of those spots that wins your heart straight away. Pleasant and would definitely go here again! Pricy but well worth it

  • 5.0 star rating
    14/10/2013

    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.

  • 4.0 star rating
    1/10/2013
    2 check-ins here

    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.

  • 4.0 star rating
    6/9/2013
    1 check-in here

    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!

  • 3.0 star rating
    3/3/2014
    1 check-in here

    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.

  • 4.0 star rating
    24/1/2014

    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.

  • 4.0 star rating
    16/9/2013

    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!

  • 4.0 star rating
    23/8/2013
    1 check-in here

    Wonderful pain au chocolats and delicious apple juice.
    Very cool atmosphere. And I want some more of that apple juice!

  • 5.0 star rating
    5/4/2013

    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.

  • 4.0 star rating
    30/1/2014

    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

  • 5.0 star rating
    8/12/2013

    The best coffee I've had in the world.  Any more words will simply do this place an injustice.  Great job Monmouth!!!

  • 5.0 star rating
    4/12/2012

    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.

  • 5.0 star rating
    7/12/2012

    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)

  • 4.0 star rating
    18/10/2012
    1 check-in here ROTD 20/11/2012

    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.

  • 3.0 star rating
    9/1/2013

    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!

  • 4.0 star rating
    14/1/2014

    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.

  • 3.0 star rating
    28/1/2013
    1 check-in here

    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.

  • 4.0 star rating
    11/1/2013

    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.

  • 5.0 star rating
    12/7/2009 Updated review
    1 check-in here

    I fucking love you, okay?!

    There. I said it.

    4.0 star rating
    24/4/2009 Previous review
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    You know about your celebrity status in London, and you're pretty humble…
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    5.0 star rating
    28/3/2009 Previous review
    Wet and cold, bitter winds.
    The smell of the roast draws me in.

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  • 4.0 star rating
    1/9/2009
    2 check-ins here

    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.)

  • 4.0 star rating
    30/4/2009
    2 check-ins 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!

  • 3.0 star rating
    28/4/2009

    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!

  • 5.0 star rating
    3/11/2011

    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.

  • 5.0 star rating
    19/2/2012
    4 check-ins here

    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.

  • 5.0 star rating
    2/7/2010

    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.

  • 3.0 star rating
    19/8/2009

    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.

  • 2.0 star rating
    3/7/2011

    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 !

  • 5.0 star rating
    8/1/2009

    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.

  • 5.0 star rating
    25/1/2010

    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

  • 1.0 star rating
    1/11/2013

    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

  • 2.0 star rating
    3/7/2011

    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.