Thursday, November 23, 2006


Thirteen great places to drink a cup of coffee / tea!
  1. Nell's Café on the A2 ~ a member of that great British tradition, a transport caf. Fab breakfasts served with huge and I mean huge mugs of tea. They gave Kev a very odd look when we went in there once ... something to do with him asking if they did a vegetarian breakfast! The girl at the counter said incredously "you mean with no meat like?"
  2. Hotel Kyriad La Garissade, Labastide Murat ~ just up the road from le Laquet. Serves a gorgeous cup of café au lait on the terrace on market day. Served by the lovely, smiley Isabelle.
  3. The beach cafe @ St Margaret's at Cliffe ~ none of that crappy polystyrene cup rubbish! Proper mugs of tea!
  4. The Rose & Crown, Perry Wood, Selling ... sit in the fab garden with a cup of coffee until the sun is over the yard arm and then get a pint of Adnam's to go with one of their amazing Ploughman's.
  5. The Grand Hotel, Brighton ~ they do the most wonderful afternoon tea! Crustless sandwiches, cream cakes, scones with strawberry jam and wonderful Villeroy & Boch china tea pots full of steaming hot English Breakfast tea!! Wonderful!!!
  6. And now on to Wales. The Kardomah Coffee Shop, Portland Street, Swansea. The smell as you entered the Kardomah was fabulous; a rich, roasted coffee scent hung in the air and if I close my eyes I can still remember it now .... South Wales seems to be full of really good Italian owned cafes. Why? Here's why!
  7. Which leads me neatly on to Domachi's (RIP ... now a fried chicken joint and not even a really good fried chicken joint) in Pontarddulais near Swansea. Mrs Domachi or her sister used to stand at the till and shout orders at her husband. They did glass cups of milky coffee that was so hot it would take the layer of skin of your upper lip ... wonderful memories!
  8. Fecci's & Sons Ice Cream Parlour in Tenby ... great ice-cream, great cup of tea. Not together you understand!
  9. Cresci's Cafe in Ynysybwl, Rhondda (though I'm sure some people would argue the geography of that!) I remember a morning after the night before when Jon, Kev and I sat with sausage sandwiches and huge mugs of tea ~ bliss!
  10. Joe's Ice Cream Parlour, Swansea. The best ice-cream and a good Italian cappucino too :o)
  11. A good one to go to with new friends. The Pumpkin Café @ Doncaster Station!! But we drank hot chocolate :o)
  12. One for my dreams, a cup of tea with breakfast at the Oyster Box Hotel, Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. I spent a blissful week on that terrace drinking tea *sighs* watching whales & dolphins and generally soaking up the sunshine! I want to go back one day soon :o) And finally ....
  13. My kitchen table ... pop in if you're in the area!

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33 comments:

Caryle said...

Sounds lovely! And turning a coffee place into a KFC?! Sacriligous!

I'm getting up early tomorrow for a long drive, and I'm promising myself a good BIG cup of coffee from my closest coffee shop as a reward. :)

Cheryl said...

Sounds wonderful. Not many cafes in my area. Just one Starbucks after another.

Laughing Muse said...

These all sound great. I have a friend who's going to England for their 10th anniversary - I don't know if she'll be around Kent, but I'll point her at this list. She's a severe coffee-lover, so I suspect that if their itinerary didn't include Kent before, it probably will now!

DK said...

Ooh, I would love to go to each and every one of these! Hubby loves really good coffee; I love tea. Thanks for stopping by my blog and drop in again any time! Have a very Happy Thursday,
DK
http://aflyoverblog.typepad.com

Anonymous said...

I loved Joe's Ice Cream! Lots of cool people in there all the time!!

Anonymous said...

If I'm ever in England, I'll check out EVERY SINGLE ONE OF these!
Howdy to a fellow coffee lover! :D
Thanks for stopping by. I HAD to return the favor.

Anonymous said...

If I'm ever in England, I'll check out EVERY SINGLE ONE OF these!
Howdy to a fellow coffee lover! :D
Thanks for stopping by. I HAD to return the favor.

Rav`N said...

Mmmm, you make me want to go get a cup of coffee now. I love the stuff. thanks for stopping by.

scribbit said...

Oh how I love my hot chocolate. Tea is good too, but I LOVE hot chocolate.

Anonymous said...

You know, I wish I liked coffee because I'd love to just go into a coffee place and order some outrageusly delicious, relax and people watch.

Oh well - cool list.

Anonymous said...

Those places all sound lovely. I do enjoy a good cup of tea. No coffee for me - I've never acquired a taste for it, but tea is wonderful. :)

Happy T13. :)

The Mistress of the Dark said...

Oh I want to try them all. Now I have to get a passport and a plane ticket!

happy tt and thanks for visiting :)

Amy said...

A nice hot cup of tea. That sounds yummy right now. It's cold outside!

Happy T13. Thanks for visiting.

Better Safe Than Sorry said...

you forgot to mention my kitchen table!

i am jen [with1n] said...

Those places sound wonderful. My choices here are limited to Starbucks, and a little tea shoppe that recently opened.

Happy TT!!

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

What a cool list. Sounds like if I come visit, you'll have me drinking coffee and tea like a pro. (and not Starbucks, either! I could go for that!)

Happy TT!

baggage said...

I love little cafes like that. Sounds wonderful

Sanni said...

.•:*¨¨*:•Happy TT•:*¨¨*:•.

from Germany a German coffee-addict =)

Thanks for sharing! Hopefully I can visit some of the cafés you´ve mentioned some day.

S.

Rae said...

Hmm coffee! Not may cafe's here, but it is my dream to one day live near one or start one. Nothing too fancy, just something nice with lots and lots of coffee's, teas and chai.

Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy TT!

mar said...

Good thing that I have my humble mug of coffee right in front of me, I would be very thirsty otherwise :)
Lovely links.
Oh, your nr 12...

Anonymous said...

Hey, this really makes me crave for nice hot cup of tea right now. And maybe icream too for later...

Anonymous said...

Can't drink coffee, but love the smell. Can't drink tea which makes all my relatives think I am adopted!
LURVE hot chocolate and of course the comapny of great new friends. ! year WOW
Xx Fizzy xX

Moogie said...

These all sound fantastic! I am still laughing over the vegetarian comment.

Happy TT!

she said...

My favorite place in the world to drink coffee is any cafe in India (ummm, their coffee is amazing) but "The Moon" in Annapolis, MD comes a close second. It's been years since I've been there - wonder if it's still open and filled with those cute Midshipmen ;)

Duchess said...

Dang, no idea where any of these places are....but love a cup of coffee or tea. Will drop by one day if ever in the area.

Missy said...

I'm not much of a coffee drinker but I'd love to visit these places anyway - just to do some people watching. ;)

Mom's Secret Life said...

Wow! Now I want a good cup of coffee!

The best coffee I had was in a coffee ceremony in Ethiopia...it was amazing! Rich but not bitter or biting. I still dream about that coffee.

rashbre said...

One of my favourite Ice Cream places is in Fowey in Cornwall. They serve home made Ice Cream with Clotted Cream on top. Its not something to do every day, but it is worth a detour if in the area. I have no idea what the shop is called but the Ice Cream (vanilla is my favourite) is just brilliant.

The other ice cream (apart fro my secret enjoyment of Ben & Jerry's) is Minghella's which is mainly served on the Isle of Wight.

The Minghella family is the one where Anthony Minghella is the son and a famous film producer (The English Patient, the recent Breaking and Entering).

So there's some sport in the family. He ALWAYS features the Isle of Wight in his films (in a Pathe film clip which the actors are watching in The English Patient, for example.) And the family ALWAYS bring out a new ice cream mix based upon his film titles.

Mr Ripley (A rippled ice cream), truly madly deeply...
And the easiest one to name which was also a subtle joke...Cold Mountain.

Have a screamingly good weekend.

rashbre

Taconcubano said...

Coffee smells perfect, but doesn't agree with my stomach. (Don't know why, I can do liters of diet cola.) Love coffee shops though, especially if they do good teas. Pity it is so far away ...

Mitch said...

Back porch my house in the Ozarks. Thanks for the read Mitch

Sophisticated Writer said...

My God, cafes! One of my fave places in the world (my fave cafes I mean) :-) I'd love to try cafes in the UK when I go there someday. Thanks for dropping by.

Teena said...

Great list!

Mine's up too :)