The 8 quirkiest coffee stops in Bucks/Oxon
Addicted to your morning coffee? Unable to forgo a mozzarella and sundried tomato ciabatta brunch with a brownie chaser? Yeah, *sniff*, me too. So with your pleasure in mind, I’ve pulled together a list of some of the grooviest and unusual cafes I know in the area. Any utterly unmissably brilliant ones you think I’ve missed off, feel free to harangue me at [email protected]!
LASSCO Three Pigeons, Milton Common, Oxfordshire
This architectural salvage treasure trove just off the M40 has a little powerhouse of a coffee shop within. Just relaunched last month with brilliant breakfast and brunches, you can sit amongst the chandeliers, curios and antiques and celeb spot while you’re woofing down your eggs benedict.
Baker Girl, Wycombe Park Farm, Banbury, Oxfordshire
In a rural location just outside Banbury is a little piece of urban cool. Bakergirl bakes (I know, *surprise*!) breads, pastries, scones and buns but also takes its coffees very seriously. Rather beautifully situated in cool refurbished 200 year old barn, it’s definitely worth a little detour to find it if you’re up that way.
Coopers, Marlow, Buckinghamshire
You’d never find Coopers from a casual amble around Marlow. It’s on an industrial estate five minutes drive from the centre of the town, but you’ll be glad you made the effort. Very ‘urban’, from the guys who also own the lovely Riverlight restaurant in Bourne End, you could easily be in London with this cafe with its long communal tables, retro furnishings, artfully rough edges and brilliant coffee. A dead cert.
Jaffe and Neale cafe, Chipping Norton
Housed within the Jaffe & Neale bookshop, this cafe comes into its own when the weather warms up sufficiently to put the chairs on the outside patio. The space inside is tiny, but strangely alluring if you’re in the mood to buy a book and sit with a coffee afterwards.
Also worth mentioning Albion Beatnik bookshop in Jericho, Oxford – chintzy crockery, cool teas, and evening events.
Hot Gossip, Henley
Dog-friendly and quirkily welcoming, Hot Gossip has a fire out the back and good coffs and cakes, with slouchy sofas out the back, it’s the go-to option for Henley locals.
The Field Kitchen, Nettlebed
Lovely looking cafe, attached to the fantastic Life at Nettlebed interiors shop. Beautiful deli offerings, and great food in the beam-raftered converted church hall. Be prepared to do battle with the immaculately-attired local mums who descend en masse after the school run.
Brew, North Parade, Oxford
A tiny, supercool cafe with exotic copper coffee maker, vinyl record player (the person sitting nearest under obligation to change the record when necessary), and slick coffee-making accoutrements for sale. You’re five minutes from St Giles and central Oxford for some post caffeine power shopping.
Jane’s Teas, Kirtlington
Way to early to make the most of this one – Jane’s Tea’s don’t open until 2 April, but I can’t include a list of quirky, brilliant cafes without mentioning this one. A spectacularly unique outdoor cafe by the waterfront.