When I first visited London, I discovered that if the locals talked about coffee, inevitably the name Monmouth would come up. This old café initially started in Covent Garden in 1978. In addition to serving and selling coffee, Monmouth also roasted their own beans.
As the business got better over the years, the owners opened another branch near Borough Market. The roastery was then moved to Maltby Street in Bermondsey.
The first Monmouth café I tried visiting was the original shop at Covent Garden. The plan was to head there for afternoon tea but after seeing the long lines snaking out of the entrance, I pretty much gave up on that idea. Darn.
My next attempt was on a weekend, an early morning trip to the Bermondsey roastery. On most days, this shop functions as their office and isn’t open to the public. On Saturdays however, folks are welcome to drop by in the morning for a cup of coffee.
I ordered a cup of hand-brewed, single origin Guatemala. A full-bodied aroma but very bold, far too bitter for my taste, unfortunately.
Next I headed to the Borough Market outlet. Already the queue was daunting but why not join them since I’m already here, eh? A cappuccino first: smooth foam and tasty enough though no real surprises here. A chocolate croissant to complete my breakfast and my Monmouth experience, and I’m done.
Monmouth Coffee: Bermondsey
Arch 3 Spa North, between Dockley Road and Spa Road, London SE16 4RP, UK
Open Sat only 9am-1:30pm
Monmouth Coffee: The Borough
2 Park Street, The Borough, London SE1 9AB, UK
Mon-Sat 7.30am-6pm / Sun closed