10 of the best places for coffee and cake: relax and enjoy our pick of the UK's best independent coffee houses

10 of the best places for coffee and cake: relax and enjoy our pick of the UK's best independent coffee houses


Foundry Court, Wadebridge, Cornwall

With beans that have a reputation for being best in the county, and a bread pudding held in high esteem, Relish knows how to treat its customers. Dogs are welcome in the café and courtyard but not in the deli because of all the lovely food at nose height! Call 01208 814214 or visit www.relishwadebridge.co.uk

The Wild Blackberry

Elm Grove Road, Dinas Powys, nr Cardiff

This beautiful Victorian shop prides itself on tip-top everything, from gourmet coffee to luxury hot chocolate, from traditional Victoria cake to continental pain au raisins. With winter coming, we recommend the homemade soup, too! Take some fresh bread and local eggs when you leave (please pay for them though!), or even a personalised hamper. Call 0292 0515509 or visit www.thewildblackberrydeli.co.uk

Coffee Aroma

Guildhall Street , Lincoln

Hailed by The Guardian, Coffee Aroma is one of our top ten, too. Richard Teasdale and his team call themselves ‘coffee fanatics’, who put a terrific amount of effort into making sure their coffee is top-notch. Choose your own bean, watch your coffee filter in its own individual jug, and settle down with a sweet treat. Yum! Call 0782 8971416 or visit www.coffeearoma.co.uk

Kings Coffee and Books

Queensberry Street , Dumfries

Pop-up art galleries, acoustic evenings, books and fabulous coffee in one place… what more could you want? A relaxing, cosy atmosphere, cakes and pastries, and quiz nights? Oh go on then, Kings really does have it all. Call 01387 254444 or visit www.kings-online.co.uk


Weelgate, Malton, North Yorks

Hailed by locals in all directions, Leoni was (and still is) one of the first coffee pioneers to bring the bean north. One customer even said they’d travel from Norfolk simply for a cuppa here! Service comes with a smile and little ones will fall headfirst for the amazing lemonade. Plus, they support the ‘buy local’ scheme. Call 01653 691321.


Aberdeen Walk, Scarborough

Continental coffee specialists brought to you by the team behind Leoni in Malton, Roasters believes in fair trade and works hard to maintain good relationships with its suppliers from overseas. It’s lovely to have a true coffee shop by the seaside! We’re already thinking about visiting after a bracing walk and ordering a cup of so-called "Monsoon Malabar"… intriguing! Call 01791 808549 or visit www.roasterscoffee.co.uk

The Window Coffee

Wensum Street, Norwich

The Window is a small but absolutely necessary stopping place. It’s close to lots of popular Norwich landmarks, including the cathedral and historic Elm Hill. Access is easy and without steps. Owner Hayley welcomes everyone and will gladly teach you how to make a decent coffee at home, too! Buy some beans while you’re there, to put those new skills into practice later… Call 07913 672491 or visit www.thewindowcoffee.com

10, The Coffee House

Main Street, Haworth, West Yorks

A place to relax and unwind, that serves great coffee. Claire the owner creates her own blends – and really looks after the clientele. Doors officially shut at six but often customers have been known to linger for a few hours more! A true gem in a wonderful setting, this coffee house is also a B&B! Call 01535 644694 or visit www.10thecoffeehouse.co.uk

Honey and Harvey

Thoroughfare, Woodbridge, Suffolk

One of The Independent’s Top 50 UK coffee shops this year. It also deserves recognition for its gorgeous shop façade, dating back to 1650. The café serves the very best artisan roasted coffee and homemade food. They don’t have a website but are on Facebook, or call 01394 548161.

Coffee Yard

High Street, Holywood, North Down

A haven for artsy types, the Coffee Yard has lots of peaceful nooks and crannies to hide away in with a book, as well as a play area to keep children entertained should you need it. The adjoining Yard Gallery has lots of treats in store but if you prefer music, live performances take place every weekday lunchtime. Call 0289 042 7210 or visit www.coffeeyard.com


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