I began naming the various Beany Greens by using the train station that they are closest to. So this, the fourth of the Beany Greens (if you count Daisy Green as the first) in the Regent’s Place development, started life on the Coffee Spot as the Euston Beany Green to go with Paddington (Sheldon Square/Little Venice), Liverpool Street (Broadgate Circle) and South Bank/Festival Hall (midway between Waterloo and Charing Cross).
However, in order to avoid confusion with the kiosk at Euston Station, I’ve decided to call it the Regent’s Place Beany Green. Regent’s Place itself is a couple of streets west of Euston. Set back a little from the busy Euston Road, Beany Green is on the pedestrianised Brock Street, connecting Regent’s Square to Hampstead Road to the east. It’s also right on top of Warren Street tube station and around the corner from Euston Square (which is between it and Euston Station).
The smallest of the permanent Beanies, its trade (based on my visits) is predominantly takeaway. In case you want to stay, it has a neat window bar, a few tables and a nice, sheltered, shady outdoor seating area on the pedestrianised street-front. There’s the same Beany Green goodness, with innovative, healthy food offerings and excellent coffee from The Roasting Party, although space limitations mean it’s espresso-based only.
You can read more of my thoughts after the gallery.
In contrast to the multi-faceted spaces at Daisy Green or the new Beany Green at Liverpool Street, the Euston Beany has a very simple layout. With its essentially square floor plan and incredibly high ceiling, it’s pretty much a cube. The counter, a lovely, tiled affair, is on the right, running the full length of the store, with a slight L-shape at the bottom. What seating there is, you’ll find on the left.
As you come in, there’s a wooden window-bar with four high, red bar chairs. Opposite the counter, there are two high tables projecting from the wall, with a smaller, normal-height round table added in for good measure. If you fancy sitting outside, a pair of the usual Beany Green banana deckchairs, plus several stools/small tables, grace the set-back seating area on the sheltered, pedestrianised Brock Street.
Inside it’s incredibly bright, courtesy of floor-to-ceiling windows, punctured by huge double-doors (also glass), making it wall-to-wall glass at the front. On the off-chance its dark outside, numerous light-bulbs hang from the ceiling. I lost count when I ran out of fingers and toes. Best of all, are the two massive Shuby artworks (The Rawhide Trail), one on the wall behind the counter and the other on the opposite wall above the seating, plus a third, smaller artwork on the wall to the left.
Although easily the smallest of the four Beany Greens (the one on the South Bank doesn’t count for the purposes of this size comparison), there are very few concessions to the range of Beany Green goodness on offer. For example, there’s a slightly smaller amount of cake on display than at the likes of Paddington, Liverpool Street and the original Daisy Green, while the coffee is limited to espresso-based drinks.
If you’ve come for food, there are, in order along the counter: wraps, fruit, salads (so many salads) and then, clustered around the till, cake, not forgetting the famous banana bread and its slightly less famous gluten-free cousin, the coconut bread. The counter is rounded off by the bright yellow espresso machine, facing you through the window, so if you’ve just come for coffee, you really don’t have to go very far!
It’s a friendly, busy place, with lots of locals and a buzzing atmosphere. Although I was relatively new to the Euston Beany, it turned out that I knew lots of the staff. For example, on my second visit, Chrissy, one of my regular baristas from Paddington was on (having jumped ship to Euston), plus Holly, the sister of Suzy, the manager from Paddington, and Georgia, who was the only one I didn’t know/know of.
On my first visit, I was just there for coffee, having a (typically) lovely flat white. However, I returned for lunch and had an amazing salad of a stuffed red pepper, plus one each of the four salads on offer, providing a really crunchy, tasty mix. Naturally, I followed it up with one of Chrissy’s flat whites.
I know I don’t focus too much on the food, but it is worth saying that Beany Green (and Daisy Green) does some amazing food. It’s really healthy and innovative, making a change from the usual run-of-the-mill offerings you get at some (but not all) coffee shops.
|REGENT’S PLACE • 25 BROCK STREET • LONDON • NW1 3FG|
|www.daisygreenfood.com||+44 (0) 207 387 8546|
|Monday||07:30 – 17:00||Roaster||The Roasting Party (espresso only)|
|Tuesday||07:30 – 17:00||Seating||Tables, Window-bar, Tables outside|
|Wednesday||07:30 – 17:00||Food||Breakfast, Lunch, Cake|
|Thursday||07:30 – 17:00||Service||Order at Counter|
|Friday||07:30 – 17:00||Cards||Mastercard, Visa|
|Saturday||CLOSED||Wifi||Free (with code)|
|Chain||Local||Visits||Original: 27th May, 30th June 2015|
|Update: 8th August 2016|
Disclaimer: In the second half of 2015, Beany Green launched a bond to fund its future expansion. I invested in this bond, and, like all bond-holders, receive free coffee as a reward. This Coffee Spot was published before the bond was launched.
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