Stanley & Ramona

My flat white at Stanley & Ramona, in a blue cup on a yellow table, with the latte art surviving to the bottom of the cup.Somewhere everyone had been telling me to go in York was Stanley & Ramona, slightly off the beaten track on Bishopthorpe Road, outside the city walls and a whole 15-minute walk from the city centre. Stanley & Ramona’s run by a lovely couple, disappointingly called Lee and Lucy, although they do redeem themselves by having alliterative names, which always gets bonus points.

Stanley & Ramona is a small spot, where the outside seating (four two-person tables) outnumbers the inside seating (benches along the window and by the counter). This makes for a very cosy atmosphere where you are somewhat obliged to talk with Lee & Lucy. Fortunately they are excellent company, although they did spend most of my visit insulting the other customers.

Somewhere along the line there is coffee, from Cornwall’s Origin on espresso and from various guests on filter through the Chemex. There’s also a decent breakfast/lunch menu.

You can read more of my thoughts after the gallery.

  • On the corner of Bishopthorpe Road and Vine Street in York, you'll find this delightful spot...
  • ... the very wonderful Stanley & Ramona.
  • Sadly the neat outside seating area was not ideal on a rainy Wednesday in December.
  • Best go in then.
  • A panoramic view from by the door. That's pretty much all there is to Stanley & Ramona.
  • There's a corner bench seat against the right-hand/back walls...
  • ... plus the door in the corner, of course...
  • ... and a bench seat in the window at the front. And that's it.
  • Nice lights. And a wonderful rose in the centre of the ceiling.
  • The rose in more detail.
  • Obligatory light-bulb shot.
  • Last one, I promise.
  • It's not just bare lightbulbs though. There's this interesting lamp shade in the corner...
  • ... and these two beauties in the windows.
  • One of the lampshades in more detail.
  • Cuckoo clock! Why don't more places have cuckoo clocks?
  • There's a selection of tea & fancy hot chocolate (Stanley & Ramona's description, not mine).
  • Other than the Star Wars figures, I think that might be a family portrait on the wall.
  • There are other things on the walls, such as the drinks menu (to the right of the counter)...
  • ... and the food menu (on the left-hand wall behind the counter).
  • There's also cake on the counter.
  • The heart of Stanley & Ramona: the two-group La Marzocco and its two grinders.
  • My flat white, with lots of primary colours.
  • The latte art is worth a second look...
  • ... particularly since it lasted to the bottom of the cup!
  • Toast for breakfast equals winning at life. And this was particularly awesome toast!
  • I followed that with a Chemex of the guest filter, which I cunningly forgot to make a note of.
  • Instead I paired it with an excellent hazelnut & plum sticky bun.
  • I'll leave you with an arty shot of my Chemex.
Photo Carousel by WOWSlider.com v4.6

Bishopthorpe Road is a lovely corner of York, away from the more tourist-focused centre. It is lined with local shops, including a greengrocers, butchers and delicatessen. Lee & Lucy opened Stanley & Ramona exactly three years ago, having looked for a while for a location for a coffee shop. However, they also wanted to do groceries, something along the lines of Maida Vale’s sadly-missed The Dry Goods Store. Unfortunately they couldn’t find the right premises and when a little shop became available on the corner of Vine Street, they went for it, opening Stanley & Ramona. Three years later it’s still going strong, because, as Lee and Lucy put it, they’re enjoying themselves far too much.

From the outside, Stanley & Ramona is postcard-pretty, a neatly-painted corner shop at the end of a brick-built terrace, with a small outside seating area separated from the street by a low, wooden fence. This holds four two-person tables and would have been ideal had it not been raining. There’s a large window on the left, running almost the full width of the store, and a slightly recessed glass door on the right.

Inside, Stanley & Ramona is dominated by the counter which occupies the corner opposite the door. There’s just enough space for a bench along the window, with bright yellow or blue stools acting as tables, while there’s a corner bench seat which runs about half way along the right-hand wall and then fits in the gap in the back wall left by the counter. You might be able to squeeze eight people in, as long as everyone really knew each other well.

While I was there, everyone did seem to know everyone else, making it rather like popping around to Lee & Lucy’s house for a cuppa and a bit of banter. Even Russ and Rebecca (another alliterative couple who run Kiosk: Project Space) popped in on their day off for their morning coffee. Talking of which, I had a lovely flat white using a Nicaraguan Los Altos from Origin (although it was just about to be switched to a Colombian San Fermin).

My flat white was served at the perfect drinking temperature and was very smooth and sweet, with light, fruity notes. I was there for breakfast and my eyes fixed on the sourdough toast. I maintain that Lucy went to the bakers to fetch a fresh loaf for me, but she shattered the illusion by confessing that she’d just fished it out of the freezer. Regardless of the precise origin of my bread, my toast was excellent and very crunchy.

I stayed long enough to have a Chemex of the guest filter, which I utterly failed to make any notes about, although I do remember enjoying it. I also had an excellent hazelnut and plum sticky bun which had elevenses written all over it.

30A BISHOPTHORPE ROAD • YORK • YO23 1JJ
www.stanleyandramona.co.uk +44 (0) 1904 659166
Monday CLOSED Roaster Origin (espresso) + Guests (filter)
Tuesday 08:00 – 16:00 Seating Benches, Tables (outside)
Wednesday 08:00 – 16:00 Food Breakfast, Lunch, Cake
Thursday 08:00 – 16:00 Service Order at Counter
Friday 08:00 – 16:00 Cards Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Saturday 09:00 – 17:00 Wifi Free (with code)
Sunday CLOSED Power Limited
Chain No Visits 7th December 2016

If you liked this post, please let me know by clicking the “Like” button. If you have a WordPress account and you don’t mind everyone knowing that you liked this post, you can use the “Like this” button right at the bottom instead.


Don’t forget that you can share this post with your friends using the buttons below.

Please let me know what you think