Beany Green, Regent’s Place

A pair of Beany Green deckchairs, blue on the left, pink on the right. Each shows a half-peeled banana with the word "YOUR" above the image, and "NEEDS YOU" underneath.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.

  • The A-board is your first indication that there's a Beany nearby. Although it doesn't actually say 'Beany Green' anywhere, the giveaway is the free hugs :-)
  • And, lo! There it is, on Brock Street, leading into Regent's Place.
  • There's outside seating, with the famous Beany Green banana deckchairs taking pride of place.
  • But what's that in the window? I see. It's the award-winning Beany Green then!
  • Inside, the wonderfully-tiled counter takes up the whole right-hand side.
  • Meanwhile, the seating is to the left, starting with this window-bar (seen here in 2015)...
  • ... and here in 2016.
  • The rest of the seating is provided by these two high tables and a smaller round one.
  • Some Beany Green madness (and cacti) on a high shelf on the back wall.
  • There are lots (& lots) of lights in Beany Green, hanging down from the very high ceiling.
  • And what's that I see on the wall behind the counter? It's a Shuby Art mural!
  • And there's another one on the opposite wall! The best Shubys yet?
  • This was joined by another, smaller Shubby artwork in 2016.
  • Another lovely Beany Green touch: fresh flowers on the tables: these, from my first visit.
  • ... while these yellow roses were there on my second visit of 2015.
  • Meanwhile, these beauties were there on my visit in April 2016...
  • ... as well as these.
  • The heart of any Beany Green is the counter, which is always heavily laden.
  • Starting by the till, there's cake (all pictures of the food from 2015)...
  • ... and Beany Balls of various descriptions.
  • Moving to the left, there's the halfway house of banana or coconut bread...
  • ... and then, at lunchtime, an amazing array of salads.
  • I feel healthier just looking at it all!
  • Lots of healthy salads!
  • And if that wasn't enough, next comes the fruit, which sits in front of the grill...
  • ... next to which are the wraps. These are looking a bit depleted...
  • ... although, as if by magic, more appear to fill the gaps!
  • Inspired by all that healthiness, I went for a salad on my first visit in 2015...
  • ... but (this) man cannot live by salad alone. I need coffee!
  • The bright-yellow espresso machine is in the window. There's the house-blend plus decaf.
  • From my second visit in 2015, a lovely flat white, for once not in one of my takeaway cups...
  • ... while the first time I went (also in 2015), I had this beauty...
  • ... which held its pattern all the way to the bottom of the cup!
  • For most of my visits in 2016, I was back to takeaways, like this flat white in my Keep Cup.
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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.

August 2016: this is an updated version of the original post I made in July 2015. You can see what has changed in my Coffee Spot Update piece.

You can also see what I made of all the other branches of Beany Green that I’ve visited. Beany Green won the 2015 Coffee Spot Happiest Staff Award was a runner-up for the  Best Takeaway Coffee Award.

REGENT’S PLACE • 25 BROCK STREET • LONDON • NW1 3FG +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)
Sunday CLOSED Power Yes
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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