Stoney Point (Mr Wolfe Update)

The logo / name of Stoney Point, written on the black board behind the counter.When is a Coffee Spot Update not a Coffee Spot Update? While it’s a question that probably only I care about, it arises in the case of Stoney Point, tucked away on Brighton’s Montpelier Place. Readers with long memories will recall that this was once home to Mr Wolfe, a delightful coffee shop specialising in homemade cake, which I visited in 2015.

Shortly after my visit, Mr Wolfe’s owner, Travis, returned to Australia, selling the business to the current owner, who, aside from the name change, has kept things much as they were, something I discovered when I finally returned to Brighton at the end of last year.

Like Mr Wolfe, Stoney Point serves a concise espresso-based menu using coffee from veteran roasters, Monmouth. Best of all, it’s kept the friendly, neighbourhood atmosphere that made Mr Wolfe so welcoming. If you’re hungry, there’s a range of cakes, and that’s about it.

You can read more of my thoughts after the gallery.

  • Stoney Point, tucked away on Brighton's Montpelier Place...
  • ... and looking very similar to how it looked when it was Mr Wolfe back in 2015.
  • The tree is still there, by the way. I just took the first shot from a different angle.
  • Stepping inside, the layout is very similar, with the counter at the back...
  • ... which is also how it was four years ago (this is going to be a common theme).
  • This is the view looking the other way. And yes, that's all there is to Stoney Point.
  • The seating is arranged along the left- and right-hand walls, just as it was four years ago.
  • The ceiling is very high, by the way. It's probably as tall as it is wide.
  • The left-hand wall is taken up with this padded bench and its three tables...
  • ... much as it was (you guessed it) four years ago.
  • Opposite them is this four-person table...
  • ... much as it was four years ago.
  • Finally, there's a two-person window-bar in the right-hand window...
  • ... much as it was (all together now) four years ago.
  • I even took pictures of the same light bulbs. These are from 2015...
  • ... while this is the same view from my recent visit. The only difference is the window sign.
  • Talking of which, more light bulbs and another sign.
  • Just in case you forgot where you were.
  • Down to business. The menu is chalked on the wall at the back...
  • ... with the colourful espresso machine, off to the right, at the heart of the operation.
  • There's a selection of cakes on display on the counter.
  • Nice to see reusable cups, in this case from Frank Green, on display.
  • A nice touch is the bottle of water which you'll find on each table.
  • Going back to the cake, I decided to have a slice of panettone...
  • ... which I paired with an excellent piccolo, served in a glass.
  • I'll leave you with the latte art, impressive in such a small space!
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Stoney Point is on the Hove side of  Brighton, on the next street back from the main east-west artery, the Western Road. A stone’s throw from Small Batch Coffee’s lovely Norfolk Square branch, Stoney Point is just a little off the beaten track, making it a quiet alternative to many of Brighton’s bustling coffee shops.

There’s not a lot to Stoney Point. Essentially a cube, its deeply-recessed door sits between two windows that stretch almost from the floor to the ceiling. This means that it’s very bright inside, and, thanks to lots of bare light bulbs, it’s just as bright when the sun’s gone down.

The door is sufficiently recessed that, as you enter, you pretty much step right up to the counter. A wooden affair, with a large display cabinet for the cake, it occupies the back of the store, running almost its full width, with just enough space on the left to allow access to the stairs. These run for about two-thirds of the width of the store, but only lead up to the toilet. However, to the right, this leaves space for a little kitchen which extends behind the espresso machine.

There’s not much seating at Stoney Point, and most of what there is feels as if it’s behind you in the two bay windows. A padded bench-seat runs along the left-hand wall and into the first of the two bay windows. This has three small, round tables, each with a low stool. Opposite it, against the right-hand wall, is a two-person padded bench with its own table, while the window has a two-seat window-bar. In all, you could probably sit 12 people inside if everyone shares. There’s also a bench outside the left-hand window if that sort of thing takes your fancy.

The décor is very simple: black, except for the right-hand wall, which is white. The contrast is striking and effective, especially since the menu is chalked in white on the wall behind the counter. Despite being small, the high ceilings and large windows make it feel spacious and roomy.

To mark my return, I decided to have a piccolo and a slice of panettone (since it was almost Christmas). Although the range of cakes isn’t quite what it was in Mr Wolfe’s day, another thing that hasn’t changed is the generous size of the slices. My slice of panettone was massive, and it was as good as it was big: light and fluffy, liberally dotted with currants.

Stoney Point uses Monmouth’s organic espresso blend (with a decaf option if required) and my excellent piccolo was the perfect showcase. It had the perfect ratio of milk to coffee, allowing the fruity nature of the coffee to come nicely through the milk, with neither dominating. Although it had been almost four years since my previous visit, it felt like I’d hardly been away…

Monday 08:00 – 16:30 Roaster Monmouth (espresso)
Tuesday 08:00 – 16:30 Seating Tables, Window-bar, Bench (outside)
Wednesday 08:00 – 16:30 Food Cake
Thursday 08:00 – 16:30 Service Order at Counter
Friday 08:00 – 16:30 Cards Amex, Mastercard Visa
Saturday 08:00 – 16:30 Wifi Free (with code)
Sunday 10:00 – 16:30 Power Limited
Chain No Visits 22nd December 2018

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