Party At Moorgate

A lovely piccolo, made with the Captain Blend and served in a glass at Party at Moorgate.Party at Moorgate is the second coffee shop from Winchester-based, coffee-roasting Aussies, The Roasting Party. Opening at the end of April, it’s a tiny space, instantly reminding me of the long-defunct original incarnation of Mother’s Milk. Located on the corner of Moorgate and London Wall, it’s a stone’s throw from Moorgate Station (and even closer to long-time residents, Wild & Wood). The only seating’s an L-shaped padded bench with two small, round tables, although to The Roasting Party’s credit, there are plenty of power outlets, which includes USB sockets.

The coffee offering’s similarly compact, with two blends and decaf on espresso (Captain for milk-based, Drake for espresso/long black), plus two daily batch brew options. This is backed up with a selection of cakes and filled croissants, but otherwise, that’s it. A word of warning: Party at Moorgate’s been cashless since the end of June, so remember to bring your card.

You can read more of my thoughts after the gallery.

  • There's no mistaking Party at Moorgate, the second coffee shop from The Roasting Party.
  • Here's the view head on, with the entrance, via a recessed doorway, on the left.
  • Don't be fooled by the door at the back, by the way...
  • ... since the entrance is via the glass door on your right.
  • Let's go in, shall we?
  • The counter is off to your left at the back of the small space.
  • ... while the seating is ahead of you/to your right in the window.
  • A padded bench-seat runs along the right-hand wall...
  • ... and continues along underneath the window at the front.
  • And that's it for seating. All that's left is the counter at the back, where you order.
  • But before we do, let's have a look around. There's some nice lettering in the window.
  • Obligatory light-fitting shot.
  • Despite the small size, there are plenty of power outlets underneath the seats. USB too!
  • More lights, although this is more to give you an impression of how tall the ceiling is!
  • So, to business.
  • There are cakes and retail bags of coffee for sale off to the left.
  • They all look very tasty!
  • There are various single-origins for sale, along with the two espresso blends.
  • The espresso machine and its three grinders (two blends plus decaf) are on the right...
  • ... with more retail bags and a fridge down below for soft drinks.
  • Yet more bags of coffee!
  • The simple menu is on the wall behind the counter...
  • ... along with a mission statement of sorts.
  • The milk, by the way, is from The Estate Diary.
  • I decided to have a slice (or is that slab?) of the banana bread...
  • ... along with a piccolo made with the Captain Blend.
  • Impressive latte art in such a small glass...
  • ... and just as impressive: the milk held the pattern until the very end!
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Party at Moorgate occupies a single bay-window on the right-hand side of a shared, recessed doorway. There’s a large, tall window facing out onto the street, with a second narrower, curved window leading into the shared, recessed doorway. The entrance is towards the back on the right-hand side, where you’ll find a glass door that leads into Party at Moorgate. There’s also a door directly ahead of you, but that’s for the staff who otherwise would be trapped behind the counter, which is at the back, to your left as you enter.

The only seating is ahead of you and to your right, with a padded bench that runs the width of the window and then half-way along the right-hand wall. There are two small, round tables, but otherwise that’s it. You might be able to squeeze six people along the bench at most, although it would be a crush. Despite this, Party at Moorgate doesn’t feel that small a space, partially helped by the front being almost entirely glass, added to which are the incredibly high ceilings, making Party at Moorgate taller than it is wide.

You order at the counter, where you’ll find the till in the centre, with the cake to the left and the two-group La Marzocco Linea espresso machine to the right, along with its three grinders. Impressively for such a small space, the staff will bring your coffee out to you if you are staying, so take a seat once you’ve ordered.

As well as the two blends (plus decaf) on espresso, there are two batch brew options. These are chosen every morning by the baristas, selecting from the full output of the roastery, including the two blends and a selection of single-origins (the options were an Ethiopian and a Rwandan during my visit). All the beans are available in retail bags.

I’m very familiar with The Roasting Party’s coffee, having enjoyed it many times over the last few years. My usual order is a flat white, so to change things up a little, I had a piccolo, which was excellent, the Captain blend, smooth and well-balanced, going perfectly with the milk, which held the latte art all the way to the bottom of the glass. I paired that with a slice of toasted banana bread, although a slab might be a better description. It was lovely though, with plenty of bananas and walnuts.

71 MOORGATE • LONDON • EC2R 6BH
https://theroastingparty.co.uk
Monday 07:00 – 16:00 Roaster Roasting Party (espresso + batch brew)
Tuesday 07:00 – 16:00 Seating Padded Bench
Wednesday 07:00 – 16:00 Food Cakes
Thursday 07:00 – 16:00 Service Order at Counter
Friday 07:00 – 16:00 Cards Cards only
Saturday CLOSED Wifi No
Sunday CLOSED Power Yes
Chain Regional Visits 30th July 2019

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