Steam Coffee Shop Worcester

A lovely flat white made with the seasonal Dark Horse espresso blend from Quarter Horse Coffee Roasters and served in the Steam Coffee Shop in Worcester.Worcester’s Steam Coffee Shop (not to be confused with The Steam Room, in nearby Birmingham), was a chance discovery from earlier this week. Amanda and I had stopped in Worcester for lunch, intending to visit another coffee shop, when we walked past Steam Coffee, the display of lightbulbs in the window initially catching my eye. A quick perusal of the menu increased our interest and, on discovered that the coffee was from old friends Quarter Horse Coffee Roasters, our decision was made.

Steam Coffee occupies the final shop on the eastern flank of Worcester’s Corn Market, a large, open space opposite St Martin’s Church on the eastern side of Worcester’s compact, medieval centre. Four outside tables on the broad pavement compliment another eight in the cosy interior, which has a simple layout, with the counter at the back. There’s a standard espresso-based menu, the coffee provided by Quarter Horse’s Dark Horse blend, along with a decaf option, while there’s also a wide range of loose-leaf tea from Golden Monkey Tea Co. in nearby Warwick. However, the real draw is the food, with innovative breakfast, sandwich and lunch menus, plus a range of cakes, all made using local ingredients wherever possible.

You can read more of my thoughts after the gallery.

  • On the eastern side of Worcester's Cornmarket stands this row of three-storey buildings...
  • ... home, at the far (northern) end, of the Steam Coffee Shop!
  • The view across the wide expanse of the Cornmarket, Steam Coffee on the right.
  • Steam Coffee has a simple, eye-catching facade.
  • There's a pair of tables outside on the right...
  • ... and two more in front of the window on the left...
  • ... where the various exposed light bulbs make for quite the display.
  • Stepping inside, this is the view from just to the left of the door...
  • ... while this is the view looking to the right.
  • And here's the view looking back towards the door itself.
  • Starting to the left of the door, there's a two-person window bar...
  • ... then a line of three two-person tables along a bench against the left-hand wall.
  • Next to this is a four-person table in the centre of the room...
  • ... and to the right of that, a six-person table.
  • Beyond that, against the right-hand wall, is another row of two-person tables...
  • ... again three in number.
  • Finally, we're back to the door with another two-person window-bar.
  • The stools at the window-bar in more detail.
  • A view back across Steam Coffee Shop from the right-hand corner...
  • ... and another view looking directly across the coffee shop from right to left.
  • The display of window-lights which first caught my attention, this time from the inside.
  • More lights, this time on the wall...
  • ... and, finally, one of the multiple clusters of lights hanging from the ceiling.
  • It's not all lights though. This plant is in the right-hand corner by the window.
  • To business. The counter is at the back, on the left...
  • ... with a large chiller cabinet on the right.
  • The counter in more detail.
  • The cakes, all home-made, are in the display case to the right...
  • ... while the till is off to the left.
  • The coffee side of the operation, meanwhile, is at the back, although the lights do get...
  • ... in the way of the menu which is on the back wall, above the espresso machine!
  • Meanwhile, there's a daily specials menu on the wall to the left.
  • The Dark Horse espresso blend is from Quarter Horse Coffee Roasters, while there's also...
  • ... tea from Golden Monkey Tea Co, which you are welcome to smell samples of!
  • However, Amanda and I were interested in the coffee.
  • There's the Serra Negro seasonal decaf from Quarter Horse...
  • ... but we were after the Dark Horse blend...
  • ... which we had in a pair of flat whites.
  • My flat white in more detail...
  • ... with some lovely latte art.
  • We were there for lunch, with the menus to be found on each of the tables.
  • Breakfast is on the front page, along with toasties/sandwiches for lunch...
  • ... but don't miss out on the separate lunch menu on the second page!
  • This is where Amanda and I ordered from. I'll leave you with her Eggy Waffles...
  • ... and my magnificent The Graduate. Both tasted as good as they looked!
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Steam Coffee Shop is a relatively new addition to Worcester’s growing speciality coffee scene, opening in the summer of 2018 after taking over the premises from the previous occupants, another café. It’s on the ground floor at the northern end of a three-storey row of brick buildings on the eastern side of the Cornmarket, behind which the A38 runs through the city, following the line of the old city walls.

Steam Coffee has a simple, welcoming façade, with a central, recessed doorway flanked by two large bay windows, each hung with the numerous exposed lightbulbs that initially drew my attention. There’s seating on the broad pavement outside, Steam Coffee sporting a pair of two-person tables in front of each window, with views across the Cornmarket to Saint Martin’s Church. Inside, the layout is just as simple, with the counter at the back, occupying the left-hand two-thirds, while to the right is a large chiller cabinet for the soft drinks. Meanwhile, between the two, a short corridor leads to the kitchen at the back, where all the food is produced.

Seating is provided by eight tables, three two-person ones to either side, and two larger, communal tables in the centre. There are also a pair of two-person window-bars, with stools rather than chairs. A long, padded bench runs along the whitewashed left-hand wall, with three tables in front of it. Meanwhile, a further three tables, this time with chairs on both sides, runs along the wood-clad right-hand wall. In the centre, to your left as you enter, is a four-person communal table, while to your right is a six-person one.

You order at the counter at the back, where you’ll find the cakes on the right, the espresso machine and its grinders along the back wall, with the drinks menu above the espresso machine. If you’re looking for food, the breakfast/lunch menus are on the tables, with food served until 15:30. Breakfast starts from 09:00 and is joined by lunch at noon. Finally, there’s a daily specials board on the wall to the left of the counter.

Amanda and I both ordered something from the front page of the menu, which has the breakfast options at the top and the sandwiches/toasties underneath. However, we then saw the lunch menu on the second page and both changed our minds! I had originally gone for the smashed avocado on toast before having my head turned by The Graduate, while Amanda swapped her Halloumi Wrap for the Eggy Waffles.

We did, however, both remain firm on our drinks choice, each enjoying a fine flat white, the Dark Horse blend from Quarter Horse going well with the milk, producing a classic combination with chocolate notes.

Returning to the food, The Graduate consists of a single slice of sourdough toast, topped with smashed avocado and a pair of expertly poached eggs, all drizzled with red pepper jam, which was the perfect blend of sweet and spicy. Amanda’s Eggy Waffles was, as the name might suggest, a whole waffle, coated in an egg wash, and then lightly fried before being split into quarters, each interleaved with a wedge of fried halloumi, the whole ensemble again drizzled with red pepper jam. Both halloumi and waffle were delicious, the latter another perfect combination of sweet and savoury. Lunch-time heaven!

10 CORNMARKET • WORCESTER • WR1 2DR
http://steamcoffeeshop.co.uk +44 (0) 1905 20410
Monday 09:00 – 16:30 Roaster Quarter Horse (espresso only)
Tuesday 09:00 – 16:30 Seating Tables, Window-bar; Tables (outside)
Wednesday 09:00 – 16:30 Food Breakfast, Lunch, Cake
Thursday 09:00 – 16:30 Service Order at Counter
Friday 09:00 – 16:30 Payment Cards + Cash
Saturday 09:00 – 17:00 Wifi Free (with code)
Sunday 10:00 – 16:00 Power Limited
Chain No Visits 26th November 2019

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