I’ve been visiting Gourmet Coffee Bar & Kitchen at Crewe station for many years, picking up flat whites to go in my various reusable cups as I’ve changed trains, usually on my way to/from my Dad’s, so I thought it was about time I wrote it up. Gourmet Coffee has been going since 2007 and it’s been at Crewe since 2011. It now boasts coffee bars at 14 stations, mostly in the Midlands and North West, with outposts in Cardiff and Wrexham. There’s also a coffee bar on a Wrexham industrial estate.
Crewe has two Gourmet Coffee Bars, a smaller one on Platform 6 and the larger one on Platform 5, which I usually visit. Both have a similar offering, with a standard espresso-based menu and a range of sandwiches, crisps, cakes and pastries if you’re hungry. After years with Union Hand-roasted, Gourmet Coffee recently switched to Clifton Coffee Roasters.
July 2020: Both Gourmet Coffee Bar & Kitchen kiosks have reopened at Crewe station. You can see what I made of the one on Platform 5 when I visited in early August.
You can read more of my thoughts after the gallery.
You’ll find the two Gourmet Coffee Bar & Kitchens practically opposite each other on Platforms 5 and 6, both towards the southern (London end) of their respective platforms, near the stairs to the footbridge. For various reasons, I usually change trains at Crewe on my way back home (ie going to London) rather than when I’m coming from it. This means my trains are typically departing from Platform 5, so it’s this Gourmet Coffee Bar that I end up using. Platform 6 also has shorter opening hours (it closes at 18:30 during the week and mid-afternoon at the weekends), so on the odd occasion I have changed trains on the way up to my Dad’s, it’s invariably been closed.
Of the two, Platform 5 is the larger, with a wide, open-fronted container at the end of the main station buildings, facing the stairs to the footbridge. It’s very handily placed for southbound services from Platform 5, as well as Platform 1 (from where I’ve caught trains to Manchester Airport before now) and local services from Platforms 2, 3 and 4, all of which terminate directly in front of Gourmet Coffee Bar.
There’s a handful of tables on the broad concourse in front of the container. The precise number/configuration has varied over the years, but if you have time, it’s an excellent place to wait for your train, sheltered from the elements by the station canopy. In contrast, Platform 6 has a much smaller kiosk, tucked away at the side of the station buildings, facing the main track. There’s a separate grab-and-go food cabinet off to the side, and despite the small size, it too boasts a couple of tables.
I’ve had many flat whites over the years, utilising my full range of reusable cups. Most were made with coffee from Union Hand-roasted and I can honestly say I’ve never had a bad one. Recently, Gourmet Coffee has moved to Clifton Coffee Roasters, its Suspension Espresso, a naturally-processed Brazilian from Daterra, in the hopper. I had this in my most recent flat white, an excellent, sweet, smooth coffee, which went really well with the milk. The coffee’s so good, it’s even worth changing trains for (and trust me, I’ve done it on more than one occasion!).
|CREWE RAILWAY STATION • 16 NANTWICH ROAD • CREWE • CW2 6HR|
|www.gourmetcoffeebar.co.uk||+44 (0) 1978 660700|
|Monday||05:00 – 21:00||Roaster||Clifton Coffee (espresso only)|
|Tuesday||05:00 – 21:00||Seating||Tables|
|Wednesday||05:00 – 21:00||Food||Cakes, Sandwiches|
|Thursday||05:00 – 21:00||Service||Counter|
|Friday||05:00 – 21:00||Payment||Cards + Cash|
|Saturday||06:30 – 18:30||Wifi||N/A|
|Sunday||07:30 – 18:30||Power||N/A|
|Chain||Regional||Visits||4th February 2020|
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