After a couple of months of COVID-19 updates, it’s something of a novelty to be writing a proper Coffee Spot Update for once. My original intention had been to do a COVID-19 Update on Coffee Addict, one of several new coffee shops that opened around Victoria Station last year. However, when I arrived last week, I realised that it had undergone a (non-COVID) makeover, hence the change of plan.
For starters, Coffee Addict is now even pinker than before, with even more flowers. The old blue colour scheme has almost completely gone, as has the single window at the front, replaced by a concertina door/window that can be fully retracted in good weather, seamlessly joining the inside seating with a newly-expanded outside seating area.
At the heart of Coffee Addict are old friends The Roasting Party (espresso and batch brew), backed up by an expanded breakfast/brunch menu, plus copious amounts of cake. And, of course, there’s the familiar warm Coffee Addict welcome.
You can see what else I found after the gallery.
At first sight, Coffee Addict looks reassuringly familiar, but when you look closer, you realise that there have been quite a few changes, starting with the move to a pink, flower-themed colour scheme, which is even more pronounced inside, where the old blue colour scheme has been replaced by pink, with the side walls covered with flowers.
Then there’s the expanded outdoor seating area, a third two two-person tables having been added, all now separated from the pavement by a series of waist-high barriers. Which, of course, are pink. Even better, the solitary window, which used to run almost the full width of Coffee Addict, stopping only at the door on the left, has gone. In its place is a concertina door/window which, when the weather is good, is fully retracted, effectively making a single, expanded seating area, open to the street.
In keeping with this, there’s now more seating inside, with two sets of armchairs replacing the one, narrow four-person table that used to sit in the window on the right. The only hold-over from the old seating layout is the bar against the left-hand wall, now sporting three tall chairs with low backs.
The counter, recessed at the back, has also had a makeover. The glass top, with cakes and pastries underneath, has been replaced with a smart, marble top, the cakes and pastries moving over to the right-hand side. The espresso machine, meanwhile, has been relocated from the back wall to the left-hand side of the counter, so the barista no longer has to turn away from the customers while making coffee. There’s also been a COVID-19 related change, the usual Perspex screen going up by the till.
Another COVID-19 change is the one-way system, with customers being guided by blue circles on the floor. These lead you up the left-hand side to the counter, along to the right, and then back out again between the two armchairs. Finally, on the COVID front, all drinks are now served in disposable cups.
Talking of which, the drinks menu has had an upgrade, with additions such as Spanish Latte, Black Detox Latte and Butterfly Matcha to go with the usual espresso-based options, plus single-origin batch brew, all from The Roasting Party. There are also more options from Good and Proper Tea for those who don’t want coffee. Just as importantly, there’s an expanded food menu. The toast options remain broadly the same, but if you want a bagel, your choice has increased significantly, with 12 different fillings now on offer. There are also fluffy pancakes and two savoury croissants.
Having only had coffee on my previous visits and, in search of some lunch, I resisted the urge to order the pancakes, instead selecting an avocado, halloumi, hummus and tomato bagel, my poor bagel positively exploding from the overstuffed filling. And very tasty it was too! I paired this with a cortado, which I poured into my HuskeeCup to drink. This was lovely, smooth and sweet, milk and coffee going together perfectly. In a nice touch, the barista rinsed out my cup when I had finished.
December 2020: Coffee Addict was a runner-up for the 2020 Smallest Coffee Spot Award.
|324 VAUXHALL BRIDGE ROAD • WESTMINSTER • LONDON • SW1V 1AA|
|www.coffeeaddictofficial.com||+44 (0) 20 3441 6446|
|Monday||08:00 – 18:00||Roaster||The Roasting Party (espresso + batch brew)|
|Tuesday||08:00 – 18:00||Seating||Table, Bar; Tables (outside)|
|Wednesday||08:00 – 18:00||Food||Breakfast, Lunch, Cake|
|Thursday||08:00 – 18:00||Service||Order at Counter|
|Friday||08:00 – 18:00||Payment||Cards + Cash|
|Saturday||09:00 – 18:00||Wifi||Free (with code)|
|Chain||No||Visits||Original: 19th July 2019
Update: 18th August 2020
Note that the opening times are temporary due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With luck, Coffee Addict will be back to its normal opening times soon.
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