Wylde Coffee

A lovely flat white, served in a blue cup, made with the Housemartin blend at Wylde Coffee.I have a complicated relationship with the Wirral, the peninsular in northwest England between the River Dee and River Mersey. Visible from the windows of my parents’ house in Holywell in North Wales, it was literally a backdrop to my childhood. Despite this, I’ve been an infrequent visitor, partly due to the difficulty in getting there. Although Heswall, home of today’s Coffee Spot, is less than 10 km away as the crow flies, it’s nearer 40 km by road and, typically, around two to three hours by public transport!

It’s also true that, until recently, there’s been little incentive to visit with my Coffee Spot hat on. However, that’s slowly changing and, on Monday last week, I set off to check out Wylde Coffee, which opened in November 2019 and has a second, more food-orientated location in West Kirby called Lateral. A self-styled Scandinavian-inspired bistro, Wylde Coffee serves a bespoke house blend roasted by old friends, Neighbourhood Coffee, with regular guests on batch brew/pour-over. There are breakfast and brunch menus, backed up with plenty of cake, all served in a bright, airy, relaxed space in a small parade of shops just off the A540, the main road through Heswall.

You can read more of my thoughts after the gallery.

  • In a small parade of shops in Heswall, between an estate agent...
  • ... and an off-licence...
  • ... stands Wylde Coffee, which has been here since November 2019.
  • Nice sign.
  • There is a pair of benches outside, one in front of each of the windows...
  • ... which flank the recessed door.
  • Inside, and the recessed door creates two bays, each with a two-person window-bar.
  • The remainder of the seating is well spaced out in three rows running front-to-back.
  • This all leads up to the counter, which you'll find at the back of Wylde Coffee.
  • Starting with the right-hand side, there's a round four-person table...
  • ... followed by a rectangular one...
  • ... and a high, two-person table/bar against the back wall where the store narrows.
  • A view of the two four-person tables looking from the back.
  • They are separated by this small bookshelf against the wall.
  • There are more tables running down the middle of Wylde Coffee, starting with this one...
  • ... and ending with this one (although it's technically two tables pushed together).
  • The two are separated by this table with a large potted plant.
  • There are two more tables (three-person this time) against the right-hand wall...
  • ... which are separated by more plants and the retail shelves...
  • ... where you can buy coffee from the current guest roaster.
  • The counter is at the back, where there is more greenery.
  • This plant starts on the right...
  • ... then grows all the way across the top...
  • ... before seeming to merge with this plant on the left!
  • The counter is at the back, in what I suspect was the back room of the property.
  • There are more shelves to the right....
  • ... while the La Marzocco espresso machine is behind the counter...
  • ... with the concise coffee menu above.
  • The filter area, including the batch brewer, is in the corner...
  • ... with the day's choice of batch-brew displayed off to the left.
  • There's even tea!
  • If you're hungry, a tempting array of cakes (and some savoury items) are on the counter...
  • ... while a full menu gives the breakfast and brunch options.
  • I found this on my table, along with the Wifi password and...
  • ... details of the Housemartin blend, exclusive to Wylde Coffee, which is used on espresso.
  • I decided to have this in a flat white...
  • ... which is where I'll leave you, looking at my lovely latte art.
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Wylde Coffee is in a small parade of shops on the north side of Telegraph Road, as the A540 is known in this bit of Heswall. That said, it’s set back from the main road, the shops being served by their own parallel road with plenty of on-street parking. I had no problems finding a space (free for an hour) on a busy Monday afternoon.

Tucked between an estate agent and off licence, Wylde Coffee cuts a striking figure, with a black-painted, old-fashioned shop front. There’s a central, recessed, multi-paned glass door flanked by large pictures window on either side, each with its own bench on the pavement, which is the extent of the outside seating.

Inside, the recessed door forms a bay on either side, each occupied by a two-person window bar. The remaining seating is arranged in three rows running front-to-back, leaving space for you to approach the counter, which is at the back on the right, by going down one side and leaving by coming back along the other side (although there’s no formal one-way system). The seating, by the way, is well spaced out to achieve the necessary social distancing.

Starting on the right, there are two four-person tables, one round, one rectangular, separated by a small bookshelf. At the far end, just before the counter, the store narrows, leaving room for a two-person bar, where you sit with your back to the room. On the left are two three-person tables against the wall, these separated by the retail shelves, while down the centre of the room are another two four-person tables, this time separated by a table with a plant.

The counter is a simple, wooden affair, in keeping with the simple wooden furniture and décor in the rest of the store. The till is on the left, while the cakes are in a large display case to the right. The coffee part of the operation is on a worksurface at the back, the La Marzocco Linea espresso machine and it grinders underneath a simple menu on the left, while the batch brewer is on the right.

A selection of sandwiches is displayed on the counter, but there’s a more extensive menu, listing the full range of drinks, along with the breakfast and brunch options, including staples such as banana bread and avocado toast. You’ll find bottles of hand sanitiser and extensive details of the Housemartin espresso blend on your table. I lucked out on my choice of table, which also had the wifi password and a copy of the full menu!

Turning to the coffee, the Housemartin blend is a bespoke seasonal blend, roasted exclusively for Wylde Coffee by Neighbourhood Coffee. The current version is a mix of a naturally-processed coffee from the Posses community in Brazil and a washed coffee from a group of small farms near Popaylin in Cauca state, Colombia. This is available through a concise espresso menu, while there are filter options from a regularly changing guest roaster, which was Colonna Coffee during my visit. You can either have batch-brew or pour-over through the V60.

I decided to play it simple and had the Housemartin in a flat white, where the coffee’s fruity notes came clearly through the milk. Definitely worth travelling to the Wirral for!

86 TELEGRAPH ROAD • HESWALL • CH60 0AQ
https://wyldecoffee.com
Monday 09:00 – 17:00 Roaster Neighbourhood (espresso) + Guest (filter)
Tuesday 09:00 – 17:00 Seating Tables, Window-bar; Benches (outside)
Wednesday 09:00 – 17:00 Food Breakfast, Lunch, Cake
Thursday 09:00 – 17:00 Service Order at Counter
Friday 09:00 – 17:00 Payment Cards Only
Saturday 09:00 – 17:00 Wifi Free (with code)
Sunday 09:00 – 17:00 Power Yes
Chain Local Visits 24th May 2021

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