Surbeanton

A gorgeous flat white in an equally gorgeous, bowl-shaped earthenware cup, served at Surbeanton in Surbiton.Once upon a time, when it came to speciality coffee in Surbiton, The Press Room was pretty much the only game in town. However, that’s changed over the years with the addition of Wags N Tales in 2016 and, in 2019, with today’s Coffee Spot, Surbeanton. Although The Press Room still wins the “closest to the station” prize, Surbeanton is only a five-minute walk away: turn left out of the front of the station and walk down to the end of Victoria Road, where you’ll find Surbeanton occupying a narrow, sunny shopfront on the north side of the street.

A pair of tables sit outside on the pavement, with plenty more seating in the long, thin, high-ceilinged interior. During the current COVID-19 restrictions, Surbeanton is table service only, with coffee from Allpress on espresso, backed up by an innovative all-day brunch menu and plenty of cake. There was a selection of four or five single-origins from a regularly-rotating guest roaster on pour-over through the SP9, but this is on hold at the moment. However, you can still buy retail bags from the current guest, Kiss the Hippo, and, with luck, pour-overs will be reintroduced by the end of the month.

You can read more of my thoughts after the gallery.

  • At the end of Victoria Road in Surbiton, a certain coffee shop hides behind a solitary tree.
  • Perhaps 'hides' is a bit harsh. Maybe 'shaded by' would be a better a description!
  • Anyway, here it is in more detail.
  • And, in case you hadn't worked it out already, the secret's out. It's Surbeanton.
  • This is the view heading in the direction of the station...
  • ... while this is the view coming in the other direction.
  • Each of the two windows has a wrought iron sofa, table and pair of chairs outside.
  • The windows, by the way, are opened in the good weather, so you get a good look inside.
  • This is the table on the other side...
  • ... and here's the view through this window.
  • Stepping inside, there's a four-person table to the right, hidden behind the door.
  • This is a better view. Please excuse the phantom top half of the bus in the window!
  • Staying on the right-hand side, there's a large chiller cabinet and then...
  • ... comes the counter (the photo was taken after close of business).
  • The bulk of the seating is on the left-hand side, where a long, padded bench runs...
  • ... the length of the wall, lined by eight two-person tables.
  • The last three tables are opposite the enclosed kitchen on the right.
  • The view from the back...
  • ... with a view of the tables in more detail.
  • The last of the tables (or the first if you've just come in!).
  • Surbeanton is a very green space, with lots of wall boxes like these...
  • ... plus a potted palm tree (I think) by the counter.
  • There are plants in the niches all along the left-hand wall.
  • The view from the back.
  • One of the plants in detail.
  • Right at the back is this multi-part mirror...
  • ... while the wall opposite has a display of photography from jokheirdesign.com.
  • Obligatory light-fitting shot.
  • The floor still retains the stickers from when Surbeanton was takeaway only.
  • Unusually for a coffee shop, Surbeanton is also a deli, with the chiller cabinet...
  • ... stocking a range of chilled meats (and oranges).
  • You'll find bread on the counter, along with more typical coffee shop fare, such as beans...
  • ... including those by the current guest roaster.
  • The cakes are displayed at the front of the counter...
  • ... where you'll find the usual array of pastries...
  • ... and some interesting cakes, like this gluten free chocolate cake...
  • ... or maybe this carrot cake takes your fancy.
  • My eye was drawn to this almond and berry tart...
  • ... and this lemon blackberry polenta cake.
  • The La Marzocco espresso machine and its Mythos One grinder is at the back...
  • ... with some rather lovely cups on top.
  • The coffee menu is displayed on the wall to the right of the espresso machine.
  • For now, Surbeanton is table service, so take a seat and a menu will arrive. Food is on...
  • ... one side, with drinks on the other. Note that pour-over is off the menu for the moment.
  • I visted twice, first for breakfast, when I had the Eggs Florentine. Interesting colour!
  • I paired this with a flat white, served in one of the lovely cups...
  • ... and with some equally lovely latte art.
  • I popped back later in the afternoon to take some more photos, indulging in a slice of...
  • ... the lemon blackberry polenta cake, which I paired with an espresso...
  • ... which is where I'll leave you.
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Surbeanton occupies a simple, high-ceilinged space. Long and thin, the counter’s on the right, with an enclosed kitchen behind that. With the exception of a four-person table in the window to the right of the door, all the seating is on the left, a row of eight well-spaced two-person tables running along a padded bench on the left-hand wall. Alternatively, you can sit outside, where you’ll find a pair of wrought-iron sofas flanking the door, each with a round coffee table and a pair of fold-up chairs, partial shade being offered by a tall, mature tree which grows on the edge of the busy Victoria Road.

Surbeanton has floor-to-ceiling windows at the front, with a central glass door. These are at an angle of about 15° off the perpendicular, so there’s slightly more space on the right than the left, which leaves room for the table in the window to the right of the door. This is followed by a chiller cabinet on the right-hand wall, which, along with the usual coffee shop offerings, has a small selection of chilled meats and other groceries, earning Surbeanton the right to call itself a deli. Then comes the counter, with cakes to the fore, along with more groceries and retail bags of coffee.

Surbeanton is a very green space, with multiple plants at the front, including a row suspended high up across the windows at the front. There are more plants along the left-hand wall, where eight niches stand above the padded bench, each holding a tall, potted plant. Most prominent of all is a small, potted palm tree which stands in front of the counter.

I did try to visit Surbeanton once before, following a tip-off from fellow coffee blogger, Izzy of Caffeine Galore, but I turned up on a Tuesday in February 2020 having not done my homework. Back then, Surbeanton closed on Tuesdays (now it closes on Mondays) so I missed out. Never mind, I thought, I’ll pop back another day. Then COVID-19 arrived and “another day” turned out to be June 2021. So, just to make up, I called in twice, once for breakfast, and again just before closing to get some more pictures.

Surbeanton has an innovative all-day brunch menu which features a build your own breakfast, around a base of poached or scrambled eggs on toast. Alternatively, it offers set options, such as Eggs Benedict/Florentine/Royale, Shakshuka (poached eggs in a spicy tomato sauce) and Cilbir (poached eggs in garlic yoghurt and spicy frothed butter). There’s also a Mediterranean style breakfast, various sandwiches and a selection of vegan options.

I began with a flat white, Surbeanton using the classic Allpress espresso blend, which combined with the milk to produce a smooth, classic flat white. I paired this with Surbeanton’s take on the Eggs Florentine. It’s the first time I’ve had one with a purple sauce, but any misgivings I might have had over the colour were dispelled when I tucked in, my breakfast proving to be both tasty and very filling.

On my return, I had an espresso and a slice of the lemon blackberry polenta cake. The espresso, like the flat white, held no surprises, a well-rounded, expertly pulled shot with a touch of bitterness, contrasting nicely with the sweetness of the polenta cake, which rich and moist.

48 VICTORIA ROAD • SURBITON • KT6 4JL
www.surbeanton.com +44 (0) 203 582 7944
Monday CLOSED Roaster Allpress (espresso) + Guests (filter)
Tuesday 08:00 – 16:00 Seating Tables; Tables (outside)
Wednesday 08:00 – 16:00 Food Breakfast, Lunch, Cake
Thursday 08:00 – 16:00 Service Table
Friday 08:00 – 16:00 Payment Cards
Saturday 08:00 – 16:00 Wifi Free (with code)
Sunday 08:00 – 16:00 Power No
Chain No Visits 15th June 2021

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