Bank Street Social

The latte art in my flat white at Bank Street Social in Wrexham.When discussing speciality coffee in northeast Wales, you really have to mention King Street Coffee Company, which was started by brothers Phil and Andy in 2016, and led to the opening of today’s Coffee Spot, Bank Street Social, a year later. While King Street Coffee Company, located in the bus station, closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, Bank Street Social, a few minutes’ walk away on (appropriately enough) Bank Street, is still going strong, as Amanda and I discovered when we visited a couple of weeks ago on our way back from North Wales.

Bank Street Social accurately describes itself as Wrexham’s only speciality coffee and craft beer shop. It’s a fairly small spot, with enough space inside for three tables at the front, the counter at the back and multiple shelves stocked with cans and bottles of craft beer (although I also spotted some cider as well). When it comes to coffee, Bank Street Social uses Neighbourhood Coffee’s Espresso Yourself blend to deliver a standard espresso-based menu, backed up by a selection of tea and hot chocolate, plus retail bags of coffee to take home. If you’re hungry, there’s a range of bagels and toasties, plus a selection of cake.

You can read more of my thoughts after the gallery.

  • At the upper end of the narrow Bank Street, in the pedestrianisEd centre of Wrexham...
  • ... is the striking facade of Bank Street Social, Wrexham's only coffee and craft beer shop.
  • This is the view coming the other way from Hope Street.
  • There's a neat sign high up above the windows...
  • ... and a noticeboard on the pavement in case you missed it.
  • There's also a smaller A-board with some seasonal messages.
  • The opening times are handily posted by the door.
  • Talking of which, the door is on the left-hand side. Let's go in, shall we?
  • There's not a lot to Bank Street Social. The craft beer part is on the wall to the left...
  • ... with the counter along the back wall.
  • The counter, seen head on.
  • The seating is all at the front, with a row of three tables along a bench under the windows.
  • The first two tables, seen looking towards the door.
  • The craft beer selection, seen from the other side of Bank Street Social.
  • Some of the (non-chilled) beer selection on shelves next to the door.
  • There's a similar set of shelves against the right-hand wall...
  • ... next to a small retail selection.
  • Obligatory light-fitting shot. This beauty hangs from the ceiling over the tables.
  • Light bulb close up.
  • There are also some vertical light bulbs (this is one of five hanging over the counter).
  • Talking of which, here it is, with the owner, Andy, behind the espresso machine.
  • There are various cakes on the counter...
  • ... including these cinnamon buns and banana bread.
  • The coffee is all from Liverpool's Neighbourhood Coffee. These are retail bags...
  • ... while the Espresso Yourself blend is on espresso.
  • The menu, meanwhile, is on the wall behind the counter.
  • We were there for breakfast, with Amanda having toast...
  • ... while I had a roasted pepper and guacamole toastie.
  • And then there were flats white, one for Amanda...
  • ... and one for me.
  • I'll leave you with my latte art.
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A few minutes’ walk from Wrexham’s bus station as well as the two main train stations, Wrexham Central and Wrexham General, Bank Street Social is right in the heart of the town. There’s also abundant parking in and around the town centre if you’re driving.

At the western end of Bank Street, where it narrows to become a pedestrian thoroughfare, Bank Street Social is on your left as you head down from Hope Street. Although its façade is quite striking, due to the width of the street, Bank Street Social is easy to miss if you’re not paying attention, so I was grateful for the multiple signs which draw attention to its presence. The door is on the left, while there are two large windows to the right, but otherwise that’s it.

Inside, Bank Street Social is similarly cosy, with the seating confined to three two-person tables along the front, which line a wooden box bench which runs in front of the windows. The counter, which is where you order and pay for your coffee, is at the back of space, opposite the tables, while the craft beer part of the operation is down the sides. There’s a small set of shelves with bottles and cans on right, while the bulk of the stock is on the left, starting immediately after the door. There’s another small set of shelves, with the rest of the stock held in four tall chiller cabinets.

I’m not really qualified to comment on the beer, expect to say that there did seem to be a large range, drawn from small breweries from around the country and beyond. Although mostly beer, Bank Street Social also carries a small selection of cider and spirits.

As well as speciality coffee and craft beer, Bank Street Social (as the name suggests) styles itself as a meeting place, and so it proved to be when Amanda and I visited. Andy, who was behind the counter, is a chatty fellow at the best of times, while having just the three tables, all in such a relatively small space, encourages everyone to join in the conversation, which is exactly what Amanda did, beguiling everyone with her American accent and providing useful cover while I got on with the important business of taking photographs.

When it comes to coffee, Bank Street Social uses Neighbourhood Coffee from Liverpool, with a small selection of single-origin retail bags on display on the counter (Amanda picked up a bag of Ground Control to Major Tom to take back to the US). If you’re drinking in (or ordering coffee to go), you’ll find the Espresso Yourself blend in the hopper, Bank Street Social serving a fairly standard, concise espresso-based menu.

If you’re hungry, there’s a selection of bagels plus toast and a small selection of toasted ciabatta and toasties. I went for the roasted pepper and guacamole toastie, while Amanda stuck with her usual order of toast. We paired these with a flat white each, the Espresso Yourself blend going well in milk with classic toffee and chocolate notes. Together with the toast/toastie, these set up us nicely for the long drive ahead.

5 BANK STREET • WREXHAM • LL11 1AH
https://bankstreetsocial.co.uk
Monday 08:00 – 14:00 Roaster Neighbourhood Coffee (espresso only)
Tuesday 08:00 – 14:00 Seating Tables
Wednesday 08:00 – 14:00 Food Toasties, Bagels, Cakes
Thursday 08:00 – 14:00 Service Order at Counter
Friday 08:00 – 14:00 Payment Cards + Cash
Saturday 08:00 – 14:00 Wifi Free (with code)
Sunday CLOSED Power Yes
Chain No Visits 17th September 2021

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