Nikki’s

The sign from the back of Nikki's in Weybridge, with white letters on a black background.Nikki’s has been flying the flag for speciality coffee in Weybridge for the last seven years and has been on my list for almost as long. Located on the western edge of town, Nikki’s occupies the ground floor of a detached house at the end of Balfour Road. Ironically, it’s about as far from Weybridge Station (which is well to the south of the town) as it is to Addlestone Station, off to the west, both being about 20 minutes’ walk away. You can sit outside on a small terrace in front of Nikki’s or in the cosy interior, which has recently been refurbished.

When it comes to coffee, Nikki’s currently uses a bespoke house blend, roasted by Copper Coffee Roasters in Cobham. This is available via a standard espresso-based menu, while there’s an option to have it as a Chemex. There’s also a wide range of tea, smoothies, juices and milk shakes. If you’re hungry, Nikki’s has separate breakfast and lunch menus, something of a rarity in the days of the all-day brunch. Breakfast features various egg, toast, bun and pancake options, while lunch offers buns, burgers and salads. This is all backed up with a range of Cakesmith cakes.

You can read more of my thoughts after the gallery.

  • Nikki's in Weybridge, at the eastern end of Balfour Road. This is the view on coming into...
  • ... town, while this is the view coming the other way, heading out of town on the A317.
  • There's a small, outdoor seating area in front of Nikki's, delineated by these low planters.
  • These enclose a strip of artificial grass, which houses three round tables.
  • Stepping inside, the seating immediately begins with this three-person bar along the...
  • ... right-hand wall, seen here looking head on.
  • Beyond this is a large, communal table...
  • ... which seats six.
  • The view from the other side.
  • There's more seating at the back, where Nikki's narrows to accomodate the kitchen (left).
  • There's a four-person table opposite the end of the counter...
  • ... and then a pair of two-person tables in the back, right-hand corner. Heading back...
  • ... towards the front section, there's another four-person table in the middle, then come...
  • ... the tables in the windows. There's a four-person one and then this two-person table...
  • ... in the front corner. The last of the seating is along the left-hand wall, where a red...
  • ... bench/pew with a pair of tables runs almost all the way to the counter...
  • ... which is in the middle of the left-hand wall, with an enclosed kitchen behind.
  • Finally, there are three tall stools at the front of the counter, ideal for barista-watching.
  • Nikki's is table service, so there's little reason to come here, other than to admire the cake.
  • Unusually for a coffee shop, Nikki's has jewellery and skin care products for sale.
  • The space is very green, including this lovely display on the left-hand wall.
  • There are also plenty of actual plants around.
  • Obligatory light-fitting shot.
  • One more.
  • The view from below.
  • Talking of looking up, I spotted this on the ceiling in the bathroom.
  • I'm calling this Nikki's through the looking glass.
  • And here's the espresso machine, seen the right way around.
  • I love watching espresso extract into a glass.
  • You can really see the crema develop!
  • Talking of espresso, I had a flat white...
  • ... seen here from above...
  • ... which I paired with a halloumi and avocado bun from the lunch menu.
  • I also tried the same coffee (the bespoke house blend) as a pour-over...
  • ... through the Chemex, served with a glass on the side, which is where I'll leave you.
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Nikki’s occupies the ground floor of a detached house on the southern side of the busy A317, just as it reaches Weybridge town centre. The door is on the right, with two well-separated large windows on the left, followed by a separate door providing access to the flats above. A small strip of artificial grass occupies the space between the windows and the pavement, where you’ll find three small, round, two-person tables, low planters separating the seating from the pavement.

Inside, Nikki’s is about three times deep as it is wide. The front half is given over to seating, while the back half is split, with the counter on the left, beyond which is the enclosed kitchen, while there’s more seating on the right. It’s a simple space (in a good way) with a green and white colour scheme (plus plenty of plants) and bare wooden flooring. Like many coffee shops I know, Nikki’s used the enforced closure at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic to refurbish the shop.

Starting at the front, a four-person table occupies the first window to the left of the door, with a second four-person table behind it in the middle of the front part of Nikki’s. Moving along, a two-person table occupies the front corner by the second window, beyond which a red pew runs along the left-hand wall, almost reaching the counter. This has a two-person table, followed by a five-person one, while the front of the counter, which houses the Sanremo espresso machine and its grinders, has three high-chairs, ideal for barista watching.

The rest of the seating is on the right, starting with a three-person bar which begins at door and runs along the right-hand wall. This is followed by a six-person communal table with what looks like an old pew against the wall, with two chairs on the opposite side and one at either end. The seating continues at the back, where there’s a four-person table opposite the counter and a pair of two-person tables in the back, right-hand corner, opposite the enclosed kitchen.

Nikki’s offers a full table service, with QR Codes on each table which take you to the online menu. You’ll find the breakfast (until noon) and lunch (11:30 to 15:00) menus on one page, with a separate link to the drinks menu. Meanwhile, if you are ordering takeaway, there’s a drinks menu on the back wall, to the right of the counter, next to the door to the kitchen.

I was too late to sample the breakfast menu, instead having the halloumi and avocado bun from the lunch menu, consisting of a lovely brioche bun with generous slices of fried halloumi on a layer of smashed avocado. I paired this with a rich, creamy flat white and then, since it was on the menu, I tried the same coffee, Niiki’s bespoke house blend, as a Chemex, a relatively new addition to the menu. Here the coffee’s roots as an espresso blend came strongly through, with plenty of body and chocolate notes.

Afterwards I chatted with the barista, Troy, who was responsible for creating the house blend in conjunction with the roastery staff at Copper Coffee Roasters. This was designed to be a classic crowd pleaser which goes equally well in milk and on its own (which it does). He would also like to expand the filter/pour-over offering at Nikki’s, although for now he’s happy just getting customers used to the idea.

1 BALFOUR ROAD • WEYBRIDGE • KT13 8HE
https://nikkiscoffeehouse.com +44 (0) 1932 852047
Monday CLOSED Roaster Copper Coffee Roasters (espresso + filter)
Tuesday 08:00 – 16:00 Seating Tables, Bar; Tables (outside)
Wednesday 08:00 – 16:00 Food Breakfast, Lunch, Cake
Thursday 08:00 – 16:00 Service Table
Friday 08:00 – 16:00 Payment Cash + Cards
Saturday 09:00 – 16:00 Wifi Free (with code)
Sunday 09:00 – 14:00 Power Limited
Chain No Visits 30th October 2021

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