Taylor’s Coffee House

The front of Taylor's Coffee House, seen from Station Approach, with the vines growing across the edge of the roof and tables either side of the recessed, central door.I’m rather embarrassed that I hadn’t heard of Taylor’s Coffee House until I was tipped off by the staff of Nikki’s in Weybridge, particularly since Taylor’s has been around since 2014! Taylor’s has two locations, a kiosk-style coffee counter in Woking Market Walk and the subject of today’s Coffee Spot, which is just outside West Byfleet Station, another place I’ve zipped through many times on the train to/from London without ever getting off.

Taylor’s Coffee House is on Station Approach, part of a row of restaurants and cafés on the right-hand side as you head for the station. It’s a lovely spot, with a sheltered, outdoor seating area and a three-part interior best described as a collection of sitting rooms, replete with numerous armchairs, sofas and cosy corners.

The coffee is from local roasters, Beanberry Coffee, with the Javascript seasonal espresso blend and Mexico Chiapas decaf available through a concise espresso-based menu, along with a selection of teas and infusions from Teapigs. There’s also a small retail section where you can buy coffee beans, tea, non-dairy milks and a range of other goodies. If you’re hungry, Taylor’s has a small selection of cakes, pastries and toasted sandwiches.

You can read more of my thoughts after the gallery.

  • Station Approach, with West Byfleet Station just visible beyond the building on the right.
  • And talking of the building on the right, look what we have here. It's Taylor's Coffee House!
  • The overhanging roof provides a lovely, sheltered outdoor seating area...
  • ... with a pair of tables on the left...
  • ... and another pair on the right.
  • Two of the tables, as seen from inside.
  • Talking of which, let's go in, shall we? Although we should stop to admire the vines first!
  • The view from just inside the door, where you can see all three of Taylor's rooms.
  • And the view the other way, looking at the front of Taylor's.
  • The recessed door creates two shallow bay windows. The one on the right has a pair...
  • ... of mis-matching armchairs, plus a little coffee table. I sat here, but I wasn't...
  • ... brave enough to sit in this chair. I was afraid it might eat me!
  • Another pair of armchairs occupies the other window. These have more of an office vibe.
  • There's more seating in the corners at the back. A sofa and two armchairs occupies...
  • ... the left-hand side, facing each other across a pair of coffee tables.
  • Meanwhile, three more armchairs occupy the other corner.
  • The view from the back of the first room. Check out how the bookcases...
  • ... are used to screen the different seating areas. They have some lovely nick-nacks...
  • ... displayed on them, all coffee and tea related, of course. Turning around...
  • ... from our vantage point at the back of the room, you'll find the counter dead ahead...
  • ... with the retail shelves on the opposite wall of the narrow, middle room.
  • Keep going, up a couple of steps, and you'll come to...
  • ... the third and final of Taylor's three spaces, the back room.
  • The last of the seating is back here, tucked into the far corner, three armchairs facing...
  • ... this rather interesting sofa under the mirror on the back wall.
  • It's worth a second look, although I wasn't brave enough to sit on this one either!
  • The decor, by the way, is splendid, particularly in the front room, where you'll find this.
  • Here's the poster on its own...
  • ... and here's the coffee table and table lamp.
  • There's an eclectic collection of light fittings, including this one...
  • ... and this one.
  • The obligatory caged light bulb shot.
  • Okay. To business. One half of the middle room is given over to retail...
  • ... with grab and go items (mostly drinks) in the chiller cabinet...
  • ... and bags of coffee and other goodies on the retail shelves. The coffee, by the way...
  • ... is from Beanberry, with its Javascript espresso blend and Mexico Chiapas decaf.
  • The counter is on the other side...
  • ... with the menu on the wall behind the counter..
  • ... and the espresso machine off to an angle on the right.
  • Talking of which, I had a decaf flat white and a toastie. And check out that coffee table!
  • My toastie, served on a wooden board...
  • ... and my decaf flat white in a classic cup.
  • Check out the latte art, which lasted all the way to the...
  • ... bottom of the cup, which is where I'll leave you (along with the awesome coffee table).
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Taylor’s Coffee House is just outside West Byfleet Station. Leaving the station on the south side, turn right, then follow the road around until you find Taylor’s on your left, sandwiched between two Italian restaurants. Alternatively, if you’re heading for the station (and following the one-way system), Taylor’s is on the right.

Taylor’s is housed in a lovely, old, brick-built terrace with a wonderfully high, sloping roof which extends beyond the front of the building. Set well back from the (usually quiet) road, this creates a sheltered bay at the front, which Taylor’s has turned into a wonderful outdoor seating area, the overhanging roof providing both shade and respite from the rain. Best of all are the vines which grow along the edge of the roof.

There are four two-/three-person tables arranged in pairs on either side of the central door, which is recessed between two large windows, which make up the front of Taylor’s. As nice as it is out here, you’re missing out if you don’t go inside, where Taylor’s feels like a collection of intimate sitting rooms, with a coffee bar in the middle. The largest of three rooms, which has the bulk of the seating, is at the front, while a broad opening in the back wall leads to a smaller, narrower second room which contains the counter (right) and retail shelves (left). Finally, a couple of steps lead up through a doorway into the narrow back room, which has the last of the seating.

Returning to the front room, this is roughly square, with four groups of chairs, one in each corner. This leaves a clear path from the door straight down the middle to the opening in the back wall and the counter beyond. Shallow bay windows flank the door, each occupied by a couple of chairs, ranging in style from a comfy armchair to an executive-style office chair.

The seating in the back corners is separated from their counterparts at the front by tall bookcases, giving each of the four seating areas a real sense of privacy, as if you were in your own little lounge. Since the opening in the back wall is offset to the right, the left-hand corner is the wider of the two, accommodating a sofa and pair of matching armchairs, facing each other across a pair of coffee tables, while to the right are three armchairs.

Going past the counter and into the back room, you’ll find the last of the seating, tucked away in the back, right-hand corner by the window. A red sofa under a mirror on the back wall faces three more armchairs, all clustered around a glass-topped coffee table.

Returning to middle section, you order at the counter, then take a seat and your coffee will be brought to you. The counter’s a fairly simple affair, with the cakes displayed on top and the La Marzocco Linea espresso machine at an angle on the right, on the wall behind the counter. The menu, meanwhile, is on the back wall, directly ahead you as you order, with retail shelves and a chiller cabinet full of grab-and-go goodies on the opposite wall behind you.

I’d come from lunch and rather a lot of coffee at Nikki’s, so kept it simple with a decaf flat white and the last mozzarella and onion chutney toastie, a wonderfully crunchy concoction that was served on a wooden tray. The flat white, meanwhile, was rich and smooth, the coffee going well with the milk, which was perfectly steamed, holding the latte art to the bottom of the cup.

17 STATION APPROACH • WEST BYFLEET • KT14 6NF
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Monday 08:00 – 16:00 Roaster Beanberry (espresso only)
Tuesday 08:00 – 16:00 Seating Sofas, Armchairs; Tables (outside)
Wednesday 08:00 – 16:00 Food Cakes, Sandwiches
Thursday 08:00 – 16:00 Service Order at Counter
Friday 08:00 – 16:00 Payment Cards + Cash
Saturday 08:00 – 16:00 Wifi Free (with code)
Sunday 10:00 – 15:00 Power Yes
Chain Local Visits 30th October 2021

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