Kicking off the second day is the shortlist for the 2021 Coffee Spot Award for “Coffee Spot with the Best Lighting”. This was won last year by Ue Coffee Roasters at The Old Smithy.
Lighting in coffee shops has long held a fascination for me, with most of the galleries containing a shot or two of an interesting light-fitting. This Award celebrates those Coffee Spots with particularly outstanding lighting.
You can see the shortlist after the gallery.
There are ten Coffee Spots on the shortlist this year, all listed in order of publication.
The Coffee Traveller, down by the Thames in Chiswick, is a lovely, quirky spot with a gorgeous sheltered garden (which earned it a spot on the shortlist for the Best Outdoor Seating Award). However, it’s down to the equally quirky light fittings that The Coffee Traveller is getting this shortlist underway. My personal favourites are the light bult in a bicycle wheel and the bath-tub lampshade.
Moving up to Biscester and to FLTR Coffee, where neat light fittings abound, along with some excellent coffee from Dark Woods Coffee. The coffee shop is at the end of a small parade of shops in what could be a fairly nondescript space, but the light fittings really lift it above the ordinary. FLTR Coffee has, appropriately enough, been shortlisted for the Best Filter Coffee Award.
From Bicester, we continue up the M40 to Birmingham and Tilt, where I have long admired the light fittings (so much so that Tilt was a runner-up for the 2016 Coffee Spot Award for Best Lighting). When I returned earlier this year, the light fittings were just as striking! Tilt has also been shortlisted for this year’s Coffee Spot with the Best Basement Award.
From Birmingham, we head over to Reykjavik, Iceland, where Mikki Refur is a recently opened coffee shop and wine bar with some lovely interior fittings to go some excellent coffee from local roaster, Kvörn (so good that Mikki Refur is on the shortlist for the Best Flat White Award as well). However, it’s the various light fittings, including the one made of snow shoes that hangs in the entry lobby, that gets Mikki Refur a place on this shortlist.
We’re back in Birmingham with the original Java Roastery in Moseley Village. This is a lovely spot (which has been shortlisted for the Best Physical Space Award) with an awesome basement (which has been shortlisted for the Coffee Spot with the Best Basement Award). There are some great lights down in the basement, but the best ones are upstairs, particularly the one in the corner at the back.
Back at the other end of the M40 in Weybridge is Maya, a self-styled artisan micro-bakery and coffee house on the appropriately-named Baker Street, where it has established itself as part of the local community (earning it a place on the shortlist for the Best Neighbourhood Coffee Spot Award). Although it’s a bright, light-filled spot with big windows at the front, it also has some very fine light fittings.
From Weybridge, we head to Wrexham in North Wales, home to Bank Street Social. This is a small spot (small enough for a place on the Smallest Coffee Spot Award shortlist), but it packs a lot in. As well as some excellent Neighbourhood Coffee, there’s the wonderful lighting, which has earned Bank Street Social a place on this shortlist. And, to round things off, Bank Street Social is also on the Best Neighbourhood Coffee Spot Award shortlist.
Back to London and The Eclectic Collection in Earlsfield, a rather amazing place with an eclectic interior design (good enough for a place on the Best Physical Space shortlist), which extends to the light fittings and the “let’s misbehave” signs in pink neon. Oh, and the coffee, from Berlin’s The Barn, is pretty good too, earning it a place on the shortlist for Best Flat White.
From Earlsfield, it’s not far to Weybridge and Nikki’s, which has been flying the flag for speciality coffee in the town since 2014. Serving a bespoke house blend, roasted by Copper Coffee Roasters in Cobham, Nikki’s has some lovely interior lighting (and a rather striking mural). Nikki’s has also been shortlisted for this year’s Best Neighbourhood Coffee Spot Award.
Our final entry doesn’t see us going far, just to West Byfleet, where Taylor’s Coffee House has been plying its trade in a parade of shops near the station (hence the place on the Best Coffee Spot near a Railway Station shortlist). It’s a lovely spot, like a collection of sitting rooms (ditto the Best Physical Space shortlist), but it’s the wonderful collection of light fittings which earns it a place on this shortlist.
Don’t forget to check out the other 19 Coffee Spot Awards for 2021.
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