Two York cafés named among ‘Britain’s 30 best coffee shops’

2 Feb 2017 @ 7.42 pm
| Food & drink

When it comes to caffeine, it turns out that York is full of beans.

In a new list of Britain’s 30 best coffee shops, the city scored not just one but two slots.

By our calculations, that means York has more than six per cent of the UK’s finest suppliers of espresso, latte and cappuccino. Not bad for a small historic city.

The list was compiled by Chloe Callow, editor of Caffeine magazine, and published in the Telegraph.

So which are the top two brews?

Harlequin/The Attic

Photograph: The Attic on Facebook

You get two bites of the bean for the price of one when it comes to the café on King’s Square.

It has been pouring out quality coffees for years: in 2011 The Attic won the Beverage Standards Association award for best espresso in the UK – and was one of only six venues in the entire country to get organisation’s top rating.

What Chloe says:

York Harlequin, situated in the basement, is a traditional tea room and café, but from Thursday to Saturday the coffee-focused Attic bar opens (plus craft beer, food and a gin and tonic menu).

Spring Espresso

Photograph: Spring Espresso

It got to the point that, unless you timed it perfectly, you couldn’t get a seat in Spring Espresso, so popular was the Fossgate coffee shop.

So last year owner Steve Dyson opened a second outlet, on Lendal.

They are the only place you can get Square Mile coffee in York, an exclusive brand created by the UK’s first world barista champion and world coffee guru James Hoffman.

What Chloe says:

A cosy feel and solid coffee service using beans from Square Mile, with good sandwich and cake options – although it’s difficult to see further than the blueberry pancake stacks served with bacon, pecans and maple syrup.

Oh, and if you want to stray a little further afield, the Bean and Bud in Harrogate also makes the list…