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6 October 2014

The Caffeine Chronicles: The Watch House Coffee

There's another new coffee shop on the block: the block being Bermondsey Street and the coffee shop being The Watch House. I missed this year's Bermondsey Street Festival where The Watch House launched, so instead, I went to test out the macchiato last weekend, which was their first full weekend. This turned out to be a bit of a tactical error because it was insanely busy — the queue was out of the door and the staff were struggling to cope with the under-caffeinated crowds. My macchiato was disappointing, more so because the tiny café, which is on the corner of Bermondsey Street and Long Lane, was beautifully and thoughtfully designed.


I went back yesterday morning and the queue was much more under control and the coffee was much better. As they don't serve Aeropress or pourover coffees, I ordered a skinny macchiato (£2), which arrived promptly. There was no latte art on top, but the Ozone coffee was rich and smooth. I would have preferred slightly less milk, but that's a personal preference. Overall, it was a good macchiato.


I also treated myself to a raspberry pastel de nata (£1.50), whose pink colouring coordinated nicely with the little gold-vased posies that adorned each table. As well as pastries, St John doughnuts and other sweet snacks, The Watch House serves soups, sandwiches and a few breakfast/brunch dishes. A lot of the food is supplied by local food producers, which is always nice (although not that difficult when you are based in foodie-haven Bermondsey).


The staff were friendly and attentive, and The Watch House is a really nice addition to Bermondsey Street. As I mentioned earlier, it's also a beautiful space. The unusual, octagonal building is located within the churchyard of St Mary Magdalen (on the site of the old Bermondsey Abbey) and seems to take its name from the guards who, in the 19th century, would keep an eye out for would-be body-snatchers hoping to raid the graveyard. The building has been empty for a while and the owners have done a lovely job renovating it with its rustic stone walls, black-and-white-tiled floors, and gorgeous, colourful art on the walls.



Even the bread and other produce is arranged like some kind of beautiful, edible infographic. The Guardian would definitely approve.


The Watch House Coffee. 199 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 (Tube: Borough or Bermondsey). Website. Twitter.

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