Sorry about that – that was an unreasonable request for them to make in my humble opinion.
3 Bateman Street, Soho, London W1D 4AG
- Tottenham Court Road Tube Station (0.3 km)
- Leicester Square Tube Station (0.4 km)
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020 7287 4796
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32 reviews of Milk Bar in English
Milkbar gets a C, with ‘could do better’ as the comment.
The decor is interesting and can spark conversation, and is typical of most of the gourmet coffee places in the area. The coffee is very good, but the service leaves a lot to be desired.
For example, I was in there holding a can of coke (I’d gone in for a coffee), but they told me I couldn’t come in there with the coke. They don’t even sell coke. So I put it on the table and they said I couldn’t leave it there. I had to either finish it up (i.e. down the can) or just throw it away. This was quite annoying. It also takes a while before they acknowledge your presence, dropping it a further star down the rankings.
I still regularly go there for coffee though, because it’s close to Chipotle.
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pedrothecruel, 11 October 2012:
Milk Bar was recommended by a Spanish waiter to whom I would say " Muchas Gracias !" coffee was awesome, staff were friendly . Loved it.
Please open in Birmingham
Estoban, 28 September 2012:
Don’t know what it was like before but with coffee this good they can paint the walls any colour they like ! After great Tapas in Barrafina asked a waiter where he went for great coffee – hence our visit to Milk Bar – with a name like that I guessed it would be Aussie
Friendly staff – tables pretty full & deservedly so
TristanT, 30 September 2012:
To be fair, they’ve now painted the walls white, moved the menu and added some art work. Just need to lower the horrible lights now.
pedrothecruel, 11 October 2012:
Tristan – just some clarification. Cameron McClure has moved back to New Zealand with his lovely wife and children so we bought out some of his shares. He still remains a major shareholder. Those shares were transferred to Tracey Peterson and Paul Merrony of the Giaconda Dining Rooms and all the other sharehoders stayed the same. We are totally committed to keeping everything top-notch and happy.
Really a nice place, located in Soho. Not as light and woody-pure as Kaffeine - but that's a matter of style and personal preference. The bread is not as good as at Lantana, but still it tastes good.
Milkbar is definitely a great place to stop for a coffee and a snack!
With Australia and New Zealand leading the way in independent coffee these days, this is a good example of getting it right from your flat white to your latte. But the best, with summer almost here, is the ice coffee! A good strong exspresso with not crushed ice but a dollop of real ice cream. Fan- bloody-tastic! You could also try Flat White (MilkBars big sister) on Berrick St but I personally think FW doesn't have the charm of MilkBar.
Great! I've been going to Milk Bar since their opening. Doing what Flat White couldn't do because of space and what others are only catching up on now. Scott, maybe the Barista 'ignored' you because he or she was busy extracting a coffee and concentrating on a product for another customer who was there before you? If you want fast service get a 'full bean' coffee at a McDonalds. Ignore that guy Milk Bar kids and keep texturizing and extracting!
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The coffee may be above average, but that doesn't make up for the appalling customer service I received when ordering a takeaway coffee on a Sunday afternoon.
Despite an almost empty café, the barista ignored me for almost a minute when I arrived. His attitude was so sullen, it made me feel my very presence was a personal insult to him. There are far too many options for good coffee in Soho to put up with this sort of attitude. So long, Milk Bar.
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Very much enjoyed a flat white at Milk Bar. This is definitely one of the best coffee shops that I have been to in London!
Highly recommended! You might also want to try out their other shop, which is usually a bit more crowded.
Having lived in Sydney for 4 years I am always on the look out for a proper latte and this place has them. It's a bit pricey and the music is a bit loud but I still go there just for the coffee. The muffins are pretty tasty too
I totally dig the Milk Bar. Maybe because of it's blend of Brooklyn and Melbourne, maybe because of its ace baristas, maybe because it's one of the only places in Soho that you can get a seat (its like a miracle).
One for details I fell in love with the door graphics, clear window with a simulation of the old school plastic strip door covers- red white and blue, complete with twisted ends so it looks like the breeze has caught it. Add to that a proper flatwhite with perfect crema and a funky leaf pattern and you know it's a winning combo.
Sister establishment to Flat White on Berwick Street. It's like walking into a 1950s style coffee bar, with professionally made drinks and quality snackage. My one and only gripe is the music they play on the speakers; horrible Oz rock that makes your ears bleed. But if you're tone deaf, that shouldn't be a problem.
Don't you love a place where you stipulate that what you mean by a long black is that it's an espresso shot on top of about an inch of hot water, and they say "that's how we do it." I don't care if they're not the friendliest bunch, I'm not without my coffee, either. Good milk texture in cappucino and flat white, and as per mentioned long black was excellent. What is it with the best coffee joints in London being Aus/Kiwi? Fab, I say.
The only viable reason for not awarding five stars here would be a. trying to look cool and b. a festering resentment that they didn't return a phone call of mine. Luckily, I no longer bear grudges for more than a week.
As soon as you step in, this Soho coffee shop has all the ambience of the backstreets of Williamsburg, NYC, without feeling even slightly poncey. The staff, in my experience, is always welcoming, friendly and helpful and the atmosphere is simultaneously lively and laid back.
Two nicker for a macchiato is about the top whack that I am willing to pay, but there are no complaints parting with the dough here: they are shelling out on ridiculous Soho rents, the quality is exceptional and it still comes in cheaper than Bar Italia. I am not really a latte drinker, but I had a mouthful of a skinny number that they conjured up for my Canadian homegirl and it had all the taste and texture of full-fat milk, which illustrates the steaming skill of the barista that though should come as standard, as we all know only too well in London, very rarely does.
Antipodean coffee shops. You gotta love 'em.
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