I will say this as politely as possible. You really need to learn about coffee to understand the coffee you had at the Espresso Room. It was definitely not over prices at £2.50. At 2.50 it may be 20p or so more than a chain or most other coffee shops. What you got was excellent quality beans, excellent quality milk prepared by an expert barista. He took his time not to justify the price but to make it properly which takes time. If you cannot appreciate this quality then try and find out why it is different rather than leave negative comments and it is unfair to compare it to your office cafe or most other coffee shops - I of course dont know what your office serves but I can be reasonably confident that it wont be at the Espresso room quality. The Espresso room is part of a small number of independents trying to show how coffee should be for a price marginaly above the rubbish that chains have been pushing our for years so please give them a chance - as for the size then it was the correct size - coffees are not supposed to be served in mini buckets - why do the chains serve them as such - to justify the price for their inferior coffee, milk and skills.
The Espresso Room
31-35 Great Ormond Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3HZ
- Russell Square Station (0.3 km)
- Chancery Lane Station (0.5 km)
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Mon - Fri: 7:30 - 17:00
Sat - Sun: closed
61 Great Titchfield Street, London W1W 7PP
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15 reviews of The Espresso Room in English
Is this the smallest sit-down café in London? Funnily enough, there were three baristas there when I came in. Hah!
So the thing is, I ordered an espresso and got a decent Autumn blend square mile espresso. Well executed. A few minutes later, I ordered a macchiato and was served a piccolo. Sigh. Just saying, it ain’t much and I know i could be specific when ordering – and it was still excellent coffee, just doesn’t get the 5 stars.
It's perfect. Nothing else to say. Passionate staff, amazing coffee and some of the best brownies on the planet.
Biggest compliment i've heard is...oh my god...i don't even need sugar. The coffee is second to none.
How I wish that The Espresso Room was closer to my office, I wish it was open on weekends, that it had seating, etc. Because it is the best coffee I have had in London so far and it is a shame to not be able to visit it more often.
As other reviewers have mentioned they use Square Mile beans and use them to make coffee to perfection. The interior is small and cosy, basically it is just a room with a coffee machine in it.
Definitely visit if you are into coffee and are in the area. Don't expect to sit down and read though.
It was soooooo good that on my first visit I had a double macchiato followed by a large flat white.
Possibly not supposed to drink that much coffee in such a short space of time but I couldn't help myself.
I do hope that visitors to Great Ormond Street hospital area support this perfect coffee shop. They certainly deserve to thrive (some others close by do not).
Looking forward to a return visit already.
PS Pastry pretty perfect too
This Cafe is an absolute gem. The flat white was of exceptional quality and the salmon, crème fraiche and caper sandwich was out of this world, you won’t get the huge milky latte and doughy sandwich available from so many chains however you will get food and espresso to feed your soul.
I had to ask them a bit more about the cafe and have done some research. The coffee is from square mile whose beans have won the world barista championship on numerous occasions. They use a temperature controlled La Marzocco, the rolls royce of espresso machines with an extra modification to improve shot consistency and the baristas are highly skilled, passionate about their work and very nice as well.
Ok so there’s not much space but it’s the coffee and food equivalent of seeing your favorite band in your local pub, so who cares.
Delicious coffee, small but perfectly formed, seating inside and out, tasty selection of sweet and savoury pastries, friendly and helpful - in one word - perfect!
P.S. Delicious home made sandwiches and baguettes too!
I walk past it every day on my way to work so I was very keen on trying it out - I start my every day with a cup of coffee...
The prices are ridiculous for this part of town (£2.50 for the so-called 'large latte' in a cup that is sold as small in my office cafe), belonging rather to some stuffed-up-their-own-backside cafe in Notting Hill... Also, whilst the guy making my coffee was nice, it took him forever to make it (skinny latte), I guess time consumed to make it was in order to justify the price. He assured me he would remember how I have my coffee for the future (a guy at a Pret I visit once a month remembers how I have it so no major achievement there).
Nice coffee, not worth the time or the price. Will not be going back.
Best coffee i’ve had since leaving sydney six months ago. I could rave on for hours about how smooth and lovely it was but really all i need to say is i died and went to coffee heaven in the first sip!
The Espresso room is a welcomed addition to the area that gives you plenty of choices to go for coffee, but none outstanding.
Located across the road from Great Ormond Street Hospital, Ben and his team of Baristas know how to pull a perfect shot of espresso and seeing the way he fusses over the milk are recipes for a great flat white!
Definately this little gem of a cafe is the best quality coffee in the area.. by a square mile ;)
Those patriots amongst you rejoicing in the fact that this excellent new coffee shop, only open a week or so and already delivering beverages of the highest possible standards, is not run by Antipodeans will be disappointed to discover that its head honcho learnt all his barista skills in Melbourne.
It doesn’t irk me one iota. Our brethren from the Southern Hemisphere are slowly revolutionising our café culture: educating our taste buds and de-programming our branded brains, which draw people to the well-known high street chains like a hypnotised consumers’ cult.
The charming and affable owner, Ben, has created a stylishly compact, but perfectly formed, coffee boutique from where, we all hope, he will be introducing swaying throngs of Gt. Ormond Street locals to his perfectly-poured flat whites, powerful macchiatos (so good that I was falling over the furniture) and babycinos for the younger, discerning caffeine addict. He uses Square Mile coffee, top-quality milk and there’s also a selection of fresh, homemade sandwiches and cakes.
One day, God willing, there will be an independent coffee shop as fine as this on everyone’s doorstep, enabling mass indulgence at a local level. As Henny Youngman would probably have put it: “When I read about the evils of drinking [coffee], I gave up reading.”
Paid a visit to The Espresso Room earlier today and had a coffee epiphany of sorts thanks to the expertly poured flat white - seriously flavoursome. Ben the barista is great company too. Good to see the real coffee scene break out of Soho.
I’m always on the search for a great cup of coffee, away from over branded high street stores. On my travels around the city I stumbled upon this smartly designed coffee house, which serves excellent coffee with friendly staff all at a very reasonable cost. A fantastic array of sandwiches and sweet bites also. The mackerel sandwich is my favourite. Its located on Gt Ormond Street which is great on a sunny day to get a take-away and sit in one of the amazing open spaces near by. Definitely one to revisit again.
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