Monmouth Coffee, Borough Market, London
Where coffee is concerned I find that that where there is a crowd there is good coffee. On this premise Monmouth Coffee at Borough Market has to be good. There always seems to be long queues especially on those days when Borough Market is open.
Directly opposite the entrance to the market its wood and brick decor is very much in keeping with the vernacular architecture of the area. Open to the street like many of the market stalls around the beans are displayed and served direct to the street. Coffee is served over a counter inside. Whether it is beans or a drink you are after be prepared for a wait as there are often queues. Inside there long wooden tables with bread rolls and jams in the centre. For those wanting to consume their coffee in a more intimate manner there are a few stools and a window bar.
Filter and espresso coffees are available available and a great selection of cakes and snacks. They serve their own single origin roasted beans (The Monmouth Roastery is not far rom Borough Market). When I was there it was Fazenda Sao Benedito, Carmo de Minas from Brazil.
I had a flat white (£2.35). It was rich and full-bodied and rivals my fave flat white from Grind Coffee Bar in Putney. It was served velvety smooth. The milk is added at the counter as it is served allowing you to watch the barista work his or her magic with the latte art.
Some of the most friendly and knowledgeable staff around. Like most great independent coffee bars there is an antipodean barista or two.
Opening hours Mon-Sat: 7:30am-6:00pm.
Where to find them: 2 Park Street, SE1 9AB. Nearest Tube: London Bridge or Borough