- Food served Mon–Sun 7.30am–6pm
- Average price £6 (coffee and cake)
- Website www.cafe-noir.co.uk
Accessible speciality coffee with a strong pedigree, close to Haymarket station.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Bright and roomy, with a smart marble counter and a mix of wooden and chequerboard-tiled flooring, Noir is an elegant space. Their avowed aim is to make specialty coffee accessible, so while they’ll happily discuss the relative merits of one of their single origin offerings over the other (they’re fully-paid up proponents of the ‘third-wave’ coffee movement) ultimately the plan is to ensure Joe and Jill Public enjoys their daily cup. Coffee maestro Dean James will be a familiar face for anyone who has frequented Artisan Roast, Machina Espresso or Cult Espresso, having worked at all three, and that pedigree is reflected in the quality of the coffee served up. Excellent pastries, cakes and more from the nearby Patisserie Maxime, and a neat little deli selection that runs to meat and cheese platters, means you won’t want for something suitable to accompany your high-end caffeine fix.
- High point: Great coffee
- Low point: Not being on your daily commute