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Laynes Espresso

Laynes espresso is somewhere we visit anytime we go to Leeds.  Situated just round the corner from the train station, it's a great place to have coffee. Their regular espresso blend is Square Mile Red Brick and the coffee is always spot on.  Usually we treat ourselves to one of their cakes too.  We have been known to pop in our way back to the station and get cakes to...

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Yay Coffee

If you are looking for great coffee in Scarborough then Yay Coffee on York Place is the place to go. It's in a basement, it's small, but it's a great place to to hang out.   They have a great espresso (try Dr Strangelove) and filter coffee menu and a  lovely selection of homemade cakes.  The lunch menu also looked great though I've not yet tried.  I don't think I...

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Babushka is exactly the sort of place you want to while away a few hours on a Saturday or on holiday. A wonderful host (George's love of coffee and Babushka is infectious) Fantastic coffee, a small but perfectly formed menu and one of the best views you could ever wish for of the beach and the sea.  Even on a bad day the view is wonderful. There isn't really much...

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Haptik (again)

If you've read my previous blog about Haptik then you will know that I love this place. I really admire the commitment of Johnny and Rachel to bring quality coffee and a local art space to Newtownards. I love the feel of the place and I love the fact that lots of local people of all ages have embraced it and go regularly.    On previous visits, Haptik had not yet...

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Guest blog – Brew Lab training lab

For our anniversary the ever thoughtful Mrs Frivolitea bought a session at Brew Lab in Edinburgh on artisan coffee brewing. I'm not sure what this says about my coffee making skills but it was, nonetheless, most welcome. A nice surprise ahead of the day was a message that I was the only person booked in. Rather than cancel, we were offered free places for any friends who might care to...

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We stumbled across Homeground as we walked through Windermere and I am so glad we did. Homeground has been open 3 months and Windermere is definitely the richer for it.  There is fantastic coffee for a start (we couldn't visit without having 2 flat whites)..   Then there are the doughnuts... made by the Homeground team and wonderful.  We had malteser cream and apple and cinnamon doughnuts.       Then there...

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Lucia’s, Grasmere

if you're looking for good coffee in Grasmere then Lucia's takeaway is the place to go. We had great flat whites and I had a very tasty sausage roll too.     This place is tiny but they make their own scones and pastry goods. Definitely worth a visit.   

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Rattle Gill Cafe, Ambleside

This little cafe is the best yet that we've tried in this part of the Lakes.  A bit of a search on twitter uncovered this place and I'm so glad we found it.      The flat white was really good, so much so we had a second.  However even better - they serve a cake plate. Yep, a plate of cake. A selection of 5 of the cafe's homemade cakes...

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Waterhead Cafe, Ambleside

This is a a great little cafe in a spectacular setting.  There's nothing nicer than enjoying  good coffee overlooking the water.    Waterhead cafe is quaint and pretty and serves great blueberrry scones and cakes.  When we went they also had some portugese custard tarts on offer (a Mr Frivolitea favourite).  The custard tart was particularly good and the coffee wasn't bad either.     If you visit Ambleside this place...

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Pink Lane Coffee

I stumbled upon this little place opposite Newcastle Station today. I wanted a decent coffee whilst I waited for my train. It's got a great feel about it and has a great coffee menu. I had a flat white that was really good. Oh and they have maps on the walls in the toilets (did I mention that my other love is maps?) Well worth a visit.

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