Heard about the stylish new Arbour cafe at the Boma Garden Centre, a stone’s throw from Kentish Town tube? Surrounded by thousands of beautiful plants and flowers, there really can’t be anywhere more relaxing to have a coffee in NW5.
“We’ve been opened for a week or two and already have seen lots of locals coming back,” says the cafe’s Hong Kong-born owner William Mok. “We serve Tilbury-roasted artisan coffee and baked pastries with 100% natural ingredients”.
“But life is short,” he says, “and I always thought I should do something I really like. So I quit my job and started this small business. My vision is to create an oasis in the middle of the city for my customers to chill.”
Fair enough. And what of that coffee? “Our blend is Momentum from Modern Standard Coffee, the beans from El Salvador and Rwanda. There are taste notes of milk chocolate, red fruit and a honey sweetness. And all the beans are roasted in Essex next to the Tilbury port where the coffee containers arrive. We get our pastries from Galeta, an award-winning bakery in west London.”
Lovely. And it’s worth bearing in mind that they don’t do lunch for the time being; but expect that to change very soon. In the meantime why not enjoy a bucolic brew in the hot sun this week – if these relentlessly sludge-grey skies ever clear, that is?
Like cafes in Garden centres? You could also try the very good Pritchard & Ure in Camden Garden Centre.