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What are the two things you always do when you wake up in the morning? Let us guess…wanting to get back into your comfy bed and getting your morning coffee/tea which turns you from a morning zombie into the beautiful person that you are? This is where Hemel Hempstead shines. It has an array of coffee shops for you to sit out, sit in and sit on (sort of) or if you’re in a hurry, takeaway to drink on the go. So here are a few suggestions for places to visit whilst you’re staying in our serviced apartments.
With an array of latte art and an arsenal of continental ham and cheese croissants to rustic sausage and caramelised onion buns it is clear to see that Fred and Ginger knows its stuff when it comes to cafes. It boasts the quality and professionalism of major chains like Starbucks but combines that with a personable and unique dining experience. Although this gem isn’t technically in Hemel Hempstead, it is certainly worth the trip to 38c High Street, Kings Langley, for what is arguably the best place for that cuppa joe and a good meal.
This quaint tea room is located on the outskirts of Hemel Hempstead at Little Heath Farm, on Little Heath Lane. It contains beautiful decor from India and Africa which combined with the tranquil English countryside creates a truly unique tea drinking environment. With a lush garden and a cosy tea room you’re covered for any kind of weather. Also the word Sanuk means ‘to enjoy oneself’ so what more do you need?
Harris and Hoole prides itself on its heritage. Having originally started out in London, the company has brought its expertise to Hemel Hempstead to add a spark of life into its coffees. Although somewhat confusing, the interior of the café is undoubtedly a spectacle. With honeycomb wooden structures dangling from the ceiling and hexagonal flooring tiles it certainly creates a hive of interest. Harris and Hoole can be found on Jarman Way just off the A414.
Starbucks sits in the centre of town, directly on top of the River Gade, which gives you a prized position to enjoy your morning coffee. For those of you who haven’t had a Starbucks coffee, they have a huge range of ingredients that you can utilise to make your perfect coffee, this does usually come with a cost…literally. Although it is up market, it assures quality and good service so you can get your shot of caffeine without delay.
Another little tea and coffee shop is Stanley’s Store. If you prefer a more traditional setting for your drinking activities, then this is the place to be. The café has a strong 40s theme with bunting in a-bun-dance. This blast from the past is situated 5 minutes from Hemel Hempstead at 81B High Street, Bovington.
Next up is Café Roastino located at 170 Marlowes. This typical coffee shop provides the ultimate break experience with the “Farmer’s Breakfast” featuring a combination of Bubble & Squeak with all the perks of the regular full English breakfast to bolster your stomach for the coming day. In addition to its friendly customer service and varied menu, you’re surely won’t leave disappointed.
Tiki’s is a very homely yet modern coffee shop that offers high quality coffee for all types of coffee drinkers. If you’re not feeling the hot drink vibes, they can also whip up a milkshake a frappe or a smoothie. The cakes are all made on site so you’re guaranteed to get a good homemade bite to eat when you’re away from home. Who doesn’t like comfort eating? You get to eat, whilst you’re comfy.
One of Starbucks’ biggest competitors in the UK and for good reason, Café Nero is an Italian-influenced coffeehouse. As opposed to Starbucks, Nero opts for a European coffee experience giving a much stronger taste to its drinks. Café Nero is a good option for you if you like a friendly environment with good drinks and good coffee. Another bonus is that it is next door to The Marlowes Shopping Centre.
Windmill Café is situated in the centre of Hemel Hempstead, on 14 The Queens Square, which makes it ideal for those trips into town. Its menu is very reasonably priced so long as you keep a bit of spare change on you; you’ll always be able to pick up a baguette for £2.50 from one of the best greasy spoons in town.
Going one further again, Costa Coffee is actually located inside the shopping centre, so for those days where you find yourself exhausted and stranded in the middle of town you can always anchor down here. Costa offers a similar experience to Café Nero but at a much more reasonable price. So if you like a good coffee but you wouldn’t consider yourself an artisan, then you will find yourself at home here.
So that is our top 10 coffee shops in Hemel Hempstead, if you happen to find any others do let us know and we’d love to hear what you thought of the ones we suggested as well. There is plenty to do in Hemel Hempstead and these are just a few of the weird and wonderful places you’ll find during your stay.