Alyssa Ordillano discovers the best coffee shops in New Cross.
For many of us, caffeine is what gets us through those long, busy days. It’s difficult to deny that the coffee on campus isn’t good enough, which is why I took the trouble to visit three coffee shops within walking distance of Goldsmiths University. Apart from the higher quality beanage, New Cross’s local, independent businesses need our support, and in order to keep them growing in the right direction, support them we must.
This café is usually buzzing with Goldsmiths students. Situated in front of the university, it’s lively and vibrant; great if you’re looking for a place to hang out with a group of friends. I ordered a Mocha, and it tasted more like a hot chocolate. My palate is used to freshly ground coffee, and the Mocha I ordered tasted like an instant mix. After ranting about it for a few minutes, my companion said, very simply, ‘you get what you pay for’ (£1.40), which I suppose is true enough. If you happen to be on a tight budget then this place is perfect, especially as their servings are very generous.
If you’re coming from New Cross Gate station you will notice this café on the corner of New Cross Road and Laurie Grove. I highly recommend that you give it a go. The welcoming, relaxing atmosphere always makes me want to hang around longer every time I visit, and the place is nearly always packed each time I stop by. The coffee is very high quality, with silky milk froth. If you dare to brave it out in the cold, they have a sweet garden. The staff are friendly, and although the prices are a little bit higher than Goldsmith’s Café, in my opinion it was worth every penny of the £2.20 I paid.
The London Particular
Out of the three, this is the winner. The London Particular’s Mocha is the best I’ve had yet. Its aroma is one of cocoa but after a sip it had the strong taste of roasted coffee-bean with a hint of milk chocolate, just how I like it. They have a tab-service, which is great, and the staff members are smiley, welcoming and hospitable. It’s perfect if you want to get away from the university buzz. The only downsides are its location, which is next to the main road, and the fact it has the priciest mocha at £2.50, but other than that it is an excellent coffee shop, and one that I’m definitely going to visit more often.