I'll be honest - I'm a coffee addict from way back dating from the Italian stove top of my student days to my current use of a FREUD french press. So my recent discovery of Talkhouse Coffee was more than a pleasant one as this is an independent cafe more than dedicated to a decent brew. A relative newcomer to W11, it is all that a good cafe should be. It offers a small but excellent selection of coffee. The staff are passionate, knowledgable and award-winning baristas, and there's a tempting selection of morsels to entice but not detract from the main event - the coffee. Expresso are ordered by the ounce - 1,3,5,8 in a gesture that a true coffee drinker will appreciate. At the brew bar, single estate coffee come into its own with a selection from Workshop Coffee, Square Mile, James Gourmet and Tate Roasting. As for the cafe, it is pure industrial minimalism: lots of wood, clean lines, uncluttered. It works.
A welcome addition to the Ladbroke end of Portobello Road.
275 Portobello Road, W11 1LR. Tel. 020 7221 8992
Hrs: Tue - Fri, 08.00 - 17.00; Sat. 09.30 - 19.00; Sun. 09.30 - 17.00.