How not to freeze: a guide to Leamington cafés – OurWarwick

How not to freeze: a guide to Leamington cafés

Tanishk Saha | Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) Contact Tanishk

Hello everyone!

The summer, although approaching us at a rapid pace, hasn’t gotten here yet. It appears that there are still a few hiccups (or snowstorms) that are in its way, with the weather forecast suggesting that it is going to snow by the end of this again. Personally, I loved the last time snowfall caught us off-guard, but now I’d rather have summer, you know? But then, we all know that want doesn’t get. 

So, in order to be prepped for the chilly day(s) that approach us rapidly, here are some cafés in Royal Leamington Spa that I’ve tried. I’ll tell you how I feel about them, rather than giving a numerical rating (because we don’t need any more people trying to give a number to a subjective evaluation, am I right?), and I’ll leave you to make your own choices. Sound good?Also, feel free to leave me any recommendations in the comments, I’ll be sure to check them out! 

Oh, also, these aren’t in any particular order, I’m just writing them down as I remember it. 

All good? Okay, let’s get to it. 

  1. Spa Town Coffee (94 Warwick Street, Leamington Spa): This was my go-to coffee shop last year, back when I was boring and stuck to my favourite things until I got really bored of them (which was never) and rarely experimented. My go-to drink is the mocha, which I got with oat milk; you can’t go wrong with any of their coffees, though. Definitely would recommend, especially if you’re looking for help with advancing into brewing your own coffee (they have lots of tools to get you started off). 
  2. Coffee #1 (71 Warwick Street, Leamington Spa): Right opposite to Spa Town Coffee, Coffee#1 is another café I had frequented last year. The best thing about them was the good coffee and the amazing ambiance; they had so much space to either chill in or work in (although I barely ever got data connectivity inside). Good coffee, and they’ve got a large array of pastries (which I’ve never tried, lol) for you to sample. Would recommend, but I’ve got a personal bias for Spa Town Coffee so I went there more often (oops).
  3. Starbucks (2 Priors Gate, Warwick Street, Leamington Spa): Of course, if you’re talking about cafés, you have to include Starbucks where there is one. I try my best not to frequent chain coffee shops that often, but Starbucks is one of two (the other being the Pret on campus) that has been an exception. This is a great place to get A LOT of coffee for relatively cheap. Again, I go for a Venti Mocha with Oat, which usually lasts me for a few hours of sipping (and keeps me buzzing for a whole lot longer). Everyone knows about Starbucks, so I won’t say more. 
  4. Esquires Coffee (52-54 Warwick Street, Leamington Spa): This is the new kid on the block. This café started in the midst of the third lockdown (understandably not ideal), but that has had no impact on the quality that they provide. The coffee is good, and the sizes give you a bang for your buck. Since it falls on my daily shopping run route, I have to try *very hard* not to buy a coffee at any opportunity that presents itself. Would definitely recommend visiting, especially once it’s okay to sit in cafés; it would be AMAZING to sit and work here!
  5. Costa Coffee (43 Parade, Leamington Spa): Well, here’s another chain café. Wow, such great recommendations!! (I can see your frowns and mutterings, don’t you worry) Well, I promised you a list of the cafés I know in Leam, and I intend to deliver. Again, there is nothing much for me to say with regards to the chain cafés, you probably know (even better than I do, maybe) how the coffee here tastes. What I love about Costa, again, is their massive Large coffees (do you see a trend here?). 
  6. Procaffeinate (66 Clemens Street, Leamington Spa): Heading southwards, Procaffeinate has been a Leamington Spa staple since my first year (two years ago; ah, the good old days…). I knew it as a great place for brunch (and I can attest to that fact), but it is a great cafè at its core. Back when it was permissible to sit in cafés, you could take in the amazing views of the canal, sitting on the deck and sipping on your coffee. Also, there’s the mystery fridge in the corner by the entrance, that has its own tales to tell (ooh spooky? That’s for you to find out…). If you’re in the mood to treat yourself, I recommend getting the hot chocolates. If decadence could be personified into a drink, this would be it. You’ll know it when you see it. Their coffee is great too, and so are their pastries and baked goods; an all-rounder café, if you ask me!
  7. Cenu Cacao (114 Regent Street, Leamington Spa): Yes, I know this isn’t truly a café, but I had to include it onto the list. This is THE place to get the most AMAZINGLY luscious hot chocolate in Leamington. At their core, Cenu Cacao specialises in all things chocolate; you have the option to buy some truffles, novelty chocolates, bean to bar chocolate, cacao nibs. The list can go on for ages. However, they also do hot chocolates, which steal the show (in my very biased opinion). As you sip from these hot chocolates, it doesn’t feel like you’re sipping a drink; you might as well be sipping the pure liquid chocolate that is freshly churned, every moment, in the shop itself. You can see the liquid gold that is chocolate pouring out of the machine in a beautiful, silky stream….Okay, I may be going off on a tangent here, but the chocolate is really THAT good. Try it out for yourself and let me know what you think!

Well, that’s all the cafés (ish) that I frequent in Leamington! Do you think I’ve missed out on a hidden gem? Is there some place that I should be visiting, and I don’t yet know about? Let me know in the comments below!Plus, do let me know how you find these cafés, I do love myself a comparative analysis of local coffeeshops in my areas 

On that note, I wish you well, and remind you to bring out your quilt and keep yourself warm during the oncoming bouts of winter weather. Maybe get yourself a coffee? After all, that’s what you came here to do, right? Same here, just gonna go get my third coffee of the day from Pret (oops). 

Tanishk Saha | Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) Contact Tanishk

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