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Peak ED Coffee Shops ?

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mrwb
Posts: 219
Joined: 21 Apr 2016, 14:50

Just been on Lorsdship lane and it looks like Megan's is about to open? Still with the slightly confusing name.

Then I also noticed that Joes Juice Bar & Coffee seems to be opening on the old Saucy site.

Along with Pret near the station that is 3 extra..., can this trend be sustainable?
rachp
Posts: 212
Joined: 29 May 2010, 09:38

Not for the planet! I dread to think how many single use cups ED generates each week, we seem to have totally forgotten about reusable cups since COVID! P.s. I realise this isn?t what you meant by sustainable šŸ˜€
kerry2015
Posts: 49
Joined: 04 Aug 2018, 18:37

Indeed, the market seems saturated already with the numerous coffee options available now. Although I suspect those two places USP won't be their coffee really.

On a side note, whatever happened to the plans for the premises where Brick used to be. I thought I read on here that they got gazumped by Gails on rent, but its lay empty ever since. What a waste.
teddyboy23
Posts: 3544
Joined: 28 Apr 2015, 12:25

Work is also going on at the gods gift premises could be another coffee house or fingers crossed a luvverly jummberly pound shop
Angelina
Posts: 1656
Joined: 30 Nov 2014, 09:20

I?d just like a Greggs
Dogkennelhillbilly
Posts: 1044
Joined: 30 Jul 2016, 08:04

I dunno if I'd go as far as Gregg's but I wouldn't mind a Proper English bakery like Ayres Bakery in Nunhead. I like Boulangerie
Jade but sometimes you want something a bit heftier for lunch.
Dan-the-man
Posts: 38
Joined: 29 Oct 2019, 18:04

one of the best bits of the area I feel is the number of relatively small and independent coffee places. 'Rise and Bloom' and 'Cafe G' are closest to me and I love both of them.

Was sad about brick house as enjoyed that too (although my god it could get cold). It's genuinely upsetting if good local businesses can no longer afford to rent, especially since the place has been empty since. If it had been turned into much-needed housing I would be much less frustrated.

I'm not super keen on pret coming to be honest, although Gail's (if that ever happens) is ok.
NewWave
Posts: 1250
Joined: 23 Jun 2013, 15:41

I'm sick of every high st becoming the same..Joe and the Juice is all over the place And Pret is uninspiring and again another chain, Costa I never bother with, And food options at all these places are a bit well...uninspiring.
I think we need more place like Kinella, Oru, Blue brick,Spinach to give us different and also tastier options than these 'job-lot pre-packaged' chains.
I personally will get my coffee at a local independent and ditto my lunch.
Saucy was never somewhere I would have chosen to eat (chips chips and more chips) but at least it wasn't a bland chain.
rahrahrah
Posts: 6710
Joined: 26 Sep 2007, 17:21

It's really sad that Brick was forced out - all a bit shoddy as it was a really successful business.

In terms of the new places mentioned, they all offer something more than just coffee. Meghan's isn't primarily a coffee shop and Joe & The Juice, does a lot of smoothies and stuff, which is a bit different. Pret is primarily sandwiches etc. In terms of that, I actually think we could do with a couple more, decent sandwich shops (I exclude Pret from this), with more people working from home. An independent selling decent, hand made sandwiches, salads and stews would be welcome on the lane imo.

The other thing is that two of these places are replacing betting shops and before the short lived 'Saucy', the Joe site was another bog standard indian (which we also have a lot of). So all in all, I think the new places are welcome.
legalalien
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Joined: 22 May 2009, 17:21

I am hoping someone will open a takeaway noodle bar.
heartblock
Posts: 1461
Joined: 03 Jul 2015, 12:00

There was a golden age of restaurants and cafes - independents on the Lane... now there is only one I would recommend. I think ED may have eaten itself. Dulville Village restaurants have always been awful... good for a month and then just poor as people put up with mediocre. My view of course...others may rate many institutions.
rahrahrah
Posts: 6710
Joined: 26 Sep 2007, 17:21

legalalien Wrote:
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> I am hoping someone will open a takeaway noodle
> bar.

A good noodle place would be great
TWB
Posts: 43
Joined: 08 Jun 2021, 16:58

Shout out to the lovely little local indie gems Vits + Kicks {&} Rise & Bloom.

Food/drinks, ambience & service is flawless.
Sue
Posts: 23498
Joined: 04 Dec 2006, 20:18

TWB Wrote:
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> Shout out to the lovely little local indie gems
> Vits + Kicks {&} Rise & Bloom.
> ,
> Food/drinks, ambience & service is flawless.

Yeh, great service at Vits + Kicks. The meal I had wasn't very filling, but probably a poor choice.

Nice cocktails!
Dogkennelhillbilly
Posts: 1044
Joined: 30 Jul 2016, 08:04

heartblock Wrote:
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> independents on the Lane... now there is only one
> I would recommend.

Go on, then! ;)
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