Interior with soup cauldron

I’ve been meaning to stop off for coffee in Brass & Copper, for some time. I’ve walked past it on my way to work, on numerous occasions, often thinking that it looked like a very smartly understated spot, and just the place to ease oneself in to a hectic day.

Today was the day, as I had need of a little sustenance and reflection, to start a busy week.

Soup and sandwich selections are available for lunch, but their morning fare is of the coffee and croissant variety. From a nice selection, provided by local bakery Au Gourmand, I chose the pain au chocolat.

Pain au chocolat

Regular readers will know that this type of sweet treat really isn’t my thing, but I’m always willing to try new experiences. I was well impressed with this light buttery pastry, filled with a layer of rich chocolate. I’m not sure it won me over as a breakfast item, but it had an enjoyably decadent quality to it.


As I sipped their decent espresso, I took in my surroundings. The furniture is dainty and eclectic and the wall-space is used to showcase a local artist. The work wasn’t to my taste, but it’s always better to see places attempting this sort of thing rather than hanging generic whatnots.

Having completed the necessary financial transaction, I was soon on my way, suitably fortified for the slings and arrows of outrageous workplace fortune.

Overall, I thought Brass & Copper was rather charming. It’s charms are of the gentle variety, which is no bad thing. Their espresso could use a little work, as it was a bit characterless, but the baked goods on offer were very nice.

I imagine its core business is the yummy mummy brigade, and I guess it meets their needs rather well. I can see myself popping in again, next time I require a moment or two of early morning calm.


Blythe scores Brass & Copper
3.5/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 13.5/20

Today’s quester was: Blythe

I ate: pain au chocolat

I drank: espresso, water

I wore: pinstripes

Total bill: £4

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Written by BKR