King’s Coffee and Books
It had been a fair while since I’d been to Dumfries so I sought some recommendations from friends from the district. I got a stereo chorus of ‘abandon hope all ye who enter here’ which didn’t sound too promising.
I had little choice but to make the best of it so wandered from the train station into town and eventually bumped into King’s Coffee and Books which looked quite promising.
Given the subzero temperatures outside, I took a moment or two to thaw over an espresso before contemplating what I might eat.
The espresso from Hasbean was a very welcome surprise. It was very well crafted from high quality beans.
With my mood and body heat lifted I wandered to the counter to see what I should eat. I just missed out on the last portion of chicken noodle soup so had to settle for parsnip and chilli. To this I added their special of rainbow carrots served on a focaccia with walnuts.
This was soon delivered to my table looking quite stylish. I started with the soup. Parsnip is not my favourite soup flavour but this was nicely done and well seasoned. I enjoyed it a lot.
Next up was what I think was my first ever carrot sandwich. On the basis of this one it’s something I’ll be trying again soon. It was replete with fresh carrot sweetness and walnuts added good texture. It was highly pleasing stuff.
So overall, King’s showed Dumfries in a very good light. I don’t know if it’s symptomatic of a thriving cafe scene or just an outlier, but it was damn good whatever the case. I enjoyed everything I sampled. Make sure to visit next time you’re in these parts.
Blythe scores King’s
4.5/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 16.5/20
I ate: parsnip and chilli soup, rainbow carrot and walnut focaccia
I drank: espresso, water
I wore: pinstripes
Total bill: £9.11
Address: 12 Queensberry Street, Dumfries DG1 1EX