Monday, 4 April 2016

Review: Costa Coffee shop


For the third year in a row, Costa has won Best Family Friendly Cafe at the Tommy's Awards so I was invited along to find out why!

The Tommy's Awards recognise and celebrate the best family-friendly companies that make the lives of parents and parents-to-be that little bit easier. 

The awards are nominated and voted for by you, the public, so I was expecting a lot from the place already.



I live in a town full of cafes. We seem to have more cafes than shops nowadays to be honest. But I rarely eat out with the children just because of the hassle involved in getting the pushchair in, finding a seat, keeping them still, getting them to actually eat....you get the picture!

I am lucky enough to have a Costa in town, although I don't go in often as I think of it mainly as a coffee drinkers cafe and I HATE coffee.

However, I am a huge cake lover and eater so I was sucked in as soon as I entered and spotted the counter full of cakes and slices.


And then spotted the menu full of drinks and food. Many of which are coffee based. It's what they do, and they seemingly do it well. But there were also tea, smoothies and hot chocolates galore. 

So I was happy!


In terms of access and space, it was very busy. It always is. But you can take that as a true sign of how popular this place it.

There are plenty of tables and access down the middle for a pushchair. 


We decided to make the most of the spring sunshine though and sit outside for lunch al fresco.


There was a good choice of sandwiches, wraps and toasties and the children opted for a ham and cheese toastie each. 1 year old LB had two crumpets.

The crumpets are my only slight criticism of our lunch really. They were barely toasted and not at all warm, meaning the butter didn't really spread onto them and melt very well. LB therefore didn't eat them. 

This is however obviously a branch issue which shouldn't happen in other branches and I am sure had I have asked for them to be warmed better, they would have done so. I just didn't really have the time with a very hungry LB to deal with.


The cakes sucked the adults in so much, we all skipped the sandwiches and went straight for muffins with our hot drinks.


The salted caramel one was particularly delicious.


With a lovely little surprise of a gooey centre!


Overall, access with a pushchair was good, staff were very friendly and the food was yummy so their award for Best Family Friendly Cafe is well deserved.

It is lively enough that you are not worrying about the loud noise your children are making but relaxing enough that you don't feel rushed and can sit all afternoon enjoying your drink.

It is a little more expensive than other cafes in town but if you are a true coffee/ tea/ cake lover then the extra is worth it to have a proper decent hot drink and sweet treat.

I'd be more likely to go here for an afternoon treat than a full lunch with the children. They love feeling like grown-ups and having an afternoon hot drink stop with a babyccino and a giant custard cream or bourbon.





*Disclaimer: I was gifted a voucher to try Costa with my family for the purposes of review but all opinions are my own and true*

1 comment:

  1. I actually prefer Costa to Starbucks, I'm yet to go in one where the customer service isn't amazing. Their lemon muffins are amazing too! I adore the Christmas drinks too.

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