On a recent trip to London, we stopped in Ealing for breakfast, and decided to pop in Artisan for a coffee before we set out to explore the city with Zack’s brother and sister-in-law.
Zack had actually been here before, on a business trip. He’d raved about their smoked salmon sandwich, and spoke highly of their coffee as well.
Walking in, I thought the shop was cute. Fun lighting, lots of seating, great signage, and a nice overall setup. Artisan in Ealing is a perfect blend of rustic, charming, and cozy. But honestly, the charm factor was so high, I found myself feeling less than confident about the coffee itself.
Not to worry! Zack and I decided on a cortado and a V60. Our 13 year old, as he usually does, chose a cold brew. And imagine the delight of our 10 year old when the barista delivered a Babycino to the table for him.
Seriously. Other cafes should take note. Artisan offers a free Babycino for their ‘junior’ customers. It’s a very simple concept: steamed milk, topped with whipped cream, chocolate, and a marshmallow. Simple, and yet, it was totally appreciated by me, and devoured by my little man!
|Babycino – yeah, the little man was thrilled!|
Our coffee was excellent. Every drink ordered was carefully prepared, and was really delicious. Way better than I expected. Their coffee is just as excellent as their shop is cool.
When in London, I encourage you to take a little side trip to Ealing. The neighborhood itself is full of cool shops and lots of charm. It’s got such a great feel, without all the touristy hoopla.
And Artisan is just icing on the cake – or should I say, crema on the espresso.