A place I have heard so much about, yet never entered so when I was kindly invited to preview the launch of their new evening menu I was there with bells on.
With a glass of prosecco in hand, I admired how large it was compared to other coffee shops. The outside looks like a well-written chalkboard with the bright white logo standing out on the black background and the inside has beautifully polished wood with naked walls. Downstairs a secret room of coffee delight is hidden away filled to the brim with state of the art coffee machines – this is where the magic, sorry I mean training, happens.
From the get go it was very clear the owners, Dave Law and Tom Hyde, are incredibly passionate about Brew Lab and everything they have achieved so far. The introduction of the evening menu is the next step for this ambitious two.
The evening menu includes cold brew martini’s, wine from Henri, cheese from I.J Mellis, doughnuts from Baba Budan and cured meats from East Coast Cured. Currently, it is only available from 5.30 Wednesday to Sunday.
I like the menu because not only is everything locally sourced it is also a very simple but delicious selection with two beers, two wines, two cocktails and a small food menu.
After we had finished our champagne we were treated to one of the Espresso Martini’s, a favourite cocktail of mine and this one was particularly delicious, as it should be coming from Brew Lab.
We were then presented with a small selection of cheese and cured meats, including a divine brie and tasty saucisson sec. I could eat meat and cheese all day every day and when it has as strong flavours as this selection it is very pleasant as evening nibbles.
Then a few of us were escorted to the stunning coffee training room and we were taught by a lovely girl (that I can’t remember the name of sorry!) how to pour the perfect shot of coffee. I put myself forward as the guinea pig to pour, mainly because I love coffee so much and I know it’s a science and an art just to create the ideal cup.
Once we were done with coffee we went back upstairs and the doughnuts made their way over to us- and oh my goodness. These were stunning, baked perfectly and the centre was incredibly dreamy, I could have easily eaten many many more.
Have you been to Brew Lab? What did you think?
Price: 4/5 – I received this for free but it would have cost – £7.50 for Espresso Martini, mix and match cheese and meat board £10.
Recommend: A quick catch up with a close buddy that you don’t mind sharing food with.
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