Cappuccino at Stokes on High Bridge

cappuccino at Stokes on High Bridge

cappuccino at Stokes on High Bridge

charming waitresses

charming waitresses

A very cold wintry afternoon in Lincoln, gale blowing.

Stokes surprisingly empty, though it did start to fill.

Cappuccino and cookie (though strictly speaking not a cookie, the cookie jars bare).

Sat I realised something different looking out the window, and not because it was dark. I then realised, the scaffolding and netting that had been surrounding the building over Christmas and New Year had gone.

Interesting guy, plaited beard that stretched down to his legs. He was reading a book that stood out, gold edged, printed as though an old book, though on closer inspection, could see it was not. I asked. He said limited edition of a science fiction book called Rebirth, each copy numbered, his signed.

Cappuccino as always excellent, I would expect no less in Stokes.

Stokes on High Bridge is the gold standard by which lesser coffees are judged.

I would also though praise the staff, always cheerful, helpful, as well as being competent baristas. Contrast with Costa or tax dodging Starbucks, but with their working conditions not surprising the staff always miserable.

A fourth generation family business, Stokes has been of the coffee and tea business since 1902, at their present location in a beautiful Tudor building on High Bridge, a Medieval Bridge with Norman foundations, since 1937.

Lincoln is unusual, in that it has a large number of indy coffee shops, many serving Stokes coffee and teas, but a few serving other quality coffees. Contrast that with other towns dominated by Costa and tax-dodging Starbucks, serving disgusting undrinkable coffee and factory cakes.

Shop and tiny coffee shop are on the ground floor. The two upper floors serve food, each with its own kitchen, serve meals from fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Stokes even list their local suppliers.

Coffee roasted by Stokes, freshly ground and brewed within seconds of grinding.

Contrast with the chains, and most so-called coffee shops, inferior beans, over-roasted, long past sell-by-date, ground, then left, then coffee made by someone who may wear the sweatshirt, but it certainly does not make them a barista.

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