Service in Stokes is deteriorating. It was not good a couple of weeks ago when I had a coffee, today even worse.
Long wait until my my order was taken, then another long wait. Even the lady at the adjacent table commented how slow, that at least twenty minutes had passed by.
No explanation, no apology for the piss-poor service. And not even excuse that it was busy. Stokes is never busy these days. It used to be very busy, if not there before ten in the morning, would be waiting for a table.
And was it worth the long wait?
The latte was nowhere near what it would usually look like.
And my cappuccino, looked as though someone who did not know what they were doing, or did not care, or it was rushed.
No coffee shops I frequent, would not serve a cappuccino looking like this. I have had far better cappuccinos served, then taken back, with an apologetic barista saying not good enough.
Taste wise, it was good.
Pleasant chat with the lady at the next table. We were discussing local coffee shops.
I suggested try Coffee Aroma around the corner. She knew of but had never tried.
The one place I said do not try, The Angel Coffee House, the place lacks any ambience, the chairs are threadbare and filthy, the coffee looks disgusting and tastes disgusting.
As she was interested in coffee I suggested check out No to Costa.
On leaving I saw Stokes now has on sale Northern Independent Coffee Guide.
Stokes did not make the first edition. Which I thought was a major omission. They are in the second edition, but if they let their standards slip, I cannot see them making the third edition.
On my way, I passed the guy with The Little Bicycle Coffee Shop in the grotty shopping Arcade opposite Stokes. Another location for good coffee, The Little Bicycle Coffee Shop that is not the grotty shopping arcade.