Posts Tagged ‘Cobden Chambers’

Nottingham last day of August

September 1, 2019

Train to Nottingham, full of drunks. Why are they not stopped from boarding the train?

Cold and starting to rain when arrive in Nottingham. Warm and sunny when I started off.

Looked in BearHeadZ down the side of Nottingham Station. Resisted the temptation to stay for a drink.

Crazy people at Gourmet Coffee in station, cannot take photos, we will call security.

Gourmet is an utterly meaningless attribute, usually signifies crap coffee. Reinforced by not serving coffee in correct cup size.

Looked in 200 Degrees, fairly busy. OK for lunch, but not for coffee.

Lunch at Cartwheel Coffee. And a cappuccino. Very busy.

A chat with the guy who runs the Loakes shoe shop. Excellent place for shoes.

I am surprised to learn the tea shop out the back has closed. Surprised Cartwheel do not take it over as a lovely hidden courtyard to sit on a pleasant day.

On Leaving, heavy downpour, cold.

Why an ice cream van with an engine running in a pedestrianised street?

I head to The Specialty Coffee Shop, as nearest place to get out of the rain.

As always excellent coffee.

I am seeing Click everywhere. Not sure why.

I find Leftlion which I have not seen before. Similar to Now Then and Independent Life but larger format. Nottingham has a glossy freebie, as with glossy freebies everywhere, straight in the bin. Leflion a marked improvement.

A couple of guys come in, we chat. One tells me how he enjoys honey crunch chicken in Bamboo Shoots in Jeffries Passage in Guildford, and of Krema and Canopy for coffee, notes coffee has improved at Canopy with a new barista. Surrey Hills not good, always empty. I agree.

A couple of ladies each bring to the counter a HuskeeCup to buy. The only two. I was aware of HuskeeCup but the first time I have seen one in the wild.

Buy a HuskeeCup and get first coffee free. The cup costs £15 (this may include cost of the lid which is extra), assume a coffee £3, brings the cost down to £12.

The design is elegant The lid and saucer are extra. The cups stack.

Michelangelo said the egg shape was ideal for latte art.

There is a scheme HuskeeSwap, whereby bring in a clean undamaged cup, and will receive coffee in a washed HuskeeCup. I know not if operates in The Speciality Coffee Shop.

HuskeeCups are made from the husks of coffee beans which would otherwise been a waste product.

Now stopped raining, sun comes out.

Looked in Wired to find a friend. Gave her a copy of The Independent Brighton & Hove Coffee Guide. No time for a coffee.

Popped in the zero waste shop in Cobden Chambers. They really must get their act together. It must rank as one of the worst zero waste shops in the country. Poor stock, small bags difficult to get anything in, jars are marked with contents but no price.

Picked up Drift London edition from Ideas on Paper. I had hoped to find a back copy of Standart, surprisingly no back copies of Standart, only latest edition. Latest Drift, only one copy left, had been saved in case I dropped in. Did I have a copy of the Tokyo edition? Why, did he have in stock? No. Currently on sale at £2000.

To Outpost Coffee. Not likely to make the train I had hoped to catch, I decide on a later train.

I look in a cheese shop. Excellent selection of cheese. I pick up unpasteurised Lancashire cheese. I am complimented on my excellent choice.

Only just make the train. Standing room only.

Early May in Nottingham

May 3, 2019

A cold day, a cold wintry day, I had jumper, big coat, and regretted not a warmer shirt and a scarf.

I was cold most of the day and did not start to feel warm until mid afternoon.

Cold on the train to Nottingham, or maybe I had not warmed up.

Cold, but then always cold down the side of Nottingham Station.

By contrast, last May Day Bank Holiday last year 29C.

Lunch at 200 Degrees Nottingham Station, nearest place to find warmth. Lunch excellent, falafel wrap, but not coffee, coffee mediocre at best, and there are far better places in Nottingham for coffee.

Crowded when I arrived, no seat by window overlooking Nottingham Canal, and noisy, lucky to find a table free. Nearly empty when I left. Lunchtime rush.

Back into the cold and it was cold, head to Cartwheel Coffee.

Cartwheel Coffee surprisingly near empty, usually very busy.

I could have had my favourite spot by the window, but too cold, or at least it would have been every time the door opened.

Excellent cappuccino and salted caramel chocolate tart. The cappuccino a tad too cool.

Passed by an interesting clock I not noticed before.

Finally starting to feel warm, and back on the street did not feel so cold.

I had considered leaving mid-afternoon.

Few people about. A cold miserable day.

I looked in Wired. Brief chat, promised I would pop back later, but when I did, too late.

I looked in Think in Cobden Chambers opposite Wired.

It has now been partitioned off, which is a pity as was one large open space.

Dash Vegan the food smelt good, but I had eaten, and had not already eaten and not warmed up I may have eaten again, the other half a exhibition and co-working space.

I do not know whose idea to partition the ground floor, but has completely ruined the ground floor.

I looked in Dash Vegan Zero Waste Shop.

Little change from last week.

They are trying too hard to be zero waste, focus on vegan gluten free to exclusion of all else is a huge mistake.

Clothing claimed to be organic cotton. Not as soft as I would expect for organic cotton. Maybe the dyes used.

To Ideas on Paper.

Long chat picked up latest Caboodle and Om Nom. Latest issue of Om Nom, issue 4, big improvement on previous issues.

I dropped off Now Then and Independent Life.

A lot of interest in I-D magazine, Greta Thunberg on front cover.

Looked back in Wired, who I wished too see had finished her shift and left.

To Outpost Coffee.

Excellent cappuccino, a single origin from Brazil.

They have changed their packaging. Now bags not boxes.

Just managed to catch the train. As always standing room only.

Cold afternoon in Nottingham

January 30, 2019

A spur of the moment decision, a trip to Nottingham.

Today it was zig-zag back and forth.

I would usually stop off first 200 Degrees Nottingham Station and grab something to eat. And yes I was hungry, but it was packed and I had first to visit Cartwheel Coffee.

On my last visit, I had spotted Drift issue 4 Stockholm edition, impossible to find. I wished to see if would sell to me or swap for a later edition of Drift.

The owner kindly gave it to me. I thanked him, and said I would later drop off a copy of Ambrosia, sister magazine of Drift, with which he was not familiar.

They were in the middle of a coffee cupping session. I asked could I join them. I was welcomed and interesting conversation ensued.

I could have stayed for lunch, but very busy.

Back to 200 Degrees for lunch. Still very busy but this time I managed to find a table, the only unoccupied table.

Looked in Hotel Chocolat. Smoke and mirrors, appalling level of overpackaging, obscene use of plastic.

It was then to Ideas on Paper in Cobden Court.

I was shocked what had been done to Wired. Garish and ugly. Make it look cheap and tacky, like a disgusting junk food outlet. A big mistake.

I looked in where I had been told a zero waste shop. Not open today.

Luckily Ideas on Paper open.

I picked up two issues of Ambrosia. No idea why I picked up the latest, as I already have. Not thinking straight.

I did that last time I found Ideas on Paper open, latest issue of Ambrosia, only to find I already had.

I would have liked to have popped in the chocolate shop, but no time.

Back to Cartwheel Coffee. Dropped off a copy of Ambrosia, picked up Drift.

Excellent cappuccino.

Caught 1529 train. An earlier train thain I would have wished, but turning very very cold.

Cobden Chambers

April 6, 2018

The centre of Nottingham, the same crap chains that monotonise every town centre, interesting buildings, spoilt at ground level by modern shop fronts, a few buildings unspoilt.

It is always down the side streets and alleys, find anything of interest.

And so it was with Cobden Chambers, down a narrow side ally opposite a href=”https://keithpp.wordpress.com/2018/04/06/wired/” target=”_blank”>Wired.

Passing through the alley, it opens out into a courtyard with benches for picnic, lined with murals on one side, the other a colourful terrace, Cobden Terraces, and at the far end Cobden Place, housing little studios, a cafe and restaurant, a bookshop, record shop.

I was reminded of North Laine in Brighton or Neal’s Yard in Covent Garden.

The Courtyard

The Courtyard plays host to pop-up street food vendors, markets and street art, drawing visitors into the Chambers and creating a dynamic, vibrant atmosphere.

Studio Chocolate

Hand designed chocolates

Ideas on Paper

A bookshop with quality magazines, Drift though not Standart if into coffee culture.

Think

Food and art.

Forever Records

Record store specialising in vinyl old and new.