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Cold afternoon in Farnham

November 3, 2018

A cold afternoon in Farnham. Not as cold as Friday in Guildford nevertheless cold.

I would have alighted and walked along the River Wey into the centre of Farnham, but no longer possible as access fenced off.

Krema packed. I had a bowl of tomato and basil soup, followed by cappuccino and flapjack. But too many people and not pleasant.

Krema need to open a second coffee shop in Farnham. Maybe take over failing Barista Lounge. Or maybe Coffee Lab or someone who wishes to serve quality coffee. Krema currently the only coffee shop worth a visit in Farnham. Now that people have acquired a taste for quality coffee, time for a second specialty coffee shop.

I picked up a bookmark for a market in Farnham Maltings.

A lost couple, please follow me. I showed the way and advised if wish to have a coffee, try Krema not the Maltings cafe.  I checked, the little cafe still serving disgusting CupSmith coffee.

To my annoyance a pound to gain entry. Stalls were already packing up.

Does this mean a pound to gain entry to the cafe? Not that I would wish to.

The market was similar rubbish to their Christmas market.

The bookmark said fresh produce.  Where? Gin on my way in. After passing through a rabbit warren of different rooms, all much of a  muchness what was on sale, I found a room with bread, cakes, chocolates, and CupSmith.

The roasted coffee beans were as the stall on Guildford farmers market on display in open hessian sacks. Dark roast to the point of being burnt. Great for hiding defects of low quality coffee beans, not so great for bringing out the best of the coffee. Burnt coffee is burnt coffee. One claimed to be a lighter roast, and yet it was darker. Maybe labels got switched. Decaffeinated claimed to be a natural process. Means nothing. State what the process is.  The beans will oxidise, they had no aroma. Contrast with beans I have from Taf,  The Underdog, Mind the Cup, a wonderful aroma.  People are duped into buying  rubbish. When purveyors of coffee  are this clueless on coffee steer well clear. If want excellent coffee try Krema, if want to buy quality coffee beans visit Krema. There is absolutely no excuse these days for buying cheap rubbish coffee. We are spoilt for choice. And that applies to the catering manager buying this rubbish for Maltings cafe.

Cakes and cookies were expensive on the cake stall. Cookies at a  pound each were reasonable. I bought a couple and as it was the end of the day the lady kindly have me a third.

Back downstairs, a little section serving coffee. I was told even worse than CupSmith. Did I wish to try? Er no.  The coffee served in takeaway coffee cups to a captive audience. This is not acceptable, but Farnham Maltings do not seem to care.

Then to Waitrose. Very busy, but at least stock on the shelves. Very busy, not all the cash tills manned.

Cold afternoon in Farnham

December 20, 2014
setting sun

setting sun

Farnham Parish Church

Farnham Parish Church

A cold afternoon, though no frost on the river bank as last week.

River Wey flowing fast.

Farnham was surprisingly quiet. I expected it to be heaving. Maybe everyone else expected it to be the same, last weekend before Christmas, and wisely stayed away.

I expected at the butcher, to be queuing out the door and up the street. No, he said, it was quiet. He said he expected Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to be busy.

Cook too was quiet, I their only customer. But then they always are quiet, unless they have an offer, as they are massively overpriced and not matched by the quality.

Waitrose is a nightmare at the best of times, and each weeks gets worse. I dreaded what the last weekend before Christmas was going to be like. It was quiet. Maybe everyone thought the same, and wisely avoided Waitrose. Maybe one day Waitrose will recognise they cannot take customers for granted and do something about their piss-poor service.

Yet another example of something very wrong with Stagecoach. 1510 No 18 bus Aldershot to Haslemere, driver refused to accept a bus pass and forced a woman to pay. She said this happens regularly with this driver. She contacts bus company, they apologise and she gets a refund. I learnt something new, the name of the driver is on the bus ticket. Why are drivers not obliged to wear name badges?

Returning from Farnham, I was asked did the No 5 bus leave from The Borough. I said yes, as in the past I have caught it when 17, 18 or 19 has not turned up. I asked the driver of the bus I caught. He said it depends where it has come from, it could come down Castle Street. And as we pulled away, as if on cue, a No 5 came down Castle Street.

How crazy can you get, where the bus stops depends where it has come from?

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