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Our Top 5 cafe spots in Monmouth

Our Top 5 cafe spots in Monmouth

IF YOU’RE visiting historic Monmouth for the day then a cuppa and cake is essential! Here are our top 5 treats in and around this bustling Welsh-border market town. In no particular order we have:

SALT & PEPPER

From the outside it’s a cook and kitchenware shop with plenty of original items to browse through. But delve a little further inside, take the stairs to the first floor and you’ll find a gorgeous cafe that extends outside (see left).

Salt & Pepper sells delicious locally-sourced lunches as well as a range of teas and coffees. It’s friendly, quirky and away from the bustle of Monnow Street below. Open Mon-Sat 9am-5.30pm, Sun 10am-4pm.

GREEN & JENKS

Nestled in a prime spot, in a Georgian townhouse at the top of Monnow Street, Green & Jenks’ origins date back to 1888. This gem of a cafe offers a wide range of delicious treats all served in a cool, contemporary setting.

Screen Shot 2016-07-27 at 13.15.21Run by the fifth generation of the Green & Jenks family, they serve their own ice cream, sorbets and frozen yoghurts, all handmade in the shop using fine local ingredients, as well as afternoon teas and tasty lunches.

Look out for seasonal specialities, live music and a gorgeous, tranquil courtyard, tastefully decorated with white benches, planters and mirrors. Open Mon-Sat 9am-5.30pm, Sun 10.30am-4.30pm.

COFFEE#1

Screen Shot 2016-07-26 at 16.31.22A larger than average Coffee#1 cafe situated close to historic Monnow Bridge. Although this is a fast-growing chain of coffee shops there’s a cosy, library feel inside with lots of interesting pictures on the walls. You’ll also find additional comfy seating and sofas upstairs along with tables outside when the weather is fine.

I’ve always found the coffee reliable and the cakes never disappoint – always fresh, even the croissants.

And when you’ve had your fill of cakes you can work it all off by taking a walk to the top of Monnow Street. Longer than normal opening times: Mon-Fri 7.30am-6pm, Sat 8am-6pm, Sun 8.30am-5.30pm.

UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS TEA ROOM AND CAFE

IMG_8903A quaint little spot that you’ll find tucked inside the pretty La Piazza gift shop. Browse through an array of vintage and contemporary gifts before sitting down on comfy seating to a wide range of teas, coffees cakes – and of course their quintessential English scones made by a local lady who’s extremely good at baking!

Upstairs is a beautiful old fashioned tea room with a chandelier and panelled walls, leather chairs and pretty tables. You’ll find Upstairs Downstairs at the bottom of Monnow Street. Open around 9.30am. Closing hours weren’t available at time of writing.

 

#7 CHURCH STREET

Quaint, quirky and bustling with shoppers, Church Street is one of the prettiest streets in Monmouth. #7 Church Street was opened by Mark Turton and Bea Sebestyen in 2016 and is a real foodie treat on this eclectic little street full of boutiques, home and gift stores, greengrocers and cafes. #7 Church Street was also awarded 2 AA Rosettes within six weeks of opening. Full opening hours: Mon-Sun 11am-6pm for coffee, Mon-Sun 12.30pm-2pm for lunch, Mon-Sun 6.30pm-10pm for dinner.Screen Shot 2016-08-02 at 16.00.06

 

Mr Pheasant’s bird-ict: I'll be back in a week when I've tried all the cakes in Monmouth

Mr Pheasant’s bird-ict: I’ll be back in a week when I’ve tried all the cakes in Monmouth

 

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