Advantages Reminds me a little of Italy which I miss.
Disadvantages Smoking allowed. Expensive.
Costa Coffee Bar-or if you prefer,Boutique,are springing up all over the place and no self respecting city or large town these days,would be without them.
Most of us british are aware of them now,as they have been around a respectful amount of time,and proving popular with all age groups.
Certainly the costa is less crowded in my area than the cramped and stifling "Starbucks" and I must say that the HotChocolate;(though nowhere like-or as high a standard in taste and thickness,-or as inexpensive as the standard itallian ones!sorry!-the favourite bar my husband and I used to frequent when we lived in Naples,Italy!was the best,ever.) the costa coffe is my main reason to keep abreast of my chocolate addiction.And-to a certain extent remind me of lovely hazy -pre married days of italy!!
My only gripe is the Smoking !
STILL allowed on designated tables..
(Hell on earth if you are not a smoker,and just trying to enjoy a snack in peace and comfort!!)
The space between these tables,when very busy,is sadly inadequate for us non smokers,you see, and you know how far smoke drifts!(sorry to all you smokers out there,but I consider this anti-social habit repungant any where NEAR my food,especially when I'm trying to eat it to say the least!)But please, don't send me angry messages in my guest book will you?!
STAFF:Fairly friendly,without being in your face,and as they are kept busy,full brownie points for the dithering; "can't- make -up -their minds- types" like me!
They are Usually young,to keep up with the pace(?)and more often than not,students;though this isn't always the case;
And hey,I even found one or two OLDER than Me!!
Decor,Atmospere and Furnishing:I suppose this is where the Itallian culture and design really starts,in a sort of british way..lol.
I like the characterful brown tiled floors,the plain walls which COULD have had the occassional rich coloured interesting pictures..-from my usual seat,none to be seen at all!!
For the coffee fans;
Along the counter,at the far end, decoratively arranged bowls filled up to the top with fresh lose coffe beans- the distinctive aromas;The costa-ricco,The mexicano,the Morrocan bean,The deep glossy rich brown of the Brazillian,etc etc etc..
There was no music playing which at 9.30 in the morning was agreeable for me-but I can understand the missed abscence of this at night..
During the day this costa is not too crowded.
the best time to go really,depending on your age and interests,I spose.
This Costa has two floors,the downstairs is a wee bit small for my taste.
Any other gripes/comments: There aren't any Business cards with their address and phone number. (I did ask)or individual menus you could take away with you, to muse over, should there be a bit of a que,and you'd prefer to study at leisure...also,if you have a headache the clattering of cups could get you down.
Hygeine is pretty good,though when busy it's a wipe down DIY job-yourself!!
During the day I have seen more middle aged persons in here than others.At weekends far busier,and more children..
You need your wallet here to afford the prices..
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