Sweet coffee satisfaction ~ Talkhouse Coffee, Portobello Road

There’s loud buzz about great coffee and independent cafes this month! Front cover feature in this week’s Time Out London (see the article here), later this month sees the return of UK Coffee Week, and I know a few people excited about London Coffee Festival (here’s last year’s review). It’s all good news for coffee lovers as London’s coffee revolution means new places are popping up in all our favourite areas. Talkhouse Coffee is a great example.

You wouldn’t believe that West London is an area that has only a few good coffee shops, it’s full of other quality produce why not coffee? Luckily Talkhouse Coffee has grabbed a prime location on Portobello Road. After following its development via Twitter over recent months (they really did do their research and put everything into the build), it finally opened towards the end of March. I had an extra day’s holiday to enjoy over Easter so I decided to get a good dose of caffeine over there.


After a leisurely walk down from Notting Hill Gate (it’s much quieter than at the weekends!), as I got towards the end of Portobello Road I found my destination.  I was greeted by a clean interior and friendly staff. I think I’ve heard it described as having a bit of a Scandinavian look and I think I could agree.

I ordered my cappuccino and took a seat. There were plenty when I arrived but they soon filled up. I did hear a lot of happy West Londoners welcome their arrival in the area so I imagine word got out quickly.


They serve Square Mile and Workshop Coffee here, along with specially selected teas and a few cold drinks. You can also pick up a bite to eat with sweet treats, pastries and sandwiches on offer.


My cappuccino arrived and went down lovely. I really do like Workshop Coffee, I somehow managed to drink it in three locations over Easter!


As food orders passed my eyes, my stomach started to rumble so I made an order for a sandwich (I really wanted the duck scones on offer but thought I should go for savoury for once!).


A Ploughmans but not your bog standard cheese sandwich. I could definitely taste a pickle with something a bit different about it, I think it was a sour dough bread (I’m not a bread specialist :-/ ) and the cheese was definitely finer than your average cheddar.

Overall a nice addition to this infamous street! Great attention to detail, friendly service, good coffee and tasty food.

Are you enjoying the coffee revolution? Have you found any great new cafes?


  1. April 10, 2013 / 8:32 pm

    Just come across your blog and love all the info about London. I live outside of London and usually only visit for filming and photographing weddings, so don’t often get chance to look around. We’ve had a few trips down with our kids this last year but want to visit more as there’s so much to see. So really appreciate you taking the time to talk about all the different places. Will certainly be visiting some of the cafes and places youve mentioned. Thank you so much. Shaun

    • ThisCityLifeLondon
      April 10, 2013 / 8:55 pm

      Thanks Shaun! So glad you’ve found some of the posts useful or interesting!! Laura x

  2. Mondomulia
    April 11, 2013 / 6:32 am

    Ah…looks pretty! And they serve Workshop Coffee! 🙂 I can’t wait to try it!