5 best coffee shops (off the beaten track)
Fancy an adventure? Check out our 5 favourite rural coffee shops in Herts & Beds
Living in the sticks absolutely does not mean lowering your coffee shop standards. Next time you could murder a Macchiato, or fancy something a bit different for your next coffee date, why not head off the beaten track to one of these hidden gems. Here are our top 5 rural coffee shops in Herts and Beds.
The Coach House Kitchen, Hatfield House
LOCAL TIP – you can get in to the Stable Yard area of Hatfield house (complete with fab shops and a v cool café) without paying to enter the house or gardens. Even better news is that the modern and spacious Coach House Kitchen does great flat whites, hearty breakfast, lunch and dinner options, and tempting cakes. How about a wander round the extensive gardens (dogs welcome) before a coffee pitstop and a ‘quick’ mooch round the shops? Not a bad morning…
The Hub, Redbourn
Although initially created for the lycra clad cycling fanatics drawn to the village’s Bike Loft shop, the Hub is a cool coffee destination in its own right. This cosy space is perfect for an intimate catch up or a quiet moment with your favourite spring read. The Hub is also super-eco-friendly – only recyclable coffee cups allowed – so you can grab a guilt-free Mocha on the go.
Woodyard Coffee Shop, Luton Hoo
Luckily for us, the super-luxe Luton Hoo Estate is not just accessible to the hotel’s chic clientele. Next time you fancy an interesting excursion, why not roll up the drive (like you own the place), before taking a side track to the Woodyard Coffee Shop. This awesome little establishment offers great value breakfasts and lunches, and of course awesome coffee. WARNING – it is only open Monday to Friday, 9am until 4pm. Perfect for a post-school-run catch up, we say.
The Potting Shed, Sandridge
I stumbled upon this café when popping into the farm shop for a few delightfully local items (as you do!)… And what a lovely surprise it was – spacious enough for lots of noisy kids or family, and with cute, contemporary styling, great coffees and loads of brunch and lunch options. You have to walk through the Garden Centre and Farm Shop to get to it, making this a brilliant – if potentially expensive – outing.
The Barn, Cardington
The Barn at Cardington is another café/farm shop gauntlet situation. Grab a latte and peruse what’s on offer in the shop, deli and butchers at this seriously gourmet, but non-profit, venture. The meat on sale is top notch and ethically sourced, with super-high welfare standards and easily traceable provenance. In fact the butchers shop won Best Independent Butcher in Bedfordshire at the Bedfordshire Food and Drink Awards last year. We know where we’re heading for our next Sunday joint…