The Anonymous Widower

To Southgate For a Cup Of Tea

This morning, I took the Piccadilly line to Southgate to try out one of the new Tesco-financed coffee-shops called Harris and Hoole.

The tea was excellent and properly served in a pot.  Note the triple-barrelled tea timer, which could time your tea to exactly 3, 4 or 5 minutes.  If they’d sold them in the shop, I’d have bought one, but they don’t at present.  But they are available on-line from here!

The staff were attentive and if they can replicate this style, the company may have created something like an updated traditional coffee shop, that you still see occasionally in places like Harrogate. It certainly has a better ambience than Starbucks and is laid out with quite a bit of space.

At present, they don’t have any gluten-free offerings, but apparently, they’re working on it. They do though have EatNakd bars.

Overall it’s a good concept and I wish them well, despite the Tesco connection. My allergy to the supermarket chain stems from a business run-in years ago and where there are alternatives I go elsewhere.

In the 1950s and 1960s, when I was at Minchenden Grammar School just up the road, the only coffee bar was the Mayfair a few doors towards Cockfosters from where Harris and Hoole is now.  That place was beloved of teddy-boys and served coffee in those shallow Pyrex cups. It was off-limits during school hours!

January 29, 2013 - Posted by | Food | , , , ,


  1. Among the First of many UK industries taking on companies {who don’t pay tax in UK, like Starbucks} . . .

    There are the many opportunities now for Cottage Businesses, fullfilling traditional British needs . . . that people enjoyed in the past & now want those traditional English Styles again . . .

    Comment by Steam Lover | January 29, 2013 | Reply

    • The business was started by three Aussies, with Tesco, the big supermarket group having a fairly big minority stake.

      Comment by AnonW | January 29, 2013 | Reply

  2. Aussie still love UK . . . You will also notice a lot of Aussies are starting up small Coffee Shops, where people can MEET, TALK {verbally vs txting} & ENJOYING . . . really Socialising {the UK way vs the geeks who think socialising is talking to an inanimate object like a computer or phone answering service : “Push 1” } . . .

    Comment by Steam Lover | January 30, 2013 | Reply

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