Drifters Coffee House

A sign for Drifters Coffee House in Henley on Thames

“It is inhumane, in my opinion, to force people who have a genuine medical need for coffee to wait in line behind people who apparently view it as some kind of recreational activity” Dave Barry

There’s been a first world furore in Henley-on-Thames recently about the number of coffee shops popping up on its old English streets. Fifteen at the last count. Drifters Coffee House is its newest edition and proof that there is always room for another great cafe.

Coffee and cake at Drifters coffee shop in Henley on Thames, cappuccino, black cup and saucer, moleskin pen, banana cake

Cappuccino and banana cake with cream cheese frosting

Coffee Culture

Drifters is a split over two floors, with a takeaway and small gift shop on the bottom, and a proper sit-down coffee room upstairs. It’s been founded by brother and sister-in-law team Cam and Talia. They are the faces of the business and are doing a great job of creating a friendly welcoming atmosphere.

The decor is a homage to the coffee bean. Coffee sacks have been used as ceiling drapes and many of fixtures are fashioned from crates and reclaimed wood. There is a Thelma and Louise print on the wall, and Dolly Parton playing on the radio. This is 100% my kind of place.

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Inside Drifters Coffee Shop in Henley

Tunes and food

The Drifter’s vibe is anti-coffee-chain. It’s the sort of place you would expect to find in Cornwall, all local people and local produce. There are old-fashioned board games piled up on the windowsills if you if you (or a small person) needs to be entertained.

Co-owner Talia does the baking. I tried the banana cake with a cream cheese frosting which I’m told is a best seller. It was delicious.

Chocolate tiffin at Drifters Coffee Houes in Henley on Thames

Maybe next time my little beauties…

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Coffee machine at Drifters in Henley on Thames

Takeaway coffee is served at street level, pop your bottom down for cake and board games upstairs

This is a dog lover’s joint, feel free to take your pooch along no matter what size. It just adds to the homely feel that they have managed to establish a just a few weeks after opening. I am pleased to report that Drifters already feels well loved and supported. There was a buzzing lunchtime atmosphere when I popped in. It’s sure to become a regular spot for me to escape to.

Handmade friendship bracelets on sale at Drifters Coffee House in Henley

Crafts, candles and general lovely bits and bobs on sale at Drifters

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Please let me know of any fantastic independent coffee shops that you think I should visit. I like to go for a cappuccino and cake once a week. My stomping ground is Berkshire, South Oxfordshire and sometimes London.

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