“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.
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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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.
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.
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.