As I was passing through Oxford I had to stop at Combibos. The friendly folks claim to serve “probably the best coffee” in town, and, as far as I can tell, they are probably right.
Combibos is at Gloucester Green, by the bus stop… not the most scenic part of this beautiful town. But inside and out, it’s a lovely place, and popular. It was already bustling by 9 a.m. on this sunny Saturday.
The interior is sumptuous, and the seats are comfy. It has a nice atmosphere. There are daily papers, and also plenty to read on the walls (quotes on canvas from film and song).
My flat white was excellent. Combibos uses Union coffee, which I happen to be quite partial to (sorry for the product placement — rest assured I’m not getting paid!). Everything is ethically sourced and the baristas take pride in their work The drinks are beautifully presented, and don’t expect to receive them particularly quickly; an excellent sign that some care is being taken.
There are plenty of seats outside and plenty of space inside. I would be surprised if there is a nicer coffee shop in Oxford.
93 Gloucester Green
We visited on 9 August 2008.