South East

Combibos, Oxford

9 August 2008

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, Oxford

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).

Combibos, Oxford Combibos, Oxford

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.

Combibos, Oxford Combibos, Oxford

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.

You Might Also Like


  • Reply Jen 22 June 2009 at 12:10 am

    Personally, I have yet to find a better cup of coffee in the UK, never mind Oxford. I’ve lived in many cities throughout the UK and Combibos is still my favourite coffee shop.
    It’s friendly, good value and a great place to relax, work and catch up with friends.
    Also, I can’t stress enough how good it is to find a place run by a family and not another branch of a globalized chain. It’s actually really hard to find places in the UK nowadays that are not chains. Combibos brings all the good aspects of American coffee culture to the UK.

  • Reply martha 6 August 2012 at 8:17 pm

    looks nice and cosy :)

  • Reply PRACHI 7 August 2014 at 8:33 am

    The Missing Bean on Turl Street in Oxford make a pretty mean flat white too! ^_^ They favour Antipodean style coffee and the owners were clearly influenced by their Sydney travels.

  • Reply Rhindra 22 October 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Honestly I wouldn’t touch this place with a barge pole. I went in, the staff were rude, the coffee was cold and there were dirty plates and mugs everywhere. I’d understand if they were busy but this was a Wednesday morning. Utterly terrible. Don’t waste your money here.

  • Leave a Reply