A stalwart of London coffee houses is Dose. In typically timely fashion, I visit just before its move to new premises.
In equally timely fashion, I’m posting this entry a few months after visiting.
But it’s not entirely out of date, as the long-standing standard of coffee, plus the personnel and Dose ethos continue at the new premises (70 Long Lane, just next door).
One of Time Out’s top 10 London coffee shops, Dose has been a reliable source top-notch coffee since early 2009. The beans come from top London roastery Square Mile, the supplier for so many of the capital’s cafés.
And similarly to many of those cafés, James Phillips, the man at the helm, hails from New Zealand. Before setting up Dose, he spent 8 years plying his trade as a barista in Sydney.
My coffee (a flat white, as usual), was beautifully presented and delicious. One of the best coffees in my coffee-filled long weekend.
A tiny place at the time of my visit, with colourful magnetic letters on a blackboard, Dose’s new, larger, premises are big enough to swing a couple of cats more. I wonder if the blackboard/magnets survived the move.
In addition to the usual drink options there are plenty of snacks, and it’s very friendly.
I introduced myself to a barista (as I always do), and he’d heard of Cosy Coffee Shops. He imagined I’d be a 50-year old with a big bushy beard. Something about the way I write, no doubt. I do have a beard (of sorts) but in fact I’m only 29.
Dose is a terrific place and I hope to visit the new premises soon.
Dose moved in April 2011… next door, to bigger premises.
69 Long Lane
We visited on 12 April 2011.