This is the biggest coffee house I’ve ever seen and it’s also one of my favourites. It’s a haven of coffee in a region stuffed full of tea rooms.
Update: Milan’s has now closed.
Milan’s is on two-and-a-bit floors and divided into four rooms, including “Garden”, “Terrace” and “Coffee Lounge”. It’s just a large house converted to the pursuit of coffee, so it’s a fairly literal coffee house.
There is plenty of food on offer and Milan’s is licenced. But coffee is the first thing on the menu, and it’s so large (it sits 130 people) that there is bound to be space for enjoying a mug of latte in peace. You won’t feel out of place even if you just want an espresso at Saturday lunchtime.
There’s something for everyone. The Garden room is a bit like a tea room, and the Coffee Lounge would be worthy of a review on its own… it’s a delightful little place with old, well worn sofas and a crackling fireside. The only time I’ve seen a real fireside in a coffee house.
It’s well organised too; find a table, choose you order and head back to the counter to pay (don’t try to resist the chocolate brownies on display – you will fail). The order is brought to the table.
It’s easily the best spot in Harrogate. Forget the queues at Betty’s, come here.
47 Oxford Street
We visited on 23 February 2007.