Lee and Lucy (neither a Stanley nor Ramona in sight), are an odd sort of double act. Lee’s the dry, sardonic one; Lucy’s the warm, smiling one. A sort of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, if Butch pulled a mean espresso and Sundance made the ultimate chocolate brownies.
This wonderful couple run the tiny Stanley & Ramona on York’s Bishopthorpe Road. (Yes, that’s the street that’s oh so hip, as the locals will tell you. Ignore the hype and go anyway – it’s very nice.) There’s just enough space to squeeze around four seated visitors inside, and six outside. Mostly, it deals in takeaway trade, which is booming.
That’s thanks, by and large, to charm. The charming gluten-free menu (yes, yes, yes… gluten free can be delicious). The charming cuckoo clock. The charming staff who natter with ease with the regulars. The brilliantly designed decor (loving those yellows and greys). The funny chalk-board notices.
A bit like The Window in Norwich, it may be small, but it’s got heart.
And – lo and behold – the coffee’s excellent too. Starting with beans from York Coffee Emporium when S&R opened for business a year ago, Lee & Lucy have since made the step up to Origin, a terrific Cornwall-based roastery which we visited some time back. As a regular visitor, I can attest to the coffee getting better and better with every visit, though it’s not yet the best in York.
Lucky for us, S&R is our closest ‘proper’ coffee shop. It’s such a lovely little place that Mrs Cosy & I mentioned it while discussing the vague possibility of moving away from York. But how could we? We just love our Saturday walks to S&R / Bishy Rd too much.
So, check out Stanley & Ramona. It’s not big, it’s not fancy. It’s just a little bundle of goodness that makes the day better. Even if Lee’s around*.
* totally joking
30 Bishopthorpe Road
We visited on 6 December 2014.