On a cold winter’s day I visited The Perky Peacock, a relatively new – and brilliant – addition to the York cafe scene.
I think this is the only coffee shop in Cosy Coffee Shops named after its owner. Nicola Peacock is the eponymous hero. I can’t vouch for her perkiness, but she’s an excellent barista, very friendly and a passionate entrepreneur.
My coffee (a flat white) was delicious.
The building and location is fantastic. Very York. It’s hidden beneath Lendal Bridge, tucked up in the small, charming, 800-year-old Postern Tower. The Perky Peacock is hard to find if you’re not looking for it but has made an impression with the locals: plenty of customers seem to be from the nearby offices.
It’s very small but – as most of the trade seems to be take-away – there’s usually a free seat. A great place for relaxing and chatting, with sarnies and cakes to keep tums from rumbling.
When I visited it was pretty darn cold. The bitter Yorkshire winter seeped around the old windows and through ancient cracks. Mercifully, Nicola had recently obtained permission for a refurbishment. By the time you’re reading this, it will be much cosier inside.
Nicola and I had a long natter about coffee and coffee shops. It’s always a pleasure to meet someone with a passion for what they’re up to.
It’s one of a suprising number of brilliant coffee shops in my home city, and, thanks to a combination of charm, friendliness and top-notch coffee, my new favourite. (Others in York include Harlequin, Coffee Culture and Gatehouse.)
A terrific place, highly recommended.
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We visited on December 2010.