Followers of this Blog will know that I’m a champion of the independent coffee shop, valiantly fighting to reclaim our high streets and squares from those providers of homgeneous sanitised banal liquids also know as Costabucks coffee!
It’s also no secret that the independent coffee movement has gathered steam in our capital , thriving in the metrosexual creative environments of Shoreditch and the like. It seems that the further one travels from EC1 the further the incidence of these outlets diminishes!
I was recently tipped off about a new outlet close to where I live on the edge of Windsor Great Park. When the weather’s less inclement I often enjoy getting out on my bike or for a run so it was a real bonus to find this oasis of independent goodness on my doorstep.
My Cloud Coffee located between the villages of Sunningdale and Sunninghill and close to Ascot is a family run affair with husband and wife team of Kate and Richard ably asisited by sons Dominic and Christian.These guys are serious about the beverages they serve and unusally for a coffee shop the same care and attention is applied to all their beverages, not just the coffee! Coffee is sourced from Square Mile Coffee Roasters one of the best independent roasters in the UK. The espresso I had was smooth and fruity, without the bitterness associated with an abused and over roasted bean! I’ve yet to try the Chai tea but just smelling the fragant leaves I was instantly transported to the sub Continent a world away from where I was!
If hot chocolate’s your thing on a chilly winter’s day then this place will blow you away! They prepare their version with whole chocolate chips and the resulting rich mix is the height of indulgence!
Backed up with a selction of pastries and cakes including gluten free options, this place is a real find and with seven day a week opening, 8-6:30pm Mon-Sat and 10am-4pm on Sunday, I’m sure it wont be long before I’m back again!
7 Silwood Road, Ascot, SL5 0PY. 📞01344 620234