There has been a bit of a buzz around the Internet recently about The Burrow. It has been in operation for just over 2 months. We were looking forward to trying out the specially created Burrow Blend. The unique blend has been put together with The Coffee Roaster, also at West End. The special blend is organic certified and the barista was very guarded about the blend. A bit like KFC and the 11 herbs and spices! All the barista was prepared to say was that they had a great time working with the roasters to put the blend together and were very happy with the result. The Burrow also offer a weekly single origin but today we were out of luck as those beans had gone!
The coffees were served in a different cup and saucer colour combination and were certainly pleasing to the eye. The espressos were created by a very retro (possibly a Verona) looking San Remo machine which guarantees regular delivery at a constant temperature. The coffee aroma was not distinctive. There was a robust coffee hit up front that mellowed out as we drank it. There was a slight bitter aftertaste. The coffee was good, however if we applied the ‘I must have another one’ rule, it didn’t quite make the grade. Wouldn’t rush back given other coffee options in West End! For soy drinkers, The Burrow use Bon Soy.
In essence, The Burrow is more a restaurant than a coffee shop. It is open til late every day except Monday when it is closed. The venue is quite a chilled out space with friendly, relaxed staff. There are plenty of tables (with fresh flowers in vases) and a groovy upstairs space. It is a great place to meet for business or pleasure. If you enjoy the Burrow blend you can purchase 250g bags on site. The barista told us that the Coffee Roasters had just got a 1kg roaster and she was keen to source her own single origin beans and then roast them. So stay tuned for that development.
For the complete coffee experience, we give 6 beans out of 10!