Prufrock Coffee



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Venue details

  • Address:

    Prufrock Coffee 140 Shoreditch High Street
    E1 6JE

  • Venue phone:

    020 7033 0500

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  • Opening hours:

    Open 10.30am-6pm Mon-Fri; 11am-5pm Sat; 11am-4pm Sun

  • Transport:

    Tube: Shoreditch High Street rail

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    1. Prufrock Coffee
      • 140 Shoreditch High Street
        E1 6JE
      • 020 7033 0500
      • 51.526364,-0.078258

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Jack Daniels

This review relates to the customer service, not the coffee. I was excited about bringing a friend to find the famous Gywlim Davies coffee cart and had been planning to come and sample his coffee for some time. According to one website, however, the cart doesn’t exist anymore, so maybe our information was out of date – to be fair it was based on a newspaper cutting from 2009 just after he won the world barista championships! One antiques stallholder we asked in Columbia road flower market had never heard of him. Determined not to give up, we found out online that the Prufrock espresso bar was nearby on Shoreditch High Street – this was apparently Gywlim’s project along with a training centre and café near Chancery Lane. So, off we went. Another near disappointment – two units near his café were bring renovated; at first we thought these were what should have been Prufrock, so we were about to give up a second time when I decided to step into a trendy Shoreditch clothes shop and ask. Low and behold, the Prufrock espresso bar was found… Elated now, we soon had the wind taken out of our sails by the rather frosty and sarcastic barista – not Gwylim, but then we didn’t necessarily expect to find the man himself serving – whose curt replies to our simple enquiries were less than impressive. I’m sure we were far less interesting than the friend who was deep in conversation with our barista behind the bar. The coffee was very nice, but sitting in the hushed, reverent atmosphere of this hyper-trendy Shoreditch clothes shop, surrounded by the young disciples of east-London cool, while being serenaded with the rather solemn vibe of the ‘Godfather’ soundtrack, we started to feel a bit depressed. Don’t get me wrong, the coffee was very, very nice, but we had planned for a long time to come here and were less than impressed with the customer service. We may still try the Chancery Lane Branch, but happily our search of Columbia Road Flower market enabled us to discover a rather charming little cake shop – Cake Hole was the name – where the quaint decor and charming staff will have us beating a path back to their door, with our family and friends in tow. I know that this isn't the vibe which the clothes shop is going for, but our friend might at least take a leaf out of their book when it comes to customer service. Being friendly never goes out of fashion. Gwylim, I would love to have the chance to buy coffee from you in person, or even another of your baristas, but is this what you had in mind?