61-67 Old St
|Opening hours:||Open 8am-8pm Mon-Fri; 10am-6pm Sat-Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Old Street/Barbican|
Average User Rating
3.5 / 5
- 5 star:2
- 4 star:0
- 3 star:1
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:1
A good place to work from or meet? Think again!
Like any other person who enjoys good coffee, whether it’s while completing a design project or meeting up with other techies – I am always on the lookout for good cafes.
Timberyard, for it’s location, coffee and relaxed atmosphere, has been high on my goto list (atleast 3 visits a week) – until yesterday!
I suggested Timberyard to some people to meet and grab a coffee in (some of us had never met before), and to ensure everyone who was coming in knew we were downstairs, requested one of the staff to inform them (if asked).
Downstairs, a lot of people were scattered –
1 person on a table of 4 etc.
And I for one, get asked all the time to move – for perfectly understandable reasons (power socket, iPad, number of people etc.). So, I asked a person if he would consider moving to a table just adjacent to this one – as there were more than 4 of us. He responded with a smile, and without any hesitation moved.
As me and the rest of the happy folks were settling onto our table, the waiter (with a small hair bun) came to me and said “can I have a word?”.
He then went on to tell me “how I was taking the piss”… and that there’s a “proper procedure” for booking a space. I have booked a space at Timberyard in the past for a company brainstorm etc. This was a coffee with 6 people. He then went on to tell me that he “didn’t care how many people there were, it was about the money”. He repeatedly asked if we “understood” what he was saying… and that he recognized me as a regular and he “liked me” as a customer.
The owner arrived soon, heard the story, and suggested we carry on with our coffee.
Am I going to go there again? Not after this.
Maybe they fail to understand that if they support the tech community by providing free to use iPads and a good atmosphere – the tech community supports them too. There are many other cafes in Old Street – without staff half as rude as this.
My favourite cafe in London. Great coffee, really nice staff and an atmosphere that works equally well for those looking to catch up on business or escape the office for some me/us time !
From an avid coffee consumer (I've even been to a tasting at Starbuck's headquarters in Seattle) Timberyard is one of the best venues ever! Staff are great, the facilities are superb, drinks/food amazing and the Hot Chocolate shots the best this side of Napoli....