At time of writing, the sunny, sky-filled view from this large corner room was quite a treat – despite its location on a busy west London intersection. Residential construction will eventually remove some of the view, but that’s no reason to avoid Artisan. This is an exceptionally enjoyable place to drink, eat and while away the hours. The clientele, whether alone or in small groups of all ages, seems entirely local and children are most welcome. Beans come from Allpress and are used to excellent effect.
Closing your eyes and sipping a perfectly made espresso, you wouldn’t know you’re in Stamford Brook rather than Allpress’s HQ in Shoreditch. The room has a very pleasant look and feel, with enormous windows on two sides, high ceilings and down-home furnishings (many homemade). Food consists of sprightly sandwiches and attractive baked goods, with a strong line in cakes. This is the second branch (the first is in Putney) and the owners say there might be one more – but that’s it. Too bad. Every neighbourhood would benefit from an Artisan.