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Holborn Grind

Restaurants, Coffeeshops Holborn
4 out of 5 stars
(11user reviews)

Time Out says

Coffees and cocktails combine at Grind & Co's Holborn spot – one of four in London. 



Address: 199 High Holborn
Transport: Tube: Holborn
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.1 / 5

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They have a really good, moist, flavorsome cookie and a pretty strong coffee, but the music was quite loud for 4pm! I guess the vibe works for the bar, as I saw they have a pretty good, if small list of cocktails, beer and wine. But for a café... it definitely becomes too much...

Life in London has, if nothing else, made me a coffee snob, and Holborn Grind is definitely up to spec on quality coffee. Every time I've been in here the staff have been polite, friendly, and helpful, and the prices aren't ridiculous. I would definitely recommend you skip over the local Costa and drop in!

(And if you're around later in the day, there's a damn fine espresso martini to be had!)


Holborn Grind, neatly situated on a corner on High Holborn, features a long, narrow space for this cafe/bar. With a focus on specialty coffee, cocktails and craft beer (I say this - but there were like 2 options), this place is TRENDY. 

Like uber trendy. 

It's got that pay £8.50 for a cocktail vibe. The uncomfortable high chairs with no-back support trendy. The 'decorated in simple tones, with the occasional neon sign' thing going on. 

Uber trendy and uber friendly staff. I had a quick, lovely conversation with the cashier who later brought me water and asked how the drink was. 

Sometimes it feels like trendy and friendly don't go together, but Holborn Grind is a good place with the two came together. 

Holborn Grind is a great spot for coffees and cocktails, or a coffee cocktail being the Espresso Martini. Had a nice time when my friends and I stopped in for a pick me up yesterday afternoon. We needed the perfect drink after the theatre before heading on go dinner and drinks and we're told the Espresso Martini here was great! They weren't wrong. Great vibe, friendly staff, if your in the area definitely stop in.

A small and cute coffee shop. Love grabbing my morning coffee from here! They have a great selection of breakfast items and cakes too. Definitely worth checking this place out if you're in the area. It's very small so you're not guaranteed a seat but they do take bookings online. 


Holborn Grind is (funnily enough) located a short walk from Holborn Tube Station on High Holborn. It is firstly alll about the coffee but also doubles up as a cocktail bar - sounds weird but really works!

The space is small, however huge windows and high ceilings make the place feel spacious and the decor is well thought out with enormous suspended shelves above a wooden bar wrought from reclaimed brass, and apparently inspired by a vintage London cocktail trolley. The seating at the back is your usual restaurant tables and then at the front their are lots of bar stalls. 

On a Wednesday evening I opted for a cocktail over coffee but will be back to try it from their amazing, imposing coffee machine along with one of their beautiful looking cakes on the counter. They have a good cocktail menu, 4 of which are coffee based, however if you aren't in to cocktails they also sell a few beers (Corona, Camden ales, Peroni etc) and have a small wine selection by the glass and/or the bottle. 

I went for the Espresso Martini which was good and surprisingly refreshing. It isn't a cocktail I would usually go for however has converted me so will be trying them in future as well as the other coffee cocktails on the menu (Hot Flat White Russian, Espresso Old Fashion; single origin infused bourbon and bitters & Cafe Rose; single origin infused rum and rose syrup). The rest of the cocktail menu covers a wide range of spirits so there will be something for everyone. I have my eye on a Bloomsberry Swing (gin, blackberry, sugar, lemon, spinach, mint, cucumber). At £8.50 a pop a few drinks doesn't come cheap but apparently on a Monday they have a happy hour where a select few are sold for a fiver. 

They also have a small lunch/evening menu, which consists mainly of nibbles, cheese and meats. They have a good looking selection (Gorgonzola, buffalo mozzarella, coppa, bresaola etc) allowing you to create your own meat and cheese platter along with olives, hummus, nuts etc. 

I also spotted a breakfast menu which looks delicious (banana bread, coconut milk porridge, bagels, avocado on toast, smoked salmon etc) and reasonably priced so am now dying to try that!

When The Hoxton is rammed, The Holborn Grind is the perfect alternative with coffee flavoured cocktails after hours and some scrumptious cakes on offer. I also love their fab neon sign - look out for it when you visit. 


Delicious house blend coffee roasted daily in small batches, Holborn Grind makes for a great caffeine pit-stop.  The coffee cocktails are also worth visiting for, especially the white hot Prussian.  With edgy neon lights, exposed brickwork, and a great -albeit loud- soundtrack, Holborn Grind is best for post-work cocktails, a trendy date or a catch-up over coffee.

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