Chancery Coffee is, as the name suggests, on Chancery Lane. It’s part of the Coffeesmiths Collective, which also includes Department of Coffee and Social Affairs, The Liberty of Norton Folgate, Speakeasy Espresso & Brew Bar and Tonic Coffee Bar.
It’s quite a cosy affair, having four small tables, so probably does most business take-away. Indeed I usually end up getting my coffees in a take-away cup even when sitting in. I know some people prefer their coffee not to be served in paper cups, but I’m not too bothered either way.
The service is out-going and friendly, as it always is at the Department of Coffee too. And the coffee is of a consistently high standard, as I expect it is at all of the Coffeesmiths shops.
Despite its size, it’s been nicely designed, with the rich red and blue colours inspired by the Great Hall of the nearby Lincoln’s Inn. They have an interesting article on their website about their design choices. Their red La Marzocco espresso machine fits in nicely with the colour scheme.
Their logo contains the emblems from each of the four Inns of Court:
- Lincoln’s Inn, lion
- Middle Temple, lamb (the Lamb of God – Agnus Dei)
- Gray’s Inn, griffin
- Inner Temple, pegasus
Their loyalty cards are available in four different versions, each one with a different one of these emblems (and I believe you can use them across all the Coffeesmiths shops). I like to think that the barristers who frequent Chancery Coffee probably favour getting a loyalty card with the logo for their own Inn.
The whole approach has obviously been to take close account of their surroundings, unlike the usual chain coffee shops which try to make each branch appear identical and bland.
Because it’s small I tend to think this is a good place to grab a take-away cup, then head out to the nearby park at Lincoln’s Inn Fields to enjoy it, at least on a dry day. But equally nice to enjoy inside if there’s seats.
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