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“I love this place!”
Review of Harris + Hoole

Harris + Hoole
Ranked #56 of 132 Restaurants in Aylesbury
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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“I love this place!”
Reviewed 3 August 2014

For a tesco cafe this Harris and Hoole is a little gem! We discovered in when we first moved to the area and it's great for taking the kids for lunch, take away or even for me to work during the day. The staff are always so happy and lovely. Whenever I pop in with the kids they chat to them and make them feel really special.

Visited August 2014
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English first
Corby, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Overpriced for a supermarket cafe.”
Reviewed 22 July 2014

The food is good, but the prices are extortionate! This is, after all, just a cafe in the Tesco store. So no atmosphere and it's noisy. Not a place for a quiet read (they have a book swap), or a chat with friends.

Visited July 2014
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3 Thank TindlesDen
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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Really like this place”
Reviewed 22 May 2014

Harris and Hoole is definitely an interesting addition to find inside a Tesco. You can tell when you go in that it is independently operated and not part of Tesco - even though I believe Tesco have some sort of stake in the company.

Place has been fitted out really nicely with bubbly young staff. Coffee and food, certainly not for someone on a budget, but the quality was clearly very high and I felt like it was good value for what I received.

It was really busy when we went on a Friday lunch time, but service / waiting time was very acceptable. It seems like the place has a lot of regulars as the staff were chatting to customers by name and welcoming them like friends when they arrived. I liked this...it made it feel like it wasn't part of a big chain (even though I know it is!)

I have been back again since, and is definitely worth a try if you have not done so yet...

  • Visited May 2014
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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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“Only place for good coffee in Ayelsbury (May 2014)”
Reviewed 6 May 2014

Harris + Hoole isn't just about dropping in for a quick cuppa while shopping, it's about learning and experimenting with the art of coffee, and getting one of the best caffiene rushes in town at the same time.

The team of baristas don't simply push hot water through ground beans, they undestand the subtleties in grind, temperature and pressure, in order to extract the best flavour from a coffee whilst leaving out the bitterness. You read correctly, coffee contrary to popular belief, SHOULD NOT BE BITTER.

Their current choice of espresso bean, is from Union Roasters, and originates from Guatemala. It's a single origin bean (similar to a single malt in the whisky world), from the Hunapu farm (yes one farm). This is quite a versatile coffee, with the freshness associated with Guatamalan coffee, but also a little extra richness and body. As such it works very well as a long black, but also with varying amounts of milk bringing out it's richness.

The same bean has also found its way into the range of iced coffees, however this time it's extracted via a filter process. The lack of pressure, and longer contact with the a coarser ground tends to emphasise the coffee's citrus, and produces something considerably lighter, as well as significantly increasing caffiene content. The iced coffee comes best simply on the rocks, with minimal additional water, as the delicate flavour would be lost to the low temperatures and excess water.

Of course you can also buy these beans to take home, both in ground and bean form. Having access to a grinder will extend it's shelf life, as well as allowing you to pick and choose extraction methods. The Hunapu Microlot is so versatile that it can also be used in a cafetiere, and as a cold brew, each bringing out a variation of it's character.

Coming back to the coffee shop, the staff are always happy to advise and teach, and pride themselves in their skill. Not only do they produce a coffee that entertains through taste and smell, but also in vision, with latte art skills many of us can only dream of.

It is important to reiterate, H+H is about artisan coffee, and enjoying coffee at it's best. For many people who have already become accustomed to coffee from large tax-avoiding chains (that shall remain unamed), you will find the character different and unfamiliar, all I can hope for is that you try it, and open your eyes to the infinite possibility that coffee can bring.

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank ciao_chao
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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Pretty cool place”
Reviewed 22 April 2014

Just went here for coffee and a cake and was very pleasantly surprised considering that I was expecting a Tesco greasy full breakfast style cafe. This is nothing at all like that. Clean and modern, with a really good cup of coffee. Definitely worth a try

  • Visited April 2014
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