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“Nice café, great view, and it isn't Costa”
Review of Brownlee & Ivy - CLOSED

Brownlee & Ivy
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$5 - US$8
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Brighton, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
267 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“Nice café, great view, and it isn't Costa”
Reviewed 17 May 2014

Formerly Chives Café (and very similar to that incarnation), this is a welcome change from the Costas that are usually found in Waterstones stores. The coffee is good, if not remarkable (walk a bit further down the street to the Micro Roastery for that) and the cakes, cookies and sandwiches are good too. The room, on the top floor of Waterstones, is light, bright and airy, with a selection of books to browse (some for children, too) and big windows offering a great view over the rooftops of Canterbury. Not usually overly busy, it's a relaxing spot for a coffee or lunch, with the better of Canterbury's two branches of Waterstones downstairs.

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank Phil H
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English first
Canterbury, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Freshly made food, excellent prices, excellent staff”
Reviewed 11 March 2014

It is all said in the title! One of my favourite places to have a cuppa, or a bite to eat. They even have free WIFI...Great all year round. love it love it!!

Visited March 2014
1 Thank JVE007
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Bromley, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
223 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
“A nice change to the usual Costa franchise”
Reviewed 15 January 2014

Popped over to Canterbury for what has become an annual visit, and made our usual visit to Waterstones. Went upstairs to find the Coffee Shop was under new ownership.
Rather than the usual Costa franchise, we found "Brownlee & Ivy", an Independent.
Couldn't find any mention of them on the Internet, so must be a small one-off.
Room was pretty full, this around 1:30 on a dull and overcast Wednesday, only 1 table unoccupied. However the room is light & airy, with plenty of room between tables. Although full, the place was not too noisy at all.
Rather than have the toasted sandwiches (a wide range), we went for the Soup of the Day. Actually there were 2 to choose from : Carrot & Coriander, and Leek & Potato, so we had one of each. Had fancied a Diet Coke, but they'd run out of Diet, so opted for the Earl Grey.
Good food, very clean, good value for money (just over £10 for lunch for 2).
Only possible downside is that whilst the Waterstones has an escalator between the Ground & First Floors, the access to the coffee shop on the 2nd floor is by only via a flight of steps, so no good for the disabled, and a little challenging with a childs buggy.
But I'd certainly put it on my list of places to revisit.

  • Visited January 2014
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2 Thank kapple999
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