• The Marwood

The Marwood

52 Ship Street


01273 382063


Tables crafted from discarded crates, sofas with that lived-on look, a huge Jaws shark head with a severed arm brandishing a Starbucks mug. It sounds like the set of The Young Ones but is, in fact, The Marwood, tabbed by Shortlist mag as one of the UK’s hippest cafes and it serves what it proclaims is ‘kick-arse coffee’. TOB wouldn’t disagree. Wade your way through the headless mannequins, retro kitsch bric a brac, objets trouvés and dudes having fun and you’ll find a contender for the city’s best coffee offering (with no real boasting about sourcing and equipment used). Before setting up here in 2010 owner Richard Grills used to work pop-up bars in Melbourne, where they take the coffee bean very seriously. Double espresso shots are the base at The Marwood for brews that can only be described as robust. The cafe also promises ‘life-changing cake’ – and delivers. Don’t miss sponges featuring rhubarb and ginger or plum and chilli, while leaving space for the uber-gooey chocolate brownies.

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