Chapters coffee bar at the central library, Swindon
Well what else could it be called? For a coffee bar in the middle of a library nothing else would do, would it?
On the ground floor of the central library on Regent Circus in Swindon is located this very pleasant coffee bar. I like it because, being a library it’s peaceful without being deadly. What I’m trying to say is that you are not competing with a TV or music playing, so conversation or quiet reading is easy. There is a TV there but it’s muted and has sub-titles. I used the place a lot over the summer as a venue for giving English lessons to a Portguese chap for that very reason. Oh, and the coffee is okay too. 🙂
I popped in there today and had a good chat with Steve, the barista, in between him serving customers – and it was pretty full which is great to see. Unfortunately for Steve I take my coffee black so he had no chance to practice his ‘coffee art’ on me. I did however watch him in action preparing such milky delights for other customers. Steve explained to me how he’d learnt his coffee art from YouTube videos, practising and practising until he’d got it right. I did record a little video of Steve in action but the technology of getting it on here has defeated me for the moment, but you can see it on the blog’s Facebook page.
The cafe, under Steve’s guidance, is making an effort to use locally sourced drinks, a recent addition to the offerings being Ramsbury teas, which are proving to be very popular. Also on offer are locally made cakes. And, though I didn’t indulge today, jolly good they looked.
Steve is friendly and approachable and is clearly working hard to give a good coffee or tea experience, so all power to his coffee pot I say!
And course while you are in there you are perfectly placed to say hello to the Visit Swindon team on the main desk there.
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