Epsom high street’s independent cafés rival the chains with their bold tastes and strong sense of identity.
The Office for National Statistics recently reported that more people are leaving London than any other region in the country, with Epsom and Ewell cited as one the top destination choices. It is increasingly popular for young people, attracting a variety of students to the University of Creative Arts, along with the added bonus of being just 40 minutes outside of London. The cafés that are opening are reflective of this increasingly diverse and multicultural borough showcasing its eclectic and varied tastes.
Zig Zag, Epsom
Zig Zag is one local cafe that takes caring about its customers to another level. The owners work closely with the Epsom and Ewell Refugee network, making it a safe and welcoming place for refugees. Their care and attention is extended to everyone and it is no surprise that they have many regulars here. Choose a seat outside on one of the upcycled chairs, relax and take your time over a coffee and crêpe. With their calming green plants spread throughout the interior and exterior, you will barely notice the Epsom traffic whizzing past outside. The doors of this café are literally, and metaphorically, always open.
Senzo café is another delightful find by Epsom train station. The café is decorated in Scandinavian design and with its expansive windows the café is flooded with light. The bright and welcoming atmosphere continues through its choice of décor with flashes of yellow and blue. Books scattered along shelves invite customers to turn away from their phones and return to the lost art of reading over a cup of coffee. And if that wasn’t enough to tempt you in, at the back of this café there is a secret haven for harried parents. A small soft play lies deep in the corner so adults can carry out a conversation over a hot drink rather than rushing off. This café invites you to stop, sit down and take a rare moment for yourself.
In the centre of the high street sits Organico. This is a café that prides itself on organic, gluten free, vegetarian and vegan food. As you walk inside there is an instant feeling of warmth. The bamboo along the walls creates a feeling of space within this otherwise small café which moves seamlessly into the marketplace with outdoor seating. This is a welcoming place for whatever the weather brings, creating a sanctuary within and the sense of being in the heart of Epsom when outdoors. Attention to detail lies in the making of the coffee, the elegant weighted cups and the table service ensures the customers feel the café will go above and beyond what is expected.
The cafés here excel in what they do best: independence, quirkiness and individuality. They work well alongside one another and there is little doubt that more will emerge and add to the success and originality that they bring to Epsom High Street.