Browns of Brockley makes Time Out's Best Coffee Map

Time Out has just released its exhaustive study of London's coffee outlets, with Browns of Brockley and Exchange Coffee in Lewisham the only listed options further south east than London Bridge. The overall winner for the southern region was Monmouth, in Borough. But here's what they said about Lewisham's champions:

Browns of Brockley
A special treat in the form of espresso brewed from San Francisco-based Bluebottle Company beans is a change from the usual... We would have liked its flat white to have had equal verve – it didn’t discern itself much from a regular latte, lacking slightly in body. We give barista Ross extra points for bringing out the deliciously addictive butterscotch and hazelnut flavours in the blend.

Exchange Coffee
This coffee stall, pitched on Saturdays at Lewisham’s chaotic street market, is the area’s source of gloriously crafted Monmouth coffees (owners Lynsey Harley and Neil Le Bihan both used to work at Monmouth). The espresso is meticulously extracted, with strong malty-chocolatey notes typical of the Monmouth house, and a latte is creamy and topped with a perfect rosetta. These two are fanatical about latte art (Neil recently took first place at the UK Latte Art championships, with Lynsey collecting bronze).

Given south east London's consistently low-profile on London's culinary radar, it's good to see Brockley building a growing reputation for quality food and drink.

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