Located half way up Brixton Hill, Stir Coffee is a fairly new addition to Brixton’s growing selection of upmarket coffee shops, and it certainly ticks all the boxes for fans of the black stuff.
Stir Coffee is located in the former premises of Allmark’s Antiques at 111, Brixton Road.
Go back a hundred years, and the shop was home to J.B.Frank & Co, ‘Qualified Dispensing and Photographic Chemists,’ with a window display advertising ‘Choice Perfumery’ and ‘Everything at Store Prices’ (see historical photos here).
Everything is very 2016 in the store today: so much so that it’s almost a colour-by-numbers hipster coffee joint:
Upcycled furniture: tick
Unpainted, time worn walls: tick
Exposed bare brick: tick
Hi-tech coffee machines: tick
Coffee sourced from artisan-sounding independents: tick
Quirky sounding bottled beer: tick
Quirky crockery: tick
Brioche buns everywhere: tick
… and so it goes on.
If you’re looking for some kind of new Brixton experience, then you won’t be in luck here.
Instead, Stir simply reshuffles the exact same formula seen in a hundred trendy coffee shops from Brooklyn to Dalston to create something that’s sure to please if it’s your kind of thing.
The coffee is well made and tastes marvellous. The food looks delicious. There’s a great selection of beers. The place is relaxed and comfortable.
In fact, there’s very little to complain about apart from a nagging feeling of predictability and over familiarity. We could be anywhere from Hoboken to Hackney and there’s nothing to reflect the locality that the shop is located in.
In line with its targeted demographic, the prices are set at West End levels: a cappuccino is a whopping £2.70, as is a latte, while a flat white will set you back £2.60 and a basic cup of tea is £2.20. Pricey.
Those quirky enamelled spoons as seen in a similar coffee shops all over London (e.g Soho’s Tap Coffee).
In line with current trends, slabs of wood and slate make up the counter.
A fine selection of muffins.
The counter is clean and well presented.
The windowless back room was a bit bleak for our tastes but it might be a good place to get on with some distraction-free work.
There’s a lovely large window overlooking Brixton Hill. There’s seating provided outside in good weather.
There’s a fair few power sockets around for laptop users and free wi fi too, making this a good place to get some work done and a suitable candidate for our Guide to work-friendly Brixton cafes
STIR COFFEE BRIXTON
111 Brixton Hill
Monday – Friday – 7:00 to 19:00
Saturday & Sunday – 8:00 to 19:00
Phone:020 8333 1203