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10Sep/110

Revival Coffee Company, Hove

Revival Coffee Company [map]
35 George Street,
Hove, East Sussex
BN3 3YB
Tel: 01273 779080

Opening Times:  Monday to Saturday, 08:00-17:00.  They are closed for a rest on a Sunday

Last Visited:  August 2011


An early morning coffee hunt deep in the heart of Hove took us to the popular shopping location of George Street.  Heavily dominated by "big" names such as Coffee Republic, Costa, Greggs, Truffles and Wetherspoons we had previously questioned the merits of the area (outside of our visit to Ethels).  But a visit to a brightly coloured and refreshing coffee shop gave it an opportunity for redemption.  Here's what we thought.

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A spacious and welcoming cafe, the designers of Revival have certainly used all resources available to them. In addition to seating in the main part of the cafe there is ample seating available under a covered patio area at the rear of the establishment and an al fresco area outside the main entrance (weather permitting of course).  This should ensure that a wait for the seat, if there is one, will be minimal.  The use of coffee bags as seat cushions (as seen in Coffee@33), wood panelling and a bright colour scheme help to give the place a character and add to the relaxing atmosphere I experienced.

The choice at the counter was very similar to what we found at other coffee shops we have visited.  A good selection of cakes and pastries are on offer and I found it hard to say no to them.  I was also told (and their Facebook page backs this up) that they will open their own bakery soon.  So expect more goods to be available when they do.  The coffee I tried that day was a Brazilian, Colombian Indonesian blend.  It had a smooth taste with enough body behind it to give me the caffeine boost that I was looking for.  Comparing it to other coffee types, it reminded me of the deep rich blend of Monmouth coffee.  I also chatted to the owner for 5 minutes and I could tell how passionate he was about the coffee and the cafe in general.

In many ways this cafe is very similar to what we found in content & quality at Ground and in style & layout at Coffee@33.  But here the best bits of both have been blended and from it, a fine brew made.  The location is the only concern I have about this place, as it is away from the usual pockets of activity that the city offers.  Hopefully their extremely good take away offer, £1 for any small coffee and £1.50 for any large coffee, and extensive drink-in coffee and tea menu, should hopefully be good enough to tempt people away from the chain names and make this the location for their regular cup of Joe.

Mr NoEggs