The Grand Cafe
84 High St, Oxford, United Kingdom
The Grand Cafe Oxford Reviews
Battle of the "oldest" coffee houses in England Jul 15, 2012
Queen's Lane Coffee House advertises itself as 'Europe's longest established coffee house', as Cirques Jobson begin selling coffee here in 1654. This somewhat contradicts The Grand Cafe (situated directly opposite), as this is touted as 'the first coffee house in England' (or at least, it was built on the site of the first coffee house, circa 1651). Apparently, the first coffee house in Europe was actually built in Venice in 1647, so the wording on Queen's Lane Coffee House's sign is accurate (if not a little misleading). It is the 'longest established coffee house', rather than the 'oldest'.
Other than the historical interest, neither cafe was especially great. The service and food at The Grand Cafe were particularly average. Their hiring policy seemed to focus on the attractiveness of their staff rather than any discernible skill in customer service. But then, you probably wouldn't go to the 'first coffee house in England' if you're looking for value for money.
Part of the England Summer 2012 travel blog
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