Grab a coffee for the train!

PUBLISHED: 08:54 02 March 2019 | UPDATED: 12:15 02 March 2019

Welwyn Hatfield Times food columnist Becky Alexander visited the new coffee shop at Hatfield train station. 
Picture: Becky Alexander

Welwyn Hatfield Times food columnist Becky Alexander visited the new coffee shop at Hatfield train station. Picture: Becky Alexander

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Anyone using Hatfield train station will have spotted all the work going on there recently. It is a huge improvement - much tidier and more welcoming. I popped into the new coffee shop, Iamcoffee last week to see what was on offer.

Welwyn Hatfield Times food columnist Becky Alexander visited the new coffee shop at Hatfield train station. 
Picture: Becky AlexanderWelwyn Hatfield Times food columnist Becky Alexander visited the new coffee shop at Hatfield train station. Picture: Becky Alexander

Open about two weeks now, Iamcoffee is a new venture from Dav Jheeta and Kash Khera; it is the first one and they have plans to open more around the country.

The cafe is spacious and light with arched brick windows and stylish lighting hanging from exposed copper pipework. Tables were well spaced and there was seating for about 20 people. I chatted to operations manager Bruce who explained that they were very busy already with people getting coffee before catching a train, of course, but that they were really pleased that locals were coming in for meetings or to work for a while; I saw a few people with laptops.

Coffee is by Hasbean, and is delicious - you can get takeaway, of course, or get a proper cup and sit in. They do all the usual coffees, including espresso, flat white and americano, with prices starting at 2.00. Teas are by Suki tea - breakfast, camomile and green tea were on offer. Almond and soya milk is available.

There was a nice display of cakes and pastries; I had a very good banana and pecan loaf which would probably make a nice breakfast. Muffins and lemon poppyseed looked good too, and there were gluten-free options - all the bakes are supplied by The Bread Factory. Bruce explained that they will be offering lunch options soon; sandwiches and ciabattas - basically things that will be easy to eat on the train!

Iamcoffee is open 6.30-6.30 Monday to Friday, and 8-4 on Saturday. It will open on Sundays at the end of March when the engineering works have finished. It is a smart little cafe, with good service (I haven’t tried it at rush hour though!).

Quick extra: Simply Fresh is the good new food shop also in the station. A useful and well-presented shop for anyone needing to pick up food on their way home, or who lives in Old Hatfield.

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