Hally’s in Parsons Green is a lovely spot for a coffee, with a great interior and yummy coffee to match and we have had a few Such & Such meetings in this London cafe. Opened by Anna Halliday and her husband Philip Beatty in June 2013, Hally’s has been a great success, so much so, they have opened a Little H, across the road. Inspired by a road trip in California, the pair felt there was a gap in the market for a place serving fresh, healthy food in a laid back atmosphere with a rustic interior. After their trip they spotted the derelict cocktail bar in Parsons Green and went for it, transforming the interior with reclaimed wood cladding, bright yellow stools, rustic tables and exposed brick walls.
If you read our journal regularly you will know we recently had an amazing trip to Baja California, Mexico and there were two places there that we really enjoyed our coffee. Baja Beans is a roasting company just of the main road running from Todos Santos to Cabo in a small place called Pescadero. We visited on the Sunday as they have a weekly farmers market with a band and all sorts of small stands selling local produce. Ten minutes from the beach and surrounded by fields with row upon row of Poblano peppers this little coffee shop was simple and laid back. We sat under the mango trees at huge rustic tables, listening to the band, drinking coffee and eat the amazing baked goodies. Baja Beans Roasting Company was started by Alec and April Tildey who gave up their life in Vancouver for a life of coffee in Baja. They set about sourcing coffee from a coffee plantation in Puebla, Mexico and then set up their own roasting company.