Brownie heaven in the cosiest of Cotswolds’ cafes – need we say more?!
Take a wonder through the historic market town of Fairford and you’ll find a humble little café just waiting to welcome you through its doors – 7a Coffee Shop. Owned and run by husband-and-wife team, Simon and Lizzy, 7a Fairfrod has long been a favourite with the locals, offering fresh homemade food and drinks to both eat in or take away. Oh, and did we mention they make the best brownies you’ll quite possibly ever eat? We’re talking so good they’ve won awards. No wonder we can’t keep away!
Step inside and you’ll find a homely Cotswolds’ stone café complete with wooden beams and window seats. Whilst small in size, 7a Fairford is bursting with personality with brightly-coloured chairs and cheery chalk boards full of the day’s specials. Whether you’re popping in for a delicious fresh coffee, the tastiest of handmade paninis or a brownie (or 3) – you won’t be disappointed.
What’s on the menu?
Well, brownies (as we may have mentioned) are a speciality at 7a Coffee Shop – baked freshly on site each day by Simon and the perfect combination of fudgey chocolate gooiness and innovation. There’s an ever-changing, eye-widening choice including cookie-dough, rocky-road, white choc chip or our personal favourite, Jaffa Cake. With over 70 different types of brownie flavours, it’s no wonder these brownies are world famous – there’s even a notice board filled with pics of 7a brownies on travels around the globe!
Don’t worry if you don’t have a sweet tooth though. Savoury lunch options include paninis, jacket potatoes, salads and soup. Why not try the pesto chicken panini? We can confirm: it is deliciously crusty and dusty, dripping with buttery pesto mayo. Wash it down with a frothy cappuccino, Blueberry Bliss smoothie or scrumptious hot choc made with real melted chocolate. If you’re in in a hurry, there’s some easy options to grab and go, such as sausage rolls and custard tarts – if you’re lucky Simon’s own-recipe carrot cake might be there too.
Eating in or taking away?
Cosy up in a corner and enjoy lunch in, or if the sun’s shining, head out the back to 7a’s courtyard for some alfresco munching. Decorated with multi-coloured fairy lights and some funky deck chairs, 7a’s character extends into the garden 10-fold, providing the perfect extra seating for those making the most of that lunch hour.
The price is just as good as the food with jackets and paninis at just over a fiver to eat in, accompanied by a yummy side salad and all served of course with Lizzie’s friendly smile. Takeaway prices are even more reasonable with coffee and brownies around £2 a pop – at such bargains it’s no wonder we find it so hard to grab just one sweet treat at a time! If you don’t have time to sit in, it doesn’t take long for Simon to rustle up your paninis to go.
Why we love 7a Fairford
Family run and with a community feel, 7a Coffee Shop is always delightfully friendly, making you feel welcomed as soon as amble through the door. Menu choice is excellent for the size of the café and it’s an even tastier bonus when all the food is prepared fresh on-site using ingredients sourced from local producers. That’s incredible quality grub at wallet-happy prices. And now with their new online shop is up and running, 7a can deliver brownies straight to your door – um, yes please!