Esquires Coffee house in the Coventry Transport Museum has been one of my favourite cafes in Coventry this year. It’s pretty big, and usually busy during the day, meaning it has a great buzz about it. They do lovely food and a tasty cup of coffee. It is a small chain, which prides itself on being a franchise which only uses ethical Coffee. started in 1993, it now is in 37 stores in the Uk, and 14 in Ireland.
The food within Esquires has been going from strength to strength this year. I was invited by Coventry Bloggers at the end of November, to try their Christmas menu, and the bloggers returned a few months Later to try the new breakfast menu. (All gifted experiences in exchange for honest reviews). This time, Esquires wanted to share their Catering menu with us. This can be eaten in, or delivered (free delivery within Cov when spending £50+, and within Warwickshire and West Midlands for a charge.)
We had a wonderful spread, freshly made for us. We were in one half of the cafe, while a drama group was in the other. This was fine, and it’s a big enough place, and sound doesn’t carry between the two areas. The room hire is free from 6pm till 10pm, as long as you are spending a minimum of £60 an hour. The venue holds an alcohol, and entertainment licence and is in a great Central Coventry location.
Prices originally hit me as quite high, but when I’ve tried the food (which it fresh, tasty and vibrant, as well as plentiful, it is actually very reasonable.
If you went for Menu A (like us) for 10 people, the bill would be £137.50. This would mean that you would get 2 hours of free room hire as well as buffet and drinks.
£ 9.95 Food
£3.80 2 cups of coffee or tea)
Or you could go for Menu C, ( £131) which is a cheaper, more limited selection menu. With 4 bottles of wine which would include two hours of free room hire when 10 people are in the party.
£5.60 Wine )
Of course, if you want outside catering, it’s much easier to just order what you need rather then worrying about the room hire.
My favourite bit about the food was the variety. No matter if you have gluten or or dairy allergy, there is something for everybody. And of course, I’m sure there are even more options if you discuss your requirements with the team at Esquires, they will be able to help.
The team at Esquires are always happy to help, and friendly, so never worry about asking for something different if you require.
We had two youngsters in our group for the evening. My Daughter, Cathryn, who is all set to become a blogger herself, really enjoyed her sandwich, and the pork pie. She said that the salads were a bit strange ( ie not cucumber, tomato and lettuce that she usually eat) but she said that the food “was really really pretty”.
We all got to have our favourite drinks, and most of us opted for the seasonal iced coffees, while others tried smoothies and soy based coffees due to dietary requirements. The kids both enjoyed the innocent kids juices from the chiller.
My favourite items were actually the veggie options. I loved the veg spring rolls with sweet chilli sauce, the bagels with humous and roasted veg. And the Bean salad was wonderful!
So over all, it was a major hit with the whole group. It will definitely consider using Esquires for future parties, and I hope you will to!