December 5, 2018
11.30am at Esquires Coffee, 27 High St, Esher KT10 9RL
As a Surrey town, Esher is not short of its local businesses. Independent coffee shops, restaurants and retailers subdue the high street chains with a very active customer base. Morning, mid-day or late at night, there is always something going on in this leafy suburb.
Esquires Coffee is one of the more recent set ups in Esher, launching in August 2017 as the franchise continued its UK expansion. With rents and rates in the main city centres becoming increasingly unaffordable, it’s no surprise that franchise owners have started making out of London debuts.
Quiet in its initial stages, Esquires have now made a name for themselves in the town. The funky décor, brunch-inspired menu and alternative sweet treats have won over the local community. Their mix-match of traditional and contemporary furniture seamlessly blends together along with the eccentric colours and mirrored walls. My favourite of the design is the lighting, complementing an already atmospheric coffee shop. Round, square, rectangular, oblong – any shape you can think of – they’ve got it, hanging or not.
It’s easy to concentrate here with a soothing playlist, other revival customers and brunching friends. While no children are present, Esquires are very dog friendly so the biggest distraction is cute puppies begging for free treats by the counter.
That being said, my eyes regularly drift as appetising food is taken out to customers. With a number of different style tables, Esquires are not short of places to perch with your laptop and workday fuel. If anything, they seem to embrace the workplace coffee culture and encourage people to come in to use the free guest WIFI without having to order food.
Overall, this is a welcome addition to Esher’s high street, led by a franchisee developing their own local business. With a plethora of coffee shop choice in the town, I would recommend having your revival in Esquires to incite some creativity into the work day.