Proper Coffee House, 37 High Street, Margate, Kent
Flat white: £2.30 Bitter crema, far too hot but miraculously not as bad as it looked so it scrapes a 6/10
Beards: 0 (and even if there had been, I’m fairly certain they wouldn’t have been of the hipster ilk)
Food: lots of nicely presented sandwiches (c£2.95 – £3.80) and some decent-looking cakes.
Furniture: sort of matching but cheap old-looking. Would have looked a lot better with old stuff as there was a nod to industrial style, and maintaining that throughout would have probably looked better than it did look.
Ambience: distinctly lacking one. The effort to create one was there, but to me it failed. (I actually feel quite sad as I write up these notes as I’d still rather have gone to this cafe than, say, a Costa Coffee, which I now realise is kind of what Proper appears to be trying to clone – it should at least have tried to do its own thing. And the staff should have been taught about coffee making)
Toilet: clean and functional, as you’d hope.
Summary: The clue is not always in the name. All round disappointing, though the staff were pleasant. Lacked atmosphere but not an uncomfortable place to spend time. (At this point, I realise that I am unable to write enthusiastically, let alone in an interesting way, about bleugh cafes and coffee, for which I apologise). An all round 5/10 as 6/10 (as that’s what I scored the coffee) might imply I’d go again but I wouldn’t.