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Review: Revive, Warwick

Awesome coffee? Check? Delicious food? Check? Insta-worthy interiors with more parlour games than you can shake a stick at? Triple check with pom poms on. Here's what we though of Warwick's hottest new cafe/ bar Revive.

THE LOWDOWN

We all know and love quaint Warwick (and frankly, what’s not to love)? But for a night out or lazy brunch it probably isn’t the first place that springs to mind and you’d make the jaunt into neighbouring Leamington. Revive is bridging the gap by aiming – and succeeding – to be the coolest venue for night time cocktails (their mixologist is amazing) and the perfect place to grab a bite during the day. They also serve Stratford-upon-Avon’s award-winning Monsoon Estates coffee. Cheers to that.

It’s open daily with an impressive menu, with late nights on Fridays and Saturdays. There’s also events like comedy nights, open mic nights and seasonal kid friendly parties.

THE VIBE

Formerly a furniture shop, those stuffy armchairs are long gone and in their place cool leather booths and industrial seating. There’s hanging foliage all over the exposed brick walls, neon lighting and cool artworks galore (plenty of places here to take a snap for the ‘gram). But if posing with a glass of fizz or speciality coffee in hand isn’t really your thing, there’s space at the back full of games tables – think ping pong, pool and foosball.

SCOFF & QUAFF

While Revive offers a great choice of burgers, sandwiches, salads and heartier mains, we were there to sample the breakfast menu (which is served until midday – students rejoice!) I went for the Eggs Benedict – laden with thick-cut, local ham, perfectly cooked poached eggs and a delicious buttery hollandaise. These guys don’t skimp on portions – I could only finish one of mine and look longing at the other. My plus one, a self-confessed hash brown connoisseur, went for a full English and was delighted with her choice. A hearty breakfast with two sausages, two chunky rashers of bacon and more toast than one person should reasonably need (god bless her she gave it her best though). Don’t forget to order one of their lattes too, I went at the perfect time (start of Autumn) just as Pumpkin Spice was added to the menu. The smoothies are pretty good too.

OUT & ABOUT

Need to walk off those calories? There’s St Nicholas Park just five minutes away with a measured 1 mile walk. There’s also mini golf, boating, and a fun fair if you don’t fancy packing your walking boots. If you’re feeling a bit more, erm, cultured, then Warwick Castle is just around the corner. Or take a wander around the independent shops in the town. Muddy award winners Warwick Books is a particular favourite.

THE MUDDY VERDICT

GOOD FOR: Pretty much everyone. Meet your friends, take the kids, go with your hubby or take mum. Servings are plentiful, drinks are good and the games tables are fun for kids and adults.

NOT GOOD FOR: If you’re on a diet maybe give this one a miss or save it for treat day. Portions are big!

THE DAMAGE: £10.95 for a Full English, £8 for Eggs Benedict, £3 for a latte and £3.20 for a smoothie. It’s not the cheapest place in town but prices are reasonable given the quality and quantity.

Revive Cafe Warwick, 7 Smith Street, Warwick, CV34 4JA; 01926 403 333; www.revivewarwick.co.uk

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