Coffee Shops & Lunch Spots in Stamford

Coffee Shops & Lunch Spots in Stamford

Stamford boasts a charming high street lined with independent coffee shops and cafes that cater to every taste and preference. From cozy Scandinavian-inspired cafes to plant-based eateries and traditional tea rooms, the town has something for everyone.

In this article, we've compiled a list of our favourite coffee shops and cafes in Stamford to help you discover the best places to grab a cup of coffee, indulge in a tasty treat, or enjoy a leisurely brunch. So, without further ado, let's take a tour of the town's most popular coffee shops and cafes.


The Best coffee in town? Highly likely. Scandimania is a super snug Scandinavian - as the name suggests- coffee shop on the high street in town. Owned by Swedish native Julia, this is truly one of the nicest places to spend an hour or so with your head in a book and a flat white to die for. They also offer the well-loved cardamom buns everyone in Stamford knows about, lovingly baked by Julia at their bakery in Uppingham (Which also happens to be the location of their sister cafe under the Scandi umbrella). Inside the Stamford cafe are a few tables and a window bar area at which to sit, with further tables spilling out onto the pavement in the style of a Mediterranean street cafe. In the summer - the nicest place to spend some time.

29 High St, Stamford PE9 2YH

The Blonde Beet

Stamford's first plant-based cafe- this one is special! The Blonde Beet's 17th-century indoor space hosts regular events and opens daily as a coffee & lunch space. Their menu changes seasonally using local & ethical produce, and business owner Jo's imagination when creating the menu is something to wonder at. Not only is each dish entirely plant-based, but also stunningly presented and full of flavour. I would most definitely recommend The Blonde Beet to everyone- vegan or not; the menu certainly won't disappoint.

7 St Paul's St, Stamford PE9 2BE


Ever had a Fika bowl? If not, you have to try one! Upon good authority from my husband- this is the best lunch in Stamford. Fika describes itself as a vibey brunch cafe, and I'd say that is spot on, somewhere for a quick coffee with a friend or a place to work from during the week. One of a handful of great options on the Fika menu, the Fika bowl (yes - back to that!) is a taste sensation. Harissa, hummus, grains, wild rice, halloumi. What's not to love? They also do a cracking fry-up and a host of great coffees. If you're after that hipster vibe, Fika is the one for you.

32 High St, Stamford PE9 2BB

Aloha Foods

Stamford's answer to a surfer's paradise - Aloha is a relaxed, health-conscious restaurant with a laid-back vibe. Owned by brothers Grant and Nathan, this family-run eatery is truly part of the community. Their burritos are the stars of the menu - the salsa pop being my absolute fave. They also do build your own Aloha boxes, which offer you the chance to have lunch your way- an excellent addition to an already great menu. You can take away (service is super fast, so it's a great grab-and-go option) or eat in. The restaurant is small, with just a few tables, but the vibe is good, and the decor exceptional. Go and see the Aloha boys next time you're in town; they'll sort you out with the perfect comfort food!

12 St John's St, Stamford PE9 2DB


If you're after a hearty yet stylish breakfast, head down one of Stamford's little lanes to Lambert's. They offer a traditional and veggie full English, or if you're more of an 'on toast' kinda person, then take your pick. Their sourdough & poached eggs can be combined with delicious options such as ham & hollandaise or exotic wild mushrooms. The location is super sweet, hidden away but just off the high street, so it's easy to find town afterwards, but away from theĀ shopping crowds. A lovely addition to the list of town cafes, I would definitely recommend Lamberts.

5 Cheyne Ln, Stamford PE9 2AX

Cornish Bakery

A recent addition to the high street - a good coffee break option. Popular with families due to the spacious seating area, it's not fancy but more comfy and familiar. It's not as hip as the Scandi offerings of some of the other prominent high street choices here, so it does tend to attract a different crowd but very much holds its own and is always busy! Menu items like ham hock toastie and the ever-impressive cheese straws are perfect on a cold autumn afternoon. Just the thing for that feel-good need! Drop in one day, and I'm sure you'll enjoy.

56 High St, Stamford PE9 2AW

Central Cafe & tea rooms

A long-standing familiar face in town, Central Cafe & Tea Rooms is a traditional cafe serving simple, friendly dishes. This is the place for an omelette, jacket potato, sandwiches and a pot of tea. Sweet and lovely, it is a firm favourite for the locals. A bonus in the summer is the little hatch at the side of the cafe to stop at and buy delicious ice cream before heading to the meadows- a perfect treat for the kids. When I first visited Stamford years ago, before we moved to the area, Central Cafe was one of the places I stopped. I remember the staff being so friendly and the atmosphere warm. A lovely place to take a break and one I hope will be around for a long time to come.

7 Red Lion Square, Stamford PE9 2AJ

The Crown

One of the Knead family establishments, The Crown sits proudly in the centre of town - a hotel, in fact, but one with a fantastic reputation for its food. There are several seating options here - the indoor dining area offering formal restaurant service, the sprawling bar area and the most gorgeous outdoor courtyard for summer evenings. Drop in for a coffee and a pastry, or stay for lunch in the restaurant. They offer simple, well-presented British classics such as the ploughman's grazing platter, and a smoked salmon and cream cheese baguette, all in a light and airy setting. The Crown is simply fantastic.

6 All Saints' Pl, Stamford PE9 2AG

Cafe au Chocolat

This is one of our favourites as a family with young children. French-style Cafe au Chocolat sits just off the high street and serves the most amazing crepes. They do a children's special with Nutella, whipped cream and a little babyccino on the side. The grown-up options aren't half bad either. Choose from a traditional crepe Suzette to the rather inventive 'breakfast crepe' with granola and honey. Lovely! They also do great coffee and oh-so-good chocolat chaud, with the option to purchase a few sweet goodies from the counter to take home too. We really enjoy coming here!

2 Ironmonger St, Stamford PE9 1PL

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