I tried Starbucks opposite borough tube last week after seeing the old T-mobile refitted
nice layout, shame about all the rest.
there were 2 foreign girls serving last week, the girl taking the order was ok but the one serving the orders had an attitude and was hopeless.
I also asked for a lid, the normal paper ones wih the drinking hole as there were none near to the counter or sugar area, she told me to use a plastic one inseat with a straw hole in the centre, what a load of good that is.
today i thought i would try it again as there was black chap serving. he was also arrogant and just said "yeah". not how may i help you today sir or simular courtesy
the coffee he made tasted of washing up liquid and was watery. disgusting
the staff and management should take a walk up the road to Costa Coffee the place i normally go and will continue to use so they can see how to trat customers and how to make proper coffee, its not perfect by all means but its 1oox better than Starbucks opposite borough tube!
Cafe Arlington is normally pretty busy in my experience. But Starbucks seems to have this amazing power of magnetism, especially for people who don't live in places where Starbucks is ubiquitous. I was in Japan a few years ago with some Swedes and Finns, who, despite their impeccable left-wing credentials and keen interest in ecopolitics, descended on Starbucks (and also Subway) as if they'd just been offered the chance to play supermarket sweep with Imelda Marcos's shoe collection. Which struck me as weird.
the problem with all of them...costa, starbucks, nero is that they are selling coffee to people who dont like or understand it anyway. the coffee in most of britain is appalling and these chains just look good in comparison with what other rubbish is around. the only places where Starbucks succeed are countries with poor coffee traditions. you dont get crowds packing Starbucks in rome or milan do you? forget Starbucks and go to monmouth, the best coffee in se1