Pelicano (Queens Road)
…And Then There Were Three.
Much like the Genesis album of 1978, the new Pelicano on Queens Road has a different feel to what’s come before from their back catalogue. The Sydney Street shop, and first Pelicano to open, is renowned for its wide selection of cakes and treats, while their second shop, opened in February of this year, offers the opportunity to grab a takeaway caffeine fix or sip fine coffee while hanging out at The Level.
However, the new Pelicano on Queens Road, in the same premises as the former Taylor St Baristas, has taken all the best bits from their previous coffee shops and made a total coffee shop in every sense.
As you enter you can’t miss the strikingly swank Synesso Cyncra espresso machine, restored specifically for the shop by The Coffee Doctor. Once inside, wooden floorboards run the length of the room, with exposed brickwork visible on their feature walls, as well as many plants keeping the shop feeling fresh and balanced.
Out back, the garden is a sun-trap and, with hand-made benches from wall to wall, there is plenty of seating to soak up the sun and chat away the hours with friends.
On the coffee front, Pelicano offer their classic Smokey Bird blend on their Synesso, which creates notes of dark chocolate with a coating mouthfeel before giving way to stone fruits and vanilla flavours as it cools. They also offer a range of single origin beans on their brew bar, which faces onto Queens Road, providing the perfect example of speciality coffee to the busy streets of Brighton.
Although it may have taken them five years to open a second shop, it has only taken them five months to open their third, and with this latest opening, they have got it spot on.
Flat White: £2.60
Mon – Fri: 8.00am – 6.00pm
Sat: 9am – 6.00pm
Sun: 9am – 6.00pm
Address: 28 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XA
Espresso Machine: Synesso Cyncra
Roaster: Pelicano House Roastery
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