Coffee shop review: 200 Degrees – Queen St, Cardiff

A few months ago, Cardiff’s Queen Street gained a new coffee shop in the form of 200 Degrees, on the former site of Base and Barley restaurant. Owned by a Nottingham-based independent coffee roaster, the Cardiff branch is one of six of its kind, with shops located elsewhere in Birmingham, Nottingham, Leeds and Leicester. 

200 Degrees Cardiff coffee shop

When I heard there was another coffee shop opening on this end of Queen Street, my first thoughts were “Really? Not another one!” This area of Cardiff is saturated with coffee shops including the likes of Starbucks, Caffè Nero, Costa, Coffee #1, Milk and Sugar and the Second Cup Coffee Company (just off the top of my head). 

Arriving at the coffee shop during a weekday lunch-time, it was busy and most tables were already taken. I ordered at the till and found myself somewhere to sit as I waited for my coffee and food to arrive.

Decked out in wooden flooring and dining furniture, with brickwork walls and dim lighting, the coffee shop has an eclectic, contemporary vibe. A glowing neon fireplace sitting next to two armchairs at the rear of the restaurant helps to cosy things up. 

The coffee menu features all the usual suspects, alongside house espresso, Brazilian Love Affair, the Mellowship Slinky Decaf (made using Mexican beans) and cold brew, including nitro coffee (200 Degrees is the first coffee shop in Wales to offer this option).  Meanwhile, the food menu is updated every Wednesday and features a range of salads, soups and sandwiches.

I sipped on a regular strong, creamy latte (£2.90); the surface of which featured a swan on water drawn in foam.  

A swan on water drawn onto coffee with foam

The salad and sandwich selection was so impressive, I couldn’t decide which I liked the look of most, so I ended up trying a sandwich and two salads (I can feel myself being judged right now!) At 200 Degrees, you can choose from innovative creations like beef and pork meatballs with Provolone cheese, rocket and creamy white mushrooms, or cider and mustard pulled pork with Stilton, sweet apple chutney and watercress, served in either a flatbread or a baguette. The salad options are equally as inventive. 

Sandwich selection at Zero Degrees Coffee, Cardiff
I eventually settled on the basil chicken flatbread with beetroot hummus, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach and feta (£4.95) served warm. Two flatbread wraps were rolled up in baking parchment-style paper, secured with brown string tied into a bow. They were as soft as a cloud. Inside, bite-size chunks of aromatic basil chicken, creamy diced feta, earthy beetroot hummus and fresh spinach combined to produce an unfamiliar, yet delicious, flavour, and a satisfying range of textures. 

Basil chicken flatbread with beetroot hummus, spinach and sundried tomatoes at 200 Degrees Coffee Shop Cardiff

My first salad was a combination of crunchy kale, sliced chilli-roasted carrots and cubes of sweet Pink Lady apple in a tangy sage and red currant dressing (£4.95). I like the idea of using kale as opposed to lettuce in a salad; it helps to bulk it up a little bit, so that it fills you up more. 

Kale, carrot and Pink Lady apple salad

This was followed up by a vibrant garlic-sauteed green bean, spinach, yellow pepper and cherry tomato salad, drizzled with a lemon sesame dressing. I liked the green beans so much, I’ve already recreated them myself at home. However, the rest of the salad was a little too bland for my liking and I struggled to detect the dressing. 

Spinach, pepper and tomato salad

If you fancy something sweet to go with your coffee, treat yourself to a toasted coconut and dark chocolate flapjack, honeycomb Rocky Road, banana and chocolate loaf, or whatever catches your eye from 200 Degree’s mouth-watering display of baked goodies.

Sweet baked goods at 200 Degrees Coffee, Cardif
Unlike most other coffee shops, 200 Degrees also has a Barista School on-site where you can learn how to brew the perfect cuppa. 

Barista School at 200 Degrees Coffee Shop
All of the equipment used in the Barista School classes is available for purchase via 200 Degrees.

Barista School at 200 Degrees Coffee Shop

My first visit to 200 Degrees Cardiff has left me feeling pleasantly surprised. The range and quality of food and drink on offer was very impressive, and I don’t know of any other coffee shops that update their menu every week, let alone every season. A week on from my review, I still can’t stop thinking about that amazing flatbread. I look forward to seeing what’s new on the menu next time I visit 200 Degrees Cardiff!

200 Degrees
115 Queen Street
Cardiff
CF10 2BH
(029) 2132 0708
www.200degs.com

Where’s your favourite place to go for a sandwich? Do you have a favourite filling?

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I was invited to 200 Degrees as a guest and my food and drink was provided complimentary; however, I was not obliged to write a positive review.

17 Comments

  1. August 12, 2017 / 8:06 pm

    This looks like a gorgeous coffee shop, I really love how the sandwiches are presented x

    • August 14, 2017 / 5:33 pm

      Me too, they looked pretty cute wrapped up in the paper, tied with a string but it also helps to keep them warm if you didn’t want to eat it straight away – great for taking back to the office!

  2. August 12, 2017 / 9:37 pm

    What a fab coffee shop. I love places like this and I’d have bought 2 sandwiches not 2 salads so you did better than me!!

    • August 14, 2017 / 5:32 pm

      Oh, those sandwiches – can’t wait to go back for one of those flatbreads.

  3. August 13, 2017 / 1:54 pm

    That’s a really good range of sandwiches and salads, I’d probably have opted for cake as opposed to salad though haha x

    • August 14, 2017 / 5:31 pm

      Haha, I was trying to be healthy on this occasion as I always seem to pick the unhealthiest dishes on the menu.

  4. garethtorrance
    August 13, 2017 / 4:05 pm

    I wish we had places like this around me… My OH and I love going out for coffee (well, she drinks it, as i don’t like coffee haha)

    • August 14, 2017 / 5:30 pm

      I love coffee, but I am partial to a cup of tea from time-to-time as well!

  5. August 13, 2017 / 4:57 pm

    That swan on the coffee is so cute – I couldn’t see it at first, then realised the one below was a reflection 😉 the salad and sandwich fillings look great, equally do the cakes and slices. Mmmmm! It’s nice to have a coffee shop that’s not a chain (well only 1 of 6 lol) x

    • August 14, 2017 / 5:30 pm

      I thought so, too! I loved the sandwich fillings, looking forward to seeing what they’re serving next time I go there.

  6. August 13, 2017 / 7:16 pm

    I have never been to Cardiff, but it certainly looks like a cosy place 🙂 What a nice little cafe – and I love the idea of a Barista school

    • August 14, 2017 / 12:13 pm

      It’s such a lovely coffee shop 🙂 I’d love to learn how to make a decent coffee.

    • August 14, 2017 / 5:29 pm

      I like that it has a barista school too – it gives it a bit of an edge. I’d love to see what it’s like.

  7. August 15, 2017 / 5:28 pm

    Bad post to look at before lunch lol, I want to try all the salad and sandwich. Cool about the barista school..maybe learn to do some latte art too!

    • August 20, 2017 / 1:23 pm

      Hehe, oops! I can’t wait to see what’s new on the menu.

  8. August 15, 2017 / 9:28 pm

    It’s a shame about that salad but otherwise all looks good. I know 200 degrees well, having lived and worked in Leicester and Nottingham! It’s GOOD coffee and I love their styling too!

    • August 20, 2017 / 1:23 pm

      Oh lucky you. I’d love to visit the Nottingham one as that’s where it all began 🙂

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