Where Can I Have a Quick Café Meeting in Oxford?
Thought I’d get really local for this month’s article.
I’m always being asked “do you know where we can meet in Summertown for a coffee, chat and maybe wifi?”. So for Oxfordshire businesses, here are some of the places I have meetings – or get on with work away from the office.
Please add your favourites too in the comments and we’ll update the list.
Remember not to abuse the venue’s hospitality and make sure you buy plenty of drinks and food to ‘pay’ for the facility. And don’t forget that other local businesses may be there too – that includes competitors, suppliers and customers!
My ideal local one-to-one meeting place has:
- A quiet corner
- Not too loud music
- Free/cheap wifi or good 3G reception
- Good coffee
- Comfortable seating
- Mains power outlets
- Understanding staff
- Parking nearby
So here are some of my meeting choices.
Starting with my local area…
Plenty of parking at Summertown car park or up to 2 hours on some of the local roads.
Hits most of my checklist items, but it is very popular and often full. Manager Matt and his is very accommodating and will help you to get settled in and maybe point you to mains plugs.
If Starbucks is full I go here. It’s often a little noisy as it’s a favourite for North Oxford mums during the day. Hint: you can pick up Starbucks wifi if you’re near the window (sshh…don’t tell them)
Great for a meeting over coffee or lunch (and they do have some tempting £5 lunch specials). Free wifi: ask your waiter for the code. They get very busy at lunch, but it is good for a mid-morning or early afternoon meeting in very relaxed surroundings.
Good for a quiet discussion. If it’s available, you can get exclusive use of the tiny ‘summer house’ in the garden
If you want to have a meeting over an inexpensive lunch, Summertown has plenty of locations (As well as Joe’s): check out the restaurant section of Summertown Info for more.
Some of my other regulars
Here’s a quick rundown of some of the other places I use for a quick meeting.
Botley: McDonalds – anyone got a preferred Botley business location?
Oxford City Centre: Starbucks High St, Cafe Puccino (in the Golden Cross)
Cowley Rd: Costa, Pegasus Theatre Cafe (limited opening hours, but a great change for meetings)
Oxford Science Park: Sadler Building (free wifi, good food and coffee – often very quiet!)
Now over to you. Share your favourites (and secret locations if you have them) and if there’s enough interest, let’s compile a fuller list of locations.