Another independent cafe gone from the city

Sad to see that Zest in Piccadilly has shut its doors. I’m probably a bit late to notice this, and haven’t been able to find out why, but my recently started traffic diversion enforced commutes by train took me to its door in the hope of a fresh smoothie – only to find it is no more.
I was a big fan of Zest. (I know I had a bit of a go about their rubbish garnish once but that was only because the rest of the offerings were so good.)
An independent trader which prided itself on being Fairtrade, Zest was one of the few places that you could get a smoothie when I first started calling in seven years ago.
Perhaps the rise of Innocent and all the other pre-packed versions that you now can’t help fall over everywhere you go had an impact on that particular market, but there were plenty of other fresh reasons to call – sandwiches with fillings that were different from the norm and not the overstuffed size of small towns, homemade soups and veggie breakfast barms that were just perfect for a weekend brunch.
Their recent-ish introduction of a hot lamp hotel style cooked breakfast never really appealed – after all there’s no shortage of places doing fry ups in that area. But maybe that move in itself says a lot about customer expectations.
Perhaps Piccadilly’s cafes are forever doomed to be pie and chips, all day breakfast, chips with your chips sort of a places.


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