Good coffee, good food, warm welcome


Faringdon is a fantastic little town in West Oxfordshire. It has a fascinating history, especially during the Civil War, and of course it is close to the iconic White Horse at Uffington- a magical place where we often go to walk our dogs and admire the view. Faringdon also has a strong community of independent businesses, despite the recent expansion into the area by Waitrose & Aldi.

To those of you in the know, The Rookery has long been the place to have coffee in Faringdon. In a converted coach works set in a prominent part of town, The Rookery is a labour of love for Shane and Lesley. Shane runs the popular Celtic Magpie hair salon & treatment rooms on the upper two floors, and Lesley has been running the coffee shop on the ground floor. And when they come into Witney, they are regular customers at Coffeesmith. We were thrilled when they approached us to discuss working together at The Rookery.

Lesley is re-igniting her passion for herbal medicine and is going to be concentrating on that going forward. Coffeesmith will be taking on the coffee shop from the end of April. Not much will change outwardly, other than a few cosmetic changes, and we hope to continue very much in the spirit of the place. It will remain vegetarian, so fans of the amazing vegan fruitcake need not panic- Lesley is entrusting her secret recipe to us! You can expect creative, freshly made, feel-good food, outstanding coffee and the warm welcomes you already get from Coffeesmith & The Cogges Kitchen. We are really looking forward to being part of the new chapter for The Rookery and bringing our hospitality to Faringdon.