Inside the unassuming garage that is Hobba is a world of under-designed, understated, cafe cool. Natural light splays from immense shopfront windows open to the street; bare brick walls reach for lofty ceilings; a tree planted inside towers up toward exposed wooden beams.
The second cafe from the team behind Malvern’s Willim Espresso, coffee guru Gerrick Numan is joined by head chef Josh Powell whose pedigree includes stints at Vue de Monde, Circa and famed UK eatery Fat Duck, and Simon McNamara whose business acumen was previously utilised at Grill’d and Boost.
Hobba aims ‘to undersell and over-deliver,’ catering to all types including families, friends and business folk alike. Fresh, local produce is the star in dishes such as fried eggs with bubble and squeak, quinoa salad with braised lamb neck, or a Galloway beef burger with pickle cheddar and iceberg lettuce. There’s Five Senses coffee to top it off, with ambitions to roast their own beans in the near future.