This rainy Wednesday morning my wonderful mother and I took a trip to the up-and-coming coffee house, ‘Off the Ground’. Located on Grange Street, just off Linthorpe Road in Middlesbrough, this little hidden treasure only very recently opened on the 21st of March! ‘Off the Ground’ is a speciality coffee shop-come-social enterprise, designed to combat homelessness in Middlesbrough.
When you open the door you’re instantly hit with a warm and inclusive atmosphere. The smiles from the staff kindly welcome you, with neutral, calming vibes inviting you inside. The room itself is full of character- concrete flooring is met with exposed brick walls, whilst suspended cable trays hover above raw chip-board shelves. The industrial and edgy interior provides a place of pure comfort and relaxation, one which distracts you from the bustling, commercialised surroundings of Middlesbrough town centre. A raw bookshelf situates itself above a set of sofas containing an array of books to suit your every reading need; ranging from ‘1001 beers to try before you die’, to National Geographic magazines, children’s books and even rom-com love stories. The only thing that could possibly make this wonderful little hideout more ‘homely’ would be a few little house plants.
Now, perhaps most importantly, the coffee. I’m no coffee connoisseur but I do know a good cup from a bad cup, and I can assure you that this was a great one. Reasonably priced at £3 for a large cup, and £2.50 for a regular, your coffee will come just how you like it with a delicate ‘latte art tulip’ crafted into the milk-moustache froth on top. Your caffeine-kick will come accompanied by a flip-top, icy-cold bottle of naturally infused strawberry water – a refreshing touch, complementary too! Beverages aren’t the only thing this coffee shop provides, with a small variety of culinary offerings available too. The menu board ranges from toasties and fresh soup of the day to brownies and cupcakes.
So, if you’re passionate about supporting your local area or are just in need of quick coffee stop in town, then pay this lovely little place a visit.