The Beech Tree Café


beechtree1Miloud Said (known to all as Milo) is one of those guys who doesn’t wait around for life to happen! Milo makes it happen.

This man was the shining face of Ritazza Café at St Albans station but has recently left to ambitiously renovate an old toilet block into a fresh new café!

This café is called The Beech Tree and looks onto the Fleetville playground. It is a perfect location. Milo and co-owner Absalma are creating an inviting atmosphere with both indoor and outdoor seating.

When I first encountered Milo, I noticed his good customer manner and his memory for the favourite coffee of every customer! Even when there was a long queue, he acknowledged each person and served as diligently as possible. His coffee is excellent and well sourced.

As I had sipped the best coffee in town, I asked Milo to tell me about their new café.

milo1‘Our big aim for the Beech Tree Café is that we want to bring ‘the family’ together to sit here and enjoy the best quality coffee I can offer. I want the costumer to discover the charm of the coffee! I want to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere.’

Milo and Absalma have quality in mind with food too.

‘We try to offer simple and healthy food that appeals to all ages. It’s all homemade and fresh. Our challenge is to offer barbequed food outside in summer, for all the family to enjoy. Parents can relax while restless children can enjoy the nearby playground or the café’s garden games. We will have outdoor shelter so people can stay all day long whatever the weather!’

A note of warning; Watch out for Milo’s jokes! You have to discover for yourself when he is serious or not!

Helpful facts about Beech Tree Café

– Disabled access
– Most varieties of teas and coffees available
– Ice cream served in summer
– Children welcomed and catered for
– Opening times; 7am – 7pm until April 2009 (Everyday)
7am – 10pm after April 2009 (Monday to Saturday)

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Maria Larmer lives in St Albans and is married with four children. She works as a Freelance Writer, English Language Teacher and Teaching Assistant. She has lived in Auckland, New Zealand for 9 years and prior to that in France, Germany, Austria, Edinburgh, London and Ireland. Her diary-writing has featured on ‘The Wild Geese’ Channel 4 and Radio Verulam. She has written for Hertfordshire Life magazine, Go Camping magazine, Camping magazine, The Catholic Times, St Albans & Harpenden Review, New Zealand Times, The New Beacon, My Weekly and various websites. She can be contacted on

  • Ashling

    Lovely cafe theres not a cafe better or nicer than the beach tree cafe espielly the owner Miloud who is a very nice friendly man. So go there when ever you feel like a cup of tea.

  • Eon

    I love this cafe because milo makes it such a warm atmosphere, we go there there every friday morning ( before school ) and have a hot chocolate, there is often some secondary children there and he is really good with children.

  • You have persuaded me, I’m off for a coffee right now…

  • Annie & Mohamed

    Great Idea. Its good to be able to put our feet up and have a lovely cappucino whilst the little ones play in the park. Its not just the good food and coffee that we liked, but the friendly service too. He always used to make me smile on my way into work in the morning. Good luck!

  • Rabah

    It’s true Milo does very nice coffes and food as well. I always go there when i have time for good coffe and a good lough. He is a very helpful persone…

  • italomari1

    i am from london and been there 2 times but was so happy whith the service,the coffe and food very nice and worthe it
    milo is a very good person and makes you feel relax and feel home

  • Bashir

    Best espresso in town, Great customer service, warm and freindly atmosphere. I recommand.

  • Neeva

    I like Milo’s cafe and in summertime i want some ICECREAM there. I want to play in the park and the bigger park near it. Neeva (age 5)

  • Ashling

    If Milo ever renames it he should call it milo delux.

  • Aideen

    I like the fact that Milo puts cream on the hot chocolates! Not many other cafes give you this option.