Kenwick Table: A Unique Lexington Neighborhood Spot
By Intern Olivia Sanderson
Kenwick Table had their grand opening back in 2021, but I just recently had the opportunity to stop by and try it. The coffee shop and wine bar is located just off Richmond Road at 201 Owsley Avenue in a quaint gray building featuring a front wooden awning.
The inside is a rustic industrial vibe with a section at the front left open for their Open Mic Nights and themed night performances, such as this previous Wednesday’s Grateful Dead Night. The song “Box of Rain” set the tone for a chill and comfortable scene with a community table right next to the ordering counter.
The workers were kind and helpful when deciding what to order and quick with preparing each as well. Pair the workers with the other patrons and you have a match made in heaven, the casual atmosphere giving way to socializing between both friends and strangers while enjoying the live music or even studying.
The menu boasts more than just beverages, including soups, sandwiches and pastries such as chocolate croissants. Kenwick Table has a wine, beer and cider list that would satisfy most and if you don’t find something your taste there, you’ll certainly find it on their specials board that has mixed drinks, often featuring Kentucky liquor brands. If you have a sweet tooth like me, I’d recommend the Orange Cream Cider. A friend of mine had it and let me try and I almost walked back up to the ordering counter!
While the coffee was great, I tried an Iced Mocha and can’t wait to try their Matcha Latte next, the seasonal drink menu’s Cranberry Cava was everything I wanted in a fall transitional drink. Described as “zesty sparkling wine with a splash of cranberry,” it was refreshingly light and a good early fall beverage, considering Kentucky’s back-and-forth weather most Septembers. I enjoyed my drinks and food on the back deck to take in the scenery and dig in!
The food menu is nothing to be looked over, however. I had the Pimento Cheese Croissant with the Tomato Bisque, a combination I highly recommend. Kenwick Table also has platters with hummus and veggies or crackers, grapes and chicken salad, something that would pair well with one of their varieties of wine. Thursday through Sunday they also include a charcuterie board that looks magnificent; yet another reason for me to return and try out more of the menu.
They’re open every day of the week with their shortest day being Sunday and their longest days being Friday and Saturday. If you have the chance to go before the fall menu changes, definitely do it. I'm planning on trying the Caramel Apple Soda next time!
If you ever find yourself needing a quick cup of coffee or a light meal, give Kenwick Table a visit and let us know what you think!