Coffee

Central Perk sites are designed to reflect the famous Friends coffee house

Friends’ Central Perk coffee shop set for UK expansion

By Lauren Houghton

The Central Perk franchise, based on the coffee shop featured on popular US sitcom Friends, has just opened its third site in the UK in Liverpool and has ambitious expansion plans, aiming to have 300 UK franchises in the next decade. 

Coopers Riverside diners will enjoy panoramic views of the Thames

Coopers to open two new venues in Bourne End

By Melodie Michel

Coffee, food and wine group Coopers has announced expansion plans across Bourne end, with a restaurant and a café set to open between November 2014 and January 2015.

Fields is the latest project from Julian Porter and his partner Lauren Heaphy

Fields all-day café to open on Clapham Common

By Lauren Houghton

All day-dining concept Fields will be opening in late September on London’s Clapham Common, a ‘big sister’ site to the co-founders first café; M1LK in Balham. 

The rise in popularity of coffee shops could increase competition for restaurants and bars

Coffee shops boosting our high streets

By Lauren Houghton

Figures just released by research consultancy Allegra Strategies show that high streets throughout the UK are gaining a welcome economic and social boost from the rise in both independent and branded coffee shops setting up there. 

Biju will offer five different types of bubble tea

Biju Bubble Tea to launch in Soho

By Melodie Michel

Bubble tea shop Biju is opening in Soho in late July, offering a range of milk, fruit, mousse and coconut water-based teas.

Caffe Culture offers the opportunity to sample products from small independent suppliers as well as the largest brands.

Caffe Culture Show 2014 Preview

By Lauren Houghton

The Caffe Culture Show, a key event for the UK café bar market, will be returning to London’s Olympia on the 14 and 15 May.

Do you make the perfect cup of coffee?

Beverage awards seek excellence in hot drinks

By Carina Perkins

The Beverage Standards Association (BSA) is calling on specialist coffee shops, cafes, tea rooms, hotel bars, beverage carts and restaurants to enter its hot drink awards and accreditation programme.

Paddy Bishopp, co-founder, Paddy & Scott's

Non-alcoholic drinks: How to improve your coffee offering

By Carina Perkins

In the final part of our special feature on non-alcoholic drinks, BigHospitality travelled to the London School of Coffee in Kingston to meet artisan coffee producer Paddy & Scott's, and ask what restaurants and bars can do to improve their coffee...

Liquid assets: Consumers are becoming more and more discerning when it comes to buying non-alcoholic drinks

Non-alcoholic drinks: Top trends for 2014

By Luke Nicholls

The second instalment of our special feature serves up some fresh insight and intelligence with 10 top trends in the vital non-alcoholic drinks arena. 

Refreshing options: Our '10 of the best' gallery should help to fill your shopping list

Non-alcoholic drinks: 10 of the best

By Luke Nicholls

If this series of special features hasn't already inspired you to take a closer look at your non-alcoholic drinks offering, this picture guide of 10 of the hottest pieces of kit to help to shake up your liquid sales.

Brew world order: artisan coffee is entering the mainstream and pushing up consumer expectations

Non-alcoholic drinks: Cashing in on the coffee culture

By Carina Perkins

In the first part of our special series on non-alcoholic beverages, we look at the astronomic rise of coffee culture in the UK and ask how restaurants, bars and hotels can keep up with increasingly high consumer expectations.