At Fairland, we have a long history of pub refurbishment. But recently, we’ve noticed a new kid on the block… And there’s no drop of ale or glass of wine in sight! Instead, patrons order a long black, flat white or latte! Yes, as our recent coffee shop refurbishments show, coffee culture is alive and kicking in the UK.
Coffee Shop Refurbishments and the Rise of Coffee Culture:
The British coffee scene has burgeoned in recent years. Here are four factors that have contributed to the rise of the coffee shop.
There has been a cultural shift in the UK towards a coffee-centric lifestyle. The younger generation, in particular, has embraced coffee as a social and cultural symbol, moving away from traditional tea consumption. What’s more, Millennials and Generation Z are often choosing the coffee shop over the pub as more and more turn away from alcohol consumption.
Changing Work Habits:
Even before the pandemic, there was a shift towards remote and flexible working. This change in our working patterns has created a demand for comfortable and Wi-Fi-equipped spaces. Coffee shops have become a mainstay in providing this.
Social and Community Spaces:
Coffee shops serve as social hubs and community spaces where people can gather, meet friends, or hold informal meetings. The welcoming atmosphere and comfortable seating contribute to the popularity of coffee shops as social destinations.
Rise of Independent and Specialty Coffee Shops:
Starbucks no longer has the monopoly on coffee shops… (Thank goodness!)
British consumers have become increasingly conscious of the provenance of the food served in restaurants and eateries. So, it stands to reason that mainstream high-street coffee shops won’t cut the mustard with a discerning coffee lover. These coffee drinkers value sustainability and ethical practices. They are looking for a different level of personalised service and a focus on craftsmanship.
We loved completing this recent coffee shop refurbishment (in just three weeks!) in the heart of Mayfair. Danish coffee company, The Hagen Project, likes to add a hint of the local area within their beautiful premises. This project took inspiration from nearby Saville Row with a tailor’s dummy and tartan fabric in the bathrooms.