There has been much talk over the past few years as to why the pub trade has declined so much. Suspicion has fallen on the demise of the community; to the on going affects of the smoking ban and the successive increases in duty on Alcohol over the past few years.
However, there is another side to this sad story, and dare we say it, perhaps a positive side too.
As pub numbers fall by 2000 between now and 2013 – and that’s a conservative estimate – the rise of the Cafe seems more than ever. Up to 100 independent high quality Coffee Houses are expected to open each year. This is on top of the 100 Costas, 40 Neros and 30 Starbucks (but who cares about them really?!!!)
This trend shows a serious change in our thinking as a nation. The rise of the Cafe/Bar, a concept so familiar across mainland Europe, is exciting. The idea of being able to go out for drinks with friends and to be able to have a great fresh coffee, whilst someone else has achilled Pinot Grigio seems to us to be an ideal . Surely the designated driver deserves more in this day and age than just a flat diet coke.
Here at Urban Coffee Co. we are leading the way in Birmingham’s City Centre. Yes we have the drinks, but we have something else too. We’ve got a fabulous place with a fabulous atmosphere, from Book Clubs to free Live Music on a Friday. The buzz created by coffee grinding, milk foaming, and staff enjoying themselves is incomparable and as the lights dim, the beer bottles open and chilled wine glugs its way into your glass is, I’m sure you’ll agree, the start to a perfect night.
So doff your caps to the great European tradition of the ‘Cafe Bar’, and lets welcome them in to the cultural life of this country. After all, your new local may soon be serving great single estate filter coffees and cupcakes as well as the humble pint of (carefully sourced) lager and a packet of crisps.
Peter, Espresso-No Sugar