The speciality coffee shop that is growing at pace across the UK, 200 Degrees, is setting out its stall in a new location: the great city of Chester.
The new shop, which is situated on the historic Bridge Street in one of its iconic Tudor buildings, will open to the public at 9am on Saturday 27 May.
The unit has lain empty since 2019, and a lot of work has been done to revitalise the space and turn it into the cool and cosy location that has become with synonymous with the 200 brand.
You can expect stunning interiors, with proper wooden tables, beautiful lighting and a statement copper wall. The experience will be enhanced by a 13-strong team led by skilled shop manager Ruby who will be on hand to welcome you to the brand-new location.
The grand opening will be a celebratory affair, with goody bags for the first 50 people in the queue, and free drinks for the first 200 people through the door. The bags will include a range of fantastic freebies, including a bag of 200 Degrees speciality coffee beans, vouchers for free sandwiches and cakes in the shop, the chance to win a barista school experience and a three-month coffee subscription.
One lucky coffee lover will also claim the grand prize: find a golden ticket in your bag and you’ll win a Sage Barista Express Machine, which is worth over £500.
On opening day visitors will also get the opportunity to explore 200 Degrees; swanky new Barista School and get some tips and tricks from the best in the business. 200 Degrees’ head of coffee, Graham Hepburn, will be on hand with his team to give five-minute barista class taster sessions with insight into milk texturizing, latte art and more for anyone who wants to level up their morning coffee routine.
If you like what you learn here, you’ll be able to book for full-length courses, both at beginner at intermediate level. There’s even a course dedicated to latte art. Booking for Chester’s Barista School is now open online.
If you prefer other people making your coffee for you, customers will be invited to sit and enjoy the new surroundings, sip a coffee or two and perhaps indulge in a slice of cake or a deli-style sandwich from the varied food offering. Vegan and gluten-free options will be available to eat in or take-away.
Ruby Lyle, general manager of 200 Degrees Chester, said: “I started working for 200 Degrees at the Carrington Street shop in Nottingham eight years ago, and worked my way up to general manager there.
“Although I grew up in Nottingham, my family are all based in the Wirral, so it was personally very exciting for me when our CEO Rob Darby rang me to tell me they were opening a shop in Chester.
“Being offered the GM role here has allowed me to move closer to my family and keep working with the people I love at 200 Degrees, and I’m buzzing to be leading a great new team in this beautiful city.”
The new Chester shop will be open 8am – 6.30pm Monday to Saturday and 9am – 6pm Sunday.