CBRE Investment Management has announced that innovators in the coffee industry, Black Sheep Coffee, will bring their 100% specialty grade Robusta beans to Colchester this summer, as part of their regional expansion plans. 

Located on 79 Culver Street East, Lion Walk shopping centre, the new 1,900 sq ft Black Sheep Coffee will cover the ground floor and feature the brand’s iconic coffee menu by day. By night, it will transform into a late cocktail bar serving ‘signature’ espresso martinis as well as craft beers, wine, champagne and prosecco. The cool and relaxed space, will feature a total of 86 covers, including an alfresco seating area.  


Founded in 2013 by Gabriel Shohet and Eirik Holth, Black Sheep Coffee started out as a small stall in Camden and has now become a multi-million-pound business with 50 locations across the UK. The brand is now looking to major cities and key regional locations to expand its portfolio.  

Caitriona Hunter, Director at CBRE Investment Management commented: “Our strategy for Lion Walk is to offer interesting retail concepts, such as Black Sheep Coffee, for our visitors. This new signing is a celebration of the appeal of Colchester as a key UK city, following the recent award to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. This new city status provides Lion Walk more gravitas and as a key location for quality brands to build upon their London presence as they grow nationwide.” 

Gabriel Shohet and Eirik Holth, Co-Founders of Black Sheep Coffee added: “We can’t wait to open in Colchester. This will be the first Black Sheep Coffee to open in Essex and we are super excited.” 

GCW and CBRE are letting agents for Lion Walk. Lambert Smith Hampton’s Belfast Office, appointed by CBRE Investment Management, are the managing agents for the destination. Prime Retail represented Black Sheep Coffee.