Two local entrepreneurs have collaborated on a new venture set to open on 30th May. Jack Foster of Crosby Coffee and Steve Rice from The Workshop have combined their knowledge and expertise to launch ‘Coffee & the Tea Leaf’, a fresh and vibrant pop up café open for speciality coffees and teas, pre-lunch pastries and a delicious lunch time menu. Coffee & the Tea Leaf will open its doors for the first time on Saturday 30th May, at the Workshop on St John’s road and will only run until the end of July.
A major part of the project is supporting the work of other local independents, using suppliers such as The Little Macaron and The Sugar Tree. As well as sourcing a New Orleans inspired coffee and loose leaf tea blends from Arizona.
Coffee & the Tea Leaf will open its comfy lounge area from 10am to 4pm serving all your coffee favourites as well as some distinctive creations and weekly specials. The carefully designed lunch time menu consisting of lunch box sliders and hand crafted flatbreads will demonstrate Steve’s culinary capability with combinations such as ‘Cornish crab and avocado Monti cristo’ or ‘Serrano ham and fresh figs with sweet Crosby Coffee (of course) dressing’.
The menu will also feature specifically selected pastries and a traditional French hot snack, ‘beignets’ which are commonly served with coffee across France and America.
Crosby Coffee first began as a hobby and spiralled into an obsession for founder Jack Foster, who now supplies homes and businesses all over the North West. Jack’s passion and creativity shines through when you taste any of his blends, his knowledge of coffee is credited to his search for the perfect cup of coffee. Jack mentioned that after frequent visits to the new bar on the block he and Steve had bounced ideas off one another. “The Workshop had become my post work hideout, a chilled out drink in a cosy atmosphere on my way home to Crosby. From the first moment I walked into the bar I knew it had something a bit different, a charm to its décor and ambience and an owner who was as knowledgeable as he was passionate.”Jack had been hunting for a new site to showcase the work he and the team at Crosby Coffee has been working on since the launch of their micro roastery in Litherland back in January and believes he has found the perfect match.
The Workshop Wine Bar & Atelier Seafood situated in Waterloo, on the corner of St John’s road and Crosby Road North, is the concept of stylish restaurant entrepreneur Steve Rice. His edgy style, modern wholesome menu and exceptional high standards have already established The Workshop as the trendiest place to be seen; ether sipping elixirs or conversing in conversation over a bottle of wine or two. The Workshop opened in March and specialises in wines by the glass with over 40 on their current menu. Steve also plans to open a French New Orleans seafood restaurant, on the first floor in the next couple of months. Steve was eager to launch the next progression of The Workshop: “Coffee & the tea leaf is our next instalment, a mash up of two like-minded local lads collaborating to enhance an area. I want a place where our guests feel part of the furniture. We are proud to use local suppliers as St John’s road has a wonderful mix of neighbourhood businesses.”