SUSSEX DUO THROW THEIR HAT INTO THE COFFEE HOUSE RING
Shoreham entrepreneurs create a knockout blend at The Queensbury Coffee House, Hove.
Professional boxer, Marcus Eaton, together with friend and business partner, Andy Pollard are bringing the perfect blend to their Sussex coffee house following a successful first shop in nearby Guildford.
Marcus, 32, and Andy, 30, of Shoreham, have opened contemporary and stylish coffee house, The Queensbury, in the Barker and Stonehouse store on Old Shoreham Road, Hove.
Of the venture, Marcus said, “When the opportunity came up for us to open a coffee house in Hove, we jumped at the chance.
“Andy and I have a real passion for coffee; it is big business nowadays with a great selection of coffee houses across the city. As coffee-lovers, we are excited to be amongst good company here in Sussex and to make our mark on the industry.”
Marcus and Andy both grew up in Shoreham and have been developing the idea for a coffee house for a number of years.
Their close friend Mark Woolley (of Electric Hair) introduced the pair to self-professed ‘coffee lunatic’ and select supplier, Andrew Henley, of Railtown Coffee Limited and their dream soon became a reality.
Andy explains, “Henley, as he’s affectionately known, has created an exclusive blend and roast for us, named Gold Goat coffee, which is only available at The Queensbury Coffee House. It is a delicious, creamy blend with notes of butterscotch and roasted almonds.
“Henley also told us about his friend, James Barker – owner of Barker and Stonehouse – who wanted to open a coffee house in his Guildford store, which is where our journey started.”
Barker and Stonehouse is the UK’s largest independent, family-run furniture retailer with eleven stores across the country. The Queensbury Coffee House can be found at its Guildford and Hove branches, offering freshly baked delights alongside its signature coffees.
The Queensbury menu has been designed around healthy eating, offering something for everyone, incorporating vegan options and various dairy-free milk alternatives. Those with a sweet tooth can enjoy the freshly-made waffles, which come with a delicious array of toppings including Brighton-based Gelato Gusto ice-cream; or the assortment of cakes and savoury produce from local artisan bakery, Coburn & Baker, each morning.
Set within an interiors store, the coffee house has a distinctive look, as Marcus explains, “We are fortunate to have Claire Hornby, Creative Stylist at Barker and Stonehouse, take care of the visual styling, which has helped us to create an individual look at our Hove cafe. With lots of quirky features, such as the evergreen ceiling, we wanted to make customers feel welcome and relaxed in a place they can enjoy a great cup of coffee – exactly as they like it – alongside some delicious, artisan produce.”
The Queensbury Coffee House is both child and dog-friendly. The coffee house offers free parking and free Wi-Fi for all customers, so is perfectly placed for freelancers or local businesses to come for a working lunch, a coffee break or an informal meeting.
Through local connections, The Queensbury Coffee House is also proud to be affiliated with The Abode Project, the charitable arm of Abode Records, which helps people in Uganda with everything from major infrastructure needs – building housing and schools – to basic essentials such as clothing and supplies.
Andy said, “Marcus and I are both family men, so the appeal of using our business to help children, families and communities in need was huge. We are so pleased to be able to support The Abode Project. We pledge to donate a percentage of every single coffee sold in both our Guildford and Hove stores to this amazing charity.”
The Queensbury Coffee House, Hove, can be found within the Barker and Stonehouse store on Old Shoreham Road, Hove. For location information and opening times please visit www.queensburycoffee.co.uk. Follow @queensburycoffee on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.