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Independent Coffee Shop hits Stockton High Street
Locally roasted coffee, take out service and eco-friendly credentials
A newbie to the High Street in Stockton – that’s Slave to the Grind.
And if looks and taste are anything to go by, it shouldn’t be long before the independent coffee shop becomes a firm favourite.
With a drink’s menu boasting a range of speciality teas and locally roasted delicious coffees together with a food offering from light snacks to full meals there is, quite literally, something for everyone.
But that’s not all.
Business partners Brenton James and Vanessa Wilson have come up with some very clever twists on the classics we all know and love which have already established themselves as firm menu favourites. The intriguingly sounding Stockton Reuben, a twist on an American classic is one, the delicious Nacho Toasty another – or how about a grown-up version of the ever-favourite Fish Finger sandwich?
Tasty food notwithstanding, they have also set out with a fair trade and ethical vision. Slave to the Grind uses fresh, local ingredients on its menu, its single origin coffee beans are purchased from local independent roasteries and its take-out service uses containers made from eco-friendly materials that are sustainable and biodegradable.
Brenton and Vanessa admit they never set out with a master plan to open up their own coffee shop, but their experience in the trade eventually led them to it.
“We opened up on August 30, we had viewed some places out of the town centre but decided on this premises because we wanted a High Street presence where there are more people and greater. This particular part of the High Street is pedestrianised and there are more people walking around, especially when there’s a market on,” explains Brenton.
“We have always bought Fair Trade and ethically sourced goods, we are just two steps away from where our coffee is grown so we feel that we have a connection with the farmers that it comes from.
“Our menu also aims to offer something for everyone.”
In fact, the café space itself also offers something for everyone. It is pet friendly – always a bonus if you’ve got a pooch along for the ride – and there’s an open space behind the main eating area that is perfect for meetings, business lunches or hosting ‘pop up and play’ events like the recent Halloween offerings. Buffets can be catered too.
The café’s name actually comes from the title of a song and it, of course, is also a play on words. But as the pair are keen to promote an ethical workplace and an environment where people love their job, it is anything but a daily grind.
Who: Slave to the Grind
Where: 115 High Street
What they do best: This independent café offers a range of speciality teas and locally roasted coffees and a menu packed full of tempting bites cooked with fresh, local ingredients.
Contact: phone: 01642 616875, Facebook @s2thegrind