Soho Coffee Co. Bullring Store interior, large open space with chairs and tables and floor to ceiling windows

Birmingham Bullring here we come… again!

You can’t keep us away! This weekend we’re proud to announce the opening of our brand new SOHO store in Upper Mall West in the Bullring Shopping Centre.

 

In this beautiful hot weather, you now have the choice of two SOHO’s to chill out in.

Our newest addition

Pick our store with the large picture window just inside Debenham’s makeup department and enjoy watching the world go by or come and spend some time with us in the new store.  With windows that open out onto St Martin’s Walk, air conditioning and lots of lovely greenery, the new SOHO Bullring store gives the feeling of being outside, without having to leave the centre. The new store offers a lovely choice of hot and cold dishes from breakfast through to the evening, along with our signature, triple-certified coffee, a great range of dairy-free, vegan smoothies and of course, iced coffees!

 

Great ingredients, simply prepared.

From summer breakfast birchers to fruit pots and our own cold-pressed juices and sandwiches, there’s something for everyone. Freshly prepared daily and toasted to order, topping the bill is an extensive range of indulgent toasties, using a naturally fermented sourdough developed in partnership with our award-winning family-run baker of choice.  The range features the ‘Smokin’ Rooster’, a delicious blend of BBQ chicken, bacon and melted Applewood cheese, alongside the exclusive ‘SOHO Yorker’, turkey breast, peppered pastrami, Jarlsberg cheese & gherkins.  Toasties are accompanied by Martin’s Donkey Sauce (a delicious dipping sauce with “a bit of a kick” that Martin’s very proud of 😊.

Of course, your new SOHO will offer all your old favourites.  But, here, we’ve given our SOHO spuds a twist; from ‘Halloumi, Avo with Chillies’ to ‘Chicken Mayo with crispy bacon’, these jackets come with a great choice of simple, summery, freshly prepared salads including Courgette & Mint, Carrot & Sultana, Tomato & Cucumber and this season’s SOHO Summer Slaw.

 

See our marvellous menu for more mouthwatering details.

 

Enjoy!


A bowl of salad with feta

Salad Days

Welcome to the first of our regular thought-sharing slots.
We thought we might take it in turns to bring you snippets from behind the scenes at SOHO. This month, to celebrate the launch of our new website, this space has been given over to…

The Marti & Mandy Show…

Who together, make up the foodie team here at SOHO. These guys walk, talk, eat and sleep food – it’s a tough job but someone’s gotta do it.

 

Before we start the taste-making process for the day, we have to start with our morning brew, a builder’s tea for Amanda and our classic Flat White for me. We like to call it Procaffeinating: the tendency to not start anything until you’ve had a cuppa.

 

Has anyone else noticed how ballistic the garden has gone this summer? The warm, wet weather has brought on a bumper crop and we’ve been playing in the development kitchen experimenting with different seasonal salad ingredients. Salads are one of my favourite things. The possibilities are endless, with textures and colours reflecting this brilliant time of year. It’s like creating a painting that just invites you to eat with your eyes: vegetables, roots, fruits, and seeds offer us a great palette of bitter, sweet, salty, sour & pungent (umami) flavours that is well documented to create health and well-being. There’s been a lot of talk recently in the news about Britain’s food self-sufficiency too, and we’re lucky to be able to grow an amazingly wide variety here in the UK.

 

There’s lots of ways to prepare Mother Nature’s seasonal crop; raw, steamed, roasted…no two salads are ever the same. We also forget that acid is a perfect tenderiser – nothing better than tender-stem broccoli, left to steep for a few hours in first cold-pressed olive oil, lemon juice or vinegar, sea salt and crushed pepper corns. Slow-roasted beetroot with walnuts and spring onion or oven-roasted squashes with rosemary and thyme added warm to a bed of rocket, I could go on all day.

 

I tend to think about the next layer as something proteiny - from crumbled goat’s cheese, feta, to torn chicken, prawns, soft-boiled free-range egg or how about some pan-fried pancetta or heated pumpkin and sesame seeds?

All of this, and we haven’t even considered dressings yet!

 

Some people find choice overload too much and I’d say that maybe my Dad had it right back in the day, when the only salad he ever made we all loved: quite simply squares of cheddar, pineapple chunks and raw white cabbage with a cider vinegar dressing. Anyone for a bit of nostalgia?

 

If you have a fave salad that’s been in the family for years, we’d love to hear about it.

Email talktous@sohocoffee.co.uk or get in touch via social media using #FaveSalad.

 

Martin & Amanda


SOHO Coffee Co. store on Wigmore Street, W1

SOHO Opens Wigmore St, W1

Hot on the heels of a successful last years’ trading report, the independent, food-led coffee chain, SOHO Coffee Co. opens its new store on Wigmore Street, Marylebone today. This is the first of three new stores due to open by early September. In true keeping with SOHO’s two key principles of ‘something for everyone’ and ‘customisation’, the brand continues to reinforce its freshly prepared hot food credentials with an extended jacket potato and toastie menu.

 

The new store offers a lovely choice of hot and cold dishes from breakfast through to the evening, along with its signature, triple-certified coffee, a great range of dairy-free, vegan smoothies and freshly squeezed orange juice.

 

Freshly prepared daily and toasted to order, topping the bill is an extensive range of indulgent toasties, using a naturally fermented sourdough developed in partnership with SOHO’s award-winning family-run baker of choice. Punctuated with Smoked Applewood and Jarlsberg cheeses, the range features the ‘Smokin’ Rooster’, a delicious blend of BBQ chicken, bacon and melted Applewood cheese, alongside the exclusive ‘Wigmore Yorker’, turkey breast, peppered pastrami, Jarlsberg cheese & gherkins. Toasties are accompanied by Martin’s Donkey Sauce (a delicious dipping sauce with “a bit of a kick” that can be attributed to the recently appointed Head of Innovation, Martin Willsher.

 

Situated on the corner of Wigmore and Duke St, SOHO has amalgamated customer research with the new locality and believes the jacket potato menu offers customers something new and wholesome in this busy area of London; from ‘Veggie Chilli with melted cheese’ to ‘Chicken Mayo with crispy bacon’. Jackets come with a great choice of simple, summery, freshly prepared salads including Courgette & Mint, Carrot & Sultana, Tomato & Cucumber and this season’s SOHO Summer Slaw.

 

With food accounting for an increasing proportion of SOHO’s sales mix, the new unit will also offer the usual SOHO ‘grab ‘n’ go’ chiller; from summer breakfast birchers to fruit pots and SOHO’s own cold-pressed juices and sandwiches.


Summer berry compote on pancakes with whipped cream

SOHO launches Spring

The independent, food-led coffee chain, SOHO Coffee Co. launches its new season’s menu today, 1ST April. In true keeping with the brand’s two key principles of ‘something for everyone’ and ‘customisation’, the new Spring Menu offers a lovely choice of hot and cold dishes from breakfast through to the evening, along with its signature, triple-certified coffee and a great new range of dairy-free smoothies.

 

SOHO’s amazing new NPD combo of Martin and Amanda have created some sensational taste profiles for the new season. Freshly prepared by hand, daily, in SOHO’s kitchen, new flavours include the vegan Onion Bhaji, Carrot & Aromatic Spiced Chutney Khobez and SOHO’s Roasted Red Pepper Humous Tabbouleh.

 

With food accounting for an increasing proportion of SOHO’s sales mix, the brand continues to expand its plant-based dishes; three quarter of SOHO’s ‘grab ‘n go’ chiller range is now vegetarian, half of which includes options for vegans. From the Aubergine, Tomato & Puy Lentil Salad with roasted sweet potato and red peppers, pistachios and House lemon & chilli dressing, to the new Primavera Salad featuring roasted tender-stem broccoli and courgettes dressed with lemon & basil oil.

 

Customisation and ‘real’ hot food sets SOHO apart in the market and their made-to-order breakfasts include vegan Avocado on Toast, topped with grilled tomatoes and flat cap mushrooms, drizzled with SOHO’s own pesto made with Cotswold Gold cold pressed rapeseed oil. ‘Lunch and later’ takes a Korean twist with SOHO’s popular ‘Slaw re-fashioned this Summer with Korean BBQ Sauce for a little extra kick across their SOHO Spud and Brioche Roll ranges, where it’s partnered with Pulled Pork or Halloumi & Avocado, with a whole host of extras.

 

New season breakfast sees the introduction of indulgent All Buttermilk Pancakes with Summer Berry Compote. Tropical mango and passion fruit punctuate the fresh menu; topping porridge, headlining Summer Sparklers and staring alongside the magical pairing of SOHO’s espresso with cacao & banana, in the new range of vegan, coconut milk-based Summer Smoothies. With an eye for detail, their new Passion Fruit & Coconut Cake tops the new summer billings and vegans will be pleased to know that Victoria Sponge, Carrot Cake & Apple Crumble Cake are all on the menu.


SOHO Coffee Co loyalty app screen shown on a mobile phone

SOHO Launches Loyalty App!

Independent artisan coffee chain, SOHO Coffee Co., has partnered with Yoyo, Europe’s fastest growing mobile payment and loyalty marketing platform, to build and power a new payments and loyalty app experience for its customers.

 

SOHO Coffee Co., which opened its first store in Cheltenham 20 years ago this year and now has a global presence, is famous for its signature Organic, Fairtrade and Rain Forest Alliance Certified coffee and freshly prepared handmade food.

 

The brand has gone from strength to strength, with a doubling of its independent sites in the last 2 years combined with a growing loyal customer base who are increasingly purchasing food alongside their daily caffeine fix. The brand’s strategy to offer a points-based app experience rewards loyal customers with a point for every penny spent in store, across food and drink. Unlike many of their competitors, SOHO has chosen not to split out their signature blend in a separate digital coffee loyalty stamp card. Instead, customers can redeem points exactly as they choose, across a full range of food and drink and will still benefit from SOHO being one of the best coffee loyalty offerings on the high street, receiving the equivalent of their seventh coffee free.

 

Customers will be able to pay, earn & redeem points all in one scan and as Managing Director, Penny Manuel, comments, “The launch of the SOHO app enhances our data-led loyalty programme, which places customer experience at the heart of everything we do. SOHO prides itself on the highest quality, freshly prepared food and drink, made to order. The introduction of the app allows us to concentrate on delivering good food quickly and more importantly delivers the high levels of speed & service our customers expect”. In keeping with SOHO’s ethos of handmade & freshly made to order, the brand confirms that there are no plans to introduce ‘click & collect’ pre-ordering, as it ‘compromises quality’.

 

To celebrate the launch the brand is giving their customers a head-start, gifting them their first 100 points. “Having thought long and hard about how we can best reward our loyal customers, we believe our new in-app points rewards scheme fulfils this simply and conveniently. Being able to connect with customers and generate tailor-made, relevant benefits is a win-win for everyone and will strengthen long term relationships with our valued customers. Given their sector experience, we felt Yoyo were the right partner for this project”.

 

The launch of the branded app further enhances SOHO’s instore free Wi-Fi and overall digital strategy. Available to download for iOS and Android users from Monday 28th January, the new fully branded Yoyo-powered app will be rolled out to all SOHO Coffee-owned stores in the UK, providing customers with secure, straight-through mobile payment, automated loyalty points, SOHO product rewards, and fully itemised digital receipts - all in a single moment at the point-of-sale.

 

Michael Rolph, co-founder and CEO at Yoyo, said: “We’re delighted to be working with SOHO Coffee Co., which is leading the charge among high street brands to truly transform the in-store experience - utilising purchasing behaviour to instantly and personally reward all of their valued customers. It is this strategy that adds real value to the customer experience, drives in-store footfall and, crucially, increases CLV.”


SOHO brings Brew Bar to Westfield

The independent artisan coffee chain, SOHO Coffee Co. is proud to be opening its new- look Brew Bar in Westfield London this Saturday. Busy shoppers will be able to take time out from the bustling shopping centre to enjoy a range of 100% Organic and Fairtrade single origin speciality coffees, with an exciting food menu to compliment.

 

With attitudes changing towards coffee and customers increasingly enjoying the provenance and process of brewing, shoppers can enjoy slow-drip coffee and Organic & Fairtrade loose-leafed teas. Alongside will feature Nitro Cold Brew, SOHO’s signature refreshing Botanical Coffee & Tonic, and cold-brewed Apple, Rosebud & Mint tea over ice, as part of the new drinks menu.

 

In addition to SOHO’s signature coffee blend, coffee connoisseurs will experience the choice of single origin coffee beans accompanied by provenance and tasting notes, paired with a carefully selected menu. The new menu features the golden campagrain muffin, with a dark crumb, packed with seeds and acidic notes in the aftertaste, piled high with Scottish smoked salmon, cream cheese & cucumber. The vegan brioche brimming with tomato, roquito peppers and sweet potato is another delicious example of many freshly prepared lunch choices. Showcasing a range of sweet and savoury breakfast pastries, homemade mini tarts- from sticky pecan treacle to cheesecake tart - and fresh juices and smoothies made to order, SOHO’s Brew Bar invites customers to experience time out in a chic format store.

 

Selection of SOHO cakes, pastries and sandwiches behind the store counter


Pulled pork in a bun with a SOHO Coffee Co drink on the side

SOHO brings new menu to Clifton Triangle

The independent artisan coffee chain, SOHO Coffee Co. is proud to be opening its new store on Queen’s Road this Saturday, showcasing its new Autumn range of customised hot food. The store on Clifton Triangle, situated at the top of Park Street, caters for a busy student quarter of the city and celebrates the original SOHO Hot Sandwich – SO HOt.

The brand has wasted no time in building on its success at Bedford Street, Covent Garden, where less than 2 months ago, it launched its extended, customised hot food range. SOHO are replicating this recipe for success in Clifton, confident that it offers students and locals a fresh and original experience in a warm and welcoming environment.

SOHO, the only coffee brand to be partnered with UNiDAYS, has focussed on creating a welcoming chill out zone for its customer-base. As such, they actively invite customers to graffiti a designated space and have offered a wall for design by local students. “We want the students to make this their own. They can be far from home and feeling lonely and we have designed the new store with a ‘Student SOHO Social’ in mind with a sharing ethos”.

With this age group instrumental in the growing collective consciousness to reduce meat and increase plant-based foods, SOHO’s new menu is indicative of its continuing commitment to vegans & vegetarians as much as to meat-lovers.

This Autumn sees the launch across the entire SOHO estate of The Hog Roast with all the trimmings, accompanied by House apple sauce, sage & onion stuffing and crispy crackling. Also part of the new hot sandwich range is the deliciously Sticky BBQ Chicken with Homemade ‘Slaw.

Balancing SOHO’s carnivorous treats is a large range of vegetarian and vegan options.

Vegans visiting the new format Clifton store can delight in a hot Pea & Mint Falafel sandwich served with SOHO’s own pickled red cabbage, crowned with a coconut yoghurt & mint dressing in addition to a range of 5 organic and vegan soups. Breakfast offerings include an Avocado & Mushroom Sandwich, SOHO’s own vegan Cashew Granola served with hot milk or with homemade, no added sugar, stewed fruits. The range of new vegan bircher pots allows customers to remain true to their values even in a hurry. Flavours include Passion Fruit & Mango and Orange & Date with Almond Chia.

With an equally extended range of milks for customers to choose from now including oat, SOHO is very excited to be able to let their customers be the masters of their own taste combinations. And, with more store openings on the horizon, the brand is going from strength to strength.

 

Neon heart on the wall at the SOHO Coffee Co Clifton store


SOHO’s on a roll!

The independent artisan coffee chain, SOHO Coffee Co. is proud to be opening its new store on Bedford Street this Friday, showcasing its brand new extended customised hot food range. The store in Covent Garden, catering for a busy and eclectic customer base, celebrates the original hot SOHO sandwich to go – SO HOt.

 

Building on the brand’s success with customised hot breakfasts, SOHO takes customisation a step further at Bedford Street, where customers can mix and match breads, fillings and sauces to create their own breakfast and lunch options. With something for vegans, vegetarians and meat-lovers alike SOHO’s sandwich fillings cover all dayparts. Amongst others, breakfast offerings include avocado & mushroom (vg) and halloumi & sunblush tomato (v) on a choice of white, multigrain baguette or brioche roll, alongside SOHO’s ever popular bacon and sausage breakfast sandwiches.

 

SOHO launches its Hog Roast with all the trimmings at lunch time, accompanied by House apple sauce, sage & onion stuffing and crispy crackling. For a taste of New York, SOHO’s pastrami, swiss cheese, gherkins & American mustard fits the bill and the deliciously Sticky BBQ Chicken with Homemade ‘Slaw is also a winner. For vegetarian customers, Halloumi & Marinated Aubergine is topped with fresh baby spinach and a sweet chilli sauce, whilst vegans can delight in Pea & Mint Falafel, served with SOHO’s own pickled red cabbage, crowned with a yoghurt & mint dressing.

 

Posh Sausage Rolls and Berry Compote give diners added opportunity to sample the delights from SOHO’s own kitchen. With an eye for detail, the Bedford Street store is also trialling a range of kombucha, reinforcing SOHO’s credibility as a fifth wave artisan brand.

 

Managing Director, Penny Manuel, is confident the new range will hit the spot with Covent Gardeners. “We’re really excited to be able to offer our customers the choice we know they want. Our core belief is that eating on-the-go shouldn’t mean compromising on quality or choice. For those that don’t have the time to stop and relax we have the perfect ‘big eat’, made just the way you like it. Listening to customers is paramount for success – we’re quietly confident that our extended range will hit the spot. But you know what they say, the proof is in the pudding!”


SOHO team in orange jumpers with space hoppers

Our Mission for Muscles

We have some exciting news to share with you all!

 

We have become official partners with Muscular Dystrophy UK, they are our chosen charity for 2018-2019, and together we are aiming to raise £10,000 for the amazing cause.

 

Muscular Dystrophy is a muscle wasting condition which is currently affecting 70,000 children & adults in the UK. The team at MDUK do amazing work which includes funding high quality research, supporting families to get the fastest possible access to emerging treatments, ensuring everyone has the specialist NHS care they need close to home and supporting people to live as independently as possible.

 

MDUK has a very special part in our SOHO hearts. We were originally approached by a lovely lady called Lesley, she told us her story about her grandson who is affected by a form of Muscular Dystrophy, Duchenne. It was her story, her dedication and all round loveliness that hit us hard and made us all determined to raise as much money as we can for the amazing cause.

 

We have recently launched our company Just Giving page  which will show how much we have raised so far, from individual fundraising, in store events & till point donations.

 

We already have some amazing members of our team taking part in some very challenging events. Our Property & Acquisitions Manager, Guy has bravely signed up for an Iron Man Triathlon in Nice on June 24th, you can read his story & support him here.

 

We also have a very lovely group taking on the Cardiff Half Marathon, including our Head of Store Development - Fiona, Operations Director - Pete, HR & Recruitment Manager - Kath, Our Cabot Circus Store Manager - Shelley, and our Cabot Circus Store Supervisor – Ellie. Find out more & support them here.

 

The £10,000 we aiming to raise will enable 6 children who are affected by a muscle wasting condition to have a powered wheelchair, so are extremeley determined to hit our target!

 

Keep up to date on our progress on our social media platforms, and thank you for helping us support MDUK! #TeamOrange

 

Poster promoting Muscular Dystrophy UK campaign "Go orange for a day"


Muffin with union jack flag decoration by SOHO Coffee Co.

The ‘Royal County’ brings you the Queen of Cakes

In honour of the Royal Wedding this Saturday we at SOHO will be celebrating this momentous day by launching a limited edition Royal Muffin. This is a take on the Royal Wedding cake, a delicious lemon and elderflower muffin, decorated with edible flowers, golden chocolate balls and rice paper union jack butterflies – the most beautiful thing to behold!

 

Based in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, the same county as many of the Royals have chosen to make their homes, it seems only fitting that we should create a cake fit for a Princess.

 

Available in selected stores for the special day only!

 

Congratulations Meghan & Harry from all of us at SOHO