Take a peek inside Leicester’s new coffee shop
Have you been to the new cafe/coffee shop, 200 Degrees that’s opened up in the city centre? It’s been open a little under a week and Muddy Leics were one of it’s first few customers (on this occasion, it was a flying visit but i will be back to munch on their tasty menu).
Set in the former Lumber’s Jewellers shop, a beautiful 1930’s art-deco building in Market Street, the property has undergone an extensive refurbishment to bring it up-to-date but without taking away its original features. Inside the building now has a fully-functioning kitchen and wood paneling on the walls, similar to its flagship branch in Nottingham, but the stunning chandeliers remain as well as it’s original staircase.
The Leicester branch is the latest to open and follows the success of their Nottingham, Leeds and Birmingham branches – they’re also opening one in Cardiff in a few weeks..
The rest of the decor is super modern and looks more like a bar than a coffee shop, but it’s warm and cosy with a fire place in the back and comfy leather chairs. You can tell it’s been designed by someone who knows what they’re doing. I’m a big fan of vintage light bulbs and they’ve been used in abundance here and the feature wall made of copper adds a nice touch. It’s also spacious – massively spacious so the chances of you perching on the corner of someone else’s table, should be slim.
When it comes to coffee, this place is serious about its beans. It’s all roasted in Nottingham by head roaster, Mike. He’s the coffee expert and originally from Leicester. Their house coffee blend is made up of Brazilian, Columbian and Vietnamese and they also have a guest blend which, when i visited was Rawandan but this changes every few weeks.
A great spot for lunch, food includes freshly prepared sandwiches (homemade lamb koftas, blackberry tzatziki, Applewood smoked cheddar, spinach and chilly jelly – yum) a few healthy salads and some seriously tempting slabs of sweet treats (i like the sound of a super dark chocolate salted brownie).