BEAR set to redefine the café-bar experience in Derby


An innovative, independent, local coffee house, BEAR, is set to breathe new life into Derby’s Iron Gate and quite possibly change the way we think about how we socialize.

BEAR are making a substantial investment in the historic Cathedral Quarter property and are working closely with Derby City Council to fit out the empty building, whilst taking care to preserve any historic architectural features that remain.

More than a coffee shop and a refreshing alternative to the traditional pub or bar, BEAR is at the forefront of the global ‘third wave’ coffee movement that sees coffee as an artisan foodstuff, rather than a bland commodity. But, as well as serving sustainably sourced, speciality coffee, BEAR will offer freshly prepared food, locally sourced where possible, in a brunch style, casual dining format as well as an evening menu that reflects their cocktail, wine and craft beer bar setting.

BEAR founder, Craig Bunting, takes up the story: “Myself, along with childhood friend, Michael Thorley, opened our first outlet in Uttoxeter in 2016, with Chris Price joining us as co–director shortly afterwards. We are delighted to be expanding to Derby, the city where Michael and I shopped and skateboarded as kids.

“Our vision is to combine better coffee during the day with an alternative bar experience in the evenings – served by skilled, passionate staff. Until recently, coffee shops and pubs have been very different places, with a different clientele – BEAR is part of a growing movement that breaks the mould and offers a unique vibe”

BEAR is set to open in Derby in late Summer with recruitment being announced via social media. To stay updated on job opportunities and launch details follow @BearCoffeeCo on Instagram.


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