Old-fashioned Nottingham café reopens selling ‘cheapest coffee in the city’

A old-fashioned Nottingham cafe, hidden in plain sight, is being catapulted into 2024… minus the high prices. The coffee shop is located at the medieval church, St Peter’s, in the heart of the city centre but because it’s tucked away many by-passers don’t even know it’s there.

The appointment of a new manager has led to a revamp, a new menu, and a fresh approach in the hope of attracting younger customers without alienating the older loyal regulars. St Peter’s Coffee Room, up the steps (or via a ramp at the side) has been at St Peter’s Gate next to M&S for 20 years but at the end of 2023 the manager retired after 20 years of serving toasted teacakes, quiche, scones and soup.

The 50-seater cafe, which closed just before Easter, has now reopened – Monday to Saturday – following the appointment of Kosta Konstantinos, who has a wealth of experience in hospitality and previously worked as catering manager at the House of Fraser’s Cafe Zest.

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New decor has brightened up the space. Kosta said: “It was really dark, really dated. It’s a fresh start to make it more inviting and more bright. You can’t change a lot of things but you can change small things. Next week I’m waiting for all my flowers and plants to come to make it more alive.”

This week it’s just sandwiches and cakes but next week will be the launch of the full menu. Old favourites still remain but new items include avocado on toast, toast with toppings such as Nutella and banana, granola, pastrami sandwiches, salmon bagels and Croque Monsieur.

St Peter’s Coffee Room at the church in Nottingham(Image: Joseph Raynor/ Nottingham Post)

Customers can get a pot of tea for £2.20 or an Americano for £2.30 – some of the cheapest prices in the city centre for a sit-down drink. All the food is £5.70 and under, while a fruit scone is £2.20 and a slice of cake £3.30. Profits go towards restoring the Grade I listed church, parts of which date back to the 13th century.

Kosta, 48, brings energy, enthusiasm and creativity to the role. As a shy 16-year-old his first job was cleaning 3,000 shrimps a day in a taverna in Greece. As a young gay man he felt safe and that’s an environment he strives to create today.

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