Timberyard recently won the award for Best Independent Coffee Shop in Europe at the Allegra European Coffee Awards 2014 held on 25 November at the InterContinental in Istanbul. The winners were chosen through a targeted voting campaign by Allegra, where over 1000 senior industry executives were able to have their say.
Since opening their first shop in Old Street in December 2012 the Timberyard teams of baristas, floor staff, team leaders and managers, have been working as hard as they can to be the very best they can. And that persistence has paid off because 2014 has certainly been their year for awards:
- The first award was back in April when Timberyard received the title of London’s Best Coffee Shop for Out-Of-Office Workers at the inaugural Coffee Stop Awards 2014
- Next came Best Coffee Independent Award UK at the Cafe Life Awards 2014
- Best Coffee Experience at the Lunch Business Awards 2014 (both in September)
- They then went on to win Best Espresso in the UK and the prestigious 5 Cup Standard, the coffee equivalent to a Michelin star, at the BSA Awards 2014 (Beverage Standards Association).
“Often, when a small company grows larger, a lot of the detail can fall by the wayside, standards can drop and the experience becomes less memorable. We see it all the time, and with some of our absolute favourites, so it’s so important to us that Timberyard only continues to get better.
“Therefore from here on we are committing our energies to ‘refinement’. As Timberyard grows it actually allows us to offer more innovative facilities and collaborative environments, and bring more creative talent into the team’, says Ruth Turner, MD and co-founder.
Darren Elliott, Ops Director and co-founder, talks about their plans for TY Soho; their next venture in Central Soho due to open in April 2015.
“An entire floor will be dedicated to private workspace in our new shop. Over 2,000 sq ft of cool, bright and open plan space with seating for 100 Timberyard Partners.
“TY Soho will also be the base for our new ‘head of coffee’. This in itself is super exciting, our first structured in house training and one-to-one mentoring for our baristas, helping them to enhance their coffee skills and develop their craft, and ultimately compete in the UK Barista Championships next year.
How London is working today
“Timberyard attracts many varied visitors from start-ups, freelancers and entrepreneurs, to writers, developers & media folk, and of course a huge array of coffee lovers. We provide a place to come together, drink great coffee, connect, collaborate and create.”
“This is how London is working today”, says Darren. “Too many people struggle on the 9 to 5 treadmill, with the stress of rush hour, costly office space and no decent coffee on tap! It won’t be long before we all wake up to the pleasures of working in our favourite hangouts, with delicious food and drink and amongst tons of other creative people. And as technology continues to develop it’s only going to get easier. With me now, I have a MacBook, an iPad and an iPhone and can do my job pretty much anywhere.”
A great addition
Charles Owen, Seven Dials Portfolio Manager at Shaftesbury PLC, has the last word:
“Positioned at the gateway to Seven Dials on Monmouth Street, the multi-award winning Timberyard has been a great addition to this very distinctive location. Timberyard is reflective of our approach of securing the very best, most creative and highly regarded brands, and they are a significant addition to Seven Dials’ line-up.”
7 Upper St Martin’s Lane, Seven Dials, WC2H 9DL
61-67 Old Street EC1V 9HW
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