Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Starbucks the pub: coffee chain to sell beer and wine in London store

rexfeatures_4459367b.jpg

"Grabbing a Starbucks" is about to take on a whole new meaning.

Beginning today, the world-famous coffee chain is selling wine and local craft beers in its first European 'Reserve' store in London's Covent Garden. 

The new outlet on Upper St Martin's Lane will serve booze and sharing platters from 4pm, alongside its day-long coffee offerings.

starbucks

Customers will be greeted by hosts at the new concept store in Covent Garden

Lengthy queues and awkward name requests for your paper cup are banished in this particular Starbucks, where hosts greet customers at the door, table service is provided and ordering is done through handheld tablets.

Describing the new venture as a "coffee theatre" the store-cum-bar has a sleek glass-front to show off trendy low-hanging pendant lighting and marble worktops where you're unlikely to find the remnants of the last customer's order.

The new look 'Bucks has also done away with the iconic green Medusa logo, opting for a discreet black sign. 

However, some of its fancy new coffees do come at a price, with unusual brews costing up to £6, while a standard tall cappuccino comes in at a competitive £2.65.

Starbucks

Wine and craft beer will be served after 4 pm

"I think there's no mistaking that this store is all about the coffee but we also recognise that a lot of our customers want to come in the evening and enjoy a glass of wine or beer and a sharing platter," says Rhys Iley, vice president of Starbucks' operations for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Menu options include Madagascan vanilla lattes, sparkling mint espressos and sharing platters of cheeses, meats and flatbread. 

The US chain said the opening in London follows similar successful pilot schemes in Seattle.

starbucks

No more queues: Customers order their coffee, wine or beer through handheld devices

Starbucks' Reserve bar on Upper St Martin's Lane is open seven days a week from 8am to 9pm.

Images: Rex Features, Starbucks

Related

rexfeatures_4587531b.jpg

Study suggests men only like the idea of dating smart women

facebookbus1.jpg

Woman finds Good Samaritan who challenged man harassing her

rexfeatures_4081625tz.jpg

Zooey Deschanel reveals quaint name for her baby daughter

1431041573742.jpg

See the first picture of Ab Fab the movie (sweetie darling)

rexfeatures_5073872ce.jpg

Oldest children are 'cleverer than their siblings'

rexfeatures_4275474s.jpg

Angelina Jolie “can't wait to turn 50”

Capture.JPG

Life before Google: the funniest questions people asked librarians

bm6.JPG

Best friend for hire: inside the world of a professional bridesmaid

Comments

More

How it feels to be a woman in America right now

"There is a sense of impending doom"

02 Dec 2016

Viewers slam Eamonn Holmes for ‘sexist’ treatment of GBBO's Candice

“He’s making me so uncomfortable – poor Candice”

by Kayleigh Dray
02 Dec 2016

The 12 surprising health benefits of mulled wine

Mulled wine, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways…

by Kayleigh Dray
02 Dec 2016

Pensioner, 89, offered bar job after "stop me dying from boredom" ad

We love a story with a happy ending

by Kayleigh Dray
02 Dec 2016

Bake Off fans, you can now apply to be on Channel 4’s GBBO

On your marks, get set, baaaaake…

by Kayleigh Dray
02 Dec 2016

Inventor of new £5 note brands vegans “stupid” over animal fat debate

"It's stupid. It's absolutely stupid."

by Sarah Biddlecombe
02 Dec 2016

Baby it’s Cold Outside has been given a feminist makeover

The troubling Christmas song has been transformed into an epic consent anthem

by Kayleigh Dray
02 Dec 2016

You’d be more productive if you could work from a café, study finds

Tell your boss.

by Moya Crockett
02 Dec 2016

The best low-alcohol swaps for your favourite beers, wines and spirits

Time for a booze-not-booze?

by Amy Swales
01 Dec 2016

Dorchester issues “disgusting” list of beauty demands to female staff

Women have been told to shave their legs and wear full make-up

by Sarah Biddlecombe
01 Dec 2016