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Visit The Cafe on Bank St.

Although many of you may have visited our cosy little cafe on Bank Street in Carlisle for a brew or a bite to eat,  you may not know that The Cafe on Bank St. is by far the oldest coffee shop attached to the company name and has been a home to John Watt & Son for over a century!

With humble beginnings on a street called Glovers Row (which stood near to Carlisle’s Market Cross) in the town centre, John Watt himself moved his business to 11 Bank St. after his original coffee shop was demolished in 1897. Since then, that little spot on Bank St. has been home to John Watt & Son, selling high quality coffee and tea from around the globe.

We love that we have such a strong history within our business, and so make it our mission to keep the tales that give us our story here at John Watt & Son and The Cafe on Bank St. so much of it’s charm and character, very much alive! To take a look at some of this history for yourself, if you pay us a visit, then you must pop down to our basement to take a peek at our secret treasure trove of artefacts collected by John Watt & Son over the years…

Although the shop has undergone several major changes since the move over 120 years ago, from a traditional grocer’s shop to our bustling cafe, we have worked hard to build on the legacy and traditions of John Watt & Son, and continue to use well-kept secret recipes that have been within the business for over a century!

We also strive to keep providing the people of Carlisle with top quality, fresh, local produce, just like Mr Watt did with his grocers all those years ago. Which is why if you visit us today you can still take home some of our freshly roasted coffee, our deliciously delicate tea blends and an array of locally sourced and handmade goodies!

Whether you’re on the hunt for a little pick-me-up with some traditional Kendal Mint Cake, the ideal gift with some Beech’s chocolates , a shiny new LeXpress moka pot for the perfect brew or the finishing touch to a delicious breakfast spread with some Claire’s Handmade Jam – you can find a whole array of accessories and treats with us here at The Cafe on Bank St.

Whether you’ve discovered your new favourite blend in our cafe or you’ve seen something that tickles your fancy on our social media, you can also pop in to see us to take any of our coffee roasts & tea blends home with you too! Take a look at our old fashioned, glass-fronted hopper and array of jars to compare beans, chat to our knowledgable staff about tasting notes and we’ll pack some up for you to take away! Even better, why not sample one of our many brews and grab a bite to eat from our menu in the cafe to help you make up your mind!

And if you simply can’t get enough and come back for more, then don’t forget to bring your old JW bag or a reusable container with you and we’ll give you 10% off your next over the counter purchase on tea and coffee!

You can also collect your web orders in store at The Cafe on Bank St. – just select the option for collection with us at the checkout online and we’ll get it ready for you!