Located within the Barker and Stonehouse store on Hove’s Old Shoreham Road, The Queensbury Coffee House has just opened for business. Offering coffee blended exclusively for them, a percentage of every cup purchased goes to The Abode Project, a charity which builds schools and housing in Uganda
Owned by two local entrepreneurs, professional boxer Marcus Eaton and business partner Andy Pollard, they named the venture after boxing’s ‘Queensbury Rules’. “Andy and I have a real passion for coffee,” said Marcus. “It is big business nowadays with a great selection of coffee houses across the city. As coffee-lovers, we are excited to be amongst good company here in Sussex and to make our mark on the industry.”
He and Andy both grew up in Shoreham and have been developing the idea for a coffee house for several years.nA close friend Mark Woolley (of Electric Hair) introduced the pair to self-professed ‘coffee lunatic’ and select supplier Andrew Henley from Railtown Coffee and their dream soon became a reality. Henley then created an exclusive blend and roast for them named Gold Goat, which is only available at The Queensbury Coffee House. “It is a delicious, creamy blend with notes of butterscotch and roasted almonds,” explains Andy. “Henley also told us about his friend, James Barker, owner of Barker and Stonehouse, who wanted to open a coffee house in his Guildford store, which is where our journey started.”
Barker and Stonehouse is the UK’s largest independent, family-run furniture retailer, with eleven stores across the country. The Queensbury Coffee House can be found at its Guildford and Hove branches, offering freshly baked delights alongside its signature coffees. “We are fortunate to have Claire Hornby, Creative Stylist at Barker and Stonehouse, take care of the visual styling, which has helped us to create an individual look at our Hove café,” explains Marcus. “With lots of quirky features, such as the evergreen ceiling, we wanted to make customers feel welcome and relaxed in a place they can enjoy a great cup of coffee, exactly as they like it, alongside some delicious, artisan produce.”
The Queensbury menu has been designed around healthy eating, offering something for everyone, incorporating vegan options and various dairy-free milk alternatives. Those with a sweet tooth can enjoy the freshly-made waffles, which come with a delicious array of toppings including Brighton-based Gelato Gusto ice-cream; or the assortment of cakes and savoury produce from local artisan bakery, Coburn & Baker, each morning.
Through local connections, The Queensbury Coffee House is also proud to be affiliated with The Abode Project, the charitable arm of Abode Records, which helps people in Uganda with everything from major infrastructure needs – building housing and schools – to basic essentials such as clothing and supplies. “Marcus and I are both family men, so the appeal of using our business to help children, families and communities in need was huge,” says Andy. “We are so pleased to be able to support The Abode Project. We pledge to donate a percentage of every single coffee sold in both our Guildford and Hove stores to this amazing charity.”
The Queensbury Coffee House, Hove, can be found within the Barker and Stonehouse store, at 184-186 Old Shoreham Road, Hove, BN3 7EX