The former owners of the Dial House hotel in the Cotswolds are set to open a new coffee shop in Bath later this month as the first of a planned chain.
Adrian and Jane Campbell-Howard will open the first Society Café on Kingsmead Square on 26 March. They plan to open a second site in Bath next year as well as two sites in Bristol in 2014.
Housed in a Georgian property. the 100sq m site will be spread over two floors comprising a coffee shop complete with a range of different seating options offering a range of different coffees, juices and cold food, including pastries and home-made sandwiches.
Interiors will have a modern feel including banquettes, high chairs and sofas and the venue will also showcase artworks and photography.
"We called it Society because we want it to be a sort of urban community living room where everyone is welcome," said Adrian Campbell-Howard.
"We wanted to have a big site and create a modern space where people feel comfortable and want to hang out."
Society Café will be open seven days a week, from 7am to 6.30pm Monday to Saturday, and from 9am on Sundays.
The Campbell-Howards ran the Dial House hotel in Bourton on the Water from 2000 to 2008 before relocating to Marrakech in Morocco where they managed Riad El Fenn for 18 months.
By Kerstin Kühn
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