NEW cafe at Stoke-on-Trent Railway Station

Stoke-on-Trent Lord Mayor Jackie Barnes, her consort Steve Copner (left), council leader Abi Brown and Gourmet Coffee Bar and Kitchen owner Nick Garnell celebrate the launch of the facility, the latest edition to Stoke Station.

A new upmarket coffee bar and kitchen has opened at Stoke-on-Trent Railway Station.

The Gourmet Coffee Bar and Kitchen will serve up various different types of coffee from around the world plus snacks and hot food.

Philip Hardaker and Lord Mayor Jackie Barnes

Artwork celebrating the heritage, history and culture of the city by local ceramist Philip Hardaker is also featured inside the cafe. The art depicts famous people connected to Stoke-n-Trent.

The coffee bar has extended into a former meeting room used by station staff, to offer a lounge, extended kitchen and extra facilities for commuters and visitors. The coffee bar launch comes 12 months after café bar Bod opened on the site. The number of visitors using Stoke Station has increased 27 per cent in the past five years, with 3.1 million visitors – more than 12 times the city’s population.

Stoke-on-Trent Lord Mayor Jackie Barnes officially opened the latest addition to Stoke Station on Thursday 10 October. Councillor Abi Brown was also at the opening.

**Read more about Philip Hardaker and his work here.