Hard times in the high street are doing nothing to quench consumers’ thirst for good coffee, it seems, with new research showing that coffee shop chains grew by 47% across the UK over the last year.
A survey of 705 town centres by the Local Data Company reveals that independents grew by 12.5%, with 11,805 standalone units, while multiples increased by 4.9% across the top 10 cities, suggesting that regional and rural areas have seen the biggest growth.
Based on the size of the town centres, the nation’s coffee capitals are Camden Town in north London (66 outlets), Brighton (121) and Edinburgh town centre. (182). York, Bristol and Manchester follow closely behind. The most coffee-free areas include Cockfosters in London, Hyde and Wolverton, all with only one coffee shop.
In London, there is one coffee shop for every 1,105 shoppers, while Cardiff only has one for every 14,452.