Café culture with a retro flavour

Tom Daniels of Green City cafe
Tom Daniels of Green City cafe
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Coffee standards have rocketed thanks to Italian caffé culture and big chain competition. But a new Kelham Island business is offering the best of both worlds – with good, ethical coffee and a taste of the good old days.

Green City Coffee, at 1 Kelham Square, is a coffee shop that does some food, not a restaurant that does coffee, insists manager Tom Daniels.

But what makes it really different is the retro theme: from G-plan tables to mod-style targets and a soundtrack that’s more likely to include the Byrds or the Beatles than Katy Perry.

It also boasts a striking view down the canal from its outside decking: “The area is abuzz with all things new, couched in buildings that are all things old,” says Tom, whose previous jobs have included working as a film extra in Australia and an ‘authentic Brit’ in a Canadian fish and chip shop.

He adds: “We got fed up with branded coffee houses that churn out mass produced coffee… We’d like to put the friendly face back into the coffee shop.”

Coffee is from Grumpy Mule in Holmfirth; food includes snacks, home made cakes and a £3 lunch of sandwich, crisps and a hot drink.