Inside Leicester’s new cookware and coffee emporium

Published on December 17, 2012

Leicester’s Original Cookware Company and St Martin’s Tea & Coffee Merchants are now located in the same outlet.

Previously they were both part of the same business, functioning from two separate shops yards apart. So when a larger venue became available a stone’s throw away in St Martin’s Square, owner Andy Hall decided to fuse operations.

Owner Andy Hall scoops some Kenyan beans

The new shop is an ideal place for food-lovers, combining a café and cookware shop over two floors. The café’s focus is top notch coffee, offering a large number of varieties from all over the world. Andy and his knowledgeable team roast and grind on-site. A good amount of loose-leaf teas are available too.

With your coffee you can enjoy breakfast or lunch, created by a chap mysteriously known as the ‘Pocketwala’. This master of the pitta creates delights such as the ‘Pitta-Wich’ (wholemeal pitta stuffed with Chinese cabbage, oven-roast veg, patra, and topped with garlic and date yoghurt) and ‘The Griller’ (grilled veg with ham, grilled haloumi, shredded cabbage and finished with sweet chilli peanut and coriander sauce).

Upstairs at St Martin’s

After your Kenyan espresso and wrap, you can browse the baking paraphernalia on display throughout St Martin’s, from Moroccan tagines to pie tins.

St Martin’s Coffee and Cookware, Silver Walk, St Martins Square, Leicester, LE1 5EW

Matt Wright
The author:

Matt lives in Leicestershire with his wife, two kids and dog. He is passionate about British pubs, slow food and home brewing. He founded Great Food Club (originally as Great Food Magazine) in 2010 after being inspired by local producers near his home town of Melton Mowbray - Britain's 'Rural Capital of Food'.