Half coffee shop, wine bar and brasserie half interior design superstore. The Emporium is genuinely unlike anywhere you have seen or been before and its Parisian Grand Cafe style appeals to everyone.
Housed in an old Methodist Chapel, lavishly and lovingly converted to create three huge floors of eating, drinking and shopping, The Emporium is a haven from the mass production, hard sell ethos that has overtaken the rest of the world. The atmosphere is relaxed and informal and that’s the way we like it.
All three floors offer hidden gems you’ll just have to have, both on and off the menu.
Since we opened in 1998, the coffee shop has gone from strength to strength. We started as a coffee shop and wine bar and we have now evolved into a coffee shop, wine bar and brasserie. A subtle difference, but what a difference.
The Brasserie began life as little more than a specials board in the coffee shop, a little bit different to our sandwiches and salads. So popular were these specials that they first muscled their way onto the menu and in short order demanded a whole sheet of A3 paper to themselves.
The Emporium Interiors hasnt stopped changing and evolving since we opened. In fact, we doubt whether it will ever stand still and settle down. Each season brings new products, new looks and new ideas. The shop simply evolves around whats new and whats exciting.
We dont believe in buy now pay later, interest free credit or anything like that and we dont believe in pressure selling. What we do believe in is old fashioned courtesy and service. If there is something you would like to buy, we would love to sell it to you. Whatever it is and wherever it is in the building.
Everything in the building is for sale (except the staff!), on every floor. Any item, whether it be a dining table, a sofa, a chair, a picture, mirror or candle can be bought as seen or ordered in new.
We dont go in for static displays we much prefer the chaotic mix and match that you get when you have too much stock for too little a shop. Things at The Emporium get moved, obscured and occasionally forgotten. It pays to look that little bit further and to explore the floors in full. Thats when you might come across some hidden treasure.