At Northern Cobbler’s new cafe, monastery and lifestyle retailer within the Leicestershire countryside


Coffee lovers will no doubt know Northern Cobbler, the coffee and shoe brand behind the popular Clarendon Park store.

As we announced last month, the brand has now opened a second office in Leicestershire – and we took a look around.

The new location is at Rolleston Lodge near the village of Rolleston east of Leicester. In addition to a café and a lifestyle shop, there is also a new monastery here.

Northern Cobbler is located in a former stable block that has been converted into a bright and spacious shop, with a clean, fresh look with natural woods and house plants dotted around the room.

Customers can purchase a cup of coffee or tea, a locally made cake or freshly baked pastry, and bread and pies at Hambleton Bakery.

Coffee is made from the house blend Burbot, a combination of Brazilian and Ethiopian coffee. The milk used comes from Kingarth Farm Dairy in nearby Burton Overy.

The plan is to introduce a “guest coffee” every couple of weeks so customers can try one of Northern Cobbler’s single-origin coffees.

You can also buy coffee to make at home. These include varieties with an origin such as Mahi Mahi, Tilapia and Dover Sole, as well as the Decaf Char and the house mix Burbot.

The whole bean or ground coffee is presented in a new packaging made from locally made recyclable and biodegradable cards. This is in line with Norther Cobbler’s goal of being as sustainable as possible.

Other products currently available include reusable huskee mugs made from discarded coffee cups, bare bones chocolate and Austin Austin toiletries. More articles will be added soon.

Northern Cobbler was founded in 2010 by shoe designer Steffan Safhill and buyer Feroza Bham. It started as a shoe brand but grew soon after the Queens Road store opened in 2015.

The duo wanted to combine two of their passions, shoes and coffee, to provide a unique experience for customers visiting the store.

With the increasing demand for coffee both in store and at home, Northern Cobbler began roasting its own coffee beans about a year ago.

It used to be a facility outside the county, now the beans are roasted on site at Rolleston Lodge.

Northern Cobbler will be opening its outdoor seating area today to ease the restrictions. Customers will have a wider variety of foods available, including sandwiches, bagels and fruit cones.

Once indoor seating is allowed – starting May 17, as per the government roadmap – even more menu options will be available.

Northern Cobbler is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.