The heart of John Watt & Son
Bank Street has been home to John Watt and Son since the first shop was demolished in 1897, and is still a major part of the business today. The shop has undergone several major changes since the move 120 years ago, not least the move from being a traditional grocer’s shop to becoming a tea and coffee specialist with a thriving café on-site.
Today we focus on evolution not revolution at Bank Street, and believe that it is important to remember the history of John Watt and Son and celebrate it in this wonderful building whilst providing excellent service and a good brew!
Our menu provides a range of light snacks cakes and our freshly baked scones served with hand churned butter from Winter Tarn Dairy. Our food is prepared fresh and is where possible all sourced from suppliers from within a 50 mile radius of the shop and we are proud to utilise the following local suppliers:-
Claire’s Jams, Cranston’s, McCalls Bakery, Winter Tarn, In House Chocolates, Pioneer Food Service, Interfresh
The next great step in the long history of John Watt and Son and possibly the biggest leap since Bank Street moved from being a traditional grocer’s shop to becoming a tea and coffee specialist with a thriving café on-site.
With the wholesale side of the business growing significantly in two years it became apparent that a 2kg roaster was going to struggle to meet the increased demand. With no room for a bigger roaster in Bank Street we were faced with a choice, be logical and take a sensible unit on an industrial estate or take over a rundown and quirky shop a 5 minute walk away from Bank Street, and thus JW at Blackfriars was born!
At Blackfriars Street we have the room to service our wholesale customers properly with a bigger roaster and an organised packing room. We have also opened a café where you can have a brew and a cake while watching tomorrow’s coffee being roasted.
Plans are afoot to open a barista school upstairs where we can have sessions for our wholesale customers and also for small groups, as well as holding coffee cupping sessions and tea tastings. Watch this space!
JW at the Museum
Café at Cumbria Museum of Military Life
A partnership of two of Carlisle’s oldest institutions in the iconic Carlisle Castle home to our local regiment which has seen action across the globe. We are delighted to be able to offer the great taste of John Watt’s to visitors to the Cumbria Museum of Military Life. Our small café serves our award winning espresso, a range of cakes, snacks and ice creams for you to enjoy on your tour of the Castle and the story of our local regiment.