Today, our Advent Calendar window opens for a brand new local coffee house with international flair, style and flavour. It’s called UGLY MUG, they are opposite Tresham College on Church Street, and they are eco-friendly! The proprietor, Jonathan Ekins, has created a coffee house that stands out in so many ways.

The first thing that you experience as you enter UGLY MUG, is the spellbinding smell of coffee, swiftly followed by the feeling that you are in a European café. Even the price board looks continental. Seating is available on three levels and is designed with people from all walks of life in mind, be it work spaces, chill out seating or lunch with your loved ones.

Here Jonathan tells you all about his coffee house and their eco-credentials:

They pride themselves that they only serve the finest locally roasted coffee, and that means no instant, no express and no pods. It’s not only coffee that has been sourced from a local supplier, they also have a local baker who bakes all of their bread and cakes. The coffee shop uses reusable plates and mugs, and offers bamboo reusable takeaway cups and recycled packaging too.

A wide selection of freshly prepared sandwiches are available, including vegan and vegetarian options. Vegan coffee is served too, including a fantastic oat milk latte, soya and almond milks are also available, so whoever you are, they have you covered.

They are open Monday to Friday: 08:00 – 17:30, Saturday: 08:00 – 17:00 and Sunday: 09:00 – 15:00 and you can find out more on their facebook page at

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