Founded in 2014 by entrepreneurs Craig Bunting and Michael Thorley, BEAR first found bricks and mortar at the site of a once iconic retail store at the top of Uttoxeter High Street, opening to the public for the first time on January 31st 2016. The launch night in Uttoxeter saw 350 locals queueing the length of the High Street, and BEAR have been serving them beautifully crafted coffee, cocktails and fresh seasonal food ever since.
Co-founder Craig has expressed his excitement ahead of the launch of their second shop: “We are delighted to be expanding to Derby; the city where Michael and I shopped and skateboarded as kids. Our vision is to combine better coffee during the day with an alternative bar experience in the evenings – served by skilled, passionate staff. We have worked hard to ensure that BEAR is part of a growing movement that breaks the mould and offers a unique and addictive vibe.”
The company is working to expand first throughout the Midlands and then beyond, with hopes to open 30 stores nationwide over the next 5 years. Although still young, BEAR are rapidly building a strong reputation as a dependable, responsible brand, sourcing local and Fair Trade produce wherever possible, and promoting a positive, healthy lifestyle through their menus.
In short, BEAR is a coffee shop, kitchen and bar, providing a new, all day dining experience with an ethos of perfection that stems from their passion for great coffee; a passion that is evident in everything they do.
See you there.