HOT DRINK lovers will be celebrating International Coffee Day today, and the Journal has spoken to one Salisbury coffee house to shed light on what independent cafes bring to the city.

Culture Coffee in Fisherton Street reopened in September following the Covid-19 pandemic, and owner Hugh Blackbourn first launched the establishment as he “didn’t want chains taking over the city”.

He said: “It is the independents in all cities that provide something fresh and better for the area.

"We have high quality coffee beans and food is made on the premises, and we employ local people as we want to protect them.

"Independent coffee shops are friendly and just bring a real sense of community, which not all chains can necessarily do. People love independents and what we are doing because it is different.”

Since reopening, Hugh added that the coffee house has remained “vibrant and healthy”, welcoming both new and returning customers.

“Despite social distancing and reduced hours, it is so lovely to be back,” Hugh added.

Talking about independents in the hospitality sector, Susi Mason, Salisbury BID director, said: “One of the things that makes Salisbury so unique and special is our abundance of independent businesses, and we are so blessed to have such an array of independent coffee shops and restaurants to choose from.

“Independent businesses are at the heart of Salisbury’s community, and these businesses have so much on offer. From idyllic settings with breath-taking views of the cathedral to quirky products you wouldn’t find on any other high street, there are plenty of places to discover in Salisbury.”

She added: “The best part of visiting an independent business is that feel good factor you get knowing that you’re supporting a local businessperson and Salisbury’s local economy. Especially during these very challenging times, independent businesses are always so grateful for your support, no matter how big or small.”