With a new chain-coffee store popping up seemingly every five minutes in the city, Leicester’s independent coffee shops need to promise something fresh. The recently opened Dolce & Verde does just that.

Found on the newly refurbished Belvoir Street opposite Zizzi, the Leicester branch of Dolce & Verde opened its doors last year.

As you step out of the winds of the busy city centre, you find yourself greeted with the warm smiles of friendly staff and the smell of freshly brewed coffee and pastries. The interior has been carefully thought through to look minimal and express a laid-back, alternative, yet inviting vibe.

The coffee is sourced from Outpost Coffee Roasters and is ensured as being excellent quality with each batch roasted carefully by hand in order to ensure the perfect flavour. Meanwhile Dolce & Verde also offer great food options from a California style breakfast of salmon and poached eggs to a delightful range of wraps, bagels and grilled paninis, as well as a selection of pastries with some great gluten free options for those with extra dietary requirements.

Originally located in Rothley, the Leicester store is Dolce & Verde’s second venture.

“We opened in Rothley in March 2014,” says founder Harry Murphy, “The plan was just to have a coffee shop in the village where I lived, I love coffee. I came from a very serious corporate background and spent so much time in meetings thinking, ‘God, I wish I owned this coffee shop.’

“In Rothley, we have a very small set-up. We wanted somewhere primarily where we could have a bigger kitchen; the whole team are real foodies.”

The Leicester store finds itself in a generous but cosy space filled with made to measure furniture and beautiful Scandinavian inspired décor. The high-speed internet connection and comfortable chairs make Dolce & Verde a great place to sit and catch up with some work in the heart of the city centre.

“We service a lot of business people in this location,” Harry explains. “There are so many people that work within 50 metres of the shop. Our weekdays are often filled with people getting out of the office for an hour or so. A large table in the centre of Dolce & Verde can be utilised for casual business meetings or lunches when people want to get together but in a calmer and cosier setting.”

“Meanwhile, on weekends we see the rest of our audience, who come in for brunch and to enjoy some great coffee,” says Harry.

The food offered in Dolce & Verde’s kitchen is primarily breakfast-based. The team are passionate about creating great food and offer the entire menu to take away.

“We all used to cook together and enjoy great food in someone’s apartment and decided that the time was right to bring that into the business in Leicester.

“We also have a licence to serve alcohol, which means we can offer a great brunch deal. For £10.95 we offer a prosecco, coffee and any item from the lunch menu,” says Harry.

Above all, Dolce & Verde have created a comfortable space with friendly and passionate staff and bring the ideals of independent coffee stores into the busy city centre.

Dolce & Verde speciality coffee house and kitchen can be found at 31 Belvoir Street.

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Alice is a 21 year old film and journalism student from Leicester. Interests include film, trashy 00s TV and drinking buckets of coffee.

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