Top Reads from the Coffee#1 Team

We all wish we had more time in our lives - whether it’s time to spend with friends and family, get five more minutes of sleep, learn a new skill or just to relax without watching the clock.

One of our favourite ways to relax is getting stuck into a good book – and what better way to escape for a half an hour than with a great new read, a cup of coffee and a comfy chair! That’s one reason, why you’ll find bookcases crammed full of classics in many of our coffee shops.

We asked some of our team what their favourite books are and why, and have collected together a list of some of the most popular titles for you to stick your teeth into – enjoy…

#1. Room on the Broom, Julia Donaldson 
“All of Julia Donaldson’s books are incredibly well written and illustrated, but Room on the Broom is my favourite. Its’ fun vocabulary and use of rhyming always makes reading with the boys super entertaining!”
Sarah, Marketing

“Great read, very well illustrated! I enjoy that it rhymes, and my son especially loves the part with the dragon. The book is easy to understand for young kids, and we have read it a million times!”
Steph, People Team

#2. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, Haruki Murakami
“The perfect book to enjoy when you sit down for your post-run coffee (and cake!) – it’s heart-warming and inspirational, and will have you dreaming of your next adventure.”
Tim, Marketing

#3. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
“Definitely a page turner – the most addictive book I’ve read in the past few years! Very cleverly written – it keeps you questioning who the guilty person is. Another thing I loved about the novel is that you can experience the story from the perspective of both of the main characters throughout the book.”
Ellie, People Team

#4. Wake Up and Sell More Coffee, John Richardson and Hugh Gilmartin
“The book discusses the secrets to success in the coffee shop business, and the things experts and coffee shop owners wish they’d known before they started. I have my very own chapter in the book – it had to be my No1 choice!”
Jo, Operations

#5. Travel Guides
“I love sitting in a cosy corner, reading about and planning for my next adventure. A good travel guide to your dream destination (my most recent one being Iceland) gives me the best of both worlds – discovery and useful facts.”
Emma, Area Manager

#6. The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Judith Kerr
“Such a beautifully designed book! It teaches us to use our imagination as we try to name other food and drink items the tiger eats. We have read it a million times!”
Eve, Marketing

#7. Watership Down, Richard Adams
“A childhood classic that introduces children to more adult themes – not quite your happy-go-lucky read, but very well-written and thought provoking piece with fantastic narrative. It’s stuck with me since I first read it”
Bruce, Marketing

#8. Bravo Two Zero, Andy McNab
“This book is what got me into fiction with its gripping narrative – it’s believable, and digs into the mystery surrounding the Special Forces and security services, which keep our nation secure, and the armed forces revered around the world.”
Alan, Food Development

#9. Inferno, Dan Brown
“Inferno is a complex, gripping and thought-provoking story with a fascinating, modern interpretation of Dante’s ideas and a beautiful representation of Florentine art and history.”
Lara, Marketing

#10. Harry Potter, J. K. Rowling
“Because who would not want to take themselves away into a world of magic?”
Jon, Finance

If you’ve read any of these, let us know what you thought!  Why not share your favourite read with us by emailing We look forward to discovering some new books!