Take a look inside Warwick’s new independent café and bar

Take a look inside Warwick’s new independent café and bar

AFTER months of social restrictions, Warwick residents are being treated to a brand new venue on Smith Street.

Revive Cafe Bar, Smith Street, Warwick
Manager Lee Mallen and his team. Photo by Loz Moore Photography.

The Furniture Shop’s famous lamps have moved to the next corner, making way for Revive Café and Bar, which opened its doors on June 5th. But this is far from ‘just another café bar’. . .

The front half of Revive is a spacious dining area where you can stop in for coffee, brunch, lunch or alcoholic drinks. Highlights from the menu include: crépes, Belgian waffles and American-style pancakes, burgers, charcuterie boards and ice cream. The chef prepares all food fresh on-site, using locally sourced ingredients and there are many vegetarian and vegan options.

Children and remote workers alike are more than welcome, with changing tables and charging sockets provided. Revive can seat up to 56 diners, though the most coveted tables are sure to be the booths, offering a fantastic view of Eastgate.

Revive Cafe Bar, Smith Street, Warwick
Some of the team at one of the retro gaming tables. Photo by Loz Moore Photography.

Fancy a little competition with your coffee?

Hidden at the back is Revive’s pièce de résistance – the games room. Here you’ll find darts, ping pong, table football, pool and a shipping container, of course, as the toilets. You can book any of these games tables in half-hour slots through the website or in person.

This room will double-up as a live entertainment space for stand-up comedy. Sandwiched between the seating area and games room is a cosy sofa nook complete with a mini library and retro arcade-game tables.

Covid safety precautions have been put in place, including staff regularly wiping down game-playing surfaces and equipment. Revive also boasts a top-of-the-range air recycling system to keep the building fully ventilated.

Revive Cafe Bar, Smith Street, Warwick
Table football is one of the activities on offer.

The local team behind Revive

This marks the second project – and a new direction – for owner James Byrne, who grew up in Warwick. Last year James was nominated for Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the success of his software company, AccountancyManager. It won’t be hard for James to work between the two businesses – AccountancyManager has been in the offices above Revive for the last two years.

When the space became available, James leapt at the opportunity. “I think there’s such a need in Warwick for somewhere that caters for any age, whether it’s a playdate with toddlers, a milkshake after school, a working lunch, Friday night drinks or a date with a difference. Especially with that added entertainment that we’re all desperate for after the last year.”

“We’re aiming to make Revive the ultimate go-to venue in Warwick, with a line-up of events throughout the year too – like quiz nights and, from August, stand-up comedy in conjunction with Comedy at Work.”

Revive Cafe Bar, Smith Street, Warwick
Books sourced from local charity shops make up a small library area.

James has assembled a seven-strong team, headed up by experienced hospitality manager Lee Mallen, from Birmingham. Lee is a self-proclaimed coffee aficionado and has selected local coffee roasters Monsoon Estates to provide Revive’s coffee. Head chef, Jonathan Weardon from Leamington, comes to Revive with more than 40 years’ experience, running the kitchens at, among others, Coombe Abbey, Wroxall Abbey, Nailcote Hall and Warwick Castle.

Revive Café and Bar is open 8am-6pm Sunday to Thursday and 8am-11pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

Visit www.revivewarwick.co.uk to check out the menu or to book a games table. Group bookings can be made by calling 01926 403 333.

New café bar helps ‘revive’ Smith Street

New café bar helps ‘revive’ Smith Street

When it comes to coffee shops, we’re spoilt for choice in Warwick.

But, just as we’re flocking back to enjoy that cappuccino culture with much-missed friends and friendly, there’s a new kid on the block vying for our attention.

Photo by Loz Moore Photography.

And Revive Café Bar is set to capture plenty of that among locals and visitors alike as it brings something refreshingly new to the town’s sophisticated social scene.

New because it offers so much more than food and drink. Indeed, the entertainment ‘menu’ alone serves up an exciting variety.

Head to the rear of the café and you’ll come across a spacious table games area, with pool, table tennis and table football all available for hire by the half hour. There’s also a dart board, big screen wall-mounted TV (which apparently will be screening the big events) and, in a funky retro feel, two arcade gaming tables. Just slot in your pound coin and take your pick from scores of old school games from Pac Man to Space Invaders. Great fun.

But not to skip over the food which, let’s face it, is what’s going to get most of us back through the door. The Revive menu is designed to satisfy appetites big and small – and at all times of day.

Revive Cafe, WarwickCooked fresh to order from local and seasonal ingredients, Breakfast and Brunch options have an English and American feel, from cooked breakfasts to waffles and pancakes. Or you can choose from a variety of sharing boards.

Lunch, served from 12-2.30pm, tempts us with a range of burgers as well steak and eggs, Thai green curry, pasta and fish dishes, plus salads and vegan options.

Or, if you’re after a smaller bite, baguettes include some classics such as cheese and onion and tuna mayonnaise through to minute steak, red onion marmalade and tomato or, for the non-meat-eaters, roasted red pepper, hummus, avocado, beetroot and vegan mayonnaise. (Vegans, vegetarians and gluten-free needs seem well catered for.)

Our brunch plates arrived promptly and were piping hot and delicious, washed down with coffees and smoothies!

Manager Lee and his team are keen to please and there is an instant welcoming feel when you’re seated – in our case, in one of the booths.

For some nibbles to accompany that long-awaited catch up or work meeting, choose from olives, bread and oils, salad bowls, or a variety of fries.

But it seems we’ve not seen it all yet, with some exciting news coming soon about a host of regular live comedy nights as well as quizzes and other events. Revive has been created with all ages and ‘tastes’ in mind and I am genuinely excited for its future popularity, once word begins to spread.

In my view, as blessed as we are in Warwick with fine cafes and bars (and we’ve all got our personal favourites), this place has a unique vibe and fills a gap in the market – and I for one will be a regular there.

 

Revive Cafe Bar, Warwick
They stock plenty of reading matter, sourced from local charity shops.

Why choose between good grub, friendly games, evening drinks and live events, when you can have it all under one roof?

This new arrival in Smith Street, will most definitely help ‘revive’ our town centre post-pandemic. Now I’ll drink to that.

It is open 8am-6pm Sundays to Thursdays and 8am-11pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

Visit: www.revivewarwick.co.uk for more information, menu or to book.