Vicky Somerville and Luke Morland of Fi:k outside the new café in Harrogate

A brand new Swedish-style coffee shop has opened in Harrogate with ambitious plans to roll out the concept across Yorkshire. The venture has already created eight jobs in the town.

Known as Fi:k, the new coffee shop takes its name from the Swedish concept ‘fika’ which considers that it is almost essential to make time for friends, family and colleagues to share a cup of coffee or tea and a little something to eat, every day. ‘Fi:k’ is a colloquial term for ‘café’ in Swedish.

After seven months of research and planning, the spa town of Harrogate was chosen as the location for the first Fi:k coffee shop.

Former Grantley Hall marketing executive and Filmore & Union design manager, Vicky Somerville, has come on board as design and marketing director to channel her wealth of experience within the design and hospitality industries.

The team has re-developed 1 Montpellier Gardens, formerly the home of furniture accessories business Covet, and, prior to that, a stove shop, to create a minimalist, Swedish coffee shop and take-out inspired by the Shoreditch coffee scene. Fi:k will make the most of the quirkiness of this 1,078 sq ft mid-19th century Grade II listed building to offer comfortable and stylish seating areas on the ground floor and at basement level, with the existing stoves on both levels, original pillars and Victorian block glass window providing focal points.

The coffee shop will offer premium products, locally sourced wherever possible, with Leeds-based North Star Coffee Roasters providing a range of coffees, teas from True Tea in Harrogate and single origin hot chocolates from Kokoa. Jenny Wren’s Bakehouse in Whitby will supply artisan bakes. With the menu changing every week, Fi:k will offer a choice of Swedish-inspired open sandwiches, salads, artisan pastries and smoothie bowls.

“We see Fi:k as a fusion of Yorkshire and Swedish ideas, the cafe will very much be about high-quality products, provenance and people,” explains Vicky Sommerville of Fi:k. “Increasingly, customers want to ‘shop’ local and the majority of our ingredients and produce will hail from the North of England, often from small artisan producers.

“Set in one of the most characterful buildings in Harrogate, we believe that its location, combined with a friendly Yorkshire welcome, will be a winning formula, appealing to locals and visitors alike. Post-lockdown, we all need to treat ourselves to a little indulgence and rediscover time to enjoy being together.”

Opening on Saturday 21st August, Fi:k will be open 8am to 4pm seven days a week.