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New coffee bar Big G’s opens at the Priory Shopping centre, Dartford

PUBLISHED: 16:00 05 March 2018

Big G's has opened at The Priory Shopping Centre. Picture: Shelley Filippi

Big G's has opened at The Priory Shopping Centre. Picture: Shelley Filippi

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A new coffee shop was officially opened in the Priory Shopping Centre, Dartford, on Friday (March 2) by Mayor of Dartford Cllr Rosanna Currans.

Run by Graham Holmes (Big G), and his fiancé Nicki Shepherd, the coffee bar is a family-run business, located close to Wilkinson in the shopping centre.

Cllr Rosanna Currans said “We met Nicki Shepherd and Graham Holmes who run the Big G.

“What a lovely couple they are - we both had a delicious hot chocolate with salted caramel, I then followed it with a hot chocolate with Turkish delight, again delicious.

“When you are next in the Priory it is worth trying their various coffees, chocolates and other drinks.”

Ms Shepherd said: “We want to connect with the vibrant local community and provide a little warm and welcoming ‘social hub’ for shoppers, commuters and business owners.

“We believe in honest, friendly, independent trading, with a strong focus on the customer.”

The couple, who are passionate about coffee, decided to launch a new shop serving rich-tasting, high-quality coffee, tea and chocolate at an affordable price.

Ms Shepherd added: “It’s not just about the coffee, Big G’s is about people and personalities.

“We enjoy talking to customers and finding more about them, what they like to do, buy, drink or eat.

“For that reason we designed a very open bar-style kiosk with bar stools up one side so that our customers can sit alongside us enjoying their coffee whilst having a chat with us while we work, or simply read a newspaper.

“We want to encourage people to try bold new ways to drinking coffee, such as adding luxury flavours.

“Our specialty Caramel Latte’s for example are proving to be a particular hit with customers, and for the discerning tea drinkers, our Drury tea is hard to beat and rich with flavour and colour.”

Centre manager Shelley Filippi said “Big G’s is a great addition to The Priory Shopping Centre’s diverse mix of independent tenants.

“We have received some great feedback from their customers who are enjoying the specialised drinks offer which includes drinks made with almond and coconut milk alternatives”.

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