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Independent Hospitality

In a world increasingly dominated by chain restaurants and big-name brands, there’s something truly special about discovering an independent food venue. These unique spots, run by passionate individuals rather than faceless businesses, bring energy, creativity and a sense of community to our city centre.

Whether it’s a cosy café where the barista knows your favourite drink or a family-owned restaurant serving recipes passed down through generations, independent food venues offer a personal touch and unique experience that make dining out an adventure.

This blog is dedicated to shining a spotlight on these local gems. Our aim is to help you recognize and support these hardworking entrepreneurs who play a vital role in keeping our city’s culinary scene diverse and exciting.

Salt & Vinegar

Salt and Vinegar offers a traditional fish and chips menu, complemented by a variety of British comfort foods. Customers can enjoy classic options like regular cod and chips, chicken and mushroom pie, and kebabs and breakfast options. The restaurant is also known for its ‘Ultimate Munch Box 12″‘, which includes doner kebab, chicken kebab, gyros kebab, salad, sauce and chips. The menu also includes a selection of curry pots, jacket potatoes, paninis and toasties so there’s something for everyone!

Find Salt & Vinegar in the food court in West Orchards


Discover a revolutionary dining experience, bringing the art of Korean barbecue to a whole new level. Jinseon is Coventry’s exclusive destination for authentic charcoal Korean barbecue, using  the finest meats, seafood, and vegetables sourced locally and inspired by South Korean traditions. The highlight of your visit will undoubtedly be the sizzling barbecue, cooked right at your table over a live charcoal fire. From the mouth-watering barbecue lights to classic Korean fried chicken, every dish is prepared to perfection, delivering an unforgettable taste of Korea in the heart of Coventry.

“Amazing experience! The quality of meat is really good and the barbeque it makes even better”

Google Review

Find Jinseon at Priory Place, Fairfax Street

Baxters Baristas

Baxter Baristas isn’t just another coffee house; it’s a haven for coffee lovers and their furry friends in the city centre. This dog-friendly spot offers a welcoming atmosphere where you can enjoy delicious breakfasts, brunches, lunches, and afternoon teas, all delivered right to your door. Whether you’re grabbing a bite on the go or enjoying a leisurely meal, Baxter Baristas ensures a delightful experience for both you and your four-legged companions with their regular doggy cafés. Committed to supporting the local community, Baxter Baristas partners with local businesses and suppliers, using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients.

Baxter Baristas takes pride in their eco-friendly practices, passionately embracing a green approach to everything they do. From recyclable boxes and compostable plates to cutlery and napkins, every aspect of their packaging is designed to minimize environmental impact.

Find Baters Barista on Hales Street & Jordan Well

Lazy Monkey

Located just a stone’s throw away from Coventry railway station on Warwick Row, The Lazy Monkey Bar brings a fresh and exciting dining option to Coventry. This vibrant venue combines a lively bar with an exceptional menu of premium Indian cuisine, offering something a little different for local diners.  The Lazy Monkey Bar boasts an impressive cocktail menu and a variety of Indian specialty dishes alongside burgers, wings, loaded fries, and wraps.

Find Lazy Monkey on Warwick Row

To Pho

Founded by Andy, To Pho is a family run business which aims to bring hearty soul food, packed with fresh flavours, cooked with love and served to perfection for the ultimate dining experience. Hugely passionate about food and family, Andy holds a deep belief that each dish has to be cooked to perfection with only the freshest ingredients that he would be proud to share with his loved ones.

Whether you are new to Vietnamese cuisine, or an fan of this south asian cusine, To Pho offers a wide range of Vietnamese national dishes and drinks to be enjoyed together

classics like Banh Mi, Pho, Bún Bò Huế & rice plates.

“Wow! This place is fantastic. Service is quick and pho is super tasty (best I’ve had outside of London) and a generous portion is served. Left with a very happy tummy and we will be back”

Google Review

Find To Pho on Priory Place, Fairfax Street

Quick Feast

Experience the fusion of Middle Eastern and European Flavours. Quick Feast takes pride in offering a menu that beautifully blends the culinary essence of the Middle East and Europe.  Menu items include chicken shish, lamb shish kofta served with a wrap, salad, rice and sauces. Also available are a selection of pastries and flatbreads

Find Quick Feast in West Orchards

Cacoa Coffee & Chocolate Co

Cacao is an independent cafe serving high-quality food & beverages, specialising in Belgian hot chocolate & freshly roasted coffee. The café is modern and stylish with comfy plush seating and unique modern lamps dotted across the store for a welcoming atmosphere. 

Freshly-made sandwiches and paninis are available as well as a delicious range of cakes and pastries.When the weather is nice, you can enjoy your treats in their outdoor seating area, perfect for soaking up the sunshine.

Find Cacoa on the Upper Precinct

We hope this blog has inspired you to explore and support the independent food venues in our city centre. These local gems offer a personal touch, innovative dishes, and a sense of community that chain establishments simply can’t replicate.

So next time you’re planning a meal out or looking for a new dining experience, think local, choose independent, and enjoy the incredible flavours and customer service that these wonderful businesses have to offer.

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