Our original House, also Watch House’ namesake, is a building with character like no other. Occupying no more than 25 square feet at the end of London’s famous Bermondsey Street, it was historically a shelter for men guarding St Mary Magdalane Church graveyard at night.
Today we honour its former role as a sanctuary, providing shelter to locals, commuters, families and dogs alike - though our hours may be slightly different and our sandwich offering a little. Preserving the legacy of this unique space started with the walls themselves.
Taking this concept of honouring the history of a building/area we continue to grow into and develop Houses which are both familiar and wholly unique.
This aspect of design lead us to think more about what is ‘Modern Coffee’. Speciality Coffee is important to us, for it’s dedication to a transparent, positive supply chain; focus on provenance of flavour and overall quality of our coffee. It provides a benchmark, but it does not encapsulate for us the whole experience.
Modern Coffee isn’t just about excellent coffee, it’s about a welcoming service; a comforting, designed space, the food that accompanies your coffee and most importantly the people involved.
We want to promote a permaculture; our people are curious; hungry for knowledge and our internal program promotes this attitude through continuous engagement and development. Watch House isn’t simply a team of people, it is a group of fervent explorers, pushing the boundary on what it means to be a barista, a chef, a waiter
At Watch House we aspire to build a team of full-time, career driven professionals. So, whether you visit us for a coffee or food be assured it is prepared and delivered by passionate professionals.
Roland Horne. CEO & Founder.
Roland has extensive experience in running small to medium sized businesses having started a luxury aquarium design consultancy in 2006 called Aquarium Architecture. In addition he holds directorships with property development funds Verum Domus and Coutts & Partners respectively. Roland holes a MSc in Economic History from the London School of Economics.
CEO & Founder
Stephanie Gregg. Operations Director.
Steph joined early on as a Manager of our first site and has since progressed through the company. Originally from Brighton Sussex, Steph studied for her degree at the University of Leeds before pursuing a career in hospitality management. Steph oversees the operations of our sites along with her House and Assistant House Managers.
Peter Torino. Finance Director.
Peter joined as our Finance Director in 2012. Having
been an accountant and FD for over 40 years, Peter was instrumental in the acquisition of Seattle Coffee Company by Starbucks in the 90’s acting in the capacity of Finance Director. Peter oversees all financial functions of the business.
Ryan Garrick. Head of Coffee.
Ryan joined in 2018 taking on the responsibility of all things wet. After making the finals of the Coffee Masters 2017 competition, Ryan has successfully passed his Q-grater exam and passionately shares his knowledge and experience with all staff about the world of coffee through training manuals and events.
Head of Coffee
We make great coffee, exceptional food all within a beautifully bespoke cosy environment tailored around our local community. It is a simple as that.
Welcome to Watch House.