25 square meters on London’s famous Bermondsey Street was all it took to conceive Watch House and lay the foundations of everything to come. Historically a shelter for men guarding the graveyard of St Mary Magdalen’s Church, today we honour its former role by providing a contemporary sanctuary to our customers. This tiny building became our namesake and the home of a simple ambition, to offer quality coffee, food and service, and bring a new lease of life to this unique building.
From these humble beginnings our ambitions have continued to grow, leading us to new spaces, cultivating great relationships and expanding what we want to bring to our customers. This journey formalises itself in what we consider to be Modern Coffee. As we look to the future, we hope to continue to build on what we started with; preserving the legacy of our spaces remains at the heart of our development, and Modern Coffee at the heart of what we do.
Honouring the history of our buildings and their surrounding areas continues to be our inspiration, designing each new House to feel familiar but wholly unique. This narrative leads us to consider more about what we believe encapsulates ‘Modern Coffee’.
We respect ‘Speciality Coffee’ for the benchmark it provides; dedication to a transparent and ethical supply chain, focus on provenance, flavour and quality of coffee. It is the foundation of knowledge at each stage of our work, and an evolving source of reference.
Modern Coffee encapsulates a wider experience, recognising the breadth of what makes your coffee stop special - excellent coffee, considered spaces, quality food and most importantly the people involved every step of the way.
Grounded in community, inspired by the past, our aspiration is to be your local hero wherever we open. We are the welcome alternative to the faceless chain, a home for the curious customer who knows what they want, and are loyal to what is good. WatchHouse’s ethos is to be an active part of the communities we inhabit - we make great coffee and delicious food in bespoke environments. It is as simple as that.
At WatchHouse we aspire to build a company of skilled and passionate individuals working together to deliver Modern Coffee with care. Championing curiosity and ambition, we seek those who are hungry for knowledge and committed to pushing the boundaries of the task ahead of them. This is our community. Not simply a group of people, but a team dedicated to giving a little unique insight to each customer that steps through the door.
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 holds 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 our 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