Where our story began, where we're going next and how you can join us.
Modern Coffee is a holistic approach to making your local cafe experience exceptional: excellent coffee, considered spaces, quality food and most importantly, the best people. It encapsulates the attention to detail, creativity, and focus on provenance and quality that we strive to bring our customers, both in our Houses and online.
25 square meters on London’s famous Bermondsey Street was all it took to conceive WatchHouse 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 original home of the Modern Coffee ambition: to offer the community quality coffee, food and service, in carefully considered & beautifully designed spaces.
Our vision has continued to grow, leading us to new spaces, an expanded offering and many great community & industry relationships. As we look to the future, we hope to continue to build on what we started back in 2014; distinctive spaces remain at the heart of our development, and Modern Coffee at the heart of what we do.
Our aspiration is to be the local hero of choice, a home to customers who make decisions with craft and quality in mind. We are dedicated to transparent, ethical coffee & food supply chains and source seasonally from the best producers around the world. We share these sourcing stories with you, as we believe enjoyment of food & coffee is more than just consumption, it's knowledge. We take equal pride in the skill that goes into sourcing, production and presention.
If you find home brewing intimidating, or feel that your home brews aren’t quite hitting the mark, we're here to help. We’ve created a set of easy to follow brew guides for some of our favourite methods to help you through the process and leave you feeling confident brewing specialty coffee at home.
Nothing that we hope to achieve could happen without a team of people dedicated to providing our customers with a little bit of the extraordinary. From those you meet in House, to the specialists roasting your coffee and many others behind the scenes working to bring our vision of Modern Coffee to life. This is our community; skilled and passionate individuals committed to pushing the boundaries, learning and growing together.
CEO & Founder.
Roland founded WatchHouse in 2014, having prior and extensive experience in running small to medium sized businesses. In addition he holds non-exec and exec directorships in the fields of property and management. Roland is an MSc graduate of Economic History from the LSE and is currently study for his Exec MBA at Oxford University.
Steph joined WatchHouse as a Cafe Manager of our first site in Bermondsey, and has since gone on through the company rising to the position of Operations Director. Originally from Brighton Sussex, Steph oversees the operations of our sites along with our House and Assistant House Managers.
Head of Product.
Paul joined WatchHouse in 2021 as Head of Product, having years of experience in specialty coffee working in a range of roles beginning as a barista & most recently in wholesale. Having previously represented the UK at World Coffee Championships, Paul is the current UK Barista Champion and is looking forward to competing again at this years championship. Paul holds a degree from the University of Southampton in Business Management.
Head of Coffee.
Ryan joined WatchHouse in 2018 as Head of Coffee. After making the finals of the Coffee Masters 2017 competition, Ryan has since gone on to coach the 2019 Brewer Cup Winner and will support the WatchHouse Competition team competing at the World Barista Championship in 2021. Ryan is a qualified Q-grader and is industry known for his passion and ambition within coffee. Ryan holds a degree from the University of Dundee in Psychology.
Head of People.
Jessica join WatchHouse in 2020 as our Head of People. Jess has over fifteen years experience in hospitality sector, eight of those in specialty coffee. She worked previously in management team at Harris & Hoole Cafes before joining Taylor Street Baristas as a HR Administrator in 2016. During these prior roles she gained extensive knowledge and experience in recruitment, ER and training and development and now leads these elements of the business at WatchHouse.
Head of Food.
Simon joined WatchHouse in 2020 as Head of Food. His extensive experience in the hospitality sector has encompassed work as a chef in leading five star hotels, to operational management roles in leading sport & leisure venues and speciality coffee retail. Simon brings a passion for exceptional food to the WatchHouse team and delivering an offer for a Modern Coffee experience.