Meet Richard & the team at @Pococoffee
Last summer, Prescot town centre’s most distinctive shop came alive again with the arrival of Poco Coffee.
Some readers may be surprised to find that this classy but inexpensive cafe is not part of a big chain, but an independent, family-run business.
Prescot Online chatted to Poco owner Richard Sutton to find out more about the place.
Hi, Richard. Tell us a bit about yourself and your family.
I’m married to Angela, and we have three children, Olivia, Harrison and Billie Jo. Both our families originate in Liverpool, but legend has it my side were banished to Warrington as a punishment!
My mother passed away a few weeks before we opened the Prescot shop, but she loved coffee, and I think she’d have loved the building. You can see some of her poetry on the walls.
What brought you to Prescot?
We already had a shop in Earlestown, and were looking for a second location, and we wanted a place where we could establish ourselves at the heart of the community rather than head into a big town or city. When we came to Prescot, we were struck by a real character and charm about the town and its people. Then we saw the empty shop on Eccleston Street, with its Tudor-style frontage, and the ‘olde worlde’ feel seemed a perfect fit.
What inspired the name Poco?
‘Poco’ means ‘small’ in Spanish, and my mother used to tell me I was ‘poco loco’ – a little bit crazy!
What do you hope customers experience when they visit Poco Prescot?
A great café experience at an affordable price, with the high quality of a bigger brand operator but a friendly, local feel. We decorated with Prescot’s heritage in mind – the vintage photos of ‘Hopping Bob’s’ and the Shakespearean theatre images get a lot of attention – and we’d like people to view it as a kind of community hub.
And, of course, there’s the coffee. We invested £6,000 in the coffee machine, and we serve 100% Arabica beans, so we can ensure that perfect latte or cappuccino. We like to play good music, too. Coffee and music were made for each other.
What makes you stand out from the rest?
Our passion for making the café fully in tune with local tastes and the fabric of Prescot.
You’ve really pitched in with the local community since you came to Prescot. What memories have stood out?
I was very proud to have helped raise over £300 for Willowbrook Hospice when I did the Parachute Regiment Challenge run and the coffee morning.
The Prescot Community Church choir singing Christmas carols was a memorable occasion, and we had live music with the young lads from the band Gump.
They were kind enough to play the theme from Schindler’s List, a favourite piece of my mum’s. It was a moving moment, and I only wish she’d been there to hear it.
Any plans for the future of Poco Prescot?
More live events, including a return visit from Gump. We’re always expanding our product range, and as well as new seasonal coffee beans from around the world, we have some ideas about early evening bistro-style offerings, perhaps with an alcohol licence.
I’ve been closely involved with the Prescot Town Team, too, and we’re working on a wall art project for Leyland Street, so keep your eye out. It could really transform the look of that area. I’m also excited to have been on the panel for the ‘Win a Shop’ competition, and I think that’ll be a great success in bringing a new business to the town centre.
By the way, what’s your favourite drink?
A flat white is my favourite coffee. It’s a wonderfully robust mix of coffee sipped through steamed frothed milk, almost like a strong cappuccino. Heaven! I’ve also been known to have the odd glass of wine too, but that’s another story…
Thanks for chatting to Prescot Online, Richard. Time for a final rundown of what’s available at Poco Coffee Prescot?
We have the full range of barista-served coffees – cappuccino, latte, espresso, flat white. We do traditional, specialty and iced teas, plus signature hot chocolate, frappes and smoothies.
On the food menu, we have griddle-prepared full breakfasts with thick-cut lean bacon and succulent Cumberland sausages. For lunch and snacks, we’ve toasties, freshly prepared sandwiches, jacket potatoes, soups and homemade scouse (a local treat you won’t find at Costa or Starbucks!).
If you’re feeling naughty, treat yourself to our cakes and pastries, including Danishes, scones, teacakes, wonderfully textured muffins, carrot cake, chocolate fudge cake, and a red velvet cake to die for.
Lastly, there’s my homemade chocolate tiffin (I insist a flat white coffee and chocolate tiffin be on everyone’s weekly ‘to do’ list).
Poco Prescot is a great venue to hire for meetings, parties and group gatherings.
The upstairs ‘Mediaeval Room,’ with its impressive decor and period ambience, is free to use during opening hours, and the adjoining private room is perfect for small businesses to host seminars or meetings. The Women’s Org, Knowsley Chamber of Commerce, First Ark and Prescot Heritage Society have all used our facilities.
Feel free to phone Poco Prescot on 0151 426 8393 or Angela Sutton on 07917897847 with your booking enquiries.